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On poker. On women in business. On personal empowerment. Because the stakes have never been higher.
November 17, 2021 | Career
Poker is not a team sport, but learning the rules of poker can empower you to be a better team player at your workplace.
Hear from Poker Power Instructor Abby Merk on how she built valuable life skills like critical thinking and money management with poker lessons from Poker Power.
November 5, 2021 | Life Skills
Learning poker is a game changer for girls. They learn real-life skills from poker that they can refine over time including resiliency, strategic thinking, and decision making.
November 3, 2021 | Leadership
Poker isn’t just a game for men. It’s a game changer for women. Challenge the women in your organization to level up their game and learn to play poker.
October 29, 2021 | Life Skills
Knowing when to walk away requires patience, discipline, and self-control, all attributes you can learn through playing poker.
October 11, 2021 | Learn Poker
Thinking in bets is the process of making decisions for situations shrouded in uncertainty. Become a more astute decision maker using poker’s logical framework for betting.
October 7, 2021 | Poker Pros
Hear from Poker Power Instructor Xuan Liu on the World Series of Poker (WSOP), her experience as a poker ambassador, and how poker has helped her grow as a person.
October 6, 2021 | Career
People are slowly returning to in-person meetings and conferences. Learn how playing poker can help ease you back into the real world.
September 24, 2021 | Leadership
In today’s corporate environment, there is a lot of face-to-screen and not enough face-to-face communication. Learn how you can capture the essence of poker’s cool mystique and improve your virtual office vibe.
September 22, 2021 | Life Skills
Maybe you left your job because it got too crazy at home during lockdown, working remotely, and helping the kids with online learning. Perhaps you took some time off after maternity leave. Whatever scenario fits you best, poker can help you sharpen the skills you need to jump back into the workforce.
September 17, 2021 | Money
Learning to play poker helps balance your budget with transferable life skills. Sign up for online poker lessons at Poker Power.
September 2, 2021 | Learn Poker
Poker tells can help you read people while playing poker and in everyday life. Bring your poker skills to the boardroom and beyond with free poker lessons.
August 27, 2021 | Learn Poker
After learning the rules to No Limit Hold’em, you may be wondering how to approach the game’s strategy. To get you started thinking about poker strategy the right way, check out five tips to take your game to the next level.
August 20, 2021 | Learn Poker
You’ve heard poker metaphors used in politics, business, or everyday life. You may have watched dramatic poker scenes in “Casino Royale,” “Molly’s Game,” or “In Time.” Poker is a vehicle for life lessons and personal development, and we’re all in on bringing those teachings to women. But what is poker and how do you play … Continued
August 16, 2021 | Money
College is too late to start learning finance. That’s what a majority of Americans believe, according to this recent Qualtrics survey. And while that groundswell of support might help reform primary education over the next few years, it won’t help young women right now. But poker can. From handling debt to managing a budget, poker … Continued
August 13, 2021 | Career
Discover how job hunting, interviewing, and salary negotiation skills relate to the experience and skills you gain from learning and playing poker.
July 19, 2021 | Learn Poker
“Does the story make sense?” This is the type of question a poker pro might ask themself when considering how to respond to an opponent’s bet. So what can we deduce from our tablemates’ stories and how can we tell the story of a hand through the sizes and sequences of our betting?
July 19, 2021 | Poker Pros
Poker Power has partnered with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University to teach female-identifying MBAs leadership skills through the game of poker. We were able to speak with Sandra Pope, an Executive MBA candidate and the VP of marketing at Fresh & Co, about her experience. Poker Power (PP:) With the multitude of … Continued
July 9, 2021 | Learn Poker
What if poker were an olympic sport? Match Poker, a version of online poker where players are dealt the same cards, is under observer status as an olympic game. Alongside other potential events, such as Rugby or competitive rafting, poker is waiting in the wings to feature at a future olympics. So what would poker … Continued
July 2, 2021 | Learn Poker
As the plexiglass comes down at Vegas poker tables, a feeling of normalcy is returning to live poker. High-risk holdouts finally feel safe enough to return and many new players are stepping into a cardroom for the first time. But should you? Poker takes two forms, virtual and physical. While the rules of online and … Continued
June 18, 2021 | Learn Poker
As a poker educator for women worldwide, Poker Power advocates for practicing with play chips and not real money. Not only is it the cheaper way for beginners to compete with experienced players, playing for free has tangible benefits for your learning and enjoyment. Here’s why playing for free is the best way to learn … Continued
June 4, 2021 | Leadership
What kind of manager do you want to be? A fearless leader with a sixth sense for learning the unknown? An empathetic friend who can read a room faster than you’ve read this sentence? However you see yourself as a leader, learning about the power of poker can help you get (and stay) there. Making … Continued
May 28, 2021 | Poker Pros
Dr. Gail Berger is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Deputy Director of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women. She also teaches at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. We had the opportunity to speak with Professor Berger about experiential learning, women’s advancement, and Kellogg’s partnership … Continued
May 21, 2021 | Leadership
You’ve got a fixed budget, two hours on a Friday afternoon, and a legion of employees whose morale needs a boost. What team building activity would you choose to make sure your staff leaves energized and excited to come back on Monday? Something that’s not the usual cocktails and trivia? What about hosting a corporate … Continued
April 30, 2021 | Career
Female representation in the workforce matters, and thinking you’ll be the “only” woman in an industry can feel challenging. Lets flip the table with the power of poker.
