Negreanu launches Poker VT

Daniel Negreanu
Pick the brain of one of your favorite players.

Imagine how much it would help your game if you could consult with poker pro Daniel Negreanu at the drop of a hat. Negreanu just launched Poker VT, his new online poker school, and claims that for a price, you can virtually do just that.

"This is the kind of resource I wish I'd had first starting out," Negreanu says of his latest venture. "It's like we're sitting across the table from each other and I'm your personal coach."

On spec, this site does look quite phenomenal. Players may be hard pressed to find any school, major universities included, that offers up this quality of online instruction on any subject.

Poker VT might end up making you more money than a degree, too. Negreanu - himself a high-school dropout - has nearly $10 million in career tournament earnings.

"I can comfortably say that we have set the bar for training sites at an all-time high with our depth of content and cutting-edge technology," says Negreanu.

Poker VT was created with the help of LightSpeed VT, a Las Vegas-based company that provides virtual training systems to some of the largest corporations in the world, including eBay, General Motors and Toyota.

"There's a natural affinity between our technological capabilities and the immense brand cachet of Daniel Negreanu," says LightSpeed VT CEO Brad Lea. "Daniel provides his vast poker knowledge and charismatic personality, and we package his poker genius into an exciting, engaging user experience."

In addition to high-quality sound and graphics, Poker VT actually evaluates players' skills and allows them to track their progress with a method dubbed N-SPAT (Negreanu-Swayne Poker Aptitude Test) as they access various levels of instruction.

N-SPAT uses portions of Negreanu's playing styles and the math and statistical theories of Professor Charley Swayne, a well-regarded professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

"Professor Swayne has dedicated the past few years to applying his math and stats research to Texas Hold'em, which has been crafted into a Poker math course exclusive for Poker VT," says the company's Web site.

"He has managed to take some of the most complex Hold'em math principles and has simplified them for poker players to use at the tables."

Access to the site costs $29.99 per month with a one-time sign-up fee of $149.99. The sign-up is currently being offered at a discount of $119.99 for a limited time.

The fees include insights from not only Negreanu and Swayne but also a mix of poker pros such as 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Paul "Kwickfish" Wasicka, Adam "Ajunglen7" Junglen, PokerListings blogger J.C. "PrtyPSux" Alvarado, Justin "Boosted J" Smith, and 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event winner Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad.

"Wait until you see how we used headphones to capture the real-time thoughts of pros and amateurs during actual games, and then watch me go back and analyze their plays and thoughts."

Although it's bound to be just one of hundreds of new poker products released in time for this year's World Series of Poker, Poker VT may end up being one of the most valuable for amateur players.

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