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