Poker Out Loud was created by Solve For Why, an advanced poker training company. Solve For Why’s founder and lead instructor is Matt Berkey, a long-time high-stakes poker professional in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Poker Out Loud is a unique approach to poker training and entertainment. Top poker professionals play a cash game format, while all wearing noise-cancelling headphones. Before their actions, they speak their thoughts out loud, revealing to the audience their thought process and reasoning behind each poker decision.
The players all put up their own money for this deep-stacked $5/$10 No-Limit Holdem cash game.
The highly-produced nature of Poker Out Loud allows the viewer to get their poker training and entertainment in a more visually appealing way than what is offered by most other poker training sites.
Early on in episode 9, the last episode of Poker Out Loud’s season 1, Jack Laskey takes advantage of his tighter image in the game, when he bets his bottom pair on an Ace-high flop and takes it down.
The off-table interviews in this episode focus on the challenge that the players face of explaining their thought process behind every decision they make at the table. Until you’ve done it, you may have no idea how hard it is to justify every single poker play that you make. That’s the essence of Poker Out Loud; every move and analysis may not be perfect, but it is an accurate, real-time look into the player’s mindset, and one that is difficult to capture in other training formats.
Towards the end of the session, Jack Laskey and Nick Howard both have strong preflo holdings, in the typically aggressive formation of cutoff vs button. Nick opens QQ in the cutoff, gets 3-Bet by Jack’s 99 on the button, and Nick responds with a 4-Bet. Jack calls and they see a J-T-T flop, which goes check / check. Nick then check / calls the blank turn, and then wins the pot as the river goes check / check.
In the last hand of the session, Christian attempts to overpower Jack through aggression, starting with a 3-Bet in position with 54s. He flops nothing, and talks himself out of a continuation bet, as he fears his image is just too bad at this stage in the session to successfully get a bluff through. He ultimately shuts it down with his 5-high through the river, and allows Jack to win the pot with his pocket Sevens.
Christian ends season one as the biggest loser, down just shy of $9,000 in the game. Jordan Young is the biggest winner, with a profit of $5,650. Matt Berkey and Jack Laskey also each book a win, with $3,990 and $2,940 in profit, respectively.
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