Poker Is A Skill

a publisher dedicated to the idea that poker is a skill that we can teach and you can learn


Why that name? We’re called Poker Is A Skill because poker is a skill. Yes, it’s a game that involves luck, but in the long run, skill is what separates the winners from the losers. If you’re not so sure about that, read this.

What do you publish? We publish my books on poker, several of which are written with my coauther, Dusty “leatherass” Schmidt, who is one of the most successful grinders in online poker history.

Who the hell are you? Oh, hi! I’m Paul Christopher Hoppe. I’ve been a professional poker player on and off since 1998. I’ve been writing about poker since either 2006 or 2010, depending upon how you look at it. I’m known on poker forums (and PokerStars) as GiantBuddha, and around these parts as ZenMadman.

Where can we buy these books? The best place to get your hands on our books is

What else have you got going on? I release a poker article here every Friday morning. At the moment, it’s a weekly chapter from my first book, Way of the Poker Warrior. You can join our mailing list to receive updates on our newest books and special sales that we may have. Finally, you can post in our brand-new forums. I promise to respond to every reasonable question, and if you have a question for Dusty, I’ll do my best to get him to answer it.


When you see this logo on this site, you’re looking at an article about poker. Like, duh, obviously.