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Phil Hellmuth Vol. 20, No. 14 Card Player Magazine

Poker Brat Parlays Gold Into Big Business

by Justin Marchand

Seated at his second final table at the 2007 World Series of Poker, this scene is all too familiar for Phil Hellmuth. With the blinds at $15,000-$30,000, he raises it to $90,000, leaving himself with just $170,000 behind. Phil riffles his few remaining neon orange and purple chips under the ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    2007 World Series of Poker: The Return of the Professional Seasoned Veterans Get Their First, and Hellmuth Breaks Record By Bob Pajich At press time, the second third of the World Series of Poker was completed, and the story line for this installment ...continued

  • The Quest for Immortality: The Poker Hall of Fame

    by Tim Peters

    Money may be the lingua franca of poker and the ultimate measure of one's skill and success on the felt, but what motivates the proven professional, the player who's demonstrated mastery over the years - over the decades - of his or her ...continued

  • Look Away, Dixie Land

    by James McManus

    Oh, I wish I was in the Land of Cotton Old times there are not forgotten … - Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1859 By the middle of the 19th century, draw poker with a 52-card deck had become the game of choice not only for planters and blacklegs, but ...continued

  • Card Player Honors the Game's Greats

    by Jeff Shulman

    It's been a great World Series of Poker so far. As we go to press, about 40 events have concluded, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event is in full swing, and there have been lots of interesting story lines that have emerged. Eli Elezra and Jeffrey ...continued

  • High Stakes Poker

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Recently, while filming the next season of High Stakes Poker for the Game Show Network, a weird hand came up between Brian Brandon (a successful businessman "invitee" to the game) and me. With the blinds at $300-$600 and a $100 per man ante, ...continued

  • World Series of Poker No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

    by Daniel Negreanu

    Let me start out by saying that I just love the shootout format, and hope to see this type of event catch on worldwide. In a typical tournament, a player who waits patiently is often rewarded by squeaking into the money, but to cash in a shootout, you ...continued

  • Folding the Nuts

    by Todd Brunson

    This hand came down halfway through day two of the $5,000 pot-limit Omaha (with rebuys) World Series of Poker event at the Rio recently. I started the hand with about $55,000 and my two opponents had me covered with about $60,000 each. The blinds were ...continued

  • Peeling the Turn With Overcards

    by Roy Cooke

    You're playing a solid style of limit hold'em, sticking mostly to big cards, pairs, and suited connectors, adjusting your starting strategies to both the types and number of players in the pot. You've been running "flop-dead," ...continued

  • Moving From Full Tables to Short Ones

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    As discussed in the last issue, many people fear playing shorthanded. However, on the positive side, shorthanded play can be fun, exhilarating, engaging, and quite profitable. Of course, you will have to make several adjustments to your full-game ...continued

  • Overdoing the Free-Card Concept

    by Matt Lessinger

    When in doubt, take the aggressive course of action. I firmly believe in that basic poker concept. Good things happen when you seize the initiative. You might sometimes cost yourself some bets, but you also can end up with entire pots that would have ...continued

  • Reader E-Mail

    by Matt Matros

    As those who know me will attest, I am a pretty lazy individual. I often don't respond to e-mail from readers of my online journal ( in a timely fashion, though I do usually respond to everyone eventually. It gnaws ...continued

  • Adjusting From No-Limit to Pot-Limit

    by Eric Lynch

    As I'm writing this column, we're right in the thick of the World Series of Poker. First off, let me say that every year, the World Series always manages to rekindle my flame for tournament poker. There really is nothing quite like the rush of ...continued

  • Programming in Prague

    by Michael Cappelletti

    In early spring, I visited Prague, Czech Republic, which is truly one of the most beautiful and civilized cities in the world. It has wonderful old architecture and vibrant, modern night life. And no-limit Texas hold'em is played at the Banco ...continued

  • Winning the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand Tournament

    by Matthew Hilger

    This two-part column will look at some of the more interesting hands I played while winning the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand tournament. These tournaments typically attract around 900 players, with first place paying approximately $30,000. We ...continued

  • Internet Poker Update

    by Bob Ciaffone

    In October of 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) became the law of the land in America. Although Internet gambling was not made a crime, the restrictions on money transfers and advertising dealt a severe blow to both poker ...continued

  • Setting Aside Something

    by Lee H. Jones

    "Got my hands on a little bit of dough." This is not a poker strategy or tactics piece. It's not even about poker, per se, but you'll quickly see its relevance to poker players. This came up because I was talking to some young ...continued

  • A Curious Incident of the Dog

    by Steve Zolotow

    There are two essential skills for playing no-limit hold'em. They are starting-hand selection and reading your opponents. If you read virtually any good hold'em book, you will get a reasonable idea of appropriate starting hands. It is much ...continued

  • World Series of Poker Halftime Report

    by Mark Gregorich

    As I write this column, the 2007 World Series of Poker is about at its midpoint. I would like to share with you some thoughts on the event itself, as well as some of my personal experiences thus far. All grown up: Some of my best poker memories since ...continued

  • Aunt Sophie and the Poker Hotties

    by Max Shapiro

    Someday before I die, I hope to find Big Denny in a jovial or even mildly agreeable mood. I had no such luck on my latest visit to the Barstow Card Casino. "Ya done it ta me again, Maxey," he growled. "What did I do now?" I ...continued