Hi. My name is James Sweeney, although I’m more known by my alias “SplitSuit” or “Split” for short. I’m the creator of SplitSuit.com and co-founder of Red Chip Poker (the poker training site).
I’m originally from a suburb outside of Chicago and I currently live in Vancouver, WA (about a stone’s throw away from Portland, OR) with my beautiful wife and our 12yr old son. I had a pretty normal childhood, performing well in school and playing a ton of sports. Sports sparked a very competitive nature in me, which eventually paved a natural path into poker.
I played poker a few times in high school, but it became a big part of my life in college. In fact, I met most of my college friends (many transitioning into life-long friends) in the first tournament we ran during orientation. Soon, weekly tournaments turned into daily online sessions, and a few years later I was coaching students and setting the groundwork for my first book.
SplitSuit.com was created my senior year of college as a place to blog and offer coaching. I was actually doing so much coaching that I decided against playing full-time after graduation and instead chose to play part-time and coach part-time. After Black Friday, with thousands locked up on Full Tilt, I decided to coach on a more full-time basis along and also spent time diversifying my skills learning graphic design, video editing, and others to round out my ‘jack of all trades’ skillset.
Over the last couple years I’ve been working hard to transform my skillset into something really valuable. Poker is a game that requires strong logic, creativity, and a ton of self-drive…and luckily those skills have converted into business as well. This has allowed me to co-found Red Chip Poker – a fast-growing poker training site focused on helping live $1/$2 and $2/$5 players. To write a couple mini-books. To begin offering webinars. And to release more poker content than pretty much anyone else in the market – complete with articles, YouTube videos, and a growing podcast.
As it is with poker, balance is crucial. The last few years have been an exercise in finding the balance between family, work, and the endless list of new projects I want to tackle. In experiencing this for myself it’s given me a new appreciation for the family-man (or family-woman!) that is trying to learn poker and grind alongside a job and family. Which has really altered the way I create content so it’s more effective and efficient. Because the quicker you can learn a concept, the quicker you can start using your new edge on the table and the more time you can ultimately spend doing as you wish!
My Goal With Poker Coaching:
My goal is to help poker players learn more, learn quicker, and ultimately win more. Poker is an incredibly complex game once you start digging, but that exploration should be fun! So whether it’s a podcast, video, or article – the whole point is to help you expand your poker brain in an efficient way. Because once you learn something, you can start putting that knowledge to use and profiting off it. So why not learn that skill as soon as possible!?
Things I Create & Offer:
Books: I’ve written one complete textbook: Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics and I’ve co-written a couple books including Red Chip Poker: Late Position and STOP! 10 Things Good Poker Players Don’t Do.
PRO Tip: When reading a book, read one chapter at a time. While reading make sure to have a piece of paper and pen handy. On that paper, draw a line down the middle and while reading write down things you learned on the left and things you have questions about on the right. That gives you a great starting point for future exploration!
Poker Videos: Over the last few years I’ve created well over 300 training videos, some free and some premium. Poker videos are one of the most powerful ways to learn poker since they work for audio-learners and visual-learners alike. Today you can find most of my free videos on ThePokerBank’s YouTube channel (which I manage and update weekly) – and my latest premium content can be found on Red Chip Poker with a PRO Membership!
PRO Tip: Make sure to take notes when watching videos. I actually wrote a complete article on Red Chip Poker about getting more value from every poker video.
Guides & Downloads: This is a new offering, but something students are loving. When I make a guide or spreadsheet that could benefit you, I do my best to release them. This saves you time, is a massive shortcut, and allows you digest things much quicker. Here are three of my most popular ones:
Calling 3bets Guide: http://www.splitsuit.com/hand-reading-in-3bet-pots
EV Spreadsheet: http://redchippoker.com/free-poker-ev-spreadsheet/
And make sure to enroll in my free 5-Day Hand Reading Course
Podcast: You don’t always have the time or focus to dive into a book or fire up a training video…but a podcast can fit the bill when it comes to learning something without hardcore focus. I host The Official Red Chip Poker Podcast and release a weekly episode to give you a mini-coaching session on important topics like Handling Downswings, Increasing Aggression, and How/Why You Should Play More Hands. Grab all the episodes and shownotes here: http://redchippoker.com/podcast/
Quizzes: This is something I started creating in 2015 and since then thousands of poker players have tested their skills. Quiz topics range from SPR and Hand vs Range knowledge, to fun things like Poker Player Types. Check out the complete list of poker quizzes here.
What’s Coming In 2016?
2016 is going to be a big year. I released The Hand Reading Lab in early 2016. I have 52 podcast episodes to create. I have 75+ videos to create. And I’m going to have my first booth at the WSOP! I also created the first-ever workbook on hand reading in poker. This is the perfect way to put all the knowledge and strategy you’ve picked up to real use in the comfort of your own home. Learn more about it here:
As you can see, there is always new content being created, but keeping up with it all can be time-consuming. So if you are interested, join my email list and receive weekly emails curating the best-of-the-best content for you. I send the occasional coupon code and free download as well!