Jack Wilcox

Jack Wilcox


About Jack (quick intro).

Jack Wilcox was a professional poker player from Reading, UK. He was a successful $400NL and $600NL 6max NLHE player. He took shots at $1,000NL (mostly when the fish were around), as well as occasionally playing PLO.

Jack moved to Thailand with a group of other online poker players to for an extended holiday in early 2012. He died in a motorcycle accident on the 6th of February 2012, less than 3 weeks after arriving. He was 22 years old.

However, since he started playing poker in 2009, Jack has helped a lot of people to become better at poker. He was active on the 2+2 forums, and also spent time chatting with and coaching players via instant messenger. He started his own training site aimed at micro-stakes players. He also wrote a bunch of strategy articles and made training videos too – for free.

This page is here as a resource for links to all of his selflessly helpful work. We'll never know what great work he would have gone on to create, so we'll just have to settle for the amazing stuff he did leave us with.

Even though Jack is no longer with us, his work will continue to make a difference. His talent for teaching deserves to be benefited from for years to come, so here you go.


Note: Is Jack's strategy and advice any good?

I guess it worked:

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Jack Wilcox Holdem Manager Earnings Graph
Jack Wilcox earnings graph for $200NL and $400NL over 450,000 hands.
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Jack Wilcox Hoodlincs PokerTableRatings Results
Jack Wilcox ("Hoodlincs" at Full Tilt Poker) results according to PokerTableRatings.com.

And you know how some people are good at explaining stuff? Yeah, that's Jack as well. Enjoy.

ThePokerBank videos.

Video Type Level Stakes Game Length Date
Jack Wilcox 7 (Part 2/2) Session Replay Beginner $10NL 6max 68 mins 22 Mar 11
Jack Wilcox 7 (Part 1/2) Session Replay Beginner $10NL 6max 59 mins 21 Mar 11
Holdem Manager HUD Tutorial Intermediate - - 23 mins 22 Nov 10
Rush Poker (Part 2/2) Session Replay Beginner $25NL Rush 36 mins 03 Nov 10
Rush Poker (Part 1/2) Session Replay Beginner $25NL Rush 61 mins 24 Sep 10
Holdem Manager Guide Tutorial Intermediate - - 34 mins 23 Sep 10
Jack Wilcox 5 Hand Replayer Advanced $200NL 6max 33 mins 16 Sep 10
Jack Wilcox 4 Hand Replayer Advanced $400NL+ 6max 49 mins 19 Apr 10
Jack Wilcox 3 Hand Replayer Advanced $400NL+ 6max 27 mins 12 Mar 10
Jack Wilcox 2 Hand Replayer Intermediate $100NL+ 6max 42 mins 12 Mar 10
Jack Wilcox 1 Session Replay Beginner $25NL 6max 62 mins 12 Mar 10

HigherLevelPoker videos.

HigherLevelPoker.com is the micro-stakes training site that Jack founded.

Video Type Stakes Game Length
Playing in 3bet pots - Part 1 Hand History - - 37 mins
NL50 Session Review Hand Replayer $50NL 6max 39 mins
NL100 Leakfinder part 3 Session Replay $100NL 6max 41 mins
NL100 Leakfinder Part 2 Session Replay $100NL 6max 39 mins
NL100 Leakfinder Session Replay $100NL 6max 60 mins
Hand-reading Help Hand History $100NL 6max 16 mins
NL100 session Part2 Session Replay $100NL 6max 47 mins
NL100 session Part1 Session Replay $100NL 6max 52 mins
NL100 Full Ring Rush Member review 1/2 Member Review $100NL FR 49 mins
NL50 Hand History review Hand Replayer $50NL 6max 29 mins
NL100 Live session Live Session $100NL 6max 53 mins
Mideng part 2 Member Review $10NL 6max 39 mins
Mideng part 1 Member Review $10NL 6max 53 mins
Hoodlincs NL5 Rush Session Replay $5NL 6max 48 mins
100 NL Rush Poker - Part 1 Session Replay $100NL Rush 48 mins
Back to Basics: The importance of Position Concept - - 15 mins
Fixing Leaks: Maximising EV vs the Fish Concept - - 27 mins
Concept of the week 8: Blind vs Blind play Concept - - 20 mins
Concept of the week 7: Calling 3bets Concept - - 23 mins
Concept of the Week 6: 4-betting Concept - - 23 mins
Concept of the Week 5: 3betting in position Concept - - 25 mins
Concept of the Week 4: 3betting out of position Concept - - 29 mins
Concept of the Week 3: Pot-Control Concept - - 36 mins
Concept of the Week 2: Floating Concept - - 19 mins
Concept of the Week 1: Check-raising as a bluff Concept - - 20 mins

Note: There are a few "Part 1"s and "Part 1/2"s without their sequels. I don't believe I've missed the other parts, I just don't think Jack had chance to finish them. I decided to keep the original titles as they are.

