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Katja Thater Vol. 4, No. 8 Card Player Magazine

Katja Thater

by Rolf Slotboom

It was in 1999 when Katja Thater was seated behind her husband, who was playing in a big seven-card stud game. When he left for a quick bathroom break, he said: "Katja, you play." Despite the fact that she had never touched cards before, let alone in a casino atmosphere, she wound up ...

  • Ladies Rule!

    by Rolf Slotboom

    Even though poker in Europe is still growing considerably, I guess it is fair to say that worldwide, the growth may have come to an end. Or, better, maybe there is still a little growth, but the hype seems to be somewhat over. For the most part, this ...continued

  • Gaming in Latvia

    by Alex MacDougall

    From circumstances where casinos and gaming were banned to one of Europe's most vibrant and growing markets, Latvia has certainly seen a remarkable transformation. After centuries of being ruled by and passed between its larger neighbours Sweden, ...continued

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    And They're Off: 2007 World Series of Poker Bracelet Race Begins By Bob Pajich With 55 events, the 38th World Series of Poker is the biggest one yet. With each event having its own storylines and characters, and textures and colors, the WSOP is ...continued

  • UK News

    by Jennifer Mason

    Beside the Sea in Brighton and Barca The Brighton leg of the GUKPT saw Dave Smith, a finalist in the earlier Cardiff event, take the top spot and become fifth in the European rankings while pretty much locking up that tour's leader board for the ...continued

  • Austrian and German News

    by Michael Keiner

    Major Changes in Austria's Biggest Tournament While the 2007 World Series of Poker is already history, the European circuit is heading toward its next season. From Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, one of the most prestigious poker events in the world will be ...continued

  • Dutch News

    by Anthon-Pieter Wink

    The Dutch at the World Series of Poker: Who Will Be the First? Of course, the World Series of Poker is in everyone's mind now, but in the Netherlands, the Twentse Series of Poker has received a lot of buzz, as well. It made a bold move by trying ...continued

  • Netherlands News

    by Rolf Slotboom

    Inaugural Dutch Ladies-Only Championship a Success A quite remarkable event took place in the Netherlands on June 2. For the first time in history, Holland Casinos hosted a ladies-only tournament - and not only that, it also decided to give it the ...continued

  • Gibraltar News

    by Tristan Cano

    Gibraltar's Gaming League As football leagues across most of Europe were reaching their culmination, high drama was on the agenda in Gibraltar's Gaming League, where the 2006-2007 championship race remained open up to the last match of the ...continued

  • Irish News

    by Roy Brindley

    Walshe the Poker Player is Captain Fantasy Adrian Walshe, a record shop owner and a regular player on the Dublin scene, has scooped €180,000 in a fantasy football league run by a national newspaper. The Manchester United fan's winning team ...continued

  • Industry News

    by Roy Brindley

    William Hill Poker promises a scorcher of a summer with new tournaments, offers, and innovations In a bid to make its poker room even better, William Hill has introduced a host of improvements and events just in time for summer. They include a range ...continued

  • Online Zone

    by Shawn Patrick Green

    Action Heats Up in Online Player of the Year Race By Shawn Patrick Green Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi may still be first in the Online Player of the Year (OPOY) standings, but quite a few of the top-10 contenders are outpacing him in a rush to ...continued

  • Generation Next

    by Craig Tapscott

    At the poker table, both online and live, don't try to shut Argyris Argyrou up. It's a hopeless quest. Argyrou's constant chatter prods, pokes, cajoles, infuriates, and mostly entertains everyone within shouting distance, while at the same ...continued

  • Poker in the Pub National Finals

    by Dave Brannan

    The eagerly anticipated Poker in the Pub National Final went off superbly on May 20 at the beautiful Broadway Casino in Birmingham. With 55 attendees, the event was already set to be the best yet. Players arrived from all over the country to be the ...continued

  • Paddy's Corner

    by Padraig Parkinson

    Surprises at the World Series of Poker Surprises have become the norm over the last few years at the World Series of Poker, but this year has been extra special. Day one produced the biggest shock of all. A whole bunch of people turned up at the Rio, ...continued

  • Back to Vegas

    by 'Mad Marty' Wilson

    I seem to remember ending my last column by stating that I would have a relatively quiet month in which to prepare for the World Series of Poker. Having booked a flight out on June 7, I began to plan which events to play in before the arrival of the ...continued

  • Poker Authors Analyzed

    by Rolf Slotboom

    Editor's note: Card Player Europe Bureau Chief Rolf Slotboom has read just about every poker book available, and in this series of columns, he analyzes the work of several poker authors, one at a time. He analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of ...continued

  • The Music of Chance

    by David Downing

    It seems that in these columns, I spend an inordinate amount of time reminiscing. The main reason for this is probably that in poker terms, I am old; the other is that I often cannot get over just how much the world has turned over with time. A fine ...continued

  • Open Up and Say …

    by Aidan Elder

    The British Open presents the world's best golfers with unique challenges, and this year's event, held at Carnoustie, Scotland, will be no exception. The changeable swirling winds, thick rough, and dry greens at Carnoustie encapsulate why the ...continued

  • Tour de Farce ... or Tour de Force?

    by Rick Deere

    With three weeks, 3,550 kilometres, 20 stages, and four countries between start and finish, there's a lot that can go wrong in the Tour de France, but this year should see the first Tour in a generation that is free of controversy and free of ...continued

  • Peak Condition

    by Noel Hayes

    Understanding training can be key to both successful horses and successful punters. "All the trainers in the world couldn't make a racehorse out of a donkey." This old proverb might be more cliché, but nevertheless its sentiments ...continued

  • Antepost

    Big Brother 8 Male to win Big Brother at evens on Betfair As the summer silly season gets into gear, punters are assaulted with Big Brother. The reality show dominates everything in its path, from newspaper columns to water-cooler conversations. There ...continued