Qui "TommyGun" Nguyen
2016 World Champion
Coaching Rate: Not Available
"The poker books are being re-written tonight; poker will never be the same!" The 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, Qui Nguyen's exceptional play at the final table made him an instant sensation, and caused Antonio Esfandiari to remark on ESPN, "I couldn't get a read on this guy if my life depended on it."
Advanced Poker Training helped Qui Nguyen prepare for the WSOP final table, after a computerized simulation run by APT correctly predicted that Qui would win the championship. APT produced an interactive poker game via which Qui could play out the final table over and over, against virtual opponents programmed to behave like his real opponents.
Qui Nguyen is known for his aggressive poker tactics, and of course, his signature Rocket Raccoon hat. He was born in Vietnam, but honed his skills in high-stakes cash games in his hometown of Las Vegas, where he picked up the nickname TommyGun. In 2017 he will be touring the U.S. and world as the reigning main event champion, and will be back in Las Vegas next summer to defend his title!
From Qui Nguyen: "When I play poker, the cards don't matter. I play the player. I don't play like the poker books say. I like to turn the book upside down. Play the opposite of that. Confuse people. They don’t know what to make of me. That’s what I want."
Mike Caro, Chief Strategist for APT
Coaching Rate: $69/hr for APT members (see below for conditions)
Mike Caro, "The Mad Genius of Poker", is regarded as the world's foremost authority on poker strategy, psychology, and statistics. He is a noted gambling authority, industry consultant and spokesperson, and author of seven books, including Mike Caro's Book of Tells — The Body Language of Poker, one of the most widely quoted books in the history of poker. He also contributed 50 statistical tables to Doyle Brunson's classic book, Super/System.
One of the original pioneers in poker theory and computerized poker intelligence, Mike Caro shocked the poker world in 1984 by demonstrating his poker playing computer program at the World Series of Poker. His gambling research, philosophy, and programming achievements have been credited or featured in more than 50 periodicals.
"Mike Caro has taught more players to win than anyone in history." -- Doyle Brunson, The "Godfather of Poker", 10 time World Series of Poker Champion
Mike Caro's condition of $69 rate: You agree that he may use your lessons in his other projects and products, without identifying you. By special arrangement with Advanced Poker Training, you will be given priority scheduling when you use this link. Just mention APT when you are contacted by email about setting up your sessions. Yes, you can buy just one lesson to start.
Scott 'BigRiskky' Clements
Coaching Rate: Available Now! $200/hr
Scott Clements’ results speak for themselves. He is one of a select group of players having the distinction of 2 World Series of Poker bracelets, and 2 World Poker Tour titles. With over 6 million dollars in live tournament earnings, Scott has been a force in the poker world for nearly a decade. His biggest live cash was at the WPT North American Poker Championships, where he won $1,505,312. He also took 18th Place in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, for $396,967. Online, he's won the Sunday Million for $190,000, 10k High Roller Heads-Up for $350,000, and SCOOP for $263,000.
He hails from the Pacific Northwest (Mt. Vernon, Washington), but travels the tournament circuit relentlessly across the U.S. and abroad. He has over 100 documented cashes in major live tournaments since 2005, and nearly 500 more cashes in online tournament action. His solid, dedicated approach to poker, coupled with his drive and tenacity make him one opponent you won’t want to face.
From Scott: "You can win in poker using many different styles of play. Focus on playing to your own strengths and you will have the best results."
Jonathan 'JCardshark' Little
Coaching Rate: $300/hr
Jonathan began playing poker with his friends at a young age and started playing online once he was 18. After two years of playing online while attending the University of West Florida, he decided to focus full-time on poker. He started traveling the tournament circuit when he turned 21 while continuing to play online. In 2007, he made the final table of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, earning him his first six-figure cash.
