Will Tipton Video Pack

Expert No Limit Hold Em Volume 1: The Book and Video Pack

Will Tipton's Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold Em: Volume 1 is out today. Will and his publisher D&B have partnered with HUSNG.com to bring you an exclusive video series, an extension of the book. The video series is almost 6 hours long, and is recommended to purchase with the book.


About the Author

Will Tipton is a PhD candidate at Cornell University. He is known and feared as Sargon38 on Full Tilt. With close to 6 years of experience at the tables and continued progression, Will is an excellent addition that exceeds the high bar of quality in the HUSNG community. Will has coached HUSNG.com instructor Ph33rox, among many others to very satisfactory reviews.Will posts strategy on the twoplustwo heads up sng forum under the alias "yaqh.

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Required Reading: Expert Heads Up NL Hold Em


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Expert Heads Up No Limit Holdem Video Pack Companion (sold separately below)


Below, Will introduces HUSNG.com users to his video pack, the companion to his book. A half dozen preview videos are available to help viewers get a solid idea of the level of content in this package.


Video 1 - Introduction

What's in the book, what's in the videos, and -- what is GTO?

Video 2 - Solving river situations with Gambit (44 minutes)

Gambit is a freely-available, non-poker-specific software package for setting up and solving games described by decision trees. In this video, I start out with a hand history and show you how to use Gambit and EDVis to model the river play and find, to good approximation, the GTO strategies. Exploitative play and other uses of the two software tools are also discussed.

Video 3 - Post-game analysis with decision trees (2 parts -- 1:27 total)

In part one, I give commentary on my first matches against genericsn987/howgood2good, and show you how to characterize and adjust to a very aggressive regular with unusual ranges. In part two, I show you how to study and analyze opponents' strategies away from the table by organizing all the lines they take into a decision tree.

Video 4 - Estimating unexploitable continuing frequencies (1:09)

So-called "non-auto-profit" calculations can be a very useful tool for estimating unexploitable frequencies in various spots. However, they are almost always used incorrectly! Remember -- using bad theory is usually worse than using no theory at all. In this video, I review the theory behind these calculations, show you when they are and are not appropriate, and show you how to use them effectively.

Video 5 - Split pot river spots (2 parts -- 1:10 total)

How do you play the river when the board runs out K9TrJQ? Do you try to bluff your opponent off chops? Do you check and pray he lets you get to showdown cheaply? In this video, I show how to find unexploitable strategies in this sort of spot using two methods: the Equilibration Exercise and the Gambit software. Additionally, I discuss computationally-generated GTO strategies for a river spot on a double-paired board -- another spot where many of the players' hands chop at showdown.

Video 6 - River play from the BB with one bet behind (1:04)

In this video, I look at river play from the BB with one bet behind. I start by solving for the unexploitable play of this game using [0,1] approximation, and then go into a systematic discussion of how to split your ranges when playing versus exploitable opponents in the SB. I show how to use EV distributions to visualize the most profitable way to play with your entire range against a variety of different exploitable tendencies.

Video 7 - Reading your own hand (15 minutes)

In this short video which I hope will help you tie everything together, I talk about the importance of developing the habit of reading your own hand every time you play.



Cost: $59


Payment Methods: Paypal (Credit or Debit card without a Paypal account), Moneybookers

Release Date: February 2nd, 2013

Release Price: $59

Length: Approximately 5 hours and 49 minues

Total File Size: 541mb

File Type: .AVI


Once you have purchased the video package, you may DOWNLOAD THE VIDEOS HERE


ryfoa6's picture

Which vid pack to buy?

I bought volume 1 & 2 of Tipton's HU book. I was thinking about buying one of his video packs. If I only buy one, which video pack should I get and why? btw I watched the sample videos to both volumes.

kurtis2's picture



Hi, firstly i congratulate you Will for doing those interesting books and videos, great job.

Secondly, im watching right now the 2nd video of decision trees and you are using tendencytreevis. How can i get that program? it is very interesting how you analyze all situations by those decision trees.

Thank you.


oSombra's picture

Hi Will,I'm reading the book

Hi Will,

I'm reading the book and actually loving its content. I intend buying the video pack whenever  I have the book finished.

