WSOP Academy deals out Hold'em camp in AC

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Learn from the best, like Greg Raymer, at the World Series of Poker Academy.

In June, Sally Ann Boyer participated in the first-ever World Series of Poker Academy Ladies Only camp. The day after the camp ended she entered the 2007 WSOP Ladies Event, turning that training into a gold bracelet.

Now poker players can try to duplicate her success at the WSOP Academy instructional camp in Atlantic City. The Academy will host a Texas Hold'em camp at Harrah's Atlantic City Dec. 1 and 2, just before the WSOP Circuit event taking place there.

"We had an amazing summer that included one of our Academy participants winning a WSOP bracelet just a day after attending our camp, and now we're excited to offer another great event, this time in the heart of the East Coast poker scene, Atlantic City," said Jeff Goldenberg of Post Oak Productions, producer of the WSOP Academy.

The camp will feature world-class instruction from Greg Raymer, 2004 WSOP Champion, poker tells expert Joe Navarro and poker pro Alex Outhred.

"Like all of our poker camps, our Atlantic City event 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," Goldenberg said.

In-depth seminars, live-hand demonstrations, interactive workshops and customized handbooks will cover No-Limit Texas Hold'em strategy such as playing position, calculating pot odds, the importance of aggression, changing gears and much more.

Former FBI agent Joe Navarro will also give a session on poker tells. After 25 years in the FBI working in counterintelligence and counterterrorism, Navarro is one of the foremost authorities on reading the nonverbal communication cues people exhibit.

Navarro has now applied his knowledge to poker, helping revolutionize the science of detecting and interpreting tells.

"I look forward to coming to Atlantic City and working with WSOP Academy students to help them see inside their opponents and change the way they view the game," Navarro said.

"I plan on spending time working with players individually and spotting tells that they are giving off at the table. I firmly believe that this type of personalized attention can save a player a lot of money in the long run."

Not only will players get personal assistance from Navarro, they'll be getting up-close and personal with the instructors in a poker game as well.

The camp offers a "total immersion" poker experience where players will get to play poker with many of the biggest names in the game in live hand demonstrations as well as in a private poker tournament. During the tournament, participants will battle for a $5,000 seat to the 2008 WSOP Circuit event in Atlantic City and other prizes.

"The Academy's tournament is a great way for our participants to put into action what they've learned over the day and perhaps extend their stay a little longer so they can compete in the WSOP Circuit event at Harrah's Atlantic City," Goldenberg said.

"It's also a great chance for them to test their wits at the table against a world champion like Greg Raymer. While our pros aren't competing for the prizes, they definitely are playing to win."

Academy officials expect the Atlantic City camp to sell out fast. Space is limited to 100 participants, and cost is $1,699 per person.

Perhaps you've already perfected your Hold'em game and want something with a little more diversity. Space is still available for the WSOP Academy H.O.R.S.E. Edition taking place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Nov. 2-4.

The H.O.R.S.E. camp costs $2,199 per person, and participants will have a chance to win one of four seats in the 2008 $2,500 WSOP H.O.R.S.E. event as well as a seat in the $10,000 Main Event.

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