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Juha Helppi Vol. 4, No. 10 Card Player Magazine

The Family Man Can

by Sami Hernesaho

At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Juha Helppi was one card away from fulfilling a lifelong dream - becoming the first Finnish player to win a coveted bracelet. That dream was dashed, and with the birth of his son, increasingly restrictive legislation, and a possible move away from his beloved ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Full House for Homeless? Europe's Leading Charity Poker Tournament Returns as Part of EPT By Brendan Murray Dublin once again plays host to one of Europe's most unique events when the Simon Poker Tournament returns as part of the European ...continued

  • Clockfair: Making the Customer Feel Relaxed

    by Alan Campbell

    In Britain's ever increasing and competitive casino market, making the customer feel at home and comfortable is a strategy that is paying off for Clockfair Limited. The Midlands-based casino venture is the nation's eighth largest with two ...continued

  • A New Era of Change and Growth

    by Brendan Murray

    Like many people, my first taste of high-stakes poker came in 1999 with the groundbreaking Channel 4 TV show Late Night Poker. At the time, I was a cub journalist, honing my trade in the newsroom of one of the world's leading independent financial ...continued

  • UK News

    by Jennifer Mason

    A Parallel Circuit? July perhaps marked the beginning of the new UK poker season, if the World Series is its yearly climax, although it was merely an interruption on the burgeoning Grosvenor UK Poker Tour. The popular series of £1,000 no-limit ...continued

  • Netherlands News

    by Peter Dalhuijsen

    Holland Casino Expands its Tournament Schedule In the wake of the World Series of Poker, Holland Casino is expanding its tournament schedule with a seemingly endless array of poker festivals. Where in previous years the Master Classics of Poker in ...continued

  • Gibraltar News

    by Tristan Cano

    Maintaining the Integrity of Gibraltar's Gaming Industry It was announced early this summer that the Gibraltar government had accepted the eCOGRA certificate for online gambling integrity. eCOGRA is the first organisation to be approved by ...continued

  • Irish News

    by Roy Brindley

    Irish Open Bigger Again The Irish Open, already Europe's largest and most historic poker tournament, will be even bigger in 2008 with an increased buy-in, capacity, and guaranteed prize pool. The guaranteed prize pool is now ...continued

  • Scandinavian News

    by Ola Brandborn

    Good News From Denmark A Danish court has judged in favor of poker players: Poker isn't just a game of luck, it also requires a substantial amount of skill - thus making tournament poker legal! The key seems to be, as always in Scandinavia, ...continued

  • Industry News

    by Roy Brindley

    Crypto Clearance Software developer CryptoLogic Limited recently reported financial results for the three months ending June 30, 2007, which show the company recorded revenue of $16.2 million and an after-tax loss of $2.6 million due principally to ...continued

  • Online Overview

    by Shawn Patrick Green

    Full Tilt Online Poker Series V Back With a Vengeance By Shawn Patrick Green The Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS), like any other poker tournament series out there, strives to one-up itself with each run. The FTOPS did it once again when it ...continued

  • Steve Wong

    by Craig Tapscott

    When Steve Wong began his online tournament career in 2004, choosing a name to suit his long-term goals was a no-brainer. In the Chinese tradition, the number 18 signifies "one who is going to prosper," and prosper he did. As ...continued

  • Poker in the Pub … the Story Continues

    by Dave Brannan

    One weekend, five tournaments, and enough sob stories to fill a bathtub, but we are not going to focus on the bad-beat sagas; rather, the fantastic weekend of poker that saw the crowning of five new pub poker champions. The beginning of August brought ...continued

  • Poker Million Memories - the Isle of Man

    by 'Mad Marty' Wilson

    It was the year 2000 and Chelsea was playing Aston Villa in the last F.A. Cup final at Wembley for seven years. But the most important thing in my eyes that year was not the Grand National, the Derby, or who won the Premiership, but that Ladbrokes was ...continued

  • Open Letter to the Damned

    by David Downing

    Not many pleasures transfer from those halcyon days of youth to the humdrum world of adulthood, but there is one that leaps into mind: bubble wrap. The tremendous satisfaction of squeezing and popping those protective bubbles of packaging neither ages ...continued

  • World Series of Poker: South of Heaven, North of Hell

    by Brendan Murray

    I recently spent 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness of the desert. During this time in Sin City, reporting on the 38th-annual World Series of Poker, I faced temptation at every turn and endured long dark nights of the soul, but ultimately ...continued

  • Paddy's Corner

    by Padraig Parkinson

    The Biggest Pot I've Ever Seen Lots of civilians are taking a big interest in poker these days. They want to know what's really going on and aren't afraid to ask. The taxi drivers are the best. They usually tell you they know very little ...continued

  • To Count or Not to Count

    by Lucy Rokach

    A funny thing, rules … they are supposed to make our lives easier and safer, and what goes for life goes for poker, more or less. So, I was a little bemused by a "rule" that strictly forbade the dealer from counting the pot in a ...continued

  • Can White Displace Blacks at the Home of Les Bleus?

    by Aidan Elder

    The All Blacks have sent out a very clear signal to their Rugby World Cup challengers, but can they reach the touchline before they drop the ball? The 25th day of June 2005; 8:12 a.m. BST: As Brian O'Driscoll's shoulder makes jarring contact ...continued

  • Federer Express Won't Slow Down

    by Aidan Elder

    The U.S. Open provides a perfect antidote to the antiquated ways of the Wimbledon fortnight at the All England Club. Although the tournament can trace its roots back to 1881 and has its fair share of history, the event is the most receptive of all the ...continued

  • In a League of Their Own

    by Rick Deere

    Since the European Cup was expanded to include the best of the rest from Europe's top leagues, some have argued that the integrity of the competition has been diluted. That's not so; it remains the most exciting competition in the world. The ...continued

  • The First Rule of Book Club …

    by Noel Hayes

    If something seems too good to be true - it probably is! A punter's first reaction to bookmaking is usually that it's money for old rope, but those who think this likely misunderstand the fundamentals of the profession. A bookmaker's ...continued

  • Antepost

    Rounding Up the Best Betting Markets FIFA Women's World Cup Germany to win the Women's World Cup at 7/2 with Ladbrokes; lay Sweden if less than 7/1; China is a good each-way value at 14/1. Expect the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, being held ...continued