PokerVIP videos.

Video Type Stakes Game Length
Bitesize Concept: 4-Bet Bluffing Concept - 6max 16 mins
Bitesize Concept - Value Betting the River Concept - 6max 18 mins
Bitesize Concept - Fold Equity Concept - 6max 16 mins
Bitesize Concept - Implied Odds Concept - 6max 15 mins
Concepts to Crush SSNL: Blind vs Blind Concept - 6max 39 mins
Concepts to Crush SSNL: 3-bet pots post-flop Concept - 6max 32 mins
Concepts to Crush SSNL: 3-Betting Concept - 6max 26 mins
Concepts to Crush SSNL: Position Concept - 6max 25 mins
Concepts to Crush SSNL: Floating Concept - 6max 31 mins

YouTube videos.

Video Type Stakes Game Length
Beginner's guide to Poker. Part 1/5 Concept - - 12 mins
Micro-stakes Poker cash game Strategy 3/3 Session Replay $5NL 6max 15 mins
Micro-stakes Poker cash game Strategy 2/3 Session Replay $5NL 6max 15 mins
Micro-stakes Poker cash game Strategy 1/3 Session Replay $5NL 6max 15 mins

Note: These videos are unique to YouTube. There are also copies of Jack's HLP videos on the same HigherLevelPoker YouTube Channel

Forum Posts/Threads.

jackwilcox1 2+2 Member Profile

Title Location Type Description
NL10 - NL 200 Experiment 2+2 Forum Thread Jack's plan was to move from $10NL to $200NL and document his progress. But he basically ended up giving advice for 57 pages.
Math Post: How to calculate the EV of a play 2+2 Forum Thread How to calculate expected value, Jack Wilcox style. Posted in the beginners forum, but quite a complex example using a preflop 4bet/call spot with JJ in the CO.
Should a beginner play SNGs or cash games? 2+2 Forum Thread Self-explanatory. Jack weighs up the two games and analyses the profit potential of both.
Understanding relative hand strength 2+2 Forum Thread Explanation and example of relative hand strength.


Title Location Date
5 Tips to improve your game away from the tables HigherLevelPoker.com 29 Nov 2011
Beginner Strategy: Relative Hand Strength HigherLevelPoker.com 6 Nov 2011
Beginner Strategy: The importance of Position HigherLevelPoker.com 6 Nov 2011
Playing Blind vs Blind HigherLevelPoker.com 25 Oct 2011
Fixing Leaks: Winning more money vs the Fish HigherLevelPoker.com 22 Oct 2011
Breaking down your winrate HigherLevelPoker.com 9 May 2011
Advanced strategy: Floating the flop HigherLevelPoker.com 14 Apr 2011
Exploiting Aggressive 3bettors: Calling their 3bet and check-raising all in on the flop HigherLevelPoker.com 3 Apr 2011
Intermediate strategy: Check-raising as a bluff HigherLevelPoker.com 1 Apr 2011
Advanced Strategy: How often does your opponent need to 3bet, so that you can 4bet/call TT? HigherLevelPoker.com 28 Mar 2011
Beginner Strategy: Continuation Betting HigherLevelPoker.com 26 Mar 2011
The real objective of poker, and how to think about your winrate properly HigherLevelPoker.com 27 Feb 2011
3betting preflop in the micro stakes HigherLevelPoker.com 27 Feb 2011
How to properly analyse whether semi-bluffing by raising all in is profitable HigherLevelPoker.com 26 Feb 2011
Calling from the blinds vs a steal HigherLevelPoker.com 26 Feb 2011
The Red Line ThePokerBank.com 16 Nov 2011

More about Jack.

Jack Wilcox – By Greg Walker

I'm Greg, the guy behind this site.

I was genuinely fortunate enough to know Jack in person. That's a cliché, but I don't care. It's true.

It annoys me that everyone speaks so highly of people when they pass away, because it it takes weight away from what I'm going to say about Jack. Jack was awesome, and it's not his death that makes him that way.

How I knew Jack.

We weren't bestest buddies or anything. We just did some work together, lived nearby, and chatted every time we saw each other. But that was enough. That was enough to know the kind of man Jack was.

