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Annette Obrestad Vol. 20, No. 22 Card Player Magazine

Oh, to be 18 Again

by Stig Moen

It seemed like Annette Obrestad had been 18 years old forever. That's mainly because every time someone discussed this poker phenom's huge wins, her age invariably became part of the discussion. Norwegian-born Obrestad is famous for having started out in online poker by playing freerolls ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Travis Rice Vacations (and Wins) at Aruba Poker Classic By Lisa Wheeler UltimateBet recently held its 2007 Aruba Poker Classic (APC) at the Radisson Hotel Resort on Palm Beach in Aruba. The APC began in 2001 as the first televised online poker room ...continued

  • Score One for the Home Team

    by Ryan Lucchesi

    Every season of the World Poker Tour has featured an event in the Caribbean. Whether it is at the beautiful beaches of Aruba, the mega-resort Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, or hopping amongst the U.S. Virgin Islands on a Caribbean cruise, ...continued

  • The Biggest Payday in Online Poker History

    by Shawn Patrick Green

    What has 23 events, 40,280 entrants, $24,218,600 in prize money, 23 gold bracelets, a dash of big-name poker pros, and a millionaire winner? Why, the PokerStars 2007 World Championship of Online Poker, of course. The highly anticipated king of online ...continued

  • Hump Guns Down Brain Over Stud Debt!

    by James McManus

    "I hate pinochle," Memo said. "Let's play poker but not the open kind." - Bernard Malamud, The Natural In October 1919, eight members of the Chicago White Sox threw five games in the best-of-nine World Series to the Cincinnati ...continued

  • How About a Poker Vacation This Holiday Season?

    by Jeff Shulman

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, are you looking for a way to celebrate? If so, how about playing in a world-class poker tournament as part of a vacation package in an exciting location such as Australia, the Caribbean, or Europe? Better ...continued

  • Bad Beat in Paradise

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Recently I played on day one of the Aruba Poker Classic. After working out on Monday night and meditating right before I played, I felt ready to finally make it through day one. You see, the last three years, I didn't make it past ...continued

  • World Series of Poker Europe

    by Daniel Negreanu

    For the first time in history, a World Series of Poker event was held outside the U.S. Personally, I had mixed feelings about the idea, and am still on the fence about it all. Strangely enough, for a guy as opinionated as I tend to be, you'd think ...continued

  • God Save the Queen

    by Todd Brunson

    "God Save the Queen," and all of her subjects who play poker. These guys are gonna need divine intervention if they hope to stay in money. Sound familiar? Good, then you read my last column. If not, I just got back from London, where the ...continued

  • John's Jacks

    by Roy Cooke

    My buddy John is playing in the South Florida house game he frequents three nights a week. It's $20-$40 limit hold'em with $30-$60 overs and $40-$80 superovers, played 11-handed, with one and sometimes two rovers, to accommodate 13 players. ...continued

  • Figuring Final Tables - Part I

    by Matt Matros

    It's harder than ever to get to a final table these days. Fields are enormous, structures are often fast, and the players are getting tougher all the time. So, when you are lucky enough to reach a final table, it's all the more important to be ...continued

  • The Virtues of Playing the Short Stack

    by Ed Miller

    In the last issue, I tackled the biggest no-limit hold'em myth: Big stacks can bully small stacks to gain an advantage. Not only is it not true, small stacks can actually gain an edge over big stacks! Before I tell you how, let's revisit the ...continued

  • Mirror Image

    by Marc Karam

    Despite the abundance of material on the subject of "table image," I've chosen to write about it here for two reasons. The first is that I believe it is the single most important part of your game, and the second is that I believe many ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha

    by Bob Ciaffone

    As regular readers know, I play all forms of poker, but my favorite poker form is pot-limit Omaha high, the four-card game that is the favorite of many of the world's best poker players. I wrote my first poker book in 1984, and Omaha was the ...continued

  • A Mathematical Trick and Some Depressing News

    by Steve Zolotow

    Everyone who gambles at anything - and, of course, this includes poker - should know at least a little bit about probability. The chance of an event happening is always between 0 and 1.0. An event that can't happen has a probability of 0. An event ...continued

  • How to Play Against Maniacs - Part II

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    In my last column, I discussed some general considerations about playing limit hold'em with maniacs. I promised you a better definition of "maniac," and that is what we will deal with in this column. When someone starts to bet and raise ...continued

  • Shifting Gears Successfully

    by Matt Lessinger

    "Paul" and I were in the same shorthanded $15-$30 hold'em game for two days straight. The first day, he downright brutalized me. He caught a great run of cards, but he also took full advantage of his winning image by skillfully mixing in ...continued

  • Improving Your Game

    by Matthew Hilger

    Do you remember when you started playing poker and read your first poker book? You probably were very motivated and worked extremely hard on improving your game. At this point in your poker career, learning was essential, as the alternative was mostly ...continued

  • Why I Read the Books

    by Lee H. Jones

    "Don't know much about biology" It doesn't happen so often anymore, but every once in a while I'll still hear a player at the table pronounce that you can't learn poker from "the books." They always pronounce it, ...continued

  • Game of Chance or Game of Skill

    by Michael Cappelletti

    Many years ago, the courts in California ruled that poker is a game of skill - not a gambling game of chance. Today, many of the largest public cardrooms in the world are in California. And there are probably more "poker pros" (especially ...continued

  • Big Denny and the Poker Machine

    by Max Shapiro

    "Hey, Maxey," Big Denny greeted me on my latest visit to the Barstow Card Casino. OK, I realize that this is my standard opening line. And, yes, I know how tedious it must sound, because I use it almost as regularly as Roy West starts with, ...continued