The World Series of Poker Academy Chicago Debut

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World Series Of Poker Academy To Make Chicago Area Debut At  Horseshoe Casino , Aug. 29-30

Poker pro and star of "Celebrity Apprentice" Annie Duke, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Matt Graham, tournament millionaire Bernard Lee and poker tells expert Joe Navarro to lead two-days of in-depth instruction

The World Series of Poker Academy, poker's premier series of instructional schools where participants learn first-hand from the world's greatest poker players, announced today details for its first-ever event in the Chicago area.

Scheduled for August 29-30 at the  Horseshoe Casino, located just 20 minutes from downtown, the two-day, comprehensive poker school and experience will feature world-class instruction by WSOP bracelet winner and star of Celebrity Apprentice Annie Duke, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Matt Graham, tournament millionaire and poker author Bernard Lee, and acclaimed poker tells expert Joe Navarro.

"The WSOP Academy just finished an amazing summer at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, and we're now excited to offer our first academy experience in the Chicago area with an amazing line-up of instructors," said Brandon Rosen of Post Oak Productions, the company that produces the WSOP Academy. "From live hand demonstrations with Annie Duke to our groundbreaking seminar with poker tells expert Joe Navarro, our event at the  Horseshoe Casino will give players the confidence and skills they need to be a threat at the table, whether they're playing in a home game with friends or at the World Series of Poker against the best in the game."

During the upcoming WSOP Academy event, instructors will lead participants through two days of intensive seminars with questions and answers, video analysis of WSOP tournament footage, live hand demonstrations and private multi-table tournaments. Designed for players of all levels of experience, the event's curriculum will focus on all aspects of No-Limit Texas Hold 'em tournament strategy, including playing position, calculating pot odds, post-flop strategy, concealing tells, identifying types of players, the importance of aggression and changing gears.

The event will mark the first appearance of its kind in the Chicago area for both Annie Duke and acclaimed poker tells expert Joe Navarro. After 25 years with the FBI working in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism, Navarro has become one of the foremost authorities on reading the nonverbal communications that people exhibit when they are lying. Applying his expertise to poker, Joe has revolutionized the science of detecting and interpreting tells and is eager to share his knowledge with WSOP Academy participants.

"I look forward to working with WSOP Academy students to help them see inside their opponents and change the way they view the game," said Navarro. "I plan on spending time working with players individually and spotting tells that they are giving off at the table. I truly believe that this type of personalized attention can save a player a lot of money in the long run."

Beyond just delivering the best in poker instruction, the WSOP Academy events also offer a total-immersion poker experience that gives participants the opportunity to hang out and play poker with many of the biggest names in the game and compete in a private multi-table poker tournament. The winner of the private tournament will go on to compete for a $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event seat at the 2010 WSOP Academy Tournament of Champions.

The WSOP Academy at Horseshoe Casino is one of a number of groundbreaking instructional programs presented by the WSOP Academy throughout the year that feature instruction from the best players in the game, including Greg Raymer, Mark Seif and Annie Duke. From sessions that focus on No-Limit Texas Hold ‘em to special editions like the WSOP Academy's Ladies Only Event and Cash Game Academy, the WSOP Academy offers amateur poker players of all skill levels the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn directly from the champions of the game and become champions themselves.

The cost of the Horseshoe Casino  WSOP Academy event is $1,899. Space is limited and the event is expected sell out well in advance. Additional details for this event and all other Academy events are available at or by calling 1-800-989-WSOP.


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