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We are very excited to report back on our “Secrets of the World Champions” Seminar, held on July 1st at the Rio Hotel and Casino. This inaugural APT meet-up and educational event was timed to coincide with the World Series of Poker and sold out. In fact, a few extra chairs had to be located to accommodate some surprise last minute guests.

Jonathan Little, author of 12 poker books and host of an excellent hand review podcast, took the microphone first. Jonathan gave an interactive two hour lecture on his secrets for chipping up early in a poker tournament without risking going broke. He also spoke about the secrets of pushing opponents around late in tournaments and the success he has had doing so.

Jonathan was followed by 2-time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Clements, who was under a fortunate time crunch: Scott was playing in the $10,000 WSOP PLO championship and had to return to play the Final Table at 1PM. We’re very grateful to Scott for spending 2 hours of this eventful day with us. Scott shared with us his secrets of Final Table play and also his secrets for physical and mental poker health. We later learned that Scott made it all the way to fourth place in the tournament, earning $277,768. Congratulations Scott!

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Unfortunately, last year’s Main Event champion, Qui Nguyen was unable to join us due to a family emergency. However, his brother Thomas was kind enough to stop by, and brought personalized autographed pictures of Qui for everyone. Thomas spent part of his day with us and told stories about his brother’s early years in Vietnam, and how the challenges he faced led to his development as a poker player.

After lunch, APT founder Steve Blay shared his knowledge of putting players on hand ranges and the use of Minimum Defense Frequency.

Last, but never least, the inimitable Scotty Nguyen, “The Prince of Poker,” joined us around 3PM. We watched videos of some of the greatest moment’s from Scotty’s career, and he discussed his thought process and instincts. Scotty brought a fabulous energy to the day. One participant described him as the highlight of the day, saying “If he had a show in Vegas I’d go see it.”

APT will have videos of these lectures available for purchase in the coming weeks.

Finally, at the end of the day, Scotty Nguyen and Jonathan Little stayed to play some Sit-N-Go tournaments with us! This was undoubtedly the most fun part of the day. Scotty and Jonathan were both warm and helpful, offering stories and playing advice as we played.

Given the great success of this event, we intend to plan a similar event next year. We hope that you will join us!


*Thanks to participant Joan Akita for sharing her picture with Scotty Nguyen for this post!

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