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Athan S.

13 Reviews
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Starting at $150
  • Speaks Spanish, French, Mandarin, Latin
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • 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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Athan is an excellent teacher. Very enthusiastic about the subject.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the lessons.

Allen
Susie E.
Athan was great. Can’t wait for next lesson
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Joshua S.

37 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1999
  • Awarded Third Place, World Championship of Public Speaking - Regionals from Toastmasters International
  • BFA Theatre from University of Southern California
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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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Diego
Joshua is a great teacher and very knowledgeable in Poker. He understands where you are at and will help you to improve your game.
YUKI ITO
Joshua is the most amazing teacher that we have ever met. His teaching style opened my daughter's eyes wide to figure out what the real public speaking stands for.
YUKI ITO
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Zachary G.

8 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks english
  • Psychology from UMASS Amherst
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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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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Robert F Gardner
I can already tell that Zach is definitely going to help me with my poker game! He was prepared and was very professional. Answered all of my question and also told me of future plans for future session. I am so happy I finally took the plunge to get some one on one poker training!
Paul
I went from losing 1/2 no limit player to winning 2/5 player in just 15 sessions with Zach. He really knows how to simplify the difficult spots
George
Zach was really knowledgeable and an easy guy to learn from. I just shipped my first tournament win over 5k and I have him to thank for it

Bruno B.

Teaches Online
Starting at $84
  • Speaks English, Portuguese
  • Teaches students 18 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Bruno B.

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I will help you develop a strategy that works for you. No made pre flop ranges. Not trying to impose you the way I play the game. Poker is a very complex game and understanding your context is very important to build a profitable and comfortable strategy for you. The initial step of my program is to identify your current level and limitations, including agressiveness, bankroll, objectives and slowly introducing concepts that will change your game (Forever) without making you risk more than you should.
Ps.: I am specialized in Live cash games.

About Bruno

Hello my name is Bruno and I simply LOVE POKER. I am a semi pro player (I play part time) but every time I play I want to crush the tables. It was not always like that and before working hard on my game I was a big loser so I know exactly what does it take to fine tune your game and turn you into

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Alexander S.

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Starting at $25
  • Teaching since 2015
  • Teaches students 15 and up
  • Associates Degree of Music Performance from Grossmont College
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Alexander S.

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Poker is such a fun and intellectual game! Beyond knowing how to play, you need to be able to look at someone and based on just a few rounds of card playing with them, you need to be able to assess what kind of player they are.

Ranges, bluffs, riding it out, all these tactics are based on understanding how your opponent is working. Pot value, bet ratio, all these need to be considered when you're playing.

Working with me, we'll go over all the basics and the fundamentals of good playing so that you don't have to worry if you're doing it right, you'll know you have it right. From there we'll learn and discover ways of finding ranges of your cards, calculation the odds of your opponents cards, and discovering knew ways to interpret and understand moves your opponent makes.

Let's get started, see you at the tables.

About Alexander

Hi! It's a pleasure to meet you. You're interested in playing poker? It's an amazing game and you can never knew too much. I have enjoyed playing poker for over a decade, but my passion is in teaching it to other so they can enjoy it too. There is so much that goes into being a good poker player, b

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Randy S.

23 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Bachelors in Fine Arts, sequence Acting 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.

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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!

Average Cost of Poker Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute poker lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $93 per hour.
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"Athan was great. Can’t wait for next lesson"
- Susie
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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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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"I've used Athan for several lessons now and he's become a friend. Happy to write this review for him (though I secretly don't want other players to get the same coaching :)). I can't recommend him enough as he's saved me tons of money and has made me much more. Athan is so smart and analytical. I already knew how to play before we started but I wasn't winning much if at all, in my home games and in casinos both in cash games and in tournaments. Athan came with a completely custom lesson plan and helped break apart how to think about the game in general, how to play players, the math, specific leaks/weak spots, and different situations. Just try one lesson and I think you'll see the same."
- Edward
Took Poker lessons from Athan S.
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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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"I purchased a lesson with Athan as a Christmas gift and received RAVE reviews from his student about the experience! He loved the interaction and the way Athan was able to tailor the lesson very specifically to hone certain skills. Athan was extremely professional, easy to interact with and overall a great instructor. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to improve his/her poker playing.!!"
- Joe
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"truly professional- patient- really provided excellent tips"
- roger
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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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"Athan is patient, professional and really knows the game. His input has been invaluabgle and I am winning!"
- Robert
Took Poker lessons from Athan 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
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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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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.