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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2010 | WSOP Poker Potpourri

WSOP Academy Brings Numerous Training Offerings to WSOP

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Others have tried to provide poker training at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, but there is truly no organization more fit to do so than the World Series of Poker Academy. And this year, the WSOP Academy is the exclusive provider of poker training for the WSOP at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Some amazing offerings are being promoted to make the experience profitable and open to everyone.

Everything kicks off with a two-day tournament academy that will coincide with the start of the WSOP. The $1,599 two-day class offers players an intense training session hosted by Mark Seif, Shawn Rice, and Mark Kroon, though other instructors are likely to pop in as well. All players - whether beginners, advanced players, or somewhere in between - would benefit from knowledge given about satellite play, various aspects of tournament play, and new ways to think about the game of poker. There will also be a tournament for seminar students that will award prizes.

On May 30, there will be a Live Hand Analysis Academy given by Shawn Rice. The $999 course will be a hands-on experience regarding situational concepts. Each player is guaranteed an instructor - as others will be available - at each table of ten players. The opportunity to ask questions on specific hands and situations that occur at the table will be present throughout the day-long course. Another Live Hand Analysis Academy will take place on June 10 for $999, but this will be geared toward women only. Annie Duke will be the primary instructor as women can gather in a gender-specific environment.

Another two-day academy will be offered on July 2 and 3, just before the start of the WSOP Main Event and geared toward players in the tournament. The advanced primer will be geared toward players with some tournament experience and teach them to make better decisions, fix leaks in their games, and handle situations that may arise. The seminars, live hand analysis sessions, and private no-limit holdem tournaments will be hosted by Annie Duke, Greg Raymer, Mark Seif, Shawn Rice, Court Harrington, and Mark Kroon. The regular prize is $1,999, but the course is currently on sale for $1,599 to those who purchase tickets early.

A brand new offering to the WSOP Academy curriculum is the Mind and Body Academy to be offered on July 4. The $499 course will allow Sam Chauhan, known as the mindset guru in the poker industry, to teach some of his techniques for getting in the correct mindset to win tournaments. Players like Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, and David Williams have hired Chauhan for personal sessions much like what he will teach in this course. Joe Navarro will also highlight the lineup as he discusses 200 nonverbal tells and uses observational exercises that players can use at poker tables.

Of the most interest to players will be the free weekend seminars. Each weekend - from 11am to 4pm each Saturday and Sunday - starting May 29, free seminars will be hosted in the Brasilia Room of the Rio Convention Center. The Educational Stage, near the Bad Beat Bar and Lounge area, will give the general public a place to learn from such poker instructors as Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Greg Raymer, Annie Duke, Mark Seif, Ali Nejad, Mike Caro, Mark Gregorich, and Bernard Lee. Navarro and Chauhan will be there with tips as well.

Players interested in the free courses may simply show up, but space will be limited, so early arrivals are encouraged. Those wishing to sign up for other seminars can do so at or by calling (800) 989-9767.

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