Women's poker instruction at Isle this weekend

In poker lingo, they’re called “leaks,” the weak parts of players’ games that make them vulnerable to opponents. Leaks range from poor knowledge of which hands to fold to making bets that are too small (meaning you’ve left money on the table).

Local pro Abbey Daniels is running an instructional camp to plug some of those leaks.

“You have to continually learn,” says Daniels, of Coral Springs, who finished fourth in the World Poker Tour Hard Rock Poker Showdown in 2011. “You have to find the leaks in your game, and we want to find them and help correct them.”

Daniels was business partners with 2011 Women’s WSOP champ Marsha Wolak when the academy started in 2012, but they have gone their separate ways. Nancy Birnbaum, who has won three World Series of Poker Circuit events, is the current co-instructor.


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The camp, for intermediate players, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Isle Casino and Racing. Registration costs $495 in advance, and includes lunch and entry into a tournament at the end of the day. A hand-analysis camp will be held from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday and costs $250 in advance. (Prices at the door are $595 for Saturday and $295 for Sunday.)

Daniels says there will be advice on how to play tournaments and cash games. She notes that she became well-known in South Florida after her tournament run, but spends about half her time playing in cash games.

“It’s interesting: When someone is a tournament player, there’s a lot more commercial visibility to that player,” she says. “You see them on TV and such, but I probably play cash at least as much, if not more than, tournaments.”

Find more info at USWomensPokerAcademy.com.