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06/15/2005
Texas Hold 'Em Course Offered This Summer at Hudson Valley's Albany Extension Center

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Casual poker players and those interested in sharpening their skills can sign up for one of two non-credit courses in Texas Hold 'Em that will be offered this summer by Hudson Valley Community College.

The first four-session course will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the following Mondays: July 11, 18, 25 and August 1. The second session will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays in August: August 15, 16, 22 and 23.

Both sessions will be at the college's Albany Extension Center, 175 Central Avenue.

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 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, call (518) 629-4827.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.