The World Series of Poker Academy held its latest event at Caesars Indiana Hotel & Casino this past weekend and among the highlights included the Saturday night WSOP Academy Poker Tournament in which attendees were able to put into action what they learned during the day and compete for a seat to the 2007 World Series of Poker, including all expenses, hotel and airfare.
While the field of just under 100 players consisted of mostly amateur hopefuls attending the intensive two-day poker camp, the WSOP Academy’s world class instructors and players, including 2004 World Champion Greg Raymer, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Fischman and noted pro/instructor Alex Outhred, made the tournament a competitive outing for all the players.
In the end it was amateur poker player and noted journalist Michael Kaplan who outlasted the field to take home the coveted seat to the 2007 WSOP Main Event, where he will compete for the ultimate prize in poker’s richest tournament.
A New York native, Kaplan is co-author of the book “Aces and Kings: Inside Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies from Poker’s Greatest Players” and a frequent contributing writer to magazines such as Maxim, Cigar Aficionado, Details and Sports Illustrated. A longtime poker enthusiast, Kaplan competed in last year’s Main Event at the World Series of Poker, and in 2005 he won the WSOP’s Celebrity/Media tournament held on the eve of the Main Event.
“I came in thinking that winning poker can’t be taught, but I stand corrected. It was the lessons from the WSOP Academy that gave me the skills and confidence to take down the tournament,” said Kaplan after his win.
The second and third place finishers at the WSOP Academy tournament received free entries into a future WSOP Academy event while the remaining players at the final table received either Oakley Thumps or Oakley sunglasses. The players who knocked out Raymer, Fischman and
Outhred also each received Oakley sunglasses.
Details for all World Series of Poker Academy events is available at www.wsopacademy.com or by calling 1-800-989-WSOP(9767).
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