Poker Pilgrims Resources
We created this poker resources page to share products and services that we believe are valuable for recreational poker players and those who love travel. We will update this page regularly as we learn more about resources for traveling poker players.
Disclosure: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. However, we highly recommend all of the products and services on this page . We will not share anything on this page that we have not either personally used and loved or verified through extensive research. For more information, see our Disclosure page.
Your Poker Game
PokerCoaching.com: created by Jonathan Little offers a series of classes for the beginning to average player looking to improve his or her poker game. With coaches such as Evan Jarvis, Alex Fitzgerald, and of course Jonathan himself, Poker Coaching has unmatched firepower. The site also offers quizzes, a community, homework, webinars, and challenges. Right now you can use this link to get a Three Day Free Pass.
Advanced Poker Training: Here we offer a disclosure upon a disclosure. We serve as Advanced Poker Training Ambassadors. This is one of our many Side Hustles. Advanced Poker Training (APT) is a different kind of Poker Training website. Their web-based software matches you up against more than 100 computerized opponents, with 10 levels of play. These opponents exploit your weaknesses and learn how to beat you over time, just like potentially expensive human opponents. Their Beat the Pro Challenges pit you head-to-head against pros like Scotty Nguyen, Jonathan Little, and Mike Caro, playing the same 20 hands in a variety of categories and situations. APT offers other training resources as well. We think that Advanced Poker Training is one of the best training resources around for No Limit Hold ‘Em. You can get a taste of APT by signing up for a free membership.
Red Chip Poker: The Red Chip Poker CORE program offers fundamentals for those new to Texas Hold’em and then goes on to expand to cover more advanced strategies. It offers a complete course for players who are new to the game, up through more knowledgeable players looking improve. The players behind CORE, James “Splitsuit” Sweeney, Adam Jones, and Ed Miller are all seasoned pros. The course offers over 200 lessons, videos, quizzes, and even achievement badges. At only $5 a week, it’s hard to go wrong here.
PTO Poker 101: Coach Joel Wald does a fabulous job with PTO Poker. He offers a comprehensive program that helps people with bankroll management, mental game enhancement, and mentorship in addition to technical strategy. The program is effective for different types of learners and those with differing budgets. For some, PTO Poker 101 (a sequential 30-video digital course designed to turn low stakes players into mid stakes crushers) may be an alternative learning path or a great supplement to private coaching. Joel also offers private coaching, which you can learn more about here.
D&B Poker: D&B Poker is a publisher of excellent poker books. They have published some of my favorite books, both in the strategy realm (such as Peak Poker Performance by Jonathan Little) and good old poker stories (Life’s a Gamble by Mike Sexton). If you’re looking for your next great poker read, check these guys out first.
PokerGo: PokerGo boasts 100 days of live tournaments a year. They also have a beautiful studio where they feature final tables of a number of WSOP, WPT, and other events. They’ve even brought back the much beloved Poker After Dark.
MasterClass: Daniel Negreanu’s Masterclass is a nice supplement to your other poker training efforts. Daniel covers a wide range of topics, from basics such as position and hand range, to more advanced concepts like controlling tells. With a combination of video content, written material, and class discussion, the MasterClass can speak to all types of learners. You can get an unlimited pass to all MasterClass content for a year for only $180. We find this to be an excellent deal with so many other great classes on offer.
Blue Shark Optics: If you are a sunglass-wearing poker player, Blue Shark Optics offers some of the best out there. As an added bonus, Blue Shark has glasses that are fabulous at blocking blue light. Thus protecting your eyes from the negative effects of spending too many hours looking at a screen (not that we would ever do that…).
Trusted Housesitters: If you love pets and you love to travel, Trusted Housesitters may be for you! Trusted Housesitters matches up animal owners with animal lovers who are looking for a place to settle in and stay for a while. As a traveler, you can find thousands of housesits all over the world. Select by location, date, or type of animal that you would love to care for and spend your time with. No money is exchanged in the process. As a traveler you are simply committing to be there to care for an owner’s furry friend while they are on their own adventure. We love cats and have used Trusted Housesitters to visit the beach, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh and met several lovely cat friends along the way. We can highly recommend this service. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.
VRBO: VRBO is a great home and apartment rental resource. We have rented through VRBO multiple times for vacations and have always been quite happy with the homes that we have stayed in. Home rental is generally less expensive than a hotel, especially when travelling with 6 family members.
Airbnb: From the small to the large and the funky to the traditional, Airbnb offers a wide variety of accommodations. We have used Airbnb extensively on our poker road trips. We have always had good experiences with Airbnb.
User Testing: While not strictly among our poker resources, we have been making extra money with User Testing for close to four years. This is a great side hustle in which you test or review websites for various companies. User Testing records your voice and captures your screen in order to help companies learn how consumers experience their site. Most tests pay $10 and take 10 minutes or less. Thus the hourly rate is much higher than what you might make on many other websites. The only downside is that many companies are seeking specialized populations. I have found that I rarely qualify for more than one or two reviews a day. Nonetheless, User Testing can be a great way to make some extra money each month.
Start Your Own Blog
SiteGround: We are now hosted on SiteGround. They gave us wonderful customer service through the transfer process, and for the past four years. For a reasonable price, Siteground offers more bandwidth, more storage, and excellent customer service. We can highly recommend SiteGround if you are looking to start your own blog. SiteGround has a custom migration plugin which allows you to migrate any WordPress site in just a couple of clicks. A real boon for any technophobe bloggers!
MailerLite: We are currently building our email list (sign up in the sidebar of any blog post!) using MailerLite. We have been very impressed by MailerLite’s ease of use, options, flexibility, and segmentation abilities. And best of all, it’s free when your list is small. We look forward to building our list to the point we need to start paying for the service.
Websites We Love
Cardplayer Lifestyle: Site founder Robbie Strazynski, along with a wonderful group of contributing poker writers, regularly posts interviews with top poker personalities, top-notch poker strategy articles, poker op-eds, and engaging poker lifestyle pieces. They even have an interview with us, and an article about our re-launch. Be sure to check it out!
Side Hustle Nation: Nick Loper’s blog and podcast have taught us much about side hustling. It has also provided inspiration and motivation in our journey toward Financial Independence.
The Bloggess: Because who doesn’t love the Bloggess? She is the only blogger that can make me laugh out loud on a regular basis.
YoungHouseLove: I find this family so appealing and they are a great source for product recommendations and home hacks. I am particularly fond of their Instagram page, and their now defunct podcast.