Poker Coaching with Mike Gano
Mike is a professional poker player, coach, streamer and author. He’s been a consistent winner in the online NL cash games for over 15 years, playing as high as $10/20. His videos and articles have appeared all across the Internet (e.g. PokerNews.com, DeucesCracked, Red Chip Poker).
Most recently he has played in private online clubs equivalent to $5/10 USD.
Trained as a system engineer, Mike employs a process-based approach to his coaching engagements. The foundation of this process is the deliberate practice learning method. It is the principles of this learning method that have produced such great achievers and Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Jerry Rice to name a few.
The idea is that while many people will try to master a discipline, most go about it in the wrong way. What’s required is an expert to not only guide the student, but more specifically to construct a curriculum that challenges the student with relatively difficult, very specific, repeatable, measurable tasks. And then the difficulty of these drills are increased over time as the student gains more expertise.
Another notable aspect of Mike’s coaching philosophy is the emphasis on work between coaching sessions. The fact is that the vast majority of improvement a student achieves happens between lessons. Mike therefore highly values homework and what the student will be working on. Also, time is spent at the beginning of the lesson to check-in on the previous assignments to hold the student accountable.