Poker Training Sites With Top Canadian Instructors


Just to change things up, we thought we would look at a few poker training sites that have top Canadian instructors on their rosters and tell you more about who’s teaching; maybe you had a good year on the felts and are ready to take it to the next level?

Have you have been thinking that you know just enough about the game to be dangerous…and not necessarily to the other players. It could be your looking for a gift for a poker obsessed friend or family member. Regardless, some players do invest in their game through personal coaches or training videos on coaching sites and there aren’t many top players out there that haven’t invested in training and put in some hours with a mentor. Several of the Top Canadians on the felts today are currently instructors at popular training sites, through video seminars or available to coach one on one; with customized programs to fit individual goals.

  • Tournament Poker Edge

Video Training subscriptions from 23.95/Month, with discounts for signing up for longer periods; $239.45 a year.

Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah

From the Greater Toronto area. Online, “goleafsgoeh” has won more than $2,185,000 in multi-table tournaments; most recently his 3rd place finish in the PokerStars WCOOP $5,200 Main Event earned him an official cash of more than $660,000. Mike also earned himself an FTOPS Jersey and title in November 2010; the win coming with more than $92,000 in a $200 buy-in event. According the sortable rankings, he is in the top ten online players for both the Toronto and Ontario area, as well as being in the Top 20 Canada wide.

On the live felts, Leah has more than $1,419,000 in major live tournament winnings, including more than 30 final tables across the globe. He has won the $1,000 events here at home in the BCPCs, as well as at the Bellagio Cup, the Venetian and the $1,500 at Borgata, just to name a few of our players favorite stops; he also cashed 5 times over the 2011 WSOP.

Rate for Private Coaching: $200/hr with a 10% discount for every additional session booked to a minimum of $100/hr. 1st lesson is an introductory session at 50% off ($100/hr) to establish strengths and weakness and build goals and a individualized program from there.

Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek

From St. Catharines, Ontario. Online, “bigdogpckt5s” has more than $4,400,000 in MTT cashes. Most recently, Jarzabek made headlines when he scored more than $125,000 in a week, with back-to-back chops in two of PokerStars “Sunday Majors”. Casey is constantly and consistently cashing in online tournaments and has almost a dozen online Major titles to his name; to quotes several of his profile pages; “At different points in his career, Jarzabek has been ranked #1 on on both Full Tilt Poker and Pokerstars”.

Rate for Private Coaching: $400/hr, discounted to $1000 for those booking 3 hours.

  • Blue Fire Poker

$99 sign-up fee, with Video Training subscriptions for $29.99 per month.

Jake “Vekked” Meyer

From Waterloo, Ontario. Playing online, “Vekked” has more than $1,000,000 in MTT winnings; according to the sortable rankings, Jake is currently 1st in Waterloo, in the Top 20 of Ontario online players and in the Top 30 of online players in Canada. “Vekked” has had quite a few five (and near 6) figure scores across the popular online poker sites. Meyer is currently producing training videos and will also be offering web-seminars on various multi-table tournament topics and strategies in the future.

  • CardRunners

$100 Sign-up fee, with Video Training subscriptions for $30 per month. Discounts for signing up for longer periods; a total of $360 (sign up fee waved) if players sign up for a year.

Mike “Timex” McDonald

From Waterloo, Ontario. A long standing and lead instructor for CardRunners, “Timex” has more than $1,000,000 playing tournament poker online as well as being known as a top online cash game player competent at low to high stakes. Playing live poker, McDonald has raked in more than $3,825,000 since turning 18, now just 22 years old. Most recently, Mike made headlines (and television) after winning the $20,000 NLH 8-Handed Epic Poker Main Event for more than $780,000, McDonald also remains in the Top 10 players on the European Poker Tour leader board and Canada All Time Money list for his performance on felts around the globe.

  • PocketFives Training

$35 Sign-up Fee, Video Training subscriptions for $29.95 per month. Discounts for signing up for longer periods; a total of $329.45 (sign up fee waved) if players sign up for a year.

Russell “rdcrsn” Carson

From Powell River British Columbia; living in New Brunswick. When it comes to online poker players, few player in the world, let alone Canada have accumulated the massive MTT winnings total of “rdcrsn”; now at $5,800,000 in tracked online cashes, Carson is ranked in the Top 10 players in Canada. he has $200,000+ online and $400,000+ live single tournament cashes; with his brick and mortar cashes adding nearly another $580,000 to his career total.

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35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


  1. My sister and I are live tournament players. We have been playing a few years but are not making it to the final tables. Maybe 12, 13 or 10th but not in the money. We would like to hire a coach to help us make the money.


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