By the way, where could I post some doubts? I would like to know if I am applying the concepts in a right way.

Thanks in advance


it1111's picture

What's a good equation editor

What's a good equation editor for both Mac and Windows?

It's very tedious to write these equations in Word or Notepad and it sucks to write them on paper. 

I'm looking for something that looks like the page in video 6 , 10:40 min.



"If you want to win, you must not lose!"

yaqh's picture

The equations you're

The equations you're referring to were typeset with LaTeX.  It has a bit of a learning curve, though, so it might not be the best option if you just want to do something quick.

KnutFH's picture

I have a question regarding

I have a question regarding the second video (Gambit) of the pack. Will says that you want to have a 2:1 ration between betting the nuts and air if betting potsize. Is it because Hero would be indifferent between calling and folding because he needs 33% equity to call profitably?

On the other side, Villain needs 8/15 folds (=GTO frequency) to be indifferent between betting and checking his air. That being said, am I correct to assume that as soon as Villain bluffs more (which is kinda hard to figure out at the table because you don't know the nut/air ratio) Hero calls any bluffcatcher?

Thanks in advance

yaqh's picture

Well, what will be Hero's

Well, what will be Hero's EV(calling) and EV(folding) when he faces a bet in that case?

KnutFH's picture

I'm assuming that his EV is

I'm assuming that his EV is 0.

yaqh's picture

In the book and videos, we

In the book and videos, we always use the convention that EV is the expected size of stacks at the end of the hand.  So an EV of 0 means the player goes broke 100% of the time.

But anyway, using the other/change in stack size convention --

If his EV of calling and folding are both 0, then why would he call all his bluffcatchers?

it1111's picture

Hi, I finished reading the

Hi, I finished reading the book and watching the videos. Like them very much. Will need probably to read it again couple more times to understand everything...


I have a question about the last chapter in the book.

In chapter 8.2 Deliberate play, author suggests that we should take 5 seconds for every decision. I was a little bit disappointed that Will Tipton, being a mathematician, doesn't give any mathematical  prove for that suggestion and this seems just a personal opinion of him.

I can understand his points, and in theory this should work well, especially in regular speed games and probably in turbo games too.

I would like to try this strategy in Hypers but have few concerns. Most of my decisions in hypers are instant. Only occasionally I take longer time and I'm able to beat the games I play with this strategy. I never really measured the exact time but I would say most of my decisions are between 1 and 2 seconds. So taking 5 seconds for every decision will drastically reduce number of hands and games played per hour. I'm not sure about dollars per hour as this could improve my edge and ROI but I'm not convinced yet. 



-better quality decisions

-less mistakes

-calmer play (less tilt)

-better understanding of our opponent strategy

-better learning experience



-decreased number of hands played per hour

-decreased number of games per hour

-less VPP's per hour

-less hands in 1st, and 2nd blind level where edges are highest (this can potentially lower my ROI)



I still can not decide if this is +EV or -EV proposition. 

I could play 10000 games and see the results but don't really want to spend that much time just to realize it is -EV.

Is there any mathematical way to prove this?

Any suggestions?





"If you want to win, you must not lose!"

yaqh's picture

Hey lt, Playing on auto-pilot

Hey lt,

Playing on auto-pilot will damage your winrate in the short term.  Quantifying this would require making a connection between time spent on decisions and quality of/profit from those decisions.  Obviously there's no way to learn this relationship from first principles -- we would need to get some data.

Moreover, it will damage your success in the longterm, since you will learn much less from your time at the tables.  Quantifying this is even more challenging.

"5 seconds" was just a suggestion, and of course there's nothing magical about that exact number, but I stand by what I wrote.  You're right that (like many other things in my books and videos) it's my opinion, but it's my opinion based on quite a bit of time playing and thinking about the game, as well as coaching other players to do so.  I really believe that avoiding auto-piloting as much as possible is crucial for shortterm and longterm success.



it1111's picture

Thanks for your answer.I

Thanks for your answer.
I tried to experiment with this last month. I tried to take 4-5 sec for every decision and I think I managed to maintain this for most of the month but I forgot about this rule on a few days. So I guess that I played about 80% of games following this "5 sec rule". I played 1500 hyper games and my observations are:

