WSOP Academy comes to the Windy City

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The World Series of Poker Academy will be making its debut in the Chicago area August 29-30.

Taking place at the Horseshoe Casino, the Academy will feature Celebrity Apprentice star Annie Duke, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Matt Graham, ESPN poker radio host Bernard Lee and poker tells expert Joe Navarro leading two days of in-depth instruction designed for poker players of all levels.

"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.

The event will include intensive seminars with question and answer periods, video analysis of WSOP tournament footage, live hand demonstrations and private multi-table tournaments.

WSOP Academy events also offer participants the opportunity to hang out and play poker with many of the biggest names in the game. 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 event will mark the first appearance of its kind in the Chicago area for poker tells expert Navarro.

Navarro spent 25 years in the FBI working in counterintelligence and counter-terrorism and became one of the foremost authorities on reading the non-verbal communications that people exhibit when they are lying.

"I look forward to working with the 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."

Space is limited and the event is expected to sell out well in advance.

Additional details for the event and all Academy events are available at or by calling 1-800-989-WSOP.

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