It was always enjoyable to bump in to him – you never had to think of anything to say because he had that covered for you. He always had something interesting for both of us to talk about. As hard as I may have tried, I couldn't have an awkward conversation with him.

I regret not getting to know him more than I did, because he would have made a damn good friend. I missed out there.

Jack's Flat We were kinda neighbours for a while. I'm sure he saw me walking around my flat naked – on more than one occasion. Sorry about that, Jack.

We both started at Swansea University in 2007. We weren't on the same course (Jack = Business, Me = Physics), but I came to meet him through my girlfriend who was also on the same course as him.

I heard he was the president of the poker society, but I just assumed he was just an average live player with limited skill. Didn't take long to do a quick browse around his posts at 2+2 to learn that he was actually much better than I was/am. So impressive in fact I felt a little inferior. His grammar in forum posts is atrocious though, so that made me feel a bit better. Still, he always knew what he was talking about when it came to strategy.

Anyway, where I had dropped out after just 1 year, Jack went on to juggle both online poker and University, earning a 2:2 Bsc Business Management in 2010. My girlfriend was graduating at the same time as him, so it was cool to be there to see him pick up his degree.

So what was Jack really like?

  • Suave. Very suave.
  • I'll admit, good looking. He was as good looking in real life as he is in photos.
  • Tall as well. So yeah, overall genetically attractive. I think I'll have to leave it there though as my girlfriend will be reading this.
  • He did what he liked. Not in an obnoxious way though. He just put his ideas in to motion without worrying about what other people may think. One of those people.

That's about as much as I know. Again, I didn't know him amazingly well, but I knew him well enough to know all that. I'm an excellent judge of character, and I could judge that Jack's character was excellent.

The more I think about Jack the more I realise what a loss to the human race he is. He had selfless ideas and goals, and it hurts to think about what we'll be missing out on. The last big plan of his that I remember involved setting up a hostel for young people travelling to Swansea.

Jack and ThePokerBank.

I noticed he started dabbling in making poker training videos for the 2+2 community in mid 2009 (in his NL 10 - NL 200 Experiment thread), so I took advantage of this by asking if he'd like to make some training videos for ThePokerBank. Being Jack and loving the idea to help even more people, he obliged.

He asked for so little in return for videos he was essentially making them for free. It must have worked out to less than minimum wage. As I keep saying, Jack really just loved to teach, and he loved to help.

Jack's First Video: I can't find a copy of the first video Jack made for 2+2. Here's the post on 2+2 about it, but it was uploaded to MegaUpload so I can't re-download it. If you've got it, can you let me know at greg [at] thepokerbank.com? That would be amazing to find.

Jack Wilcox 1 was the first video he made for this site. I was happy that he charged so little, as the audio wasn't great (just technical teething problems) and needing some fixing. But as expected, the content was (and always will be) typical Jack Wilcox quality. Easy to follow and easy to learn from. He was a natural teacher.

I wish I could have squeezed more videos and articles out of him, but he had plans of his own.

Closing thoughts.

I've not written anything like this before, so I'm not sure how this part goes. I think I'm supposed to finish with a lingering sad thought or memory.

Whatever. I can do better than that. Instead, click this link (not yet, in a sec).

That link will take you back to the top of this page, back to Jack's anthology. Watch, listen to and read all the great advice, and use it to become a better poker player. That's why Jack made it all, and that's what it will do if you take his advice onboard.

Thanks for the tips Jack!

Another insight in to how cool Jack was.

It's easy to find kind words about someone when they're no longer with us. For Jack, however, this makes no difference. Here are a few things posted about him on his PokerTableRatings.com player profile before he passed away:

Jack's Flat The comments other players left about Jack on PokerTableRatings before he died.

If you're not familiar with the world of online poker, you won't grasp the gravity of these 5 simple comments. Poker involves trying to win money from other people, and understandably not everyone enjoys being on the losing end of this process. As a result, abusive comments about other players are standard.

It's kinda like trying to make friends in the comments section of a video about religion on YouTube.

So to see such comments like Came to my table, asked to 3-4 table and when I wasn't up to it, replied very polite. Seems solid isn't just a pleasant surprise, it's incredible.

And no, no comments have been removed or edited since his death to make the page look better. I know this because I checked up on Jack's stats myself from time to time, and nothing has altered.

Want to add something here? greg [at] thepokerbank.com

Other links.

More tributes to Jack Wilcox.

Have I missed anything? Send me an email at greg [at] thepokerbank.com and I'll add it to this page.

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