Why I Tutor Poker

I was hesitant at first to include poker as one of the subjects I tutor. The card game has gained a very negative image for some people. Although the image is partially deserved as poker is indeed gambling and can cause significant debts, there is a lot of good to be said about poker, from both mathematical and psychological standpoints.

From a mathematics standpoint, poker teaches a great deal about statistics & probability. For basic students, I can ask given their hand, what are the chances of getting various hands from the future draws. Yet, for more advanced students, not only can I ask what are the probabilities of their hands but also of their opponents. In fact, I could make an entire probability test over just one hand of poker. Very few other games have that possibility.

Anyone who remembers who Maverick is knows of the psychological games that come with poker. What are your opponents' tells? What are yours? When do you bluff? When do you fold? How do you read other people's actions to tell you what they are thinking? Poker will tell you a lot about your opponents and about yourself in how you play.

While poker is a cause for concern for addicts, it can also be a great learning tool.

(If you have enjoyed this blog, please leave a comment to let me know. I love to blog to help others, but it helps me to know that people are indeed reading them. I do respond to comments, so feel free to check back after a day or two and see my reaction if you desire. If you have ideas you would like to see in future blog posts, please let me know. Also, please support my request to WyzAnt feedback to improve the blog system. Thank you.)


I think game theory is also a key aspect of poker. Especially when the game is played by a machine, game theory can be used instead of psychology to control bluffs. My question is how to get accredited on this site for tutoring poker. 
Aye, there is a lot of different aspects involved with poker. To get certified in a non-test subject, it requires writing a sizable description as to why you are qualified (go into you "subjects" area, click on poker, and then type up a paragraph or two about how you can help).
This is somewhat related: you said you tutor chess on another thread, about what qualifications do you need to tutor chess. On that note, I have some other subjects in which I'm not sure what qualifications are needed/expected: Phonics, Study Skills, Social Studies. How much are you expected to know about those topics to tutor them?
The chess tutoring was one of my more awkward situations. I did win a minor chess tournament, but the student was actually way out of my league. I was only able to help him since he had a book of chess master games he wanted to work through, so I could focus on teaching him about how to use critical thinking while reading, such as asking "Why?" for the various moves to help him learn how to plan ahead better and see how the masters were thinking.
As for the qualifications, they are reviewed by hand by WyzAnt, so if your qualifications are not at the level they want, they will let you know; unlike the tests, you can submit qualifications many times. My suggestion is to write as much as what comes to mind and see how it looks. You can always change it later. My "A" subjects have gone through about a dozen revisions as I tried to find a style I liked.


Brian S.

Certified, Full-Time Tutor of Most Subjects

4500+ hours
if (isMyPost) { }