RecPoker | Episode 531 – Alex “Assassinato” Fitzgerald

By Jim Reid
November 06, 2023

This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew interview Alex “Assassinato” Fitzgerald! You might know Alex from PokerHeadRush, or from his various training videos, or his award-winning books. Or maybe you even know him from the Oneouter podcast back in the day – wherever you know him from, you probably know that he’s made a career out of exploiting the other players at his poker table. Now based in Colorado, Alex spends most of his time coaching and creating training material for his fans and clients. On today’s show, he talks about common mistakes he sees players make, the importance of having a plan for studying and preparing, and shares some techniques (like flashcards) that have helped him work on spots or concepts that he wanted to internalize effectively. Alex also gets into the best way to get the most out of your love of poker, and takes some excellent questions from our YouTube chatters. We play Stake/Study/Stack with Matt Berkey, Steven Chidwick, and Isaac Haxton, and Alex ‘closes the action’ with some great answers in our speed round. Plus we give away a free prize at the end for folks in the YouTube chat. Join us LIVE on YouTube next Monday at 7:30 ET for free to ask our guests questions in real time, and you can win too!

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Alex is also active on Twitter as https://twitter.com/pokerheadrush

We also go over this week’s home game results and discuss these topics:
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00:15Welcome & Introduction
02:23Introduction to Alex Assassinato Fitzgerald
03:03Alex answers the question, What is your role in the poker world?
05:29Common mistakes players make (even experienced ones)
12:36Alex: a lot of the time, my warm-up is just doing a lesson in the morning
16:05Alex on managing his students’ expectations so they have a realistic goal
22:52Alex talks about his 5–10 vocabulary in his newsletter
30:08Applying conventional wisdom to a high-stakes tournament
35:44The usefulness of live tells 
40:08Alex: I think it’s completely up to you what kind of player you want to be
43:52Alex on Stake, Study, and Stack
54:49John: Home Game Result updates




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Jim Reid is the host of the RecPoker Podcast and one of the leaders of the free poker learning community at www.rec.poker where you can find an amazing array of training resources and social community activities to help you develop and share your love of this great game we call poker! Learn more about Jim […]

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