Your poker game has improved and you’re excited about it. You’ve been racking up some decent scores both live and online and your confidence is soaring.
Your decision-making process with regard to position, bet-sizing and pot odds has been spot on as of late. Your ability to read your opponents at the table is at an all-time high.
You’re a subscriber to poker training sites, busily watching videos to glean as much information as possible. The last few books you’ve read all have “poker” somewhere in the title. You can’t remember the last time you read a book that didn’t pertain to increasing your ROI.
You practically live and breathe poker.
You know you still can get better and you’re ready to take your game to the next level. Your goal is to be a world class professional poker player, finally getting rid of that crummy day job and hitting the poker circuit on a regular basis.
You believe that individual training from a professional poker coach can fix the weaknesses in your game and get you to where you want to go. How much can you expect to pay for such instruction from an expert? It ain’t cheap, my friend, but could pay dividends well beyond the money invested.
Let’s take a look at what some poker pros charge for their services. All of the pros mentioned have their own websites where they readily offer to take on new students – for a price.
Vanessa Selbst has earned more money at the tournament tables than any other female player, $11.7 million and counting. Three WSOP titles and a bunch of victories in other events has pushed her to 15th on the all-time money leaderboard.
A PokerStars Team Pro, Selbst is a law school grad who is likely as dangerous with torts and motions as she is with two pair. Perhaps she will impart a bit of legal advice along with her poker knowledge should you work out a coaching deal. At $800 per hour, you may need some advice regarding filing for bankruptcy.
All kidding aside, Vanessa’s resume speaks for itself. Students that Selbst takes on must prepare to commit themselves to a minimum of 5 coaching sessions in a span of two months.
The FossilMan won the WSOP Main Event in 2004 and an astonishing four Heartland Poker Tour Main Events in one season. Raymer’s lifetime earnings have surpassed $7.5 million.
Like Selbst, Raymer possesses a degree in law. Unlike Selbst, he collects fossils when not collecting poker titles. Raymer is active with the PPA, hoping to spread regulated online poker throughout the U.S.
Private one-on-one coaching with the FossilMan is $600 per hour with a two-hour minimum. If that rate is beyond your budget, how about a fossil for $39.95 that you can use as a card protector?
If the hourly rates of Raymer and Selbst have you re-thinking the need for a poker coach, don’t click away from this page just yet. There are other levels of rates on the poker coaching spectrum that are much more affordable and perhaps no less valuable depending on where you’re at as a player.
Chris “Fox” Wallace won a WSOP gold bracelet in $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. in 2014 for a prize of $507,614. He is a published author on poker and is currently on the pro roster at Phil Ivey’s poker training website, the Ivey League.
An hour with Wallace will set you back $150. And while his career tournament earnings of $825,453 may not be in the same ballpark as the previously mentioned pro poker coaches, players on a tighter budget will certainly find value in the no-nonsense approach spelled out on his website.
Students of Jace who improved their game after his mentoring have provided testimonials regarding their success. While testimonials are sometimes fabricated when marketing a particular product or service, there is every reason to believe that Jace is the real deal based upon the statistics of his proteges.
Jace cashed in two WSOP Main Events on his way to earning $225,583 in live tournament action. Combined with his online success at the poker tables, his profits are over $1.2 million.
Currently charging $125 per hour, Jace’s rate is the lowest of the four pros analyzed. Players who sign up for more than 20 hours can get a reduced rate of $100 per hour.