RecPoker | Episode 553 – Ben Ludlow

By Jim Reid
January 23, 2024

This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew interview live pro Ben Ludlow! Ben talks about transitioning to life as a travelling pro and how he selects which games to play (hint – he likes RunGood events!). He also talks about how his study of the game has changed over the years, the difference between cash play and tournament mindset, and how he adjusts his play against different player types. Finally, he discusses how to spot more and less experienced players at the tables, what information to pay attention to while playing live, and how to record that information effectively.

Plus we play Stake/Study/Stack with Brian Winter, Jeff Platt, and Clayton Fletcher, we Close The Action with our speed round, and 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!

Ben is active on Twitter as https://twitter.com/Bloodlow

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03:31Getting to know Ben Ludlow
05:51Traveling to play in North America
09:37How Ben chooses a tournament
13:44Ben: success can come when you’re making a mistakes
17:41Venetian and Wynn are good places that take care of their players
20:17Refining skill sets and moving between tournaments and cash play
26:22Ben on playing mixed games
28:26Advice to an inexperienced player who wants to try mixed games
32:03How Ben identifies a less-experienced player on a table
37:55Playing in live: Ben’s way to remember information in his game
41:45Ben plays the game Stake, Study, or Stack and Closing the Action
47:45John: 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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