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Athan S.

17 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, French, Mandarin, Latin
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1990
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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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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
Jim
Athan provided first rate poker instruction for our family members ranging in age from 11-50. He started us on the basics and after a few lessons it became one of our favorite family games. We would play on our own and then review our games with him. He answered all of our questions and gave excellent advice on play. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn this dynamic game.
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Joshua S.

38 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1999
  • Teaches students 6 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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!
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Zachary G.

12 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks english
  • Awarded 3rd place at the MGM Springfield 50k from MGM Springfield
  • Psychology from UMASS Amherst
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Zachary G.

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Experienced poker player of 6 years with over 50k in live earnings. Specializing in 1/2 and 2/5 cash game strategy as well as low-mid stakes tournament strategy. Lessons are designed and created around the student's goals, bankroll, and base knowledge of the game as a starting point. I will help you to understand the math behind decisions, average player tendencies at these stakes, and how to manage your money to be a long term winner at No Limit Texas Holdem'

About Zachary

I am a semi-professional poker player with 6 years of experience in low-mid stakes cash games and tournaments. After having multiple 4 and 5 figure scores on the felt, I feel I am qualified to help you on your poker journey to do the same. I am an avid student of the game and believe that studying

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Are you looking to put in an additional 80 cents on the dollar at your local 2/5 cash game? Sick of your AQ running into AK in MTTs? As one of Zach's students who has been reaching final tables more often as a result of his dedicated teaching, I can guarantee that you'll learn all the secrets no poker coach has ever taught you! You will be cashing MTTs at a higher rate than ever before! Don't miss this exclusive offer of $108 a lesson, sign up today to become a long term winning poker player! Operators are standing by.
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Eric W.

2 Reviews
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Starting at $20
  • Teaches students 18 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2015
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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.

23 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Bachelors in Fine Arts, sequence Acting from Illinois State University
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Awarded Dean's List from Illinois State University
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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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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.

John L.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2010
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John L.

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20 years experience, played in the biggest touraments with the best players in the world. With that said, have played against every level of competition and the education of those adaptation skills are crucial.

Detailed instruction with a big picture view of the game.

About John

Open-minded, innovative, understanding, positive and passionate. Experience at every level, whether you want to play for fun in your local game or desire to play at the highest-level. Adapting your skillset and mindset is crucial. I can help!

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing poker teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream poker teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

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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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"truly professional- patient- really provided excellent tips"
roger
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"He's a great teacher who really knows what he's talking about! Now we are moving to poker sites, (Betonline), and playing for real as are next lessons!"
David
Took Poker lessons from Randy 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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"It's was the first lesson he seems very educated about poker."
Mark
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"Enjoyed it and learned a lot—thanks, Athan!"
Cat
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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"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."
Diego
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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"Very helpful and clear info"
Brandon
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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"Athan is a great instructor. He's patient, methodical, and adaptive. We had him for a group lesson, and he made learning poker super fun and easy to understand for us newbies. Even my husband, who is a seasoned pro, said he got a lot out of it. Highly recommend!"
Sarah
Took Poker lessons from Athan 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
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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.