Our coaching page has had many changes since we started. We expect a lot from DC coaches. For those of you unfamiliar with our team look here:
It may look like a long list of coaches but since we offer a wide variety of poker at DeucesCracked, we have a very tight list from game to game, level to level.
So, how does one make the DeucesCracked team?
A DC coach usually comes from one of the four following categories (no particular order):
They are a student of another DC coach and come highly recommended.
They email us asking us to become a DC coach. (approximately 15 emails are received every month)
They are a long time member of the DeucesCracked community that we have kept our eyes on and have moved up the ranks to earn their DC stripes.
The DC founders seek out a specific coach(es) in a certain expertise to fill a gap on the DC team.
Regardless of the case for the above, the following happens:
The prospective coach is then emailed several times from me, copied to Krantz, until all the following information is obtained:
A poker resume (think I was the first to ever ask this and some responded 'WAT a poker resume?', obv they are not a coach), which would include how long they've been playing poker, what game/limits they play now, how they got into the game, if they have received coaching, from whom, and if they have coached anyone, how long they have coached, how many students they have coached, and so on. The resume includes screen names and graphs, how many posts they have on DC, 2p2, or other communities and those forum-names as well.
I then take said resume/info to all 5 DC founders and ask everyone to look it over. Quite often we will email specific DC team members if they know the prospective coach, have read their poker community posts, play in their games, or know their reputation, etc.
Then we have the prospective coach submit a sample video. Some have never made one, but quite often some have or willingly make and submit one. It depends on what we are looking for in a team member. This sample video is reviewed by at least one of the founders, if not more.
Next I have the coach add me to their AIM/Skype and quite often talk to them over skype to get to know them, hear their voice, and how they carry themselves.
After all this, we decide if the prospective coach fits our team, our current plan for DC, and if he/she is a good fit for our members.
And that's pretty much all of it in a nutshell. As we have grown it's become harder and harder to become part of the team. If you have any suggestions or would like to add comments to our process, please do so.
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