WSOP Academy produces more successful players

Patty Till
Graduated with honors to the Ladies Event final table.

If you needed proof that the World Series of Poker Academy is beneficial for poker players, look no further than Patty Till, who made the final table of the 2008 World Series of Poker Ladies No-Limit Hold'em World Championship.

Till battled through a field of 1,190 women to make it into the top nine after starting the tournament just a day after completing this year's Ladies Only WSOP Academy.

This is the second year a Ladies WSOP Academy grad has made the final table of the WSOP Ladies World Championship. In 2007, Sally Ann Boyer took down the event after completing the academy, and this year Till came out with a third-place finish.

The Ladies Only WSOP Academy took place June 6-7 and was led by Annie Duke. During the two days of instruction the ladies took part in in-depth seminars, live hand demonstrations and interactive workshops all focused on aspects of No-Limit Texas Hold'em strategy.

They also were given customized handbooks plus a seminar on poker tells presented by former FBI agent Joe Navarro, who designed a new seminar specifically for female nonverbal behavior.

Till, who grew up playing cards with her family and learned to play poker at the age of seven, had already seen some success in tournament play before attending the WSOP Academy.

She began playing Hold'em tournaments about three years ago, mainly at Caesars Indiana, and has cashed in more than 50% of the tournaments she's entered.

Till said she came to the Ladies Only Academy to take her game to the next level and to fill some holes in her Hold'em game.

According to Till, her mission was accomplished and it was the best $1,700 she'd ever spent.

There were at least five or six times during the WSOP Ladies Event where Till said she played her hands differently than she normally would have as a result of the academy. It was those critical hands that made the difference in her making the final table.

"The Academy continues to produce much improved poker players," said Brandon Rosen, WSOP Academy co-organizer.

"Countless graduates often pay off their investment in the Academy within days of attending. Sally Boyer and now Patty Till both final-tabled the WSOP Ladies Championship with Sally winning the bracelet last year. We've also had a number of graduates final-table at WSOP Circuit and World Poker Tour events."

Till wasn't the only academy grad to cash in a WSOP event this year either. In the Ladies World Championship, Benay Karp cashed in 39th place, Julie Willis took 59th-place money home and Dana Reutter cashed in 70th.

The next opportunity for players to get a little tutoring from the WSOP Academy will be at the end of June when it hosts a Main Event Primer. For more information, visit

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