- 20-25% decrease in hands per hour
- 15-20% decrease in games per hour
- It's very hard to talk about ROI for such a small sample but I can notice that it is higher than before.
- I believe that playing less on autopilot helps me improve my game, but it is very hard to quantify this. 
- I will continue with this strategy but 5 sec seems too long so I'm going to try "4 sec rule" instead


>>"5 seconds" was just a suggestion, and of course there's nothing magical about that exact number, but I stand by what I wrote. 
You're right that (like many other things in my books and videos) it's my opinion, but it's my opinion based on quite a bit of time playing and thinking about the game, as well as coaching other players to do so.

In todays games most players focus on volume. 4 tabling hypers is becoming a standard. People grind for milestone bonuses, Supernova and Supernova Elite status. As a general advice on forums you get answers like: "put more volume", "play more tables", "learn to multi-table" ... and similar stuff that promotes auto-pilot play. Your advice from the book is different from most of the things you can hear today, and that was the reason I wanted to look more deeply into this rule.

Thanks very much for your advice and I'm looking forward to your new book.

"If you want to win, you must not lose!"

ColorDeFlop's picture

This pack is centered on

This pack is centered on HUsng turbo or hyper?

yaqh's picture

Hi ColorDeFlop, The video

Hi ColorDeFlop,

The video pack covers a variety of topics, but it's pretty theory-heavy.  I wouldn't say it's focused on either format in particular.  It's similar to the book in that regard, and I'd definitely recommend reading the book before (or at least while) watching the videos.



RAJS's picture

Where is the dowload?

Sry for this stupid question. I'm about to purchase this video series since I loved the book. Clcking on the link "DOWLOAD THE VIDEOS HERE", I can't find the videos just a bunch of other video series that you are also selling? 

RyPac13's picture

Hi, The download links only


The download links only works after you purchase the videos.

Let me know if that answers your question.



BlackArrow's picture

Another Clerical Error - Video #4

In video # 4 on non-auto profit calculations, at about 22:00 you compute the ratio of bluffs to value bets on the river using a bet size of .75 pot, and say that 4/11 of your bets should be bluffs. You said that you were getting odds of 7/4 to 1, but the actual odds you are getting should be 7/4 to 3/4 which would mean that only 30% of your river bets should be bluffs.

- Greg

yaqh's picture

Hey Greg, Sorry for the delay

Hey Greg,

Sorry for the delay getting back to you -- super busy lately. 

You are completely correct.  Dumb mistake :(.  Thanks for catching that and letting me know.


minotaurs's picture


if i buy paperback of this book in amazon than i dont get extras what are mentioned in D&B Poker?



  • HUNL Preflop Charts
  • Appendix A – “Big River Game” Equations in PDF and Mathematica formats
  • SB bet-or-check game in PDF and Mathematica formats
  • Equity distribution visualization utility for Windows


And 2nd question - 2nd book comes out only on November 12, 2013   =/ ? Still im happy coz its better than may 2014 :D

I'll get my paperback of 1st book only on june so maybe its good thing. i'll have about 5 months to go through it till i can order next one. I hope i would be able to beat 30-60$ real hard on Stars after reading 1st and 2nd book like 5 times each, but i guess we will see. :)

yaqh's picture

Actually those extras are

Actually those extras are available for download on the book's website (http://www.dandbpoker.com/product/expert-heads-up-no-limit-holdem-volume-1) for anyone, regardless of which version they bought.  (Actually it's available whether or not you bought the book at all, but of course, they'll be much more useful to people who've read the book.)

End of this year is the current goal for Vol 2.  Hopefully it'll happen -- I'm hard at work on it!



minotaurs's picture

Cant wait for 2nd book!!! And

Cant wait for 2nd book!!! And just so u know ur book is the ony poker book i instantly knew that i have to get paperback of it :D

Befeltingu's picture

Hey Will really liked your

Hey Will really liked your book/video pack and am excited for volume 2. 