By 2008, Jonathan earned his second WPT title, becoming the youngest person ever to do so. He's also played in the NBC Heads-Up Tournament, earning $75,000 for his fifth place finish. He has nearly 6 million dollars in lifetime tournament earnings. Now, Jonathan runs FloatTheTurn.com, where he offers coaching, videos, and training webinars. He is also the author of six best selling poker books: Excelling at No-Limit Hold'em, Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Vol 1-3, Jonathan Little on Live No Limit Cash Games, and Positive Poker. When he is not traveling the live poker circuit, he resides mostly in Las Vegas and New York.
Jonathan recently hosted four live seminars in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker, with an awesome lineup of poker/mindset coaches.
From Jonathan: "I am thrilled and excited to be able to share my insights using Advanced Poker Training's programs. I have already learned a lot from the quizzes and I am sure you will too."
'Steamin' Steve Stokely (Steve Blay)
$200/hr Not currently available
Steve Blay is most well-known as Qui Nguyen's coach (teaming up with Young Phan) at the 2016 WSOP Main Event Final Table. Often known by his alter ego Steamin' Steve Stokely, he is the software engineer and mastermind behind the Advanced Poker Training website. Steve coaches from mostly a mathematical and solid approach, but he also teaches poker psychology, false tells, bankroll management, and staying in control of one's emotions (hence the nickname Steamin' Steve; given to him in an ironic sense due to his opponent's inability to put him on tilt).
Steve formerly played semi-professionally online in the early days of online poker. In his home state of Florida, you can still catch him playing occasional $5/$10 No-Limit cash games at venues such as the Tampa/Hollywood Hard Rock Casinos.
"I want to thank Steve Blay for his help and support before and during the final table!" -- Qui Nguyen, 2016 World Champion
"I played against Steve in some high stakes home games. I've never met someone like him - he never has a bad day. He always brings his 'A' game and nothing seems to phase him. So frustrating to play against. I begged him to coach me for over a year, before he finally gave in. The depth of his thought process really blew me away." -- Kyle Harrington, Florida
From Steve: "While I coach for the love of the game, I don’t require you to share that love. At the end of the day, my only goal is to put you in a position to win as much money as possible. And to hopefully give you the foundation to continue to make money even as the poker world evolves."
$200/hr Not currently accepting new students
Ed has been playing and coaching poker for a living since 2003. He has written eight best-selling poker strategy books. His books have sold over 250,000 copies. He's also a columnist for Card Player magazine. Ed holds degrees in both Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Ed's focus is on live cash games. He believes that with the proper instruction and a willingness to do the work, nearly anyone can learn to win consistently in $1-$2 and $2-$5 cash games. His goal is to take average, recreational level cash game players and turn them into professional-level players.
Ed Miller knows that there's a sea of information about how to improve at poker, and it's often hard to see the forest for the trees. He focuses on teaching first the most important ideas to make learning simple and improvement as rapid as possible.
From Ed: "The formula to play winning poker is simpler than many people think. Simple, but not necessarily easy. You need to focus on learning a few critical skills and then practice, practice, practice them to mastery."
James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney
Coaching Rate: $200/hr (potential waiting list)
Over the last 6 years, James has coached just shy of 500 students, sold 1,000’s of videos, and released hundreds more for free. After having solid success with his personal site www.splitsuit.com, he partnered with Ed Miller, Doug Hull, and Christian Soto to start up RedChipPoker.com. Now he’s excited to share his knowledge at APT using this exciting medium!
James began playing poker in college during his freshman year at Syracuse. Over the next 4 years he worked tirelessly to be the best at SNGs and MTTs, and eventually PLO and PLO8 cash games. After some convincing from friends, he transitioned to NL and never looked back. After graduation he moved to Las Vegas and continued grinding both online and live games.
James started coaching in 2008 due to his love of sharing knowledge and giving back to the community. After having success in coaching he decided to write a book, and 8 months later Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics was completed. The book continues to be a staple for any full ring player and motivated James to start sharing more of knowledge, this time through videos.
From James: "Your poker strategy is like a boat. My job as a coach is to analyze that boat for leaks, broken compasses, and inefficient weight. You don’t need me if you just want to stay in the bay, but you’ll want me before you venture off to sea."
