The Face of a Poker Champion

If you ever wondered what the face of a poker champion looks like, just take a look at that winning smile on Ashira Lavine's face. You may not have heard of her yet, but you will. Soon! (Pronounce her last name La-vine' like grape vine.)
 
Today, at noon, Ashira begins her 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship journey during Day 1C. Two hours prior to that at 10am Las Vegas time, we meet with her by way of an Internet interface for a 1-on-1 poker coaching strategy session that allows me to coach her virtually in real time.
 
I am honored and proud to say that I am Ashira's poker coach. Our first outing together was Event #3 of the 2010 WSOP where she finished 14 out of 4,345.
 
Ashira is an amazing woman and poker player. She has the competitive spirit of a warrior and the intuitive insights of a high priestess.
 
Thank you, Ashira, for putting your trust in me. I am profoundly grateful. Your excellence causes me to take my poker coaching to new heights while it enriches my life.
 
Whenever Ashira comes to your mind, please send positive energy her way. The words to focus on are: Easy, Trust, Calm
 
As always, remember my motto:
 
When you can't raise, don't call.
 
Donna Blevins
Poker Coach
 
PS: Just in case you are wondering, that is a WSOP Circuit Event Ring on her finger.
 
When you are ready to take your game to the next level, contact me here and ask about The Blevins Method of Poker Coaching.

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14 Responses to The Face of a Poker Champion

  1. MarilynNo Gravatar July 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Sending you both "Ease, Trust and Calm".  You will do great as you have one of the best  Poker Coaches in the World.  Donna has been there and done it and she will get you where you want to go.
    Bravo Donna!
    Congrats Ashira…the best is yet to come…..
    Sending blessings and abundance to ALL,
    Marilyn Angelena

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 11:27 am #

      Marilyn, thank you for your support and cheers! We are looking forward to you getting Women News Magazine up and running. I believe that Ashira embodies the personal power you envision magnifying with your publication. Thank you, dear sweet, sister spirit!

      Donna

  2. ChrisNo Gravatar July 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Go for it Ashira, we're rooting for ya!!!

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 11:23 am #

      Chris, thanks for stopping by and cheering for Ashira. We look forward to seeing you in class in a couple of hours!

      Donna

  3. MaggieNo Gravatar July 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Donna,
    Your words are inspirational. My positive thoughts and energy are with Ashira. I believe in her and know that she is going to move forward successfully.
    Maggie

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 11:22 am #

      Maggie, you are an intregral part of Ashira’s winning spirit. What you have taught Ashira about de-coding faces is a vital part of her poker tool box. I am looking forward to working with you on our upcoming projects more than you will ever know… understanding the science that will unmask poker faces has me on the edge of my seat! Our coaching clients are already clammering to sign up!

      Donna

  4. julieNo Gravatar July 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    Ashira,
    Easy,Trust, Calm.
    Good Luck.
     
    Julie

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 11:17 am #

      Julie, thank you for echoing Easy, Trust, Calm! That is from where our strength and champion spirit springs.

      Donna

  5. Al SpathNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Ashira,
    It's been my experience to watch a person "grow" after a defeat, more so than after a triumph.
    As Donna will tell you, the "great ones" build on what they learned and how they learned it and incorporate those highes and sometimes lows, into their game.  The steady pro is the most challenging to defeat in the "long run."

    You will compete and win with the lessor hand many more times over the course of your career, and lose with hands that frankly should have dominated and took down the pot, but that's poker.  That's the 'equalizer," the ingredient that levels the playing field so you and others can sit and have a chance against the legends of the game, and without that, we'd all be watching just the elite dominate the game (as we did prior to when the WSOP went big time and on TV).  From that point on the no-name made their name recognizable and so did internet play.

    Plenty of time for remorse about have it shouldn't happen to you, but it happens to everyone and you must take a step forward (not backwards) when such an incident happens.  The reason you play is to play the best you can, that is all any of us can do, and stay focused at the task at hand.  If we are somehow derailed, we affirm our commitment and continue to challenge "ourselves" further so we can achieve the goals we set for ourself.  If you don't, you would become just another player, some good days, some bad days, never reaching for the gold ring and being in the middle of the pack.  For some that is wonderful, for you, it's a failure, so no sense crying about what could have happened, "Make it Happen."

    Good luck, but more importantly, good skills moving forward!
    Al Spath

    Pokerinstructors.com and major endorser of the Donna Blevins Poker Coaching Camp

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 11:14 am #

      Al, we are blessed to have you in our lives! Thank you for your insights and encouragement to Ashira and to all poker players.

      Donna

  6. rachelNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    congratulations Ashira! you are beautiful. good luck!!

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 11:13 am #

      Thank you Rachel for stopping by and shouting out Ashira! I am so looking forward to meeting you.
      Donna

  7. Ashira LavineNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    To my wonderful support and energy team:

    Thank you all so very much for your support.  You all have given me a greater gift than you even know.  More important than winning 100 Main Events, I got the priceless gift of my family finding out about this online. 

    Once my family saw the kind of support I was receiving from all of you, they let me know that they want to be a part of this element of my life–realizing how important it must be for me to have gone forward with this even though they didn't necessarily approve or understand. 

    Now my family has opened their hearts to it and realize it's not just a passing fancy, it's an endeavor and an important journey for me.  I am grateful for every one of you and every moment you have held me in your hearts and minds. 

    And mostly I am grateful for meeting and working with Donna and Greg.  She is my life coach–we joke, that one day we'll talk about poker. She's helped me become a better person.  More disciplined, calmer, happier and I've learned things from her that carry over into my day to day life.  I look forward to all of you experiencing what I've experienced and will continue to work on my "authentic self" (as Donna would say). 

    Life is good.  I appreciate all of you more than I can express in words. 

    With love and sincerity,
    Ashira

    PS: We’ve only just begun. I will be expressing my continued gratefulness to you all for the many successes at the poker table that are coming.

  8. Gregory WeitzelNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Ashira,  Win, lose or draw, we love you no matter what.

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