The LearnWPT Team
Brian Altman or “Alty” as he is known by fellow rounders on the virtual and live poker felt, is universally considered to be one of the greatest tournament players in the world. Brian’s career spans over a decade and includes $6.9 million in worldwide tournament earnings in live poker alone, with $3 million of those winnings from the World Poker Tour. And most recently taking down the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock High Roller event for $690K and winning his first WSOP Bracelet. Brian became enthralled with poker and ended up moving to Montreal to play professional online poker after the events of Black Friday. For more than a decade Brian has been traveling the world focused on live poker, with incredible results.
As a 3x World Poker Tour Champion, historic WPT back to back win, and the Season XVIII Player of the Year, Brian has demonstrated a level of consistency and execution in the most high pressure spots that is seldom matched by his peers. Before his ascent into the WPT record books, Brian cemented his legacy as an elite online poker player by winning the prestigious Pokerstars Yearly Tournament Leaderboard in 2010. Brian’s success is born from a mindset focused on self-improvement, lifelong learning, and respect of players and the game.
As Lead Instructor for LearnWPT, Nick Binger understands the game of poker evolves and the players who win consistently can only do so because of their commitment to continuously improving their games. Nick began his poker journey online and quickly became a force at both the Cash Game and Tournament tables. He soon transitioned to the live arena, winning several high profile events, including a WSOP bracelet in 2011. Nick recently won his second bracelet during the 2020 WSOP when he outlasted a massive 2,408 entry field.
Nick is not only passionate about being a winning poker player, he has spent years perfecting his poker instruction skills and has taught thousands of players how to win. Over the course of his teaching career, Nick developed a comprehensive method for improving the games of others, no matter their skill level or experience. No matter how long you've been playing poker or where you are in your development, Nick can take you to the next level.
Tony Dunst is one of the original online poker professionals who helped usher in the poker boom and who cultivated his experience and natural talent into an eloquently presented yet appropriately witty style that has captivated poker fans for over a decade. Tony joined the World Poker Tour as host of the Raw Deal segment and spent seven seasons analyzing some of the most pivotal hands from WPT events. When Mike Sexton announced his retirement from the WPT commentary booth, it was only natural for Tony to be promoted into the role.
Tony was able to etch his name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup in Season XII, winning WPT Caribbean. Not long after in 2016 Tony added another marquee title to his poker resume when he won a WSOP gold bracelet. Tony won his second WSOP bracelet in 2020 and his first WSOP Circuit Ring in 2021 adding to his long list of accomplishments. In addition to being widely recognized for his prowess as an expert poker player and commentator, he has written articles on dozens of topics both within and outside of poker. Tony quickly developed a loyal following of fans, who are often rewarded with his well-informed and lightning-quick takes via his social media platforms and during WPT broadcasts.
Michael Gagliano, also known by his online screen name Gags30, has been playing poker professionally for more than 15 years while also helping students achieve their goals as a coach for almost a decade. He began playing online with low stakes sit and go’s and multi-table tournaments before moving into high stakes online MTTs and continued to crush the online felt. After much success, Michael broadened his focus to include online and live cash games.
Gags successfully transitioned into the live poker arena in 2011 with multiple top 3 finishes in high profile tournaments including WSOP Bracelet events, multiple Borgata Poker Opens, and 5th in WPT Prague. Michael won his 1st World Series of Poker Bracelet in 2016 after qualifying online outlasting a field of over 1000 players for a $448K first prize and took home his 2nd WSOP bracelet after winning the October 2022 Online Bracelet Series Event #18. Michael has been a staple in the East Coast scene, an active ambassador for partypoker US Network and Borgata Poker, and also serves as a consultant for major online poker sites to help improve their product as well as being a fierce advocate for the player.
