Haxton analyses poker hands at Poker School Online (vids)

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Earlier this year, PokerStars has launched an interesting project, with the Poker School Online being aimed at helping beginners push their poker career into overdrive. Those who hope to learn while they earn, would greatly benefit from the assistance of a poker pro explaining key concepts and also analysing specific hands.

Since only a handful of players can afford this type of coaching, PokerStars meets its members half way and has some of its best players provide free training. Isaac Haxton is widely regarded as one of the top players when it comes to both online and live poker and in the most recent material, he analyses a couple of interesting poker hands.

A total of five episodes will be released, with two of them going live already and each of them is roughly 11 minutes long. Given the fact that each part is dedicated to a single hand, it goes without saying that Haxton makes a comprehensive presentation of both hands, one belonging to Randy “nanonoko” Lew and the other played by his friend Felix Schneider.

Randy was dealt some excellent starting cards, and those who will watch the 10 minute video, will agree that he played them brilliantly. Unfortunately for Lew, his opponent got lucky to improve his pocket pair to a set and won a five digit amount. While the hand itself is not out of the ordinary, Ike provides an insightful analysis on each street and contemplates all possible options.

Beginners will probably encounter similar situations at their own tables and regardless of the stakes, the top priority should be to avoid taking unnecessary risks. Haxton explains why strong starting hands need to be played aggressively without going over the top and provides an unbiased analysis of a hand that could have been played as a coin flip.

The other hand discussed by Ike Haxton ended on a more positive note, with Felix ‘xflixx’ Schneiders being the one to hit a monster hand on the flop. His suited connectors didn’t look like much pre-flop, but Felix took advantage of his late position and put himself in the perfect position for extracting maximum value. Once he hit the straight on the flop, the top concern was how to maximise the profits, because it was obvious that he had the best hand.

Haxton’s analysis is interesting on the final streets and particularly on the River, when the Queen of spades is dealt and the possibility of his opponent having a flash can’t be ruled out. In this case, Schneiders was lucky to emerge victorious and almost doubled his stack, while those who watch the video will draw some powerful conclusions and apply this newfound knowledge in their own games.

Don’t forget to check out the remaining three episodes, because it is very likely that Ike will discuss some equally interesting hands and the educational value of these tutorials is undeniable.

Watch the first hand analysis here and the second here.