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The Circuit Vol. 19, No. 14 Card Player Magazine

'The Circuit' Moving On Up to Prime Time

by Joe Stapleton

When launched its Internet radio show The Circuit last December at the Bellagio's Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, "The Poker Authority" never imagined how popular the show would become with die-hard poker players around the world. With a combination of big names, ...

  • Circuit Tips

    by Joe Stapleton

    On The Circuit, Poker's Biggest Names Offer Tips And Tales, and Trash-Talk Each Other From The Tournament Trail. Here Is A Peek Into The Studio: Erick Lindgren On What It Takes To Be A Great Poker Player "The first thing you must have to be a ...continued

  • Show Highlights

    by Joe Stapleton

    The Circuit has broadcast 61 episodes since its premiere back in December of 2005. The following are famed episodes and watershed moments from The Circuit history. You can download these episodes from the archive at Dec. ...continued

  • World Series of Poker Off to a Great Start

    by Jeff Shulman

    The 37th-annual World Series of Poker has finally gotten under way at the Rio in Las Vegas, and all signs indicate that this year is going to be huge. First, the WSOP couldn't have gotten off to a better start. Harrah's ran its exclusive ...continued

  • Mandalay Bay Poker Championship - The Maiden Voyage of Poker's Newest Tournament

    by Alex Henriquez

    On Sunday, June 4, a field of 349 poker players made history - Mandalay Bay history, to be exact. The group participated in the inaugural Mandalay Bay Poker Championship - the first-ever high-stakes no-limit hold'em tournament held at the Mandalay ...continued

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Harrah's Hits Marketing Jackpot With World Series of Poker In Only Two Years, Harrah's Takes WSOP Worldwide By BOB PAJICH In January of 2004, U.S. marshals came in with a court order, seized $2 million that was owed to a union, and closed ...continued

  • The Poker Princess

    by Michael Friedman

    One of poker's brightest new stars shined for all to see during the 2006 World Poker Tour Championship at Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Erica "The Poker Princess" Schoenberg took a major step toward solidifying her reputation ...continued

  • Your World Series of Poker Reading List

    by Tim Peters

    When James McManus went to Binion's Horseshoe Casino in 2000 to parlay his $4,000 advance for an article on the World Series of Poker into an entry into the main event - a journey immortalized in his classic book Positively Fifth Street - he took ...continued

  • Raise on the Turn or the River

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Phil Hellmuth recently wrote a column titled "Jennifer Harman and the Big Game" about a limit hold'em hand he played against her in that game. You can read it at In the hand, Jennifer held pocket aces in the small ...continued

  • Seinfeld Versus Malcolm in the Middle

    by Phil Hellmuth

    While shooting CPS (Celebrity Poker Showdown) in New Orleans - on Bravo on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. - I found out that some celebrities can really play no-limit hold'em at a high level. In week one, Jason Alexander (George Costanza on Seinfeld) and ...continued

  • Online Blunders - Part II

    by Rolf Slotboom

    In the first part of this two-part series (available at, I analyzed a few common mistakes that I have made while playing online. My relatively little online experience led me to make some of these minor errors on a bit too frequent ...continued

  • Threehanded at the 2005 World Series of Poker

    by Matt Lessinger

    Any self-respecting poker player knows full well when the World Series of Poker has arrived. Personally, I count the days until the main event arrives. And since it's getting to be that time of the year again, I've decided to focus my next two ...continued

  • Poker Terms in the Language

    by Michael Wiesenberg

    Many terms in the English language come from the world of poker. People use these expressions all the time, often unaware of their origins. Here are several from The Official Dictionary of Poker. You hear people describing how something is done ...continued

  • Preparing for the World Series of Poker

    by Matthew Hilger

    It is that time of year again, as the World Series of Poker is here. I am spending the entire six weeks in Vegas this year, and am excited that I will be able to play more events this year than in the past two years combined. Yes, I'll be working ...continued

