I was an adjunct psychology professor at the City University of New York for 6 years. I taught General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Group Dynamic. My academic roots are in forensic psychology with an emphasis on psychological testing.
I own a behavioral research company called The Nonverbal Group. We do large scale studies on human behavior and I also coach executives and teams in areas of communication. We essentially apply the same methodologies we used for Beyond Tells to make people more effective communicators and live more powerful and fulfilled lives.
My name is Blake Eastman. My entire life has been about 3 things. Poker, Psychology, and Nonverbal Behavior. The following is an overview of my experience.I am the founder of School of Cards. The first, brick and mortar poker school in the country where I taught mainly live classes to several thousand players. In 2017, we transitioned School of Cards fully online where we offer 12 weeks long highly immersive courses for Live No Limit Players. The range of my experience as a poker coach is quite wide. From teaching players the difference between a straight and flush to constructing higher level strategies to combat some of the toughest games in the world.
When I’m not playing or teaching poker, I like to dance, cook, and take naps.
It’s crazy, but I actually have Groupon to thank for my poker career. A Harvard graduate, uninspired with life after college, I bought a Groupon seat to an Intro to Poker class at School of Cards and it sparked an obsession with poker that has grown from that day on. Soon after I realized I could turn my hobby into a career. A month later, I quit my job and officially started playing poker for a living. Blake asked me to come “help” him with Beyond Tells for a few months, and I’m still here all these years later. I currently handle all operations and customer service for Beyond Tells and School of Cards.
More recently, I’ve delved into tournament poker, following many of the Mid-States Poker Tour stops and playing primarily at the 500 to 2k entry levels. I’ve experienced some success on the tour, with a fifth place finish at the April 2015 Potawatomi MSPT 1k Main Event for $33,795, and numerous other cashes in the MSPT and WSOP.
I play other variants for fun and to improve my overall poker chops, including PLO, PLO8, stud, stud8, razz, HORSE, and badugi. For me, poker is an engaging hobby, a part-time job, a social game, and a long-time passion.
I have had my hand in several areas in the poker industry: playing, writing, site promotion, and coaching. I got my start in poker online at the micros, and slowly grinded up the limits to 100nl where I played for several months before transitioning to live low stakes no limit hold’em. Since transitioning to live, I have played 1/2, 1/3, 2/5, and 5/10 NL.
Over the years the games have changed and so have the methods of teaching and learning the game. Since the beginning I have considered myself a student of the game. I have read all the books and been a member of all the training sites. I have also been lucky enough to have taken one-on-one coaching from some elite levels players. Those experiences have allowed me to develop relationships with some of the best players and thinkers in today’s games.
I believe all these experiences and interactions helped create for me a well rounded approach to the game of poker. I enjoy discussing and studying the game and hopefully we will have an opportunity to learn from each other going forward.
I have been playing live casino poker for almost twenty five years. I first started playing 7-Card stud in the East Coast poker rooms during the mid 90’s. When Limit Holdem became popular in the early 2000’s I transitioned to that game. These days most of my play is in the $2-5 and $5-10 NL Holdem cash games and the $5-5 and $5-$10 PLO cash games.
If you’ve watched a video on School of Cards website, School of Cards YouTube, Cash Game Fix or Beyond Tells...chances are, I’ve worked on it. I joined the team in 2012 and since that date, I have pulled my fair share of all-nighters in the office to get content filmed or hours of video cut. Beyond that, I’m a neat freak and can have organized everything in our office alphabetically and can mop & dust better than the Four Seasons cleaning staff.
Hi! I am Mollie. I am in charge of the launches for all of our online courses and free online training series. If you have ever taken any of our online courses or free workshops, I was the one that brought the marketing concepts for them from idea to execution. I have a strong background in human behavior, communications, personal development, and psychology & look forward to integrating some bigger developmental themes into our course curriculum. While I am fairly new to the game of poker, I have recently begun to learn and plan to be at the next WSOP.