Limit Hold'em Coaching
Over the past four years, I've helped dozens of players improve their games in one-on-one sessions, and thousands through forum posts. Often the question comes up of why? Why for a comparably small amount or nothing would you teach other players how to beat the games? For me, the answer is simple. Teaching the game makes me a far better player. Before each session, I will ask you to give me an agenda for the meeting so that I can take the time to ensure I have the fullest understanding possible of the subjects to be discussed. During the session itself, I will work with you to help you gain a full understand of the subject by encouraging questions and thoughtful discussion. I never take the position that the things I say are infallible or that there aren't exceptions to every rule. Using this open approach allows the discussion to move from basic concepts to the cutting edges of poker strategy and enables us to make drastic improvements to your game.
What I Teach
First and foremost, I teach a philosophy of poker. Specifically, that poker is a mathematics based discipline. You can be a great poker player without math, but you will work much harder, and you will never have the confidence to know why your winning. You will have lucked into the right style at the right time against the right players. If the games change, you may well be less successful and lack the skills necessary to turn your game around. Learning the math behind the decisions you make allows you to play confident in the knowledge that you have a quantifiable edge on your opposition.
There are two main areas that math is most easily and usefully applied to poker, expected value calculation and large sample data analysis. One of the foundations of statistics is the concept of expected value. With enough time and effort, it can be used to analyze any situation in poker. Often though, it's a fairly simple process, which, once completed, yields a concrete answer to a situation you previously had no understanding of. Data analysis too can yield huge dividends by analyzing information you have on your opponents and your own results. I have an extensive knowledge of both the practical elements of analyzing poker databases as well as a rigorous formal background in mathematics and statistics necessary to understand and interpret the results. Learning even the basics of expected value and data analysis will change the fundamental way you make poker decisions. You will still face tough decisions and make mistakes, but you will know that every situation can be analyzed. Should you face that spot again, you will be able to have a concrete rational for the choice you make.
($60 per hour) - Ideal if you are a new player looking to kick start the learning process and ensure you're on the path to success. Also useful for fixing problem areas in your game which you've identified. Some potential session topics include:
-Fundamentals of learning and improvement
-Tilt control strategies
-Quick introduction to expected value (with examples)
-Fundamentals of data analysis
-Dealing with tough opponents
-Playing marginal high cards
($30 per person per hour) - Ideal if you're a microstakes player looking for coaching to help you move up stakes on a budget.
($110 per 4 weeks for bi-weekly meetings $200 per 4 weeks for weekly meetings) - Ideal if you're a serious player looking to improve quickly and willing to work hard in between meetings to implement the strategies and adjustments seen in each session.
Complete Game Review
($500) - Ideal if your game is in crisis from a downswing or from months of stagnation. This package includes five hours of objective professional data analysis and hand reviews done on your database plus two
2.5 hour one-on-one coaching sessions spaced a week apart. The package also includes a plan to refocus you on improvement, address fundamental flaws in your game, build confidence, and remove a results oriented mindset.
-Six years of limit hold'em experience (three at midstakes)
-Four years of coaching experience
-Bachelors degree in Mathematics
-Masters degree in Statistics (to be completed in May '10)
-Four semesters teaching Introductory Statistics at the college level
-Hundreds of hours tutoring statistics
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Email: leader2p2 (at) gmail (dot) com
Scheduling a Session
Scheduling a single session is as easy as PM'ing me a time and a list of topics. I am generally available Fri-Mon afternoon/evening/late night United States eastern time. Please allow 72 hours in advance of the meeting time to allow me to prepare and confirm my availability. If you have quick questions or concerns, I'm happy to help you on AIM. If you'd like to establish a longer term relationship or are interesting in the Complete Game Review package simply contact me so we can meet to discuss the details.
I currently except Stars, Cake, Absolute, Ultimate Bet, and Paypal Transfer.