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06/07/2004
Poker Players Can Go To College With Hudson Valley Community College Course on Texas Hold 'Em

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, June 7, 2004
CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072

Casual poker players can get an in-depth look at "Texas Hold 'Em" during an intensive 10-hour course, beginning Monday, June 28 at Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute.

The course is designed to give the casual poker player an understanding of some important aspects of Texas Hold 'Em. Hold 'Em and other poker variations are experiencing a surge in popularity due to shows such as The World Series of Poker on ESPN and World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel.

The class will discuss starting hands, mathematical probabilities, position, playing styles, tournament strategy and casino versus home games. Much of the information will be taught in game simulations.

The course will run for four Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $149 for the 10-hour course.

The instructor is John Ostwald, an assistant professor who teaches psychology at Hudson Valley. Ostwald has been a successful Hold 'Em player for ten years and has been playing poker for more than 30 years.

For information, contact the Workforce Development Institute at (518) 629-4549.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.