WSOP Academy bound for Los Angeles

Kenny Tran
Newly minted WSOP bracelet winner Kenny Tran will be sharing a few tricks of the trade.

The World Series of Poker Academy is taking a break from Sin City and paying a visit to the City of Angels.

The critically acclaimed poker course will be debuting in Los Angeles at the Bike Casino on Sept. 6-7. The event will be headlined by Annie Duke, Alex Outhred, Kenny Tran and poker tells expert Joe Navarro, who will all share their knowledge of the game.

"The WSOP Academy is coming off another amazing summer at the World Series of Poker that saw one of our Academy grads again at the final table just days after attending our camp," said Brandon Rosen of Post Oak Productions, the company that produces the WSOP Academy.

"We're now excited to offer our first academy experience in Los Angeles and welcome 2008 WSOP bracelet winner Kenny Tran, one of L.A.'s most noted poker professionals, to our family of instructors."

Like all WSOP Academy events, the one in L.A. will provide participants with seminars, interactive workshops, live hand demonstrations and customized handbooks which cover all aspects of No-Limit Hold'em strategy.

Navarro, who worked with the FBI in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism, will be speaking for the first time in L.A.

"I look forward to working with the WSOP Academy students in Los Angeles to help them see inside their opponents and change the way they view their opponents," he said.

"I plan on spending time working with players individually and spotting the tells 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."

The seminar boasts proven results - last year an academy grad named Sally-Anne Boyer made use of everything she learned in the course to take down her first WSOP bracelet in the 2007 Ladies Event. This year another grad, Patty Till, made it to the final table of the 2008 Ladies Event.

At the end of the course all participants will get a chance to put their newfound poker knowledge to good use with a tournament. The winner will garner entry into a WSOP Circuit event of their choice, worth $5,000.

Taking part in the WSOP Academy's L.A. event will cost $1,499 and space is limited to 100 participants so early registration is recommended. To learn more check out their Web site at

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