Get The Real Deal Blog
On poker. On women in business. On personal empowerment. Because the stakes have never been higher.
September 22, 2021
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
Learning to play poker helps balance your budget with transferable life skills. Sign up for online poker lessons at Poker Power.
September 2, 2021
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 20, 2021
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 19, 2021
Journalist Maria Konnikova uses psychology to win big at poker. Now she wants to help other women learn life and business skills through the game.
August 16, 2021
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
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
“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 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
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
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
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 11, 2021
Maria Konnikova is one of the most impressive people in poker. With an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a psychology doctorate from Columbia, Maria channels her vast knowledge about human behavior into her best-selling writing and elite poker play.
June 4, 2021
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, poker can help you get (and stay) there. Making Quick Decisions on Little Information … Continued
May 28, 2021
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
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
May 14, 2021
Poker is all about betting on yourself. Yes, in an isolated instance of a single hand you’re navigating the cards you’re dealt, but across a lifetime in poker you’re betting that you’ve got the skills to win. Betting on yourself gives you autonomy over the results you want and grows your confidence when you succeed. … Continued
April 30, 2021
Picture this: an accountant, a loan officer, a statistician, an author, and a pharmacist seated around a table. Did you see a group of women? Because, if this was in real life, you would. The majority of people in those occupations are women. Representation in the workforce matters. And thinking you’ll be the “only” in … Continued
April 16, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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 8, 2021
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.