Inside PokerSnowie's brain reveals the work of Johannes Levermann, the head of research of Snowie Games. As the PokerSnowie "master trainer", Johannes explores first hand how the brain of PokerSnowie evolves and learns advanced strategic concepts, on its own.
PokerSnowie's ultimate aim is to produce the perfectly balanced game, find the ultimate un-exploitable equilibrium for all No Limit Hold'em configurations. Join us on this fascinating journey, which is just starting, into the future of poker.
Poker Pro and Coach Hunter Cichy on PokerSnowie
When you imagine a professional poker coach and the introduction of PokerSnowie to such an individual, you'd be forgiven for assuming that it might not be a pleasant affair! And yet, here we have Hunter Cichy, professional poker player, CEO of checkshovepoker.com and poker coach to boot, who not only recognizes the benefits of PokerSnowie, but has used it to enhance his coaching program. Read on for Hunter's story and details of his new book 'Advanced Concepts in No Limit Hold'em: A Modern Approach to Poker Analysis'.
Hello PokerSnowie fans from around the world! My name is Hunter Cichy. I'm a 24-year-old pro poker player, author, and gambling consultant based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Three years ago I launched a one-on-one coaching program through checkshovepoker.com. Since then, I've coached over 250 small to mid-stakes students over Skype.
Many of my students are live players from the United States and initially it was very difficult to convince them to manually record enough hand histories to fill a one hour coaching session. I sent them custom note-taking templates, iOS apps, and web-based hand history replayers. None of it worked. They just couldn't seem to record enough discussion-worthy situations.
Then I stumbled across PokerSnowie. Not only does PokerSnowie have a beautiful and intuitive hand history replayer, it also allows you to play against a very powerful artificial intelligence and see the exact range breakdowns for every action taken in the hand. When I found out about this in 2015, it almost didn't seem fair. My students could play 100+ hands per hour against a world-class opponent without risking a dollar. Then they could save all of them, send them to me, and easily discuss the range breakdowns over Skype. In essence, they could learn an unexploitable strategy on their own in a few weeks before coming to me for advice on how to construct exploitative strategies to maximize EV against weaker live opponents.
Watching all of this unfold right in front of my eyes was truly incredible! It takes most people two or three years to achieve a win rate of $50/hour playing 2/5 NL. I was able to shrink the process down to two or three months, and none of it would've been possible without PokerSnowie. You have to know what GTO play looks like before you can begin to construct exploitative strategies to combat the homespun lines the average live player will attempt to use. This can all be done with a $229.95/year PokerSnowie Pro subscription and a couple hours of coaching from me.
To prove it, I started recording my coaching sessions and uploading clips to YouTube. The extremely high quality of the free coaching content I submitted caught the attention of many struggling poker players and my business grew rapidly. Soon after, the PokerSnowie developers reached out to me and I became one of their loyal affiliates.
Now I'm going to take this process even further by publishing my first book: 'Advanced Concepts in No Limit Hold'em: A Modern Approach to Poker Analysis'.
In it I've deconstructed many of the key math, pre-flop, and post-flop concepts that have held novice poker players back for so long. There are five formulas that every poker player needs to know: pot-odds, pot equity, fold equity, minimum defense frequency, and implied odds. You need to use at least two of them on each street throughout the hand. Collectively, I call this process 'The Framework'. All of this is closely related to the optimal pre-flop charts presented later in the book. They were all generated using PokerSnowie Pro. Below them, I've added commentary detailing how to alter these ranges depending on rake structure, stack depth, and player pool composition. Lastly, I've included many hand histories to make this information tangible and easily applicable to everyone.
And that's all you need to know. So I'll end this short blog post by saying this: I've been playing poker professionally for seven years and I've had to work very hard to earn the incredible lifestyle the game can provide. I've spent countless hours manually constructing ranges off the table so I could suffer through the ups and downs of trial and error in bigger games before achieving the top win rate I currently maintain. You can avoid this tedious and expensive process by simply downloading PokerSnowie, buying my book, and devoting yourself to the game. I wish I had these resources back when I started out and I'd like to save you a ton of time, energy, and money by pointing you in the right direction. So don't miss out on this opportunity to take your game to the next level!
- Hunter Cichy