Online poker training websites are a relatively new medium to help convey learning poker techniques to their subscribers. Previously the only way you would have access to learn poker from a pro would probably be if you were related to them or happened to be good friends. Lately, however, pros have been more active on message boards and forums helping to get fledgling players feedback and tips on how to play better. The most recent development has come in the advancement of online poker training websites.
The typical route that online poker training companies take to teach poker players is by creating a video library database, forums, blogs, articles, and more, that subscribing students have access to in order to help them learn. The main selling point that these websites focus on is the video content. Some websites have more pros developing more content than others, some focus on heads up play only, some only focus on SNG and MTTS, etc. If you are looking to learn poker, websites such as these can be very educational, as well as profitable, for you.
While for anyone looking to learn poker the benefits are numerous, there are really no downsides that are obvious to the human eye. You essentially receive personalized coaching, access to discuss hands with the team of pros, forums to discuss poker and everything else with a poker community, blogs written by the pros and the opportunity to write your own blog, and more for mere pennies compared to what some of this interaction would cost you if you were charged an hourly rate from an individual pro.