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Paul Wasicka Vol. 20, No. 9 Card Player Magazine


by Alex Henriquez

In five years, Paul Wasicka plans to be playing on the PGA tour. Lounging on a wraparound sofa in the living room of his newly purchased Las Vegas home, the 26-year-old poker pro makes this statement like a man filling out a "things to do" list. He'll compete against Tiger Woods ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    GSN President Speaks About World Poker Tour WPT Will Join High Stakes Poker as Part of Monday Casino Night in 2008 By Bob Pajich GSN, perhaps the leading network dedicated to poker, took a big step recently when it came to terms with World Poker Tour ...continued

  • Last Man Standing: Paul Wasicka Wins 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

    by Alex Henriquez

    Forget powerhouses like Florida, North Carolina, and UCLA, in poker's version of "March Madness," the big names include Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Ted Forrest, and J.C. Tran. From March 9 through March 10, 64 players gathered at ...continued

  • Draw Poker and Jackpots

    by James McManus

    As four-player, 20-card poque migrated up the Mississippi, it adopted a feature or two from older vying contests. English-speaking brag players liked the idea of using all 52 cards, for example, if only because more than four people would be able to ...continued

  • J.C. Tran Finally Captures a Victory at the World Poker Challenge

    by Jay Newnum

    Reno, Nevada, is often referred to as "The Biggest Little City in the World!" and recently it played host to the biggest little poker tournament on the World Poker Tour circuit. Despite having only a $5,000 buy-in, the World Poker Challenge ...continued

  • Mo Fathipour Reveals the Secrets to Becoming a Professional Poker Player

    I arrive at The Bicycle Casino at about 9:30 p.m., hoping that I can watch Mo Fathipour, the Top Section host, play on Live at the Bike, a live streaming webcast of cash poker games. I am just a spectator looking on from the rail. I make eye contact ...continued

  • United States of Poker

    Poker history abounds at "The Biggest Little City in the World." From being the birthplace of gaming giant Harrah's Entertainment to serving as the site of northern Nevada's richest poker tournament (the World Poker Tour's World ...continued

  • Summer Poker Series Offers Something for Everyone

    by Jeff Shulman

    Do you plan on heading to Las Vegas this summer to take a shot at some big buy-in tournament poker? If so, you'd better pack a lunch. Three major poker tournaments, consisting of more than 100 events, are now on the calendar for the June-July time ...continued

  • Shannon Kicks Butt!

    by Phil Hellmuth

    A while back, I picked up tennis star James Blake and two of his friends to take them over to Bay 101 - in San Jose - for some poker action. The night before, in the second round of the SAP Open, Blake had lost. I told him that I thought he was one of ...continued

  • World Poker Tour Tunica 2007 - Day Three

    by Daniel Negreanu

    On day three, I thought I had great vision and was able to read my opponents extremely well. My flow was excellent, as I was bobbing and weaving, dodging bullets, and hanging tough despite not hitting too many flops. My stack size was suffering a bit. ...continued

  • Poker and Politics - Part I

    by Roy Cooke

    This is Part I of a two-part column about political action and poker's future. Coming in Part II is a specific action plan for players and the industry. My writing partner John Bond says he's a moderate, but the country has moved so far right ...continued

  • Bluffing Daniel

    by Todd Brunson

    One of the hands I'm most often asked about and complimented on is the hand I played against Daniel Negreanu and Sammy Farha in High Stakes Poker. High Stakes Poker airs on the Game Show Network (GSN) weekly, and we've filmed three exciting ...continued

  • Early Tournament Strategy

    by Todd Arnold

    The title of this column sounds a bit exacting because, as you know by now, you must play your situations as they arise and not follow any set rule. There is no set "game plan" that you should ever have going into a tournament, other than ...continued

  • Hidden Odds in No-Limit Hold'em Play

    by Bob Ciaffone

    When on a draw, let's first look at the conventional "pot-odds" method of evaluating whether to call. Suppose that you have the A 2 and face a bet of $20 when you and your opponent have $500 each at that point. The flop is K 8 3, giving ...continued

  • Spotting Patterns

    by Eric Lynch

    If you've been reading my columns, you should be familiar with weakness, keeping your ego in check, playing within your emotional threshold, and giving 100 percent while you're at the table. If you can do all of these things, you should be ...continued

  • Timing Your Raise

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Once in a while, you flop a hand that is likely to be the best. In a heads-up pot, your only objective is to maximize your profit. In a multiway pot, your goals are more complex. You have to strike a balance between building a large pot while you are ...continued

  • New Rules Adopted by the Tournament Directors Association

    by Jan Fisher

    In my last column, I discussed rules that were revised at the recent Tournament Directors Association (TDA) meeting. In this column, I will address the new rules that were adopted. Rule No. 33 discusses ethical play, and states: "Poker is an ...continued

  • Preliminary Tournaments - Are They Worth the Time?

    by Shannon Shorr

    A question that many high-stakes poker players wrestle with is whether or not the preliminary events and/or satellites to the big events are worth their time. To answer the question best, you have to go back to the old economics principle of ...continued

  • PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - Part III

    by Tom McEvoy

    In my previous two columns, I described my battles in the first two levels of the PokerStars World Poker Tour event at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The second level in particular saw me fighting with David Williams for many of the pots. He just ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Draw Tournaments - Part II

    by Michael Wiesenberg

    After I wrote the first installment of this series, something happened that provides real-life evidence that my pontification has practical value. I won a $20 plus $2 buy-in pot-limit draw tournament. (See? I'm more than just another pretty face.) ...continued

  • What is Worse Than Tilt?

    by Steve Zolotow

    As a poker player develops, he realizes that tilt, also known as steaming, can be a terrible trap. A tough beat or two can cause the normally disciplined player to come unglued. He'll play hands, call raises, and try bluffs that he wouldn't ...continued

  • Learning Efficiently - Part II

    by Alan Schoonmaker

    My last column stated: "Because most poker authorities don't know how to teach, you have to become an efficient learner. Don't just sit there, waiting for an epiphany. Take an active role in your own development." My next two columns ...continued

  • Stay to Win, But Don't Stay to Lose

    by Roy West

    Hi. Come on in. I picked up some barbecued chicken wings and seasoned fries. Try not to drop any on the new carpet. When last we met here in the dark corner of your poker mind, we were considering the handling of your money - mostly, coping with a ...continued