It’s academic at WPT’s new academy

Oct 23, 2006 3:47 AM

For anyone wanting to learn the game without dealing with live bodies, check out the new Poker Academy learning center at the World Poker Tour web site.

The comprehensive poker education center uses authentic poker play from World Poker Tour final tables to provide a compelling, interactive learning tool for both poker enthusiasts and novices alike. It’s especially useful for those starting out, but not wanting to risk a lot of money learning from mistakes.

To ensure everyone in the poker community can experience the new WPT Academy, full access will be available on a free subscriber basis for a limited time.

Tied into a database of over 1700 final table hands during 13 WPT Season I tournaments — including 900 hands that never made it to air on the Travel Channel — WPT Academy features a vast database and ground-breaking features, including:

”¡ HANDSIM: A graphically compelling and sophisticated hand search engine and simulator. Utilizing hole camera data, bets and actions, and play-by-play details, HANDSIM allows users to search the database for players, hole card values, card combinations, odds percentages, position, pre-and post-flop and much more. This feature allows the novice to research how to play specific hands, positions, etc.

”¡ Video sessions with the pros: These short, engaging video tutorials are hosted by WPT stars, including WPT Player of the Year Gavin Smith, WPT Ladies’ Night stars Evelyn Ng and Vanessa Rousso, among many others. These entertaining, educational videos cover a variety of topics such as "Win It Now," "Aces," "Bluffing," "Aggressive Play," "Short Stack," and "Maximizing Value."

”¡ Interactive community: Enhancing the WPT Academy’s interactive experience, poker fans will be able to log on and comment on their favorite hands, submit their own analysis, rank hands — thus creating a community for WPT fans to share their thoughts about thousands of hands and reflect on how they were played.

”¡ Follow your favorites: Poker fans can follow their favorite players — even the hands they folded. WPT Academy features final table play-by-play from pokers’ best, including Scotty Nguyen, Doyle Brunson, Gus Hansen, John Juanda, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Kathy Liebert, Antonio Esfandiari, T.J. Cloutier and many more.

"Bringing together the depths of our content library and the vast number of WPT resources, WPT Academy provides for the poker community the foremost edge on all things poker," said James Revell, vice president of WPT Interactive. "We will continue populating the database, integrating fresh content and distributing new video lessons on a regular basis so that people will come back again and again to increase their knowledge in a fun and creative way. It’s an exceptional tool for the serious student to the person who just wants to win a bet on the best way to play pocket sixes."

The CEO and founder of the World Poker Tour believes the new Academy will help players go full circle from fans to players to, hopefully, tournament winners.

"Coupled with additional content pieces, such as articles, pictures and educational pieces, the WPT Academy will deliver the full circle poker experience — watching WPT on the Travel Channel, honing your game with the WPT Academy, and maybe even playing poker in a WPT tournament," said Steve Lipscomb.

For more information or to register for a free WPT Academy subscription, please visit www.worldpokertour.com. All components of the WPT Academy database and content are the exclusive property of the WPTE.