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High Stakes Poker Vol. 20, No. 18 Card Player Magazine

Playing in the Stratosphere

by Bob Pajich

It was early for poker players at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas, but not for the security guards, who looked like they had put in 300 consecutive 40-hour weeks protecting the interests of the guests and their employer. On this morning in May, one after another, the guards in their ...

  • Card Player Readers Vote for High Stakes Poker

    by Jeff Shulman

    Early this year, we asked our readers at what their favorite poker television show is and why. Overwhelmingly, we heard back that High Stakes Poker (HSP), on GSN, was their choice. HSP is the only show where players sit down with their ...continued

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Brunson and Tomko Golf Invitational Had Millions at Stake Top Poker Pros Battled on the Golf Course in Two EventsBy Kristy Arnett One week in August, a number of top poker professionals who are usually confined to sitting in windowless casinos or in ...continued

  • Dogs Playing Poker

    by James McManus

    Ante up! Openers? Openers! Get y'r ass off the table, Mitch. Nothing belongs on a poker table but cards, chips and whiskey. - Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, the wry commercial artist who gave the world ...continued

  • 50 Percent Poker, 50 Percent Blackjack?

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Normally this column is devoted to a no-limit hold'em hand and the tactics used in that hand, and whatever poker tournament is running at the time. In this column, I'll give you an Ultimate Blackjack Tour final-table hand, as well as a World ...continued

  • Poker and Golf

    by Daniel Negreanu

    Poker players don't necessarily have a typical offseason like professional athletes, but right after the World Series of Poker, there is a lull in the schedule of major events before it all starts up again, and during that time, many of ...continued

  • Sam Grizzle

    by Todd Brunson

    "You play your money how you want to, and I'll play their money how I want to." That's Sam Grizzle in a nutshell; he's been staked more than the transcontinental railway line. He has been a professional gambler longer than most ...continued

  • Flopped the Nuts and Let 'em In

    by Roy Cooke

    After the World Series of Poker, I decided to head out of the Vegas heat for California with my family. One of the luxuries of Vegas life is its proximity to the tourist attractions of Southern California. It also enabled me to visit my favorite place ...continued

  • Cheap Flops and Big Pots

    by Marc Karam

    In small- to medium-stakes no-limit hold'em cash games, you'll often find yourself playing against opponents who drastically overvalue their hands. They are players who are usually willing to go broke after flopping top pair or even just a ...continued

  • Limit Hold'em Quiz

    by Matthew Hilger

    Most players love to discuss hands when the value of a hand is not very clear. They love discussing middle pairs, or A-K when they miss the flop, or whether or not a bluff is justified in a hand. You don't too frequently hear players discussing ...continued

  • Committed to Your Hand

    by Bob Ciaffone

    I received an e-mail from one of my poker clients recently on an exceptionally instructive subject. Whether or not you are committed to a hand is an important poker concept. (Committed means that you have put so many of your chips into the pot already ...continued

  • Planning Your Play

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    I conclude this two-part series with the remainder of the major factors that you should take into account when planning your play on the flop. To remind you, the factors are: • Number of opponents • How they play • Nature of the flop ...continued

  • Bet Something!

    by Matt Lessinger

    In my last column, I recounted a hand in which I cracked pocket aces for more than $200 in a $2-$4 no-limit hold'em (NLH) cash game (Card Player, Vol. 20/No. 16 - "With Big Hands Come Big Losses"). My opponent made two big mistakes: ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better

    by Michael Cappelletti

    You are playing at the final table of a pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better tournament against four wonderfully loose opponents. In your $4,000 big blind, you pick up the K 4 J 2. All four opponents call the $4,000 blind. You have been amazed by the ...continued

  • Some Final Thoughts on the 2007 World Series of Poker

    by Mark Gregorich

    Now that I've had some time to catch my breath and have a few weeks in which I slept all seven nights, I figured it was time to do a bit of evaluation on the good and the bad at this year's World Series of Poker, both for me personally and ...continued

  • My World Series of Poker Preliminary Events

    by Matt Matros

    In my last column, I told tales from a couple of tournaments I played in this year's World Series of Poker - a festival of poker tournaments unlike anything else the planet ever witnesses. Here is the story of my third cash of 2007 - in the $1,500 ...continued

  • Killing the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg

    by Lee H. Jones

    "Who … are you?" This is an open letter to the high-profile young guns of the online poker world. You know who you are: You have your own website, and the forums are filled with reports of your exploits. You may have reached that ...continued

  • Punish the Guilty

    by Steve Zolotow

    Let's begin with two simple questions. The first is, "Could it benefit a player to show up late for a tournament, if he starts with the same amount of chips as a player who shows up on time?" Most people would say no. A late starter ...continued

  • Here Comes Rupert

    by Max Shapiro

    You may have noticed a recent story about Rupert Murdoch planning to buy Dow Jones & Co. for $5 billion. Dow Jones is the parent company of The Wall Street Journal, and Murdoch is an Australian media baron whose holdings include more than 100 ...continued