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Posted on 16 Jun, 2018
By Gutshot
On 16 Jun, 2018
By Gutshot
On 16 Jun, 2018

Learn poker from Daniel Negreanu at ‘MasterClass’

Online education has come a long way in the past decade. You can learn a variety of subjects all from the convenience of your home or office, without having to worry about sticking to a schedule. While sites like Coursera, Khan Academy and Udemy are well known for providing more academically oriented subject matter, more sites are now providing different topics of learning. One of these newer ones, well not really since it was launched in 2015, MasterClass.com is sort of like having a celebrity teacher, albeit one who has plenty of achievements anf accolades to their name. 

So you can learn film-making from Martin Scorsese or cooking from Gordon Ramsey and even tennis from Serena Williams. MasterClass’s immersive online experience offers exclusive video courses taught by high-profile instructors such as the ones mentioned above and many more. It is a chance for regular folks to opt for affordable, engaging, and inspirational online classes taught by world-renowned instructors giving everyone “access to genius.”

And now six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu is the latest high profile instructor to join the site to teach poker to those interested in bettering their skills. “MasterClass reached out to my agent about possibly doing something together and we thought it was a great opportunity,” Negreanu told PokerNews. “MasterClass is the most high-end production of any program like it. If you look at who is associated with it, it seemed like a no-brainer.” He continued: “First, the quality of what they do was attractive. Secondly, it’s mainstream. There are a lot of teaching sites within poker but this was an opportunity to expand the game to a wider audience, to people, maybe fans of Christina Aguilera searching the site for singing, who stumble across poker. Let me learn how to play poker.”

That said, Negreanu warns potential students that his teachings are not for newbies. “If you don’t know how to play poker it’ll probably be far too advanced for you,” he said. “If you are intermediate, struggling or learning; it’s certainly something that can help elevate your game. I would say for a rank beginner, they need to get an understanding of the game before they can take it on.”

Negreanu’s poker course was launched with seven lessons on tournament strategy and spotting tells. In the following weeks, more lessons are expected to be released with the lesson count expected to be more than 30. Students will also be given workbooks to put their newly learnt knowledge into practice. Negreanu will also select certain student questions and provide answers for these providing even more information to those learning.

“The full rollout won’t happen for another month or so, and then depending on feedback, which has been really good so far through a study group of people, there could be a second or third more in-depth course down the road,” he said. “I feel like what we covered is really good. I’m uniquely qualified to explain some of these higher-end concepts because I didn’t know much about them for most of my poker life, so for me to learn all this stuff and share it with people in a way they will understand, I think it will be eye-opening for a lot of people.”

“Poker is an intellectual endeavor that Daniel has mastered over decades playing at the highest level through disciplined focus, hard work, and by honing his unique ability to read his opponents,” said David Rogier, co-founder and CEO of MasterClass. “With this class, we’re excited to give students access to a comprehensive analysis of tournament strategy from the most successful live tournament player of all time.”

Individual lessons can be purchased (Negreanu’s single class costs $90) or you can opt for unlimited access to all classes by paying pay $180 annually.

Here’s a look at some other instructors and courses on MasterClass:-

  • Aaron Sorkin – Screenwriting
  • Helen Mirren – Acting
  • R.L. Stine – Writing for Young Audiences
  • Marc Jacobs – Fashion Design
  • Steve Martin – Comedy
  • Bob Woodward – Investigative Journalism
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Acting
  • Christina Aguilera – Singing
  • Serena Williams – Tennis
  • Dr. Jane Goodall – Conservation
  • Usher – Art of Performance

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