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Launch Day

by The Poker Academy |  Published: May 14, '15


Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, what day is it??

Launch Day.  Finally.  This has been a long time coming and I’m excited.  Rep and I have put thousands of hours into creating this first course and I think it’s the best no-limit hold’em tournament instruction I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen and created a lot of this stuff.  Ron, our editor and tech guy, and Sean, our web development guru, have been swamped with making the best website it can be, free of errors and able to deliver this amazing course consistently and reliably.  I can’t wait to hear what all of you have to say, can’t wait to read your feedback, and can’t wait to interact with you guys on the forums.

The only poker I’ve played so far this year was the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January and a few tournaments at the Tunica Poker Open in February.  That’s it.  I haven’t played a hand of poker since February because I have been working full time to develop this course and get it to you guys.  That doesn’t mean I’m not ready for the WSOP though, on the contrary, watching and re-watching and editing and re-editing this course has me more than ready to play the best poker I can.  In fact, I feel even more ready than usual.  That, along with my plan for a new approach and no schedule, will hopefully make me a happier player this year, even if it doesn’t translate into results.  Of course, I’m always hopeful for results as well.  Right now, Rep likes to break out his two WSOP bracelets at all our family get-togethers, just to show me up.  It would be nice if I could narrow that gap just a little!

We have a lot more great stuff in the works and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.  See you on the forums!

Rick Fuller and Rep Porter are content creators and instructors at

Fuller has been a professional poker player for more than a decade. He has made four final tables at the WSOP, two in no-limit Hold’em, one in razz, and one in Omaha eight-or-better. Rick is a gifted communicator and teacher, actively involved in poker education for the past decade, teaching poker to thousands of students around the world. A former Police Officer, Rick is an adventure junkie, a private pilot, a skydiver with hundreds of jumps, and a certified SCUBA diver. He currently resides in Washington State.

Porter is a two-time WSOP bracelet winner with over $2.4 million in tournament winnings. He won his first bracelet in 2008 in six-handed no-limit hold’em and his second bracelet in 2011 in razz. He also finished 12th in the 2013 Main Event, taking home $573,204. Rep is a graduate of the University of Washington and worked as an equity options trader. Rep has played poker professionally for 17 years.

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