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NJ Poker Pros Taking Poker Training Live At Borgata With Level Up Training

Written By Steve Ruddock on August 16, 2017 - Last Updated on January 10, 2024
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[toc]On Tuesday, Sept. 12, New Jersey poker pros Michael “Gags30” Gagliano and Jamie Kerstetter will be hosting a five-hour tournament poker training seminar at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

The name of the course is Level Up Tournament Training.

Gagliano and Kerstetter

Both are online crushers. Gagliano is closing in on $3 million in lifetime earnings, while Kerstetter has tallied nearly $800,000 in online earnings. Gagliano and Kerstetter have both posted solid live tournament results.

Kerstetter has been a regular on the East Coast tournament circuit since 2009. She’s amassed over $600,000 in live tournament winnings, according to her Hendon Mob page.

Gagliano has been around the East Coast poker scene just as long. He has a live tournament resume that includes a World Series of Poker bracelet, seven six-figure cashes, and nearly $1.8 million in live tournament winnings.

How to register for Level Up

You can register for the Level Up Tournament Training course at Gagliano’s website by clicking the “Enroll Now” button.

After filling in your basic information you’ll receive an invoice through Paypal. However, you don’t need a PayPal account to pay for the course. You can pay by using any major credit card.

The course costs $400. Seating is limited to the first 20 people to register. As of Monday, only a few seats were still available.

However, even if the course fills, you should put your name on the waiting list.

That accomplishes two things:

  1. Since registered attendees can cancel for a full refund anytime up to seven days before the course, there are likely going to be a few seats opening up. According to the website, “If you cancel at least seven days prior to the date of the course you will receive a full refund.”
  2. It shows a level of interest in these types of seminars, and a long waiting list will go a long way in convincing Borgata and other casinos across the country to host similar events. Likewise, you could contact your local casino to express interest in a similar type of training seminar.

What to expect at Level Up Tournament Training

According to the website, the course is open to players of all skill levels. However,  the curriculum does assume players are familiar with the basic mechanics and game play of Texas Holdem.

“Level Up Tournament Training is crafted for a wide range of poker players, from the casual player seeking to take their game to the next level to the seasoned professional aiming to improve and hone their fundamentals,” the course description states.

Since this is the first course Gagliano and Kerstetter are hosting, I’ll let them explain what participants can expect:

“The course will cover the most important and common situations encountered in tournaments. Starting with preflop play and then moving into post flop, we will rebuild the way you approach hands and help you to have a more complete understanding of what plays you want to be making and why you want to make them.”

There will be a Q&A session, so it’s also recommended you bring a notepad or a laptop to take notes or jot down any questions you might want to ask.

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Steve Ruddock is an avid poker player and a veteran member of the gaming media. His primary focus is on the regulated US online casino and poker markets. He writes for numerous online and print publications, including,, and USA Today.

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