WSOP introducing November Nine Academy

Phil Hellmuth
Learn from Phil Hellmuth at the WSOP November Nine Academy.

The final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event represents the pinnacle of a poker player's career, but every player has to start somewhere.

With that in mind, the WSOP is introducing a special November Nine version of its poker academy set to run Nov. 6-8 during the actual 2009 WSOP Main Event final table.

Taking place at Caesars Palace, the three-day course will include instruction from premier poker players like Mark Seif, Greg Raymer and Phil Hellmuth.

"I'm so excited to get back in the classroom to share my experience and knowledge with the attendees," said Hellmuth, an 11-time bracelet winner and Main Event champion.

Participants will learn from the pros through a combination of focused seminars, live hand demonstrations and a deep-stack tournament.

Hellmuth, Raymer and Seif will also analyze footage from past final table experiences and dissect their own hands.

The seminars are interactive, which will provide an opportunity for participants to engage the poker pros in questions and dialogue.

"Live hand demonstrations are overwhelmingly popular at our WSOP Academy Events," said Brandon Rosen of the WSOP Academy.

"Our attendees tell us time and time again that they benefit tremendously from the time spent at the poker tables and playing out hands as they would in a real poker tournament. Learning by doing is the approach. This is why the November Nine Academy has more than six hours of live hand demonstration time. "

The WSOP Academy will also host a deep-stack No-Limit Hold'em tournament with the winner receiving a WSOP Academy 2010 Tournament of Champions prize package valued at $4,000.

All participants of the November Nine Academy will also receive exclusive VIP access to the 2009 WSOP Main Event final table.

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

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