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Athan S.

21 Reviews
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Starting at $150
  • Speaks Spanish, French, Mandarin, Latin
  • MBA from Yale University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Athan S.

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Yale MBA and Cornell BA and former professional poker player. I paid my way through undergrad and grad school playing and teaching poker (both online and live).

About Athan

- Yale MBA and Cornell BA - Expert in international business - have built 7 businesses myself, around the world - Former professional poker player - Former Cornell Varsity tennis player - Fluent in Spanish and proficient in French I've been tutoring since I was 8 years old (yes, 8 years old!

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Michelle Adam Pinkert
We gave a poker lesson with Athan to our son for his 19th birthday. It was the best! Athan was extremely responsive and well prepared asking us in advance what our son wanted to work on. He made it fun while learning many skills. Highly recommend Athan!
Diego R.
Athan is very knowledgeable in the game of Poker. He has taught me the concepts needed to take my game to the next level. He has guided me in the right direction and I'm looking forward to more lessons with him.
Brandon
Very helpful and clear info
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Jasmine L.

10 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Speaks Italian, Spanish, Tagalog
  • Awarded Highest Honors for Master's Capstone Project from UCLA School of Public Affairs
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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Jasmine L.

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Sessions include instruction, practicing, and honing skills as needed. I have years of tutoring experience and adapt my tutoring style to the student's learning style.

About Jasmine

I love to teach and tutor kids and adults of all ages in many different subjects. I pride myself in customizing my lessons to suit each individual's learning style and goals. I try to keep my lessons fun and relaxed while ensuring that we still work hard and learn.

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isabella P.
She is very patience with my daughter! Great!
Chloe
She said she couldn’t help me unless we were on zoom. No one told me this and I don’t know how to do zoom. So then she told me to connect to her on the computer and not my phone so I tried that. That didn’t work. So she looked at my screen and told me it was blurry. Then after all that we lost connection and she was unwilling to reschedule so I could actually get what I paid for which was help!!! All my other teachers on here have been good, but I can’t recommend jasmine as it was a complete waste of my money.
Jane S.
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Joshua S.

44 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 6 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1999
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Joshua S.

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I teach and play poker extensively. Winning at poker is a lot more than luck. It is about the skill of reading people, understanding incentives, math, and storytelling. When this all makes sense, you can win regularly in poker. I'll teach you how to win, and win consistently.

About Joshua

Mr. S is an accomplished public speaker (Third place in the Regionals for the 2006 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking and over 40 wins in various speech contests). He is also an avid, and successful poker player. By profession, Mr. S is a distinguished corporate, communication a

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Sohum
A wonderful teacher who genuinely listens,

He understands public speaking to the point where it’s art for him. His techniques are original and are crafted for the current world. He’s an internationally recognized, high-end speaking coach.
Yolanda R.
Very energetic and knows his craft.
Giammarco
Very insightful and fun learning!

Eric W.

2 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 18 and up
  • Cyber Security from Central Penn College
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Eric W.

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Looking to play poker like the pros or maybe just a house game with friends? I teach a few types of poker from basic 5 card draw to house games such as daylight baseball. We do not teach Omaha!!! I also include betting techniques to help you get the most out of each hand. I started playing the game of hold'em with my grandfather at the ripe age of 8. I have placed in the money in many tournaments in my life and have won countless dollars in house games across the country. So if you are looking to learn the game for the first time or maybe you want to refine the skills you currently have let's get started right now!

About Eric

I have 25+ years experience playing all varieties of poker. I have won countless dollars playing house games all over the country and have placed in the money in several medium stakes tournaments I was taught at the ripe age of 8 to play the game and so much more. I learned how to spot tells, bett

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Roxann
I am not sure if this is a coincidence but I won my first tournament in a verrrry long while after just two lessons. Eric is easy to talk to and I like his lesson plan. I will be signing up for more lessons to continue sharping up my poker skills.
Roxann
Easy to talk to. Takes time to listen Thorough. Knows his poker. Has a good lesson plan.
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Randy S.

24 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Awarded Dean's List from Illinois State University
  • Teaching since 2012
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Randy S.

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I have played a lot of on-line Texas Hold-Em. My biggest take was a 12k win. I understand the game from the basics to the more advanced techniques. I have worked for on-line sites, played many live tournaments, table play etc...
THIS IS TEXAS HOLD 'EM ONLY.
This class is directed more at the beginner and the "intermediate" player who feels stuck, unable to move to the upper echelon. This class is a stout review of the solid basics required to win more than you lose. That is, to come out ahead in the long run, instead of walking away at the wrong time, or simply playing bad hands or getting pulled into expensive pots on a draw. If you understand any of this description, this class is for you. If not, I would look elsewhere. This is not a class for advanced players. I am an advanced player and such a pairing would be an attempt at lateral instruction and that dynamic rarely works in my experience.

About Randy

I have always been an actor first, it is the craft and discipline in which I hold my advanced degrees; it is my first and eternal love. There really isn't much more one could add to such a claim. Simultaneously I have believed a teacher is born, not bred; and I was born to be in theatre, and now, w

