August 2017:

Please note that I am no longer updating this site, however you may still find some useful information on it about my coaching style and personal life. I coached under the alter ego "Steamin' Steve Stokely" until 2013. To see my current coaching rates and availability, please visit the Steve Blay coaching page on Advanced Poker Training.

My Coaching Philosophy

“As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble."   -  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

This one quotation summarizes my entire coaching philosophy.  Poker is changing at light speed.  Methods that worked even a few years ago don’t show much of a profit any more, and players that aren’t adjusting are finding themselves struggling to break even.

I visit Las Vegas regularly, and I've noticed an important trend recently... (more)

How Does Your Coach Stack Up?

  • Does your coach really understand the fundamentals of poker?  Some people excel at poker due to innate talent, but they don’t understand the game well enough to teach it.  I'm a poker math and game theory expert, and the founder and software designer for Advanced Poker Training.

  • Does your coach always give you his undivided attention?  I’ve heard students say their coach was distracted, roommates were yelling in the background; possibly their coach was even playing poker while coaching them!  I will always be on time for your session, and if circumstances beyond my control cause a distraction, we’ll add on additional time.

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