There's the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and now the World Poker Tour Academy.
The company behind the televised WPT phenomenon this week unveiled poker's latest breakthrough: a comprehensive Web-based education center.
According to officials, the WPT Academy is desined to provide a "compelling, interactive learning tool for both poker enthusiasts and novices alike."
Ensuring poker buffs everyone in the community can experience the WPT Academy, full access will be available on a free subscriber basis for a limited time.
Leveraging a database of over 1300 final table hands during 13 Season I tournaments --including 900 hands that never made it to air on the Travel Channel - the WPT Academy offers a vast database and ground-breaking features, including:
- Handism, a graphically compiling and sophisticated hand search engine and simulator. Utilizing hole camera data, bets and actions, and play-by-play details, gesture allows users to search the database for players, hole card values, card combinations, odds percentages, position, pre-and post-flop and much more.
- Video sessions with the pros, a series of short, engaging video tutorials hosted by stars such as WPT Player of the Year Gavin Smith which cover a wide range of topics.
- An interactive experience that allows poker fans to log on and comment on their favorite hands, submit analyzes, rank hands and reflect on how they played.
- A final table play-by-play from top players that allows fans to follow even hands that were folded.
"Bringing together the depths of our content library and the vast number of WPT resorces, the Academy provides the poker community the foremost edge on all things poker," said James Revell, vice president of WPT Interactive.
"We will continue to populate the database, integrating fresh content and distributing new video lessons on a regular basis so that people will come back again and again to increase their knowledge in a fun and creative way. person who just wants to win a bet on the best way to play pocket sixes. "
Access http://www.worldpokertour.com for more information.
Poker's leading players return "home" to Las Vegas next week for the first time since summer's World Series of Poker for Bellagio's Fiesta al Lago.
Tournament dates have changed several times, but the event currently is slated Monday through Friday at the ornate Strip resort, which hosts several WPT events.