When your cards don’t matter

There’s a path to playing winning poker that’s so simple it’s almost laughable.

It’s a tool legends like Negreanu, Ivey, Brunson, Juanda, and other poker superstars used for decades to demolish their opponents.

The problem is a lot of the new age crushers actively dismiss this tool for a couple of silly reasons:

1) They can’t run a report for it in their poker database.
2) They either don’t fully understand its power or they can’t execute it themselves (Unsurprisingly, humans tend to undervalue what they can’t pull off themselves).

Wanna hear some other stuff humans have hated on because they didn’t understand it?

  • Marijuana
  • Meditation
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Fasting
  • Journaling
  • South Park

The tool I’m talking about is FEEL.

Don’t get it twisted, I’m not talking about playing based on how YOU feel (Which can be a surefire recipe for disaster)…

I’m talking about making decisions based on how your opponent feels.

One of my private coaching students is a master at this.

Despite investing minimal time into understanding poker theory, he has:

  • Made folks throw chairs because of his impeccable timing and relentless three-bets in live tournaments.
  • Felt the joy of living a life of high adventure traveling around the country playing cards.
  • Supplemented his income (He’s also a successful entrepreneur) very nicely with over $200k in cashes over the last few years.

His magic trick?

He can look at you and intuitively know with high accuracy whether you’re strong or weak.

If you can do that then the theory and cards stop mattering.

Even though there’s no way to run a filter for “Villain felt scared on river = True” you CAN see the impact emotions have by zooming way out and look at MDA (Mass Data Analysis).

For instance, anybody who’s anybody will tell you not to call river overbets vs. fish with weak hands because…

The data shows Fish don’t bluff often enough when they overbet the river.

But WHY does this rule hold true across language, culture, and time?

My take:

Overbetting with a bluff on the river FEELS SCARY to an inexperienced poker player so they just don’t do it often enough.

When I was creating Fish in a Barrel I found some hilariously common flop textures where cbetting one big blind vs. weak players prints money simply because weak players feel too scared to continue as often as they should.

To not take advantage of your opponent’s emotionally driven mistakes playing poker feels like madness to me.

So if you’d like to leverage feel and inject more fear into your opponent’s poker experience, here’s a link to hop in to Fish in a Barrel…


The course based purely on Mass Data Analysis that gives you the highest EV strategies when cbetting both IP and OOP on the flop vs. fish.

Talk to you tomorrow friendo,

Coach Brad

P.S. Fish in a Barrel is basically an automated course (I will have one monthly launch meeting & some Office Hours sprinkled in so that I can answer your burning questions) so you get to dive in right when you buy.