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WSOP Academy to Host Main Event Advanced Primer

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The 2008 WSOP main event is just around the corner, and the title of world champion is at stake. But to get there, it will require a great amount of training and strategizing. Where better to get that than the WSOP Academy in an advanced level course just before the start of the main event?

Just days before the “big dance” starts at the WSOP, the World Series of Poker Academy will host a Main Event Primer Advanced Academy from June 29th through July 1st. It will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The three-day poker camp has been designed specifically for players preparing for the main event at the World Series, with its most advanced curriculum ever established for any academy to date. It will consist of advanced seminars, live hand demonstrations, and three private tournaments. While one of those tournaments will be a warm-up with critiques and the opportunity to ask questions about plays, not to mention $2,500 in prize money, the two main tournaments will award one seat each into the $10K buy-in main event at the WSOP. Two seats!

Instructors for the pre-main event academy include Phil Hellmuth, Greg Raymer, Annie Duke, Mark Seif, Phil Gordon, Joe Navarro, and Alex Outhred. All but one have experience at the World Series of Poker, with two being WSOP main event champions and two others having won bracelets in other WSOP events in recent years. And Joe Navarro is the master of tells, as his career as an FBI profiler and authorship of several books on the subject indicates. In addition, they have all become highly skilled poker instructors and know how to put together a concise but detailed program that makes the $1,999 price tag worth its price in poker skills that will undoubtedly turn into poker winnings.

Not only are these proven winning players ready to convey years of knowledge to Academy participants over the course of the three days, but it is an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the pros, get autographs and photos with them, and play in the course tournaments with them. It is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the business.

Brandon Rosen of Post Oak Productions, production company of the WSOP Academy, said, “Our Main Event Primer is the jewel of the WSOP Academy season, and we’re elevating the level of instruction this year by offering our most advanced curriculum ever, all taught by an unprecedented roster of champion poker players. With our team of world-class instructors, our Main Event Primer-Advanced Academy will give players all the confidence and skills they need to take on the massive field at the Main Event.”

Keep in mind that space is limited, and the event is expected to sell out in advance. For details and registration information, visit

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