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Last month, we signed up for a year of MasterClass primarily to take the Daniel Negreanu MasterClass on poker. We admit it, we’re Negreanu fans. We enjoy his game and he has built a real cult of personality around him. Also, while he has taken some controversial stances over time, his tournament track record speaks for itself. We even enjoyed watching him vlog his disastrous 2018 WSOP results last summer. There is a certain amount of schadenfreude in watching someone that successful tank day after day. So when MasterClass started advertising a series of poker lessons from the man himself, we thought this would be an excellent addition to our poker education as we prepare for our poker pilgrimage.
In case you are not familiar with MasterClass, it’s a new collection of online classes taught by experts in a variety of fields. In addition to the Daniel Negreanu MasterClass on poker, you can choose from such other luminaries as Carlos Santana on the Art and Soul of Playing Guitar, Annie Leibovitz on Photography, Spike Lee on Filmmaking, and Alice Waters on the Art of Home Cooking. Masterclass includes a combination of video content, printable lesson summaries, and an online
class discussion area. You can experience MasterClass on your laptop or stream to your TV, as we did. They also offer an app for the iPhone or iPad, so you can take MasterClass on the go with you. Currently, a single class is $90 and an All Access Pass, with access to all of the published MasterClass content, is $180 for a year. We opted for the All Access Pass. It seemed like a bargain, and who can pass up Werner Herzog on filmmaking?
Daniel Negreanu MasterClass Content
Daniel offers 38 lessons ranging from 4 or 5 minutes to half an hour long. A variety of topics range from the basics, such as position and hand range to more complex material, like table image and game selection. We initially thought that the lessons might be too basic, but as we progressed through the content, we picked up a number of tips and ideas that were new to us. While a lot of the video content is in the form of Negreanu as a talking head (comparable to a teacher giving a lecture at the front of the room), Daniel intersperses example hands pulled from his long history as a professional player. One fun game to play is to guess Daniel’s age in each example hand based on his hairstyle. There is also some excellent material in the downloadable pdfs that accompany each lesson. The hand range lesson even gives you access to equilab, a range calculator app.
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While we enjoyed most of Negreanu’s lessons (even the basic ones), some of our favorites were his thoughts on multi-way dynamics, masking tells, how to think at the poker table, and life as a poker player. Each of these had rich content in areas that we had not fully thought out previously. For example, I realized that my habit of constant chip shuffling might be giving away information I don’t want to share. I have since resolved to put the chips down when I have cards in front of me. There is a nice mix of tournament and cash lessons, with specific lessons on the best approaches for each.Overall, we really enjoyed the Daniel Negreanu MasterClass. @MasterClass @RealKidPokerClick To Tweet
Thoughts on the Daniel Negreanu MasterClass
Overall, we really enjoyed the Daniel Negreanu MasterClass. We liked the mix of lecture and hand reviews, and found the written content very useful. The pdfs both serve to leave us with something we can easily review in the future, and contain glossaries and images to help reinforce any new content or ideas. The one area of the class that we found lacking was the Lesson Discussions. Most of the lessons include little discussion. Also, several people ask questions in the discussions which also end up unanswered. It is, of course, too much to expect Negreanu himself to be monitoring these discussions. But I do think that for $90, it’s reasonable for MasterClass to be paying someone to monitor them at least loosely and make sure that questions are addressed. Negreanu’s is a fairly recent MasterClass (out less than 3 months so far), so perhaps the discussions will get richer as time goes on and more people take the class.
In the meantime, we’re very glad that we shelled out for the annual pass. Now that we finished the Negreanu class, we are looking forward to choosing our next MasterClass. We’re currently trying to decide between Alice Waters on Home Cooking and Margaret Atwood on Creative Writing. Or maybe Jimmy Chin on Adventure Photography. This blog could certainly use some help in the photo area. Just see our picture for the Seabrook Poker Room Review if you doubt that!
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