April 16, 2021 | Learn Poker
Poker. It’s more than cigar smoke and big egos. It’s a way for women to hone human skills and build hard skills. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you. Here’s a preview of what you learn in your first Poker Power lesson, and how those lessons can help you at any table in life. Learn the … Continued
April 9, 2021 | Life Skills
Maybe you’ve heard this tired poker cliche: “you got so lucky!” Some (bad) poker players focus on short-term luck rather than long-term decision making, and many people believe that poker is all a game of luck. This simply isn’t true. Poker is a game of skill with elements of chance, which is what makes it … Continued
March 19, 2021 | Money
Your first salary negotiation lays the foundation for the earning power of your whole career. Raises within your current company and negotiations with future employers are anchored to your starting salary, as the value you bring to an organization is often conflated with your wage.
March 12, 2021 | Learn Poker
As it turns out, poker is the ultimate game of foreign policy and human psychology and there are no limits to the lessons you can learn from this game.
March 5, 2021 | Poker Pros
Jennifer Shahade is one of poker’s most iconic and accomplished figures. She has won hundreds of thousands of dollars in poker tournaments and contributed to poker’s meteoric rise as a globally recognized ambassador for the game. Incredibly, she’s also a two-time US Women’s chess champion…
February 12, 2021 | Learn Poker
Instincts can be a valuable asset at the poker table. Reading people requires us to tap into parts of our subconscious that no poker book could ever teach. Unfortunately, poker presents certain instances where our natural inclinations can mislead us. Here’s how to get ahead…
January 29, 2021 | Learn Poker
It turns out that the english language is riddled with references to poker! Here’s a fun list of poker colloquialisms that live in our speech, feel free to promote the game by throwing these into your conversations…
January 8, 2021 | Learn Poker
With such promising news of a Covid-19 vaccine, poker players may be able to return more widely to physical tables in 2021. If you’ve only ever played online poker, the transition to playing live may be off-putting at first. To help you fit in at a cardroom or house game, here are our tips on in-person poker etiquette.
December 30, 2020 | Poker Pros
Vanessa Hernandez recently took 2nd place and won a bounty of prizes including a trip to Las Vegas, a Bluetooth Speaker, a $500 hotel voucher and tons of clothing merch by competing in a free poker tournament hosted by World College Poker. She graciously took the time to speak with us…
December 18, 2020 | Life Skills
You may have heard (us say) that poker teaches you valuable life skills. But where can you apply these skills, it’s not as if you can raise when you get your bill at a restaurant! Consider these four situations that let you flex the muscles poker has given you…
December 11, 2020 | Poker Pros
In a non-covid year, the World Series of Poker brings players from all over the world to Las Vegas to compete in hundreds of tournaments. There’s all sorts of events of varying game types, stakes, and structures…
December 9, 2020 | Poker Pros
Poker Power’s Poker Queen gift guide will help you find the perfect gift for the empowered women in your life. Always remind the fearless females around you to not only pull up their seat at the table but to Flip The Table! Get comfy with this queen of hearts sweatshirt. Practice your poker skills with … Continued
December 4, 2020 | Learn Poker
In 2003 an amateur poker player skyrocketed poker’s popularity by winning the most prestigious tournament of the year, the main event. Through the mid 2000s poker was at its most popular, growing from 839 to 8,773 main event entrants between 2003 and 2006 alone…
November 20, 2020 | Learn Poker
Poker Power has teamed up with WCP (World College Poker) for the freeroll of a lifetime! If you’re a college student (or a graduate less than 3 months out of school) you’re eligible to play in WCP’s current tournament (Fall Brawl) or any future tournament series…
November 6, 2020 | Learn Poker
Over poker’s evolution, the trend of specializing at a particular game type has become more popular among competitive players. Specialists have a natural advantage over generalists since such a high concentration of their studying goes towards mastering the only game they play.
October 30, 2020 | Poker Pros
In July of 2007, professional poker player-turned-beautuber Annette Obrestad won a 180-person online poker tournament without looking at her cards…
October 26, 2020 | Career
In an earlier blog, we drew connections between poker and three fields: Finance, Actuarial Science, and Research & Development. If you’re interested in applying your poker talents to your career, here are three more lines of work to consider…
October 9, 2020 | Career
Professional poker is a career pursued by a small fraction of all poker players. For most, poker is a way to satisfy their intellectual curiosity through a rewarding and entertaining game. But are there corollary characteristics among people interested in poker that may lead them towards certain fields? Let’s explore…
September 25, 2020 | Learn Poker
Is poker a legitimate school sport? A host of universities already boast their own Esports teams and nearly every D1 college participates in competitive chess. Poker encapsulates the best of both of these “armchair” sports: mass multi-generational viewership and rich strategic depth.