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Alan Smurfit Vol. 4, No. 12 Card Player Magazine

Taking Care of Business

by Brendan Murray

Alan Smurfit is no stranger to making tough decisions. For most of his life he was involved in the coal-face of industry with one of the world's largest paper manufacturers, Jefferson Smurfit. When the firm was taken over in a multibillion euro buyout in 2002, the phone stopped ringing for ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Lebanon Takes European Poker Tour London by Storm By Brendan Murray The PokerStars.Com European Poker Tour London has been won by Joseph Mouawad from Lebanon, who beat 391 others to pick up the £611,520 first-place prize at the Grosvenor ...continued

  • Great Danes Take Home the Bacon

    by Anthon-Pieter Wink

    Rene Mouritsen and Philip Hilm stormed the World Series of Poker. The former finished runner-up in two events, and the latter came within a whisker of being world champion. Card Player spoke at length with them about their whirlwind experiences. Year ...continued

  • The Life of an Online Pro

    by Nicky O'Donnell

    In this feature, three lesser-known pros talk about their lifestyles, the reasons behind their decisions to quit their day jobs, and what it takes to go the distance as a professional poker player. A joke that did the rounds a couple of years ago says ...continued

  • Aspers Group

    by Alan Campbell

    In Great Britain, Aspers Group began life as a company barely seven years ago with only one casino, but has since grown to become the nation's sixth-largest operator with three sites by offering what it believes is a new style of gambling ...continued

  • Ram, Bam, Thank You, Ma'am!

    by Robert Butt

    With 52 of the 55 events played in the 2007 World Series of Poker, Ram Vaswani, undoubtedly one of Europe's top players, had yet to add to his five previous WSOP final-table finishes, and with only a limit hold'em event, a no-limit lowball ...continued

  • Exciting Times for Card Player Europe and European Poker Players

    by Brendan Murray

    This month heralds the birth of two new developments at Card Player - the launch of and As poker in Europe continues to expand, so do we. aims to become a leading information portal ...continued

  • UK News

    by Jennifer Mason

    Playing Live in London The last few years' unprecedented boom in the poker industry has brought players in London choices for where they might hone their live tournament and cash games, but not as many as a city of this size might be expected to ...continued

  • Dutch News

    by Peter Dalhuijsen

    Pros Lose Out in Celebrity Invitational In the middle of August, Holland's finest crossed the North Sea to participate in a televised poker tournament, the format of which is well-known; there were six heats of six players, and only the winner ...continued

  • Gibraltar News

    by Tristan Cano

    An Antiguan in Gibraltar Gibraltar has always been a melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds. Gibraltarians themselves are a fusion of European immigrants who arrived at the Rock from Spain, Italy, Malta, and Portugal at various times ...continued

  • Irish News

    by Roy Brindley

    Irish Poker Championship Announced has announced details of the 2008 Irish Poker Championship, sponsored by The event will be held in the fabulous Radisson Hotel and Spa, Galway, Ireland, Jan. 3-6, 2008. This is the ...continued

  • Scandinavian News

    by Ola Brandborn

    Championship Times in Scandinavia - Danish Live Champion Søren Kongsgaard became the new Danish champion after three days of play over the second weekend in September. The setup was quite extraordinary; a few players had been voted to the final ...continued

  • Industry News

    by Roy Brindley

    Ladbrokes Ad Ladbrokes became the first bookmaker to take advantage of recent changes to the UK gambling laws by advertising during the halftime interval of Manchester United's Champions League clash with Roma, shown live on mainstream channel ...continued

  • Online Overview

    by Shawn Patrick Green

    This year's World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars has come and gone, but not without leaving an indelible mark on the world of Internet poker - and not without putting seven figures into one player's PokerStars account. ...continued

  • Fredrik Halling

    by Craig Tapscott

    As soon as "H@££INGGOL" sat down at multiple cash tables online, railbirds swooped in, rabid vultures lurking to pick the bones of the opponents felted by the unpredictable player. They cheered. They lol-ed. They were amazed. As ...continued

  • Pub Poker and the New Gambling Act - Good or Bad?

    by Dave Brannan

    Over the last year we have listened to the rumours, speculation, and hearsay that preceded the introduction of the new gambling act as we tried to predict how these changes would affect our pubs. For once, most of the rumours turned out to be fairly ...continued

  • Paddy's Corner

    by Padraig Parkinson

    The Lady and the Farmer Following on the great success of the Paddy Power Irish Open, it doesn't come as a great surprise that RTÉ, the Irish national TV station, has decided to extend its poker coverage. That the chosen event is the ...continued

  • Over the Top

    by Lucy Rokach

    We "Brits" are a fairly reasonable and laid-back bunch, on the whole. We're definitely not given to hyperbole or dramatic gestures, and generally give a measured response to whatever is thrown at us; it has something to do with the ...continued

  • Mad Marty's Wild Card

    by 'Mad Marty' Wilson

    I found out that the first mention of what is now known as Bridgnorth was in A.D. 895. The place was called Bridgnorth by the Vikings, who used it as a winter camp. Bridgnorth became an extremely busy port on the River Severn, and in 1157 it became ...continued

  • Poker Authors Analyzed

    by Rolf Slotboom

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

  • The Evolutionary Cycle: Pot-Limit

    by David Downing

    I've read that there is more genetic difference between chimpanzees in a pack than there is in the entire human race. So, although at a very basic level we are all the same as human beings, boy, are there some differences at our level of ...continued

  • Medium-Stakes Cash-Game Strategy

    by Daragh Thomas

    Welcome to my first strategy column. I'll be covering all of the topics that I think are important while playing medium-stakes cash games. I will concentrate on six-max tables, as they are the most popular and profitable at the moment, but most of ...continued

  • Boxing Clever

    by Rick Deere

    The question raised in a previous piece on the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) was whether or not boxing is in trouble. Is it truly under threat from the growing force of mixed martial arts? Was the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Oscar De La Hoya ...continued

  • Market Information is Power

    by Noel Hayes

    The London Stock Exchange handles 16 million trades per day; Betfair handles nearly eight times as many. That's a lot of business and a lot of information. All markets display similar characteristics, and betting markets are not dissimilar to ...continued

  • Antepost

    by Roy Brindley

    Share Options Silver a Golden Opportunity As a poker player, how many flights to America do you take every year? What's your favourite airline? Virgin, British Airways, new kid on the block Maxjet? Well, take a look at the fledgling airline ...continued