  • An Early Hand from Reno

    by Daniel Negreanu

    I've been running low on material for my Card Player column due to all of my recent exits in $10,000 buy-in events. Frankly, most of the tournaments I've played have seemed uneventful, as I've been unable to muster up a big stack of chips ...continued

  • The Frustration Factor

    by Joe Sebok

    As I sit here in room 17081 at Bellagio in Las Vegas, I am a little upset. In fact, I would say I am pretty damned irritated. I just finished playing the final tournament before the main event of the Five Star World Poker Classic, and suffice it to ...continued

  • Take Your Time

    by Lee H. Jones

    "Stop, children …" If you play no-limit hold'em tournaments and haven't read Dan Harrington's books, you're giving away money. It's not every column in which I tell you the most important point of the whole piece ...continued

  • Not-So-Conventional Wisdom

    by Roy Cooke

    Conventional wisdom states that in order to be a world-class player, you need to play aggressively. While I generally agree that aggression is a force to be reckoned with at the poker table, there are many situations in which a trapping, passive ...continued

  • Home-Game Tourneys

    by Dan Abrams

    In many respects, a tournament is a tournament regardless of where it's held. But there are a few considerations that are especially important in a home-game tourney. First, figure out the "non-poker dynamics." Before you even agree to ...continued

  • Play a Tournament With Me

    by Linda Johnson

    I recently played in the American Poker Player Championship media event. Due to confusion about the starting time, only 15 journalists showed up to participate. Seated at my starting table were David Stratton (Gaming Today), Ray Poirier (Gaming ...continued

  • Cappelletti on Hold'em: A-Q

    by Michael Cappelletti

    How good is an A-Q starting hand in no-limit hold'em? There are only four hands that clearly dominate it when heads up against it; namely, pocket aces (win 92 percent of the time), pocket kings (72 percent), pocket queens (70 percent), and A-K (72 ...continued

  • A Medium-Strenght Hand - Part II

    by Matt Matros

    In my last column (available at, I started an analysis of a specific no-limit hold'em hand that I hope will provide useful insights into a more general no-limit hold'em question - the question of what to do when facing a bet ...continued

  • Limit Versus No-Limit - Part II Preflop Play

    by Jim Brier

    This is the second in a series of columns comparing limit hold'em to no-limit hold'em. It is aimed at experienced limit players who have decided to make the switch to no-limit. In the first column, we covered some of the general differences ...continued

  • I'd Ride a Camel for a Smile.......

    by Jan Fisher

    I have learned to "walk like an Egyptian" while continuing my amazing worldwide travels about which most people can only dream. Do I have a blessed life? You know it, and so do I, and I often thank my lucky stars for my good fortune. ...continued

  • Hollywood Henderson Will Play for You

    by Max Shapiro

    Frank "Hollywood" Henderson is one of the most colorful characters in poker. You can't help smiling when you're in the presence of this likeable, humorous rascal. It's only later, after he's dazzled and overwhelmed you with ...continued

  • CPR (Cost Per Round) - Part II

    by Steve Zolotow

    To win tournaments, you must know CPR. First let's review Part I (available at Calculate your CPR - cost per round. Divide your chip count by your CPR to get M. Your basic strategy depends on M, in the chart below: M Strategy 20 ...continued

  • Reading and Playing Marginal Hands

    by Tom McEvoy

    A few issues back, I wrote a column titled "Mike Caro is Right." In that column, I discussed that Mike finally came out and said that math is just not as important as psychology in poker. As a follow-up to that column, I am introducing guest ...continued

  • Nice and Nasty Poker Busts

    by Bob Ciaffone

    Poker busts, in which the police raid a poker game, can come in many varieties. The police can be either pleasant to all or meaner than sin. From what I can tell, the type of raid has less to do with the law than the attitude of law enforcement in a ...continued

  • Industry Happenings

    California Lake Elsinore Hotel and Casino … will be sending 42 players to the 2006 World Series of Poker. All of these players won their WSOP seats and two-day hotel stays by finishing first in one of the casino's $25 buy-in WSOP qualifying ...continued