Beginners’ poker tips from Phil Ivey, Dan Cates and Dan Colman – Paul Phua Poker

VIDEO INTERVIEW – Top poker pros Phil Ivey, Dan “Jungleman” Cates and Dan Colman give their tips for beginners
In this free video from the Paul Phua Poker School, three of the world’s best and most successful players share their poker tips during the Triton Super High Roller Series in Manila.

Phil Ivey is a ten times World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and one of the most fearless and creative players of the game. Dan “Jungleman” Cates passed the $10 million online cash earnings milestone nearly three years ago. And Dan Colman has graduated from internet poker (he rose to fame in 2013 as the first hyper-turbo player to win $1 million on Pokerstars in a year) to take down $28 million in live tournament play.

Joining them is Paul Phua, whom Phil Ivey has described as “probably the best non-pro I’ve ever played poker against”. This is a full transcript of the video:

PHIL IVEY: One thing is to take notes of their hands. Try to remember the hands they played, what they were thinking about, what was going on in their minds when they played the hands.
Also, an important thing is to be able to manage your money. You don’t want to be in situations where you end up losing more than you can afford to lose.
You know, you have to understand that it doesn’t matter so much what you have, it’s more what your opponent has, and you can adjust your play based on that.
Another thing, I guess, would be to try not to play when you are tired. I think that’s super important.

DAN CATES: The first tip for beginners would be to play tighter than they think.
The second thing would be to try to win pots when both of them have nothing, that’s pretty important too.
The third tip would be to try and think of the game in terms of an overall plan instead of what they have at that very moment in time. Basically, focus on the bigger picture rather than each individual hand.

DAN COLMAN: I guess one tip I could give to beginners is to try to remove yourself from results. No matter what play you did, whether you won the hand or you lost, be very critical of it. Try to think if it was the right play overall in the broad range of things, after examining your whole range and how you could play that spot in different ways. Just always be critical of every hand, and go back and try to review things.

PAUL PHUA: Yes, I do that a lot. My first few years of poker are all about sleep, poker, evaluating hands, even after games. Did I play that hand right? If not, can I ask someone who is better than me? Ask for their opinion, so you know when you make a mistake.

DAN COLMAN: Also I would say to get out of your comfort zone. Play in difficult games; play a spot maybe normally you would pass up. Maybe it goes well, maybe it’s actually the right play. Maybe it’s not, and you learn from it. You’ll say ‘ok, never do that again’, or ‘that actually works, maybe I can get away with this, maybe I can do this in similar spots’. Just always try new things, play in tougher line-ups when you can. Just always challenge yourself.