I have a question about estimating villian frequencies. How do you go about extracting or approximating someones frequencies based off a small number of showdowns? So for instance in the situation where you are on the river in the BB with 1 pot size bet behind and you jamm and get to see that villian called you with a very weak hand. You might be tempted to say that the villian must be calling me more than 50% in this situation since he called with a hand that is say "weaker" than the top 50% of his bluff catchers. It might just be that in this particular spot he was convinced that you were bluffing and that the next time you are in the same spot he folds a hand that is actually better than 50% of his bluff catching range. Im just wondering if you make any assumptions about frequencies like that with small sample sizes. In HUSNG you dont usually get to have large samples on someone so making proper assumption is crucial. Anyways any feedback is much appreciated. Thanks. 

yaqh's picture

Hey David,Once we have a good

Hey David,

Once we have a good idea of Villain's strategy, finding our best response is a conceptually-straightforward math problem (see Ch 2 of EHUNL).  So, figuring out what our opponent is doing is pretty much what poker's all about. That is to say, you've asked a pretty broad question!

However, I do think it's really important to pay close attention to what an opponent is doing early on in a match so that we can start to understand what he's doing long before any of our HUD stats start to converge.  I talked about this some in a free video recently, so maybe you'll find that helpful --


As far as the situation you describe, I agree that it's a lot harder to get good reads on the river.  Given all of the possible board runouts and early street action, there are tons of different river spots which makes it hard to interpret Villain's play.  You may think one river spot is similar to another, but an opponent might play very differently in the two if he has different ideas about game.  That said, if I see an unknown make a loose call, I'll generally assume for the time being that he's relatively loose on the river.  Of course, it's not always correct, and I'll adjust my reads if necessary, but think it figures to be correct more often than not, so I think it's a profitable tentative read.



BlackArrow's picture

Mistake in Video 4

Your book and video series are sheer genius and include some of the most ground-breaking ideas since Norman Zadeh in the 70's and Chen and Ankenman in MoP. I'm having a difficult time understanding it all, but I find it fascinating.

In video # 4 on non-auto profit calculations, you make a small clerical error, which I think might caiuse some confusion. At about 26:40 in the video, you solve the equation for F and write down the answer as F = (EP+P)/(P+B), but the actual answer should be: (EP+B)/(P+B).

Anyway, I'm really enjoying your material, and hopefully I will have digested more of it by the time volume 2 comes out, which I'm really looking forward to.

- Greg




yaqh's picture

Hey Greg, You are correct

Hey Greg,

You are correct about the error.  I've sent an updated version of video 4 with that correction noted, and hopefully it'll be available for download soon.  Thanks for pointing this out to me.  I agree that the material can be challenging, and correctness is very important first step towards making it accessible.  Along those lines, we also have an errata page for the book up now on the book's webpage.

Thanks also for your kind words.  I'm glad you're enjoying the book and videos.



genher's picture

decision tree utility

@will Tipton: would you share your decision tree utility? it's a pretty nice way to review HH!

yaqh's picture

Hey Genher,The utility is

Hey Genher,The utility is currently just for Linux, and would require a bit more work before it's ready for public consumption.  That said, if there's demand, I would consider polishing it up and releasing it.  I guess the same goes for my preflop-only games calculator.Cheers,Will

thedesbois's picture


+1 for the Decision Tree utility! Have Linux, will run. :)

numjaw's picture

I would also be interested in

I would also be interested in the decision tree software

Goldrusher's picture

In the same boat Grrggbla

I already purchased the book as well. Can I still get the videos? The book is great, but it's going to be one of those books you have to read a few times to really digest it all.

RyPac13's picture

Absolutely, the book is

Absolutely, the book is purchased entirely separate from the videos. We recommend you read the book first before watching the videos, but you can purchase the videos at any time.

There is no option to purchase the book with the video.

grrgrrbla's picture

i already purchased the book.

i already purchased the book. is there a possibility to just buy the videos without the book?


Best book on poker i ever read btw.! and i read pretty much all of them

RyPac13's picture

Hey, The book and video pack


The book and video pack are sold separately. The book is sold from the publisher's site, the video pack through us.

dompoma's picture

Is the book going to be an

Is the book going to be an ebook or paper back? 

RyPac13's picture

The book is available in

The book is available in both, click the link for D&B publishing near the top of this page, they link to where you can buy the print book and they sell the ebook themselves.