The CardRunners poker training website is about to undergo major changes. The long-time poker tutors have decided to stop producing new content on the website as of June 1, 2017.
In a blog post on the CardRunners blog, the company announced a new direction for the poker training website.
After June 1, a portion of the old paid content will be moved to YouTube. The videos will then become available for free.
CardRunners will remain a live website, but without paid members. Will customers of the poker training website ever get to see new videos again?
“Over the coming months we will periodically release new training content on our YouTube channel,” the blog post read.
The blog post assured members with paid long-term subscriptions they would receive a refund. Refunds will be pro-rated and “all ongoing monthly subscriptions will be cancelled.”
CardRunners staff concluded the blog post by thanking those who have been a part of the community over the years.
Following Ivey League’s Lead
CardRunners isn’t the only poker training website to close up shop recently. Ivey League, founded by poker legend Phil Ivey, has also decided to stop producing new content.
Ivey League had some of the most respected poker trainers in the world on staff. That included, of course, Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Cole South, Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger, and Jonathan Jaffe.
The Ivey League training videos range from hand analysis to preparing mentally to play poker. The website frequently uploaded original content, as did CardRunners.
With CardRunners and Ivey League moving away from paid poker training content, there aren’t many websites of this kind remaining. Doug Polk, one of the top heads-up specialists of all-time, could benefit.
He owns Upswing Poker, another poker training platform. Polk has made millions of dollars in live tournaments and online heads-up cash games.
His training website has been under fire from some poker players. Both Luke Schwartz and Salomon “Hashtag King” Ponte have accused him of running a “scam,” suggesting Polk can no longer make money playing poker so he’s forced to get his money from his training website.
Polk, however, continues to play in high stakes tournaments, although he doesn’t have as much time to play poker since he started a business. He will be competing in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas later this month.
Polk also released free content daily on his YouTube channel. His “Poker Hands” videos have become popular, often getting thousands of views. In these videos, the poker pro analyzes the play in random televised high stakes poker hands.
CardRunners has a similar format to Upswing Poker.