A lifelong poker player and theorist, founder and head instructor Sean Hansen knows that gambling doesn’t have to be a gamble at all. Big Slick Poker Academy helps students of all skill levels—from absolute novices to experts whose grandfathers were decks of cards—learn the logic and strategy behind one of the world’s favorite card games. The keystone Red Chip introductory course is designed for beginners and experienced players who want to fix holes in their game. Over four weeks, students learn valuable skills such as basic profitable strategy, bet sizing, reading tells, and no-limit theory. BSPA also leads seminars on topics such as starting hands and basic bet sizing, offers individual pre-coaching evaluations for advanced players, and shares bare-bones fundamentals during "The Fish Bowl," a free monthly round table discussion for absolute beginners.
The live-fire portions of SA FirEarms' training sessions take place at local gun ranges such as Eagle Gun Range's 24-lane facility.
During classes, instructors supply ammunition, safety gear, and firearms rentals, including semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.
There are only two things a person needs to bring to one of SA FirEarms' classes: writing materials and a willingness to learn. The instructors supply the rest. Operating out of both Texas and Connecticut, these NRA-certified experts lead courses in basic handgun use and self-defense. The instructors keep classes as small as possible in order to ensure individual attention.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Though most kids dream of one day being a pilot, very few ever get a chance behind the cockpit. The team at American Flyers seeks to change that by training students to obtain a pilot’s license or merely try out their skills in an introductory lesson. The flight schools’ numerous locations feature flight-training software, online courses, and pigeon mentors to grant students numerous ways to learn how to fly.
Despite its name, nine types of firearms instruction serve as the hallmark of Your CHL Texas. Yes, the staff specializes in courses that qualify students to apply for a concealed-handgun license, but it also expands the menu with specializations such as ladies-only handgun classes and private lessons. NRA courses include the popular Basic Pistol and First Steps courses. Classes can also be taught out of a student's home if there at least three people attending the class.