About PIAS

Poker is a skill that we can teach and you can learn.

Poker Is A Skill (PIAS) is a petite poker press owned and operated by Paul Christopher Hoppe (AKA Zen Madman AKA the poker player known as GiantBuddha). Established in 2012, we currently feature instructional poker books written by Paul, often with co-author and legendary online grinder Dusty “leatherass” Schmidt.

On this humble website you will find:

  • Information about our books and where to purchase them
  • First announcements about new releases
  • Updates on our works in progress
  • Links to videos and forums that may help you improve your poker game

Why are we called Poker Is A Skill? Because poker is a game of skill, silly! In the long run, the good players win and the not-so-good players lose. If you want to know whether someone is skilled at poker, all you have to do is look at their long-term results.

Whether you play primarily as a hobby or for a living, we are here to help you improve your poker skills. Now, we can’t do the work for you. That’s up to you. But we’ll arm you with some tools (and point you in the direction of some other good ones) to help you get the most out of your effort.