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Published: 16th March 2009 Written by Promotion Poker
Updated: 9th January 2024

fulltilt-poker-academyFull Tilt Poker have introduced the Poker Academy for players to learn from the professions pick up tips and drastically improve your game play. Not only will you learn to play like a pro you will earn points at the academy from both challenges and tasks. Credits earned from completing challenges can be used to purchase goods from the Full Tilt Poker Academy Store which has a range of amazing Full Tilt poker products. Points earned from the Sit-N-Learn interactive lessons can be used as buy in for special Academy freerolls on Full Tilt Poker. Use WAP as your FullTilt Poker referral code.

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I decided to deposit the new $10 Full Tilt Poker minimum deposit and try some of the pro challenges and tasks which are available on the FullTilt Poker Academy website. Having a choice of four challenges to attempt. If you manage to earn 500 Academy Credits or 500 FTP you will get gold access and be able to use the academy with full access to everything. Once you have completed a Challenge you can just close it and proceed to another Challenge or you can repeat any of the Academy Challenges up to 10 times.

Bill Edler – Power of Position
Level: 4
Academy Credits: 250

Aaron Bartley – Sit & Go By The Numbers
Level: 4
Academy Credits: 200

Chris Ferguson – Pre-Flop Play
Level: 5
Academy Credits: 400

Jennifer Harman – Sizing Up Opponents
Level: 6
Academy Credits: 500

You can only do one challenge at a time so I decided on the Chris Ferguson challenge just because he manages his bankroll so well and is a very tight aggressive player.

The challenge was to complete a series of pre-flop tasks while playing cash games online at Full Tilt Poker. I chose the 9 handed $00.1/$00.2 tables and began my quest to complete the tasks. The first three task really teach you a lot about what hands you should play and how much to bet according to your position on the table early, mid or late position. You also have to steal the blinds 5 times by making everyone fold when you are mid or late position.


The last challenge will really teach you a lot about poker and how to play like a pro because it requires you to play 100 consecutive hands where you can only fold or raise (except for the two blind positions) if you limp in just once the counter resets to zero. This task must be complete 5 times with over 500 hands of pro play. It really stops you from betting with nothing unless you really have good hole cards worth raising.

Chris Ferguson – Pre-Flop Play

poker-academy-full-tiltEarly position (UTG, UTG+1), Be the first to raise by only doubling the big blind with the following hole cards: A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, T-T, 9-9, 8-8, A-K, A-Q.
(Complete this task 3 times)

Middle position (UTG+2, UTG+3, UTG+4), Be the first to raise by 2.5 times the big blind with the following hole cards: A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, T-T, 9-9, 8-8, 7-7, A-K, A-Q, A-J.
(Complete this task 3 times)

Late position (cutoff, button), Be the first to raise 3 times the big blind with any other hole cards besides the following A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, T-T, A-K, A-Q.
(Complete this task 3 times)

Steal the blinds 5 times from middle or late position in a 9 – 8 handed no limit Hold em cash game.
(Complete this task 5 times)

Pro Play –  Play 100 consecutive hands without open limping. Raise or fold if it’s been folded to you. Repeat 5 times.
(Complete this task 5 times)

I’m just about done with the Chris Ferguson challenge and I have nearly doubled my bankroll while taking on these tasks I’m now sitting with $19,38 in my FullTilt poker account.

FullTilt Poker Academy is a really impressive interactive experience where poker players can learn tips from Full Tilt Poker pros like Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson,  and Phil Gordon.

There is tons of multimedia content which includes instructional videos, podcasts, and you can test your skills with the Sit-N-Learn interactive lessons and learn how to apply pro skills to your poker strategy.

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