MIKE SCELZAAND JOHNNY MARINACCI
If you’re losing money to your friends every week, go straight to the source of the great 21st-century poker craze: The 1998 Matt Damon film Rounders and its “technical consultants,” New York poker scenesters Mike Scelza and Johnny Marinacci (a.k.a. “Johnny Marino”). When they’re not appearing on Spike TV’s Casino Cinema show, the pair give lessons for between $50 and $200 an hour for groups of three to six ($100 for individuals). They’ll teach you why you shouldn’t play like the poker stars on ESPN and show you around the underground New York poker clubs they’ve been patronizing, and sometimes running, for the past quarter-century.