Coaching Rate: $100/hr. $50 - video review of a 200 hand APT session. Bootcamps available.
Doug wrote the very popular book Poker Plays You Can Use -- Sample here -- Purchase here. From there Doug co-founded the Red Chip Poker video training site. Doug is a prolific video maker in the world of Engineering through the first MATLAB blog for MathWorks. He has taken those skills to poker training. Doug has been playing mostly at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun while grinding it out as an engineer 9-5.
Doug is a live player and that is what he coaches. Doug's strength is in his ability to teach and communicate clearly. He has been instructing and lecturing in the engineering world for over twenty years.
From Doug: "The best ideas and concepts are meaningless if not understood, and dangerous if misunderstood."
From a student: "Just wanted to thank you. Due to you, I often find myself at a table where I feel like an NFL team against a weak college or strong high school team."
Review of Poker Plays You Can Use: "Putting things together in bite-sized chunks in terms of how-to-exploit-this-situation is genius. The true magic is in the organization and presentation. Doug Hull knocked this one out of the park."
Lauren studied Engineering and Business at The University of California, Berkeley. During her senior year, she taught a Poker and Blackjack Class. After graduating, she moved to Las Vegas to play poker professionally. She primarily played online and had her breakthrough in the poker world when she earned $163k in the UBOC 4 Championship. Since then she has had many other big cashes live, including a 7th place finish in the WPT South Africa High Roller, 14th in WPT Festa Al Lago, several deep runs in WPT LAPC, two deep runs in the WSOP Main Event including 272 out of 6500 people in last year's Main. She has achieved wins and final tables in several online major tournaments including: the $100 rebuy, 1k Monday, $150 rebuy, Super Tuesday, Sunday Mulligan, and $100 1r+1a. Most recently, she won The WPT South Africa Ladies Event.
Lauren was sponsored by Ultimate Poker, formerly the largest online U.S. cardroom, and is a RunGoodGear Team Pro. She has also served as a WSOP Analyst for NBC, and was included as one of the original WPT “One’s to Watch” list of rising stars. When Lauren is not on the felt, she enjoys traveling, coaching leadership and self development classes, community service projects, health, and fitness.
From Lauren: "Understanding and being able to adapt accordingly to different learning styles is crucial, as each student has a different way he/she learns. It is up to the coach to figure out and maximize on that student's potential by providing a constant mixture or challenges and encouragement. When I commit to coaching someone, I give them 1000%, so if you are committed to excellence, success, and extraordinary results, you're in the right hands."
'Titan' Tom Braband
Coaching Rate: $150/hr
Playing under the screenname 'TitanTom32', Tom has nearly $3 million dollars in documented online winnings alone. Living in South California, he's no stranger to live games as well. Tom's strengths as a player/coach are postflop play, preflop ranges, table flow and psychological edges.
With over 5 years of coaching experience, Tom coaches by Skype (or similar), Hand History Review, Email, Instant Message, TeamViewer (or similar), and Group Sessions. He coaches both cash and MTT players, and he coaches all levels, from High Stakes to the Micro-Stakes.
"A week before playing the Battle of Malta I decided to invest part of my bankroll in coaching. I was referred to Tom Braband at APT. Communicating with Tom was a very easy process. Tom asked me for a hand history of a game I had played recently and the first session (that lasted around 2 hrs) was going through specific hands that needed ‘attention’. Understanding the hand as Tom explains it is as easy as counting 1-2-3. It was the best investment I ever made. Tom's coaching removed the leaks from my game and I was able to battle a field of 888 players to get Heads Up and cash for a hefty $60,000." -- Konrad Abela, Malta
From Tom: "Some players are very good, but don't really know how to coach well. I feel that I am very good at explaining concepts, rather than how to play hands in order to progress a player's skills fully. I can teach you how to fish, rather than feed you. I really enjoy coaching, maybe even more than I do playing. I enjoy helping people get better and I am willing to put in a lot of time with my students."