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).

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Athan passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Athan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

- 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!


Aug 2008 - May 2010
Yale University
BA, Economics, Spanish, French
Aug 2001 - May 2005
Cornell University


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12 Reviews

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Allen Aug 15, 2019
Poker · Online

Athan is an excellent teacher. Very enthusiastic about the subject.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the lessons.


Susie E. Jun 25, 2019
Poker · In studio

Athan was great. Can’t wait for next lesson

Edward Jan 19, 2019
Poker · In home

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.

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Bobby Jan 19, 2019
Poker · In studio

Wow. Poker is not so intimidating any more. Athan really put things into perspective and has made my game vastly better.

Michael Jan 19, 2019
Poker · In studio

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.

Robert Jan 19, 2019
Poker · Online

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

Mehrnoosh K. Jan 5, 2019
Poker · In studio

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

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Joe F. Jan 4, 2019
Poker · Online

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.!!

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Sarah Nov 29, 2018
Poker · In studio

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!

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roger Nov 29, 2018
Poker · Online

truly professional- patient- really provided excellent tips

Feng Nov 27, 2018
Poker · In studio

These lessons paid themselves off in spades 🙂. Athan charges a pretty high rate but it’s easily worth it.

Phil Nov 27, 2018
· Online

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!!!

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