Athan Slotkin
Santa Monica, CA
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Athan Slotkin

Athan S.

Santa Monica, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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 S.

- 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!). I love my students and helping them achieve their dreams!

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Diego R.
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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.

Posted Oct 17, 2020
Brandon
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Very helpful and clear info

Posted Sep 11, 2020
Jim
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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.

Posted Sep 8, 2020
amanda
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Athan is a fantastic teacher and communicator. To shake things up a bit this summer, I arranged an online poker lesson with Athan for my son. I saw later that Athan's resume is super impressive -- Yale, Cornell, professional poker player, CEO multiple times over. So impressive, actually, that leading up to the lesson I was wondering whether he and my son would even be able to communicate with each other, and whether I was getting my son into something that was way over his head. I sat next to my son the whole time, and saw the whole lesson. Athan came in and knocked the lesson out of the park. He knew his "audience," was totally prepared, and said all the right things at the right times to keep everything clear, interesting and effective. Just as one example, at the beginning Athan asked my son a couple questions about his other interests (e.g. what do you do? do you play sports? like math?) and when Carter told him the answers, Athan memorized them. Then throughout the lesson, Athan kept analogizing the principles he was teaching to those experiences Carter had told him about. Amazing! I was blown away. Athan's not only an apparent master of his poker craft, but he's got real talent when it comes to communication more broadly. It's no wonder he's traveled so far.

Posted Sep 3, 2020
Cindy
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A terrific coach. Athan is patient, upbeat and professional.
Highly recommended and anyone would be lucky to have him as their instructor.

Posted May 6, 2020
Cat
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Enjoyed it and learned a lot—thanks, Athan!

Posted Mar 13, 2020
Monty
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Posted Feb 27, 2020
David
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After lessons, I won a tournament! He was a great teacher!

Posted Jan 21, 2020
Errol Melville
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Posted Nov 5, 2019
Allen
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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

Posted Aug 15, 2019
Susie E.
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Athan was great. Can’t wait for next lesson

Posted Jun 25, 2019
Edward
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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.

Posted Jan 19, 2019
Bobby
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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.

Posted Jan 19, 2019
Michael
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Was referred to Athan by a friend- Alot of fun to work with- a patient teacher that knows how to build your strenghts. A pleasure to work with.

Posted Jan 19, 2019
Robert
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Athan is patient, professional and really knows the game. His input has been invaluabgle and I am winning!

Posted Jan 19, 2019
Mehrnoosh K.
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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

Posted Jan 5, 2019
Joe F.
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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.!!

Posted Jan 4, 2019
Sarah
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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!

Posted Nov 29, 2018
roger
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truly professional- patient- really provided excellent tips

Posted Nov 29, 2018
Feng
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These lessons paid themselves off in spades 🙂. Athan charges a pretty high rate but it’s easily worth it.

Posted Nov 27, 2018
Phil
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Athan is an awesome instructor - it's really impressive how he walks through the game theory and logic (and how well he can read hands!). I was a complete newbie to poker and now I'm REGULARLY beating not just my friends but people in poker room as well! These lessons have paid themselves back many times over!! Highly recommend!!!

Posted Nov 27, 2018

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Education

MBA
Aug 2008 - May 2010

Yale University

BA, Economics, Spanish, French
Aug 2001 - May 2005

Cornell University

Languages

French

Limited Proficiency

Latin

Limited Proficiency

Mandarin

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

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