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Kariem
First off. Just want to say that we had to cancel our first session. However, I really like this guy because he had kept it real and set it straight on the reason why the session was cancel. He was very sick that day and he didn't want to be involved with the session not being at 100%. Respect! I wouldn't have wanted him not being at his best either. Takes alot of guts for a person to confess that. I really appreciated the honesty because that explains how passionate Randy is about the craft.
Second of all, when we did our first session, I had to deal with a rough technical patch of trying g to join in for the session. He had no problem helping me with this technical glitch rather than allowing TakeLessons (who I was unable to reach because of matainace issues), to handle it. He helped 5he TakeLessons team. A plus Randy! Though I had to finally use another device to finally join the session, Randy was still willing to have patience and help me with the tech problem.
Lastly, Randy brought a warm feeling to the session and yet sincere. He made me feel welcomed, which opened me up more during this session. This helped because I am uncomfortable with improv but want to get better. He understood this and gave a real honest approach. Also, he informed me that we were going to get a gist of my performance level and work from there. Furthermore, we were going to ease our way into improvement. This gave me alot more balance than other improv classes. He is even willing to give me a little homework that I can practice in prep for next week.
Randy is very encouraging and I enjoyed our first session. I'm exited for next week!
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"Enjoyed it and learned a lot—thanks, Athan!"
Cat
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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"Randy is a first rate coach. He is knowledgeable, experienced, and with an easy going natural style. Was very adaptable to my level of experience and was patient - no question was too dumb. I highly recommend him without any reservation. I have already booked my next session."
Enrique
Took Poker lessons from Randy S.
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"Wow. Poker is not so intimidating any more. Athan really put things into perspective and has made my game vastly better."
Bobby
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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"Easy to talk to. Takes time to listen Thorough. Knows his poker. Has a good lesson plan."
Roxann
Took Poker lessons from Eric W.
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"Randy has been instrumental in leading me through the basics and providing insights furthering my awareness to the game of Poker."
Victoria
Took Poker lessons from Randy S.
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"After lessons, I won a tournament! He was a great teacher!"
David
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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"Amazing, highly recommended Ethan,he was focused , Concerned, patients , listened to every world that I said and he cames out with an excellent example and result and solution. Can't wait to get more lesson with him and see my self in the right track with a great coach player like him.
Best Regards"
Mehrnoosh
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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"Just the beginning for a beginner (me) in Poker, and Randy hit the right points to start!"
victoria
Took Poker lessons from Randy S.
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"These lessons paid themselves off in spades 🙂. Athan charges a pretty high rate but it’s easily worth it."
Feng
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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"Athan is an excellent teacher. Very enthusiastic about the subject.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the lessons.

Allen"
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Private Poker Lessons Near You

Poker refers to a whole group of card games that involve wagering bets and determining winners based on the combination of cards in hand at the end of a round. The most commonly played variant of poker is probably Texas Holdem. Other variants like stud poker and draw poker are quite popular, too.

Whether playing at home, in a local club, or at a nationally recognized tournament, poker is a fun pastime and well-worth learning with a private poker teacher. Break out your piggy banks, sunglasses, and poker face, get ready to impress your friends with your skill at the card table. 

Why Learn to Play Poker?

The fun of the game and the thrill of winning or losing a bet — whether you're playing for popcorn, chores, or cash — are reason enough to learn to play poker. Many aspects of the game are also quite good for your health and mind! A game of skill, poker requires exquisite concentration, reading of facial expressions and gestures, and mental gymnastics. As a result, it's great for strengthening your mind and communication skills. Flipping chips, while awaiting your turn, also improves coordination. 

In addition to all that, poker's a great way to make new friends and to spend time with your existing ones. Join a poker club or put out some snacks and invite your friends over. Whether you're an expert or a novice, gathering with friends for conversation, fun, and wagers is a great way to spend an evening. 

The Best Way to Learn Poker and What'll You'll Practice in Lessons

Although it's easy to find lots of free poker lessons and tutorials online, the best way to learn poker is with a private poker tutor. In private lessons, you'll receive your instructor's undivided attention and the kind of one-on-one, personalized instruction that simply isn't available in a larger class or with online videos. As you receive immediate feedback from your teacher, you'll overcome personal challenges and improve your game quickly. 

Plus, every personal poker lesson is different! Teachers customize each class with the student's goals, interests, experience level, and preferred learning styles in mind. For example, poker classes for kids are quite different in terms of teaching methods and content from poker lessons for adults. No matter your age or skill level, you'll stay motivated and interested, while you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Poker

If you've never played poker before or have only played a few hands, then beginner lessons are for you. In these classes, your poker teacher will introduce you to the rules of the game, starting with basic poker and then learning variants of the game. Your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Rules (Texas Holdem, 5 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw, 7 Card Draw, etc.)
  • Rank hands from highest to lowest
  • Understanding your position
  • Basic bet sizing

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Poker

If you're fairly familiar with poker but would like to improve your play, then you'll likely be most at-home in intermediate-level lessons. In these classes, your teacher will introduce you to new strategies for play. You'll learn about odds with different hands and how to put on your best poker face under pressure.  Your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • To raise or not to raise
  • Recognizing strong hands on the flop
  • Learning not to over-bluff
  • Strategies for questionable hands

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Poker

If you already consider yourself a skilled player but would like to work to become a professional-level poker player, then advanced lessons are for you. In these courses, you'll have the opportunity to train and play your hand against a highly experienced poker player. You'll learn professional strategies and game theory to improve your odds of winning. Content included in advanced lessons depends greatly on the student's interests and goals, but your teacher might cover the following:

  • Learn to size up your opponents
  • Responding to raises strategically
  • How to control the pot
  • How to make blocker bets

How to Find a Poker Teacher Near You

If you're ready to perfect your stone-cold poker face, then it's time to sign up for lessons with a private poker tutor. Luckily, TakeLessons makes it easy to find any sort of teacher. A quick search will direct you to a list of highly qualified and experienced poker teachers who offer lessons in person and online to students of all ages and abilities. Before choosing a tutor, we recommend browsing several profiles and reading reviews left by other aspiring card sharks. 

The price of poker classes varies, but most teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, it's easy to find someone who'll fit your budget and schedule. Plus, you'll find that investing in private classes pays off fast, as you learn new techniques, strategies, and improve your poker skills after just a few lessons.