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Bill Edler Vol. 20, No. 23 Card Player Magazine

Bill Edler Continues Killer Year

by Ryan Lucchesi

Bill Edler had been here before. Here happened to be Barcelona, Spain, where the World Poker Tour inaugural Spanish Championship was under way and had brought him back to a place he knows well. What better place to catch up with Edler and talk about his past, present, and future than in a ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Absolute Poker Confirms Security Breach Audit Should Answer More Questions By Bob Pajich Absolute Poker has confirmed that its security was breached by someone with inside knowledge of its system that enabled him to share opponents' holecard ...continued

  • Markus Lehmann Wins World Poker Tour Spanish Championship

    by Julio Rodriguez

    An international setting for the World Poker Tour is nothing new, but the Spanish Championship would mark the first time the WPT had made the trip to Barcelona, and expectations were high. An estimated €3 million prize pool had been projected, an ...continued

  • Fooled by Randomness - Part 1

    by James McManus

    It is the mark of an inexperienced man not to believe in luck. - Joseph Conrad From poker's earliest days, professionals understood in their bones that excellent play alone wouldn't be enough to provide a steady income. The luck factor was ...continued

  • An Update on Poker's Political Future

    by Jeff Shulman

    In late October, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), which now counts more than 800,000 members nationwide, continued its lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. In perhaps its most ambitious organized effort to date, the PPA hosted a fly-in and policy ...continued

  • Rock, Models, A-K, and Aruba

    by Phil Hellmuth

    After being eliminated from Aruba Poker Classic, it was time to hit the beach, throw a party, and play a few side games. Normally when I'm eliminated from a big poker tournament, I'm looking for the next flight home, but the ...continued

  • More From the World Series of Poker Europe

    by Daniel Negreanu

    As I promised in the last issue, I'm going to share another hand from the World Series of Poker Europe with you, but this time I think I played the hand in a way that saved me some chips. With the blinds at 100-200 with a 25 ante, a player raised ...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. Maybe I'll just start all of my columns like this from now on. What do you think? Let's see ...continued

  • Trapped in With a Raising-Calling-Folding Hand

    by Roy Cooke

    There is a school of thought in limit hold'em that if you can't raise preflop, you shouldn't play the hand. It's the old "If you can't raise, don't play" theory. That's a concept that is fundamentally flawed. With ...continued

  • Sick of Slick - Part I

    by Steve Zolotow

    This column is the first in a series of columns on big slick. Big slick is the most common nickname for A-K. I guess A-K suited might be considered "bigger slick," while A-K offsuit could be looked on as "little big slick." Most ...continued

  • Sizing Up a Game

    by Ed Miller

    Many students want to know how I size up a game. Once the brushperson assigns me a table and a seat, what do I do then? How much do I buy in for? What's my strategy on the first few hands? What am I looking for? How do I use those initial moments ...continued

  • How to Play Against Maniacs - Part III

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    In the last two columns, we discussed some general characteristics of maniac games and some specific types of maniacs. Both of those columns are available at Now, we'll look at two final topics: • How to actually play in ...continued

  • The Right Read but the Wrong Play

    by Tom McEvoy

    A few years ago I was invited to play in the first heads-up no-limit hold'em invitational by NBC television. It was a high honor to be invited then, and is perhaps even more so today. Unfortunately for me, I lost in the first round to Mimi Tran ...continued

  • Play a Tournament With Me - Part II

    by Linda Johnson

    In my last column, I began chronicling hands that I played in a ladies-only $540 buy-in poker tournament at Cherokee Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As we start this column, the blinds just increased to $200-$400 with a $50 ante, and 31 players remained. I ...continued

  • Winners Prepare Thoroughly - Part I

    by Alan Schoonmaker

    Many poker players don't prepare thoroughly, and some don't prepare at all. They just sit down and play. Playing is fun, but preparation can be tedious and time-consuming work. Because they are so intensely competitive, winners are willing to ...continued

  • Paying Attention

    by Mike O Malley

    In the 10 years that I have been writing for Card Player, I have continually tried to stress the importance of paying attention, and acting in turn. As I have written previously, and repeatedly, if everyone paid attention and acted in turn, there ...continued

  • The Anna Kournikova Factor

    by Rolf Slotboom

    Those who have been around the poker tables for some time undoubtedly have heard this little joke about A-K resembling Anna Kournikova: "Looks good, but never wins." And, indeed, she has never won any major tennis tournaments, despite being ...continued

  • Internet Poker Rules

    by Bob Ciaffone

    I will not be using either the names of my e-mail correspondents or the names of any Internet poker sites in this column. I am trying to help rectify a problem, not play the blame game. I received an e-mail recently from a fellow who was upset with an ...continued

  • Rules of the Game: Part III

    by Michael Wiesenberg

    Many new players are coming into brick-and-mortar (B&M) cardrooms for the first time. They have played online and in home games, but may not know the rules and conventions of live cardroom play, and might get tripped up. String Bets Perhaps no ...continued