Andrew Lichtenberger aka "LuckyChewy" is one of the best all-around poker players in the game today. Prior to becoming a household name, “LuckyChewy” played successfully online before bursting onto the live tournament circuit by making headlines in April 2009 when he finished 13th in the $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship event. He’s reached six WSOP final tables, is the winner of the prestigious $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas, placed 3rd in the largest ever WPT 10K Five Diamond WPT Main Event, and placed 3rd in the 2020 WSOP Main Event. And most recently taking down the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock High Roller event for $630K and PokerGO Poker Masters High Roller event for $495K.
Andrew enjoys a healthy diet and meditative approach to more deeply experience the present moment in life in order to improve himself both as a person and to become a better poker player. He is a big believer in measuring personal success against itself and focusing on the process of progress as opposed to comparing your success to the success of others. Andrew’s positive mentality and his ability to dominate both tournaments and cash games, makes him among one of the most feared and inspiring players in the game today.
Known in cyberspace as "Rizen", Eric Lynch's internet poker career took off when he won the PokerStars Million Dollar Guaranteed Tournament in May 2006 and took the prestigious Tournament Leader Board award for that month. Eric has made over 300 Final Tables in high profile online and WSOP tournaments including placing 3rd in a Pot Limit WSOP Event in 2006. He also excels at the cash game tables, having logged thousands of profitable hours both live and online. Eric Lynch is the acclaimed author of Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time, Vols. I, II, and III, considered the most comprehensive collection of expert hand analysis in print.
Eric has had the privilege of helping hundreds of students from all skill levels grow into successful players during the past 12 years teaching alongside Nick Binger and Andrew Lichtenberger for the World Poker Tour. Ask any of his students what separates Eric from other poker instructors and they’ll say it is his ability to make the game more understandable for all players.
Vanessa Selbst is one of the most accomplished and respected poker players in the world. Getting her start playing in online and live NLHE and PLO games, Vanessa quickly rose through the ranks of poker. Bursting onto the live tournament scene in 2006, Vanessa soon received her first WSOP gold bracelet in 2008. Vanessa earned her first 7 figure cash in 2010 as the victor of the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes and continued to dominate tournament fields including winning two more WSOP bracelets, multiple WPT Final Table appearances, and too many top 5 cashes to count. In 2022 Vanessa was inducteed into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) for her accomplishments and contribution to the poker industry.
Vanessa’s dominance and dedication to her craft helped enshrine her in the status of the most successful and highest earning female poker player of all time. Vanessa has over 10 years of teaching experience and has coached some of the top poker players in the game today. Her incisive thinking makes her both a formidable opponent at the table and an enormous asset to her students.
Johan Schultz-Pedersen is a rising force in the poker world, powered by his dedicated study and passion for analysis. While still very young in life at the age of 23, Johan is a seasoned veteran of online poker having racked up over $1M in cashes during his short career. Playing in the hyper competitive international online scene he has amassed an impressive tally of winnings including a victory in the PartyPoker $1,050 buy-in $150K GTD for $43,428. While online poker has been the focus early in his career, Johan has recently taken to the live felt and secured his 1st WSOP cash with a deep run in the traditionally stacked field of the $5K 6-Max No-Limit event with a 24th place finish.
An extremely talented strategist, Johan is widely recognized by his peers and study partners (including Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger) as the go-to resource for poker strategy tools and solver technology. Johan is a true student of the game, constantly immersing himself in the newest study tools and technologies making him a huge resource for LearnWPT Students.
Jared Tendler earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and attained a license as a Mental Health Counselor prior to becoming a mental game coach in 2005. With over sixteen years of experience coaching people from around the world and in multiple arenas, including institutional and individual traders, PGA Tour players, entrepreneurs, and world champion poker players, his straightforward and logical approach has been proven to help people solve their mental game problems and perform at their highest levels.
Jared is the author of two highly acclaimed books, The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2 and just released his newest book The Mental Game of Trading. Jared has created over 45 Strategy Episodes focusing on the Mental Game for LearnWPT. He is also the host of the popular podcast Office Hours and previously served as Head of Sport Psychology for for the eSport organization Team Liquid.