Prepare for a brand
new year of poker

Jan 1, 2007 5:48 AM

There’s always optimism associated with the start of a new year. As poker players, sometimes we need a little mental and spiritual "transfusion" to get ourselves back on track.

I’m hoping for some great things to happen, poker-wise this year. Of course, there are the many tournaments coming up that I would like to be a part of.

In addition, I’d like to continue the series of workshops and camps that we started last year. There are some great poker rooms and poker managers around town that I’ve come to know and respect and, hopefully, we’ll be able to get together in the hopes of advancing poker playing in Las Vegas.

So, over the next few weeks, keep an eye out for some announcements about free poker seminars and workshops that I will be staging, in conjunction with some of Las Vegas’ great poker rooms.

For now, I’d like to mention a new series of workshops offered by Harrah’s properties, in conjunction with the World Series of Poker.

These World Series of Poker (WSOP) Academies feature hands-on instruction, often by some of the top players in the world.

Currently, the resident professional poker instructors include Phil Hellmuth, Greg Raymer and Scott Fischman, all of whom are WSOP bracelet winners, and, are ready to impart their secrets, skills and knowledge to help anyone become a threat at the poker table.

Another name added to the roster of instructors is Joe Navarro, a former FBI agent who is responsible for single handedly re-writing the book on poker tells and non-verbal behavior by applying his work for 25 years as an interrogator to the poker felt.

The WSOP Academy events put emphasis on poker education and interaction with the pros and fellow attendees. Both events (two-day and three-day workshops) are comprised of poker seminars, interactive workshops and the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned with the pros.

Each WSOP Academy will feature in-depth poker seminars focusing on Texas Hold’em. There will also be live demonstrations at the poker tables illustrating their approach on how to play hands at critical times during a tournament or cash game.

Academy attendees will also play in a private, live No Limit Hold’em Tournament with the pros with an opportunity to win an entry into the WSOP Main Event including all expenses, hotel and airfare. These tournaments will give players the chance to apply the skills and knowledge they’ve developed at the Academy and put it into practice.

There are three Academies scheduled over the next few months. The first will be held January 27-28 in Tunica, Mississippi at the Grand Casino Tunica. The two-day event costs $1699.

A similar two-day Academy will be held April 7-8 at Caesars Indiana in Elizabeth.

A more expansive three-day academy will be held in June at Caesars Palace at a cost of $2199.