Why Choose Coaching?

Take a look at the following graph of one of our student's winnings. Can you guess when this student decided to start coaching?

  • Private poker coaching is the best way to improve your game and increase your winrate.

    • Our students have seen significant improvements in the short and long term.

    • Coaching was essential to our own success as poker players and educators.

  • Trying to find the best information on your own is extremely difficult.

    • There is so much information available, it's hard to know where to start.

    • Trusting the wrong sources can cost you money!

  • A poker coach takes out all of the guesswork.

    • We guide you to the right sources, help you fully digest the necessary information, and then guide you through implementing that information into your game.

    • Along the way, we provide support and answer all of the questions that come with trying to improve as a poker player.

  • Poker coaching is fun.

    • If you are on this page, you probably have already fostered a love for the game of poker.

    • Learning about the game makes playing more engaging and more fun.

    • Learning to think about the game at a high level is extremely fulfilling and translates to all areas of your life.

    • We want to help you make more money and have more fun playing poker.

This student who's results are shown above began coaching in September of 2014 and saw immediate results. While this is poker and no coach can guarantee immediate winnings, we feel extremely confident that we can increase a student's winrate by 1 BB/hr in the first lesson and 5-15BB/hr with continued coaching. Let's take a look at how the math breaks down.

The Value of Coaching

The Student: Break even $2/$5 player who plays 5 hrs a week

The First Lesson: This pays for itself in expectation after just a month!

The Goal: Even at a modest increase of 5bb/hr, this student would see annual expectation increase by $6500, a significantly greater number than the cost of weekly coaching.

The Possibility: If this player decided to up their volume to 20 hrs/week, the same coaching would result in a $23,000 increase in expectation annually. More than a 5x return on investment in a single year!

Our Methodology

  • To play poker at a high level you need to think about poker at a high level.

    • Lessons will focus on all the components that go into how to best think about a given hand of poker, on and off the felt.

    • Our primary goal is for our students to have the tools to make the correct decisions under pressure and to work on their games by themselves.

  • As important as poker strategy is, instilling a deep love poker to all of our students is essential to our teaching philosophy.

    • We want all of our students to be as passionate about learning and playing the game as we are!

    • To be successful in poker long-term, it is essential to enjoy the process of studying the theory and concepts away from the table so the student's desire to improve can be put into a concrete plan of action.

  • A constantly evolving goal-oriented approach to learning is the only way to achieve consistent meaningful results.

Services Offered

  • Private lessons

    • We offer lessons over Skype or any other video-conferencing software to students across the world.

    • In-person lessons are available on a regular basis in New York City, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.

  • Live Leakfinder 

    • Have a Just Hands coach play at the same table as you and get a detailed report on your strengths and weaknesses as a player and advice on how to plug your biggest leaks. For more details on the leakfinder click here.

    • Here you can find an example of the comprehensive document every student gets after doing a leakfinder. 

    • These can be scheduled across the country wtih the greater NYC area, Washington DC, Cleveland, and Las Vegas being the easiest destinations.

For anyone interested in any type of coaching, we are happy to provide one free half-hour lesson. Sign up for your free consultation here.

Meet Our Coaches


Jack Laskey, the host of the Just Hands podcast, has been playing poker professionally since 2015 and semi-professionally since 2010. He has been coaching through Just Hands since 2017. In 2018, Jack joined the Solve For Why Academy, the premier live poker training company founded by high-stakes pro Matt Berkey. Jack is based in NYC and plays cash and tournaments across the country. He is regularly in Las Vegas teaching at the Solve For Why Academy and playing on the strip.


Jon Metz has been playing poker professionally since 2015. Jon has grinded his way up from $1/$2 at the Jack Casino in Cleveland to becoming a $5/$10 regular at the MGM National Harbor in Washington D.C. Jon combines a broad understanding of GTO principles with the exploitative know-how needed to thrive in today’s live environment. He decided to begin coaching in 2019 and start sharing the secrets that have led to his success.


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Zach’s coaching has made a great difference in my poker results. With his personalized approach to finding and plugging the leaks in my game, in six months I’ve gone from break-even at 1/2 to a confident, winning player, finding myself consistently among the best 2 players at the table.
— Dave M, Cleveland OH
If you are serious about learning poker, Jack is a great teacher to work with! His passion for the game is contagious and his continuing interest to learn more about the game is inspiring and exciting. His teachings are thorough and he really does care about my progress so he goes at my pace. Would definitely recommend him to anyone that wants to take their skills to the next level
— Russell Gelman-Sheehan, Oberlin OH
Zach’s a brilliant teacher. He explains complicated subjects clearly, and his enthusiasm for the game is infectious. He always points out aspects of hands that I never would have seen on my own. In the few months I’ve worked with him, the way I think about poker has completely changed. I’m a far better player as a result
— Oliver Bok, Oberlin OH


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