Ladies WSOP Academy returns in June

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The WSOP Academy helped make Sally Anne Boyer a winner in 2007.

The World Series of Poker Academy is heading back to Vegas again in June to offer the ladies of the poker world their own camp once again.

The two-day Ladies Only WSOP Academy event is scheduled for June 6-7 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It offers players a chance to hone their skills under the tutelage of Annie Duke before the start of the 2008 World Series of Poker $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship.

Joining Duke as instructors of the camp are Alex Outhred, poker tells expert Joe Navarro and many others.

According to the WSOP Academy, its world-class instructors will elevate participants' games to the next level with in-depth seminars, live hand demonstrations, interactive workshops and customized handbooks, all focusing on aspects of No-Limit Texas Hold'em strategy.

"More women are playing poker, and winning, than ever before, and our goal is to help even more women master the game by giving them the confidence and skills they need to be a threat at the table," said Brandon Rosen of Post Oak Productions, the company that produces the WSOP Academy.

"The fact that we had a novice poker player go straight from our academy to become a World Champion two days later is a testament to the level of instruction Annie Duke and all of our instructors offer our participants. We're expecting to see more WSOP Academy grads go on to win bracelets in 2008."

This is the second year the WSOP Academy is offering the Ladies Only Event at the World Series of Poker. In its inaugural year the camp sold out, and one of its graduates went on to win the 2007 WSOP Ladies event.

Sally Anne Boyer outlasted the largest field ever assembled for a ladies poker tournament, 1,286, to become the women's champion. She'd only been playing poker for a year and won the tournament immediately after attending the WSOP Academy.

"The WSOP Academy gave me the confidence I needed at the table and taught me key concepts that I was able to put into action right away in the tournament, like pot odds, table demeanor and what to look for when reading someone," said Boyer after her record-setting win, which netted her $262,077 in cash. "The Academy is the quickest way to your WSOP bracelet."

One difference this year will be a poker tells seminar presented by noted author and lecturer Joe Navarro. He has designed a new seminar focusing on female-specific nonverbal behavior.

Along with the poker instruction, the WSOP Academy Ladies Only event will offer a total-immersion poker experience that gives players access to some of the biggest names in the game and a chance to compete in a private tournament to win their way into WSOP events.

The top four finishers in the private tournament will each win a $1,500 entry into the 2008 WSOP event of their choice.

The cost of the WSOP Academy Ladies Only Event is $1,699. Space is limited to 100 participants, 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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