Hey all, I'm starting up a new program of group coaching: if you want to pay a discounted rate for my coaching and work with fellow poker players in a group environment, this is just for you. The following is cross-posted from my blog:
Recently, Krantz and I have been discussing the idea of doing group coaching; heâ€™s had a fair amount of success with it and some other DC coaches have experimented with the concept, and everybody seems to like it. Iâ€™ve been coaching a lot lately and Iâ€™ve come to realize that a lot of the points I make or concepts I discuss keep coming up with each of my students. It seems that most winning regs have similar playing styles and leaks and that I cover the same ground over and over; so it seems that the benefits of coaching are scalable. People can learn by discussing poker even if theyâ€™re not the ones actually playing; given that there are a lot of people out there who may not be able to afford $650/hour for my coaching, I figure if I could provide coaching to 3 or 4 people at a time, charge them all a more affordable rate, and still ensure that theyâ€™re all benefiting from the coaching as much as if they had individualized sessions, then it would be a win/win scenario for everybody involved.
So, Iâ€™m going to start offering group coaching. The program would have the following features:
1) You and 3 other poker players would form a group that I work with for 2 hours every week. In between meetings, we would all have a group Skype chat open; any time I or a member of your group is grinding (or waiting for action) and you want to pick that personâ€™s brain, you can feel free
2) The sessions would vary week-to-week, but the goal would be to have a program of study to make sure that people are constantly working on new aspects of their game. One week we would do a group sweat session where one of us plays and I give feedback and moderate a discussion of the play. Another week we would look at a recorded session that somebody played earlier on and breakdown the personâ€™s play. Another week we would all bring hand histories we wanted to discuss to the meeting and I would moderate a real-time Dear FoxwoodsFiend-style hand history analysis. Eventually weâ€™ll have classes on 3-betting and 4-betting, how to play in 3bet pots, and other common problems in poker that people may feel uncomfortable with
I think that, even though Iâ€™m charging less, the instruction per student will be even better than through individualized coaching; even if weâ€™re not discussing how you play every session, every concept discussed and new trick learned is something you can incorporate into your game. And being able to learn from multiple fellow poker players and discussing issues you may not have thought of that your fellow students bring up can only help your poker game. I really do think learning poker will be a lot easier in a group setting and Iâ€™m very excited to start working on this. If youâ€™re interested, email me at email@example.com, or PM me on 2plus2 or DeucesCracked (FoxwoodsFiend). And in case my 5 months off for law school have led you to forget how sick I am at poker, hereâ€™s some graphs of my results the last two years (keep in mind I exercised practically no game control and played way more world-class opponents than fish over the last year):
My stats last year: http://img175.imageshack.us/i/lastyear.png/
My graph since January 2008: http://img222.imageshack.us/i/graphsince08.png/