There’s a new iPad application called Poker Coach Pro, an automated and interactive e-book that shows hands like you would see online with the text based on the book “Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time” Volumes 1 and 2. The application is totally free and comes with a few hands built in for you to try. From there, you can buy hand histories to download and install inside the app. This way, you can get interactive training from some of the best tournament players grinding online games.
We got in touch with Matt Hilger, President of Dimat Enterprises, which authored the app. Along with chief developer Terry Windland, they gave us a unique insight into the program.
MacPoker.com: You’ve created a poker training application for the iPad. Could you comment on the planning and development time it took to execute the project?
Poker Coach Pro: The planning and development took several months. Apple has a very rich and robust software development environment and that accelerated the programming effort. Refining the user interface and testing added to the overall project timeline.
MacPoker.com: It appears that the initial application is free. From there, you can purchase hand histories to be quizzed and coached on. This is something new we’ve seen from a poker app. Why did you take this approach to the pricing model?
Poker Coach Pro: Since this is a first-of-its-kind approach to presenting a poker book, it is important that users be able to try it out first. We believe that once an aspiring poker player learns strategy in this manner, they will quickly recognize the value of both the content and the presentation style.
MacPoker.com: You have leveraged the knowledge from “Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time” Volumes 1 and 2 inside your application. What makes the knowledge from these two books vital for tournament players?
Poker Coach Pro: The app enables someone to tap into the knowledge from the two volumes of “Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time” and gain the insight from three professionals who have clearly demonstrated that they know how to win. The app will accelerate the learning curve for players and help them emulate tactics proven to be successful over multiple tournaments.
Users of the app can step through the action of each hand and read commentary from the pro as the hand unfolds. The app virtually puts the user in the chair at the table with a pro on his shoulder explaining how he read the table, the other players, the action in front of him, and how he reached his decisions on what to do at each stage of the hand. From stealing the blinds to all-in moves, users of this app can see the tactics in action as well as read about them.
MacPoker.com: It seems this might pave the way for a new field of interactive poker training. Is this potentially just the tip of the iceberg in a whole new space for the industry?
Poker Coach Pro: Just as aspiring poker players have embraced more aggressive styles, they have adopted progressive tools and employed technology to improve their games. This app has a number of advantages over traditional books and e-books. It reinforces learning in several ways better than viewing video-based training. The app is both repeatable and self-paced, so it can be used to learn and practice different tactics for different situations. We think that, over time, poker players will gravitate to this approach to speed up their learning and reinforce it through practice.
If you would like to learn more about the application, you can visit the developer website, NspiredPersuits.com, or if you have iTunes, you can visit the Poker Coach Pro Application inside the App Store.