Monday, August 18, 2008

Deuces Cracked

I've given in and signed up with DeucesCracked for poker training after staying loyal to CardRunners for a little too long.

So far, I'm impressed with DeucesCracked.

DeucesCracked has no sign-up fee, unlike CardRunners. They put out a ton of videos from higher-stakes pros who I respect. They seem to work at teaching concepts rather than throwing up TV-like videos where you just watch someone play. I like the idea of their series, where they emphasize everything from heads-up play to small-stakes leak-finder episodes. RSS feeds are available as well.

In addition, they offer personal coaching, something that I asked CardRunners for and they responded with a "we don't offer that yet." That was the straw that broke the camel's back for me.

I had also gotten frustrated with the shortage of videos from CR's top pros like Cole South and Brian Townsend. I've always liked Taylor Caby's videos, but even they seem stale, and his talk about quitting poker turns me off. Their negative winrates recently discourage me as well.

Like PokerTracker3, CardRunners isn't adapting nearly fast enough. The poker coaching market is very crowded, and you have to keep up with the latest technology to survive. DeucesCracked may be the next Holdem Manager.

4 comments:

cmitch said...

That's funny - I had been having the same feelings about CR. The DC videos look like they try to mix things with some variety to keep things interesting.

I signed up with them over the weekend, also.

Drizztdj said...

I wouldn't put too much stock in that website for seeing people's winrates.

It shows I've played one session since Mar. 29th.

I KNOW I've lost more then that :)

Gnome said...

Tablerating's numbers aligned fairly closely to my own databases. I don't think they track below NL$100. Perhaps it also doesn't do a good job of tracking Omaha games.

Gnome said...

Drizz, I am seeing quite a few inaccuracies in tableratings' data now. They seem to miss some hands and sessions entirely. I wonder if it's because I'm mostly playing heads-up games, and perhaps tableratings doesn't always monitor every single table that might pop up.