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Marty Smyth Vol. 5, No. 3 Card Player Magazine


by Nic Whelan

By any standard, it has been an incredible year for Marty Smyth. Over the past 12 months, the Belfast man has propelled himself to stardom with a victory at the 2007 Irish Open and back-to-back final tables at the Poker Million. These three major televised successes may have launched Smyth into ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Mobster Makes a Million Londoner Joe Beevers won the Ladbrokes Poker Million VI a few days before Christmas beating current Irish Open champion Marty Smyth heads-up to take down the $1 million first prize. Beevers started the six-man final table, ...continued

  • Return of the Rakeback War

    by Ben Pedroche

    As with most things that manage to become popular on a global scale, there's money to be made from seemingly every aspect of the poker world. Whether it's major events, player sponsorship, or merchandise, the poker dollar is there for the ...continued

  • John Tabatabai's Table Talk

    by Nick Ferro

    John Tabatabai was the runner-up in the first World Series of Poker Europe main event, losing in head-ups play to Norwegian poker sensation Annette Obrestad. Many thought Tabatabai played the best poker of the tournament and was unlucky not to be ...continued

  • Hey, Jude! Irish Poker Championship Stays Local

    by Brendan Murray

    They said it couldn't be done - holding Europe's first major tournament of 2008 in one of its most remote locations, Galway in the west of Ireland. Not only was it done, but players travelled from the US ((Las Vegas and Seattle), Denmark, ...continued

  • You Might Stop the Party, but you Can't Stop the Future

    by Brendan Murray

    Germany's new-year offensive against online gaming (see Industry News) caught many observers by surprise, not the least because while the state was squeezing competition out of its own backyard with one hand, it was, through the European Union and ...continued

  • UK News

    by Jennifer Mason

    A Raw Deal? My poker background has at its foundation learning to deal. I was only allowed to play in my parents' weekly home game after fulfilling two criteria - being able and willing to stake myself and bow out graciously when I hit the felt ...continued

  • Dutch News

    by Anthon-Pieter Wink

    Top of the Poker-Pops The end of the year generally means loads of 'top ten' lists. In the Netherlands we are all big fans of top ten lists and who am I to keep you from the most interesting poker stats of 2007? So, the top of the pile are... ...continued

  • Gibraltar News

    by Tristan Cano

    Gib Jobs