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We’re lucky to meet so many impressive and unique professionals when we hire new Instructors. Each and every one loves to teach & inspire students new to poker, yet they all have their own specialties. Some live for tournament play, some prefer the social fun of home games…and some provide tutoring to the Stanford AI lab. (Did we mention they’re impressive?)

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Meet the instructors

Janice

JaniceKimIn addition to being a nationally ranked poker professional, Janice is also a 3-dan Go professional and Korean Go Master. Granted this status at age 18, she joined only 2 women and 90 men (of which 2 are American). As a prodigy, Janice attended the Korean Go Academy, in lieu of high school. She took up poker only in 2003, 5 years later taking 4th place in the World Poker Tour. She now spends most of her competitive time in Vegas, although she claims an inability to riffle chips or deal cards without them flying all over the table, and has been described by Vince Van Patten on the World Poker Tour as having a zombie stare as a poker face. And so as a professional poker player she has perfected a table image of looking clueless. In addition to being a nationally ranked poker professional, Janice is also a 3-dan Go professional and Korean Go Master. Granted this status at age 18, she joined only 2 women and 90 men (of which 2 are American). As a prodigy, Janice attended the Korean Go Academy, in lieu of high school. She took up poker only in 2003, 5 years later taking 4th place in the World Poker Tour. She now spends most of her competitive time in Vegas, although she claims an inability to riffle chips or deal cards without them flying all over the table, and has been described by Vince Van Patten on the World Poker Tour as having a zombie stare as a poker face. And so as a professional poker player she has perfected a table image of looking clueless.

In Korea, they were not sure what to do with a female Go champion. Upon winning a tournament, her male counterpart was awarded a car while she was awarded …a washer.

Kim

KimVaccaro2Kim started playing poker in 2006. Introduced at a home game, she fell in love with the game that made her brain yell “weee” in happiness. She now plays at least 3 times a week in home games and local Bay Area casinos, and makes monthly trips to improve her game against Las Vegas poker players. As an HR professional, Kim carefully manages her “table image” and is constantly amused with the reactions of her male counterparts – some men even take on the fatherly role and fold in order to be respectful. Kim has a passion for sharing poker and bringing more women in to the poker world and is always eager to teach and mentor women.

Kim is head of Human Resources for Burning Man.

Charles

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Chuck started playing poker when his Grandpa got out a big jar of pennies and nickels, gathering all the kids around for cards. A high-school math teacher in Oakland with advanced degrees in economics and math, Chuck loves teaching and the fun of breaking down complex material for students. In addition to teaching school, he has developed curricula for many Bay Area education programs.

Chuck has played extensively online and in local casinos and tournaments, but prefers the social aspect of playing to competition.

Chuck worked at the Berkeley Expert Systems Lab on economic models for solar EV charging stations.

Sue

SueIrwinSpending summers as a kid in Vermont with no TV meant lots of family card games. Sue has been playing cards and games her entire life, now focusing on Texas Hold’em for the last seven years. She plays – and wins – regularly in home games in San Francisco and local California casinos, as well as online. She is also a professional teacher, speaker and life coach, focusing on spirituality & consciousness. Her infectious kindness and empathy drive her ability to break down information into simple, organized structures to make the learning process fast, effective and enjoyable.

Sue is also a professional tennis instructor and massage therapist once giving a massage to Hall of Fame pro quarterback, Bart Starr!

Sue

SuebarrowsphotoSue has run her own cardroom for seven years. She created a weekly women’s poker night, recruiting groups of friends who had never played the game and providing intro-clinics that turned “never-evers” into frequent visitors to her elegant establishment. She also publishes a bi-monthly column for the International Poker Players Association. Sue’s adept ability to explain the math & percentages of poker, matched with her interest in individual learning styles, makes her an excellent instructor. She has a very clear, straightforward instructional style perfectly geared to any audience.

Sue used to run her own television and video production company.

Julie

JulieChendesJulie grew up in a card-playing family and took up Texas Hold’em eight years ago. She’s now an avid player in home games and online, as well as Vegas and tournament play in local casinos. Frequently The Only Woman at the Table, she has a lot to share about designing ones own Table Image for comfort & confidence. When teaching, she helps students analyze “the story your opponents are telling with their play.” Julie is also a long-time HR professional for fast-moving start-ups and individual clients, and frequently teaches HR courses.

Julie likes to keep sharp by getting a quick online game in before dinner.

Rob

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An Accountant by profession, Rob grew up in a card playing family where the most aggressive player was his Mom. He started playing poker at age 12 and hitting the casinos at age 19. Throughout college, Rob tried to stay sane while working the graveyard shift in the grocery industry. His first foray at playing Craps in Vegas was a huge success, and he is now hooked for life.
For Rob, poker is always challenging and he really enjoys sharing opening hand tips with other people and getting skilled players to the next level.
Currently he plays local tournaments several times a month and casinos in Reno and Vegas 2-3 times a year.

Rob regularly completes the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Eileen

Eileen_2012Eileen has a large poker table as a permanant fixture in her living room. She started playing poker in home games, playing crazy games like Baseball or Anaconda, then joining a serious poker study group concentrating on poker played in casinos, such as Hold’em, Stud variations & Omaha. She has dealt professionally for the last seven years and been tournament director for several charity tournaments. She has taught numerous classes for beginning Hold’em players, both for organizations and private clients.

Eileen likes to play soccer in a women’s recreational league.

Sarah

Sarah Savage2Sarah started playing nickel/dime/quarter ante poker in college. Playing regularly since, she discovered Texas Hold’em nine years ago when she found poker-loving friends in San Francisco. They now play a regular home game where, she is proud to say, the women are the dominant force at the table. She regularly plays at local casinos: Lucky Chances, Oaks Card Room, and even Artichoke Joe’s, but her favorite place is Las Vegas. Sarah loves the fact that male Vegas players will continue to underestimate a female player, even after she has taken them for a lot of money.

In her non-poker life, Sarah teaches English to 7th and 8th graders is part of a theater group call Box Car Theatre

Louis

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Louis made his living playing poker in New York card rooms all across the city and has the stories to prove it. A life-long student of poker who is always eager to share his knowledge with new players, Louis enjoys the strategic elements and the art of the bluff most. Now living in Los Angeles and active in home games and card rooms throughout Southern California, Louis also frequents Vegas tournaments as often as he can.

Louis once played in a 2-day long sleepless poker game in New York, and won.

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