Learn Poker from the Pros
by Alex J. Coyne © 2017 Gifts and Supplies for Card Players
The best place to learn how to play poker like a professional would be from the professionals themselves. Check out Alex’s list of the best places to learn poker from the pros, including free poker lessons, one-on-one Skype tuition, video tutorials, downloads, books and more.
Visit Pro Poker School for a tonne of free instructional and tournament play videos, articles and a comprehensive poker message board. Start here with lessons for beginners (including Poker Odds and Shuffling Basics) or go here for more information about one-on-one poker coaching through Skype ($75/hour) with player Brett ‘Gank’ Jungblut.
Part of MIT’s OpenCourseware program, this introduction to poker theory presented by Kevin Desmond is available absolutely free at MIT’s website. You can also take a look at Poker Theory and Analytics, or take any of the other multitude of courses available through Opencourseware.
Poker-Coach.com is a handy catalogue of poker instructors. Each entry includes a short write-up on what the instructor has to offer, how much they charge for their lessons and their direct contact details. It gives you everything you need to pick from a wide list of pro players (each with their own specialty!) including Adam Stemple, Bill Hubbard and Christian Bond.
Tom McEvoy is a seasoned poker champion, teacher and author of several widely-read books on poker. You can contact him through his website to order his books and teaching materials, or you can go straight ahead and schedule individual or group lessons.
Ivey League was founded by pro poker player Phil Ivey. He’s a regular on lists of the best coaches out there, though some of the methods employed by Ivey Poker has drawn a bit of criticism before. Still, there are many poker professionals signed up and teaching through Ivey League, which makes it worth checking out. You can find a full list of their coaches here.
Daniel Negreanu is a highly-experienced poker pro, and he’s got a real easy, no-pressure style of sharing his tips. He’s won several World Series’, been player of the year – for several years. He’s also starred in a couple of flicks and TV shows, including X-Men Origins: Wolverine. What’s cooler than that? Check out his free poker lessons, poker blog, video blog, forum or book store. Oh, and you can also download PokerStars for PC or Mac.
Pokerology should be one of your first stops if you’re looking to learn more about the art of playing poker. Most of the resources on the website are offered for free, and you can find poker lessons covering Beginner Basics, General Concepts, Bluffing and more, a huge library of poker video lessons, handy reference charts and the Pokerology forum.
BLACKJACK BONUS: MIKE APONTE
Okay, well, this one technically applies to Blackjack, not Poker, but you might want to include it on your list if you’re serious about cards. The name Mike Aponte might ring a bell if you’re familiar with the MIT Blackjack Team, or if you’ve seen the flick ‘21’. Mike was the leader of the MIT Blackjack Team, and now he’ll teach you what he knows about cards – though particularly Blackjack.
Where do you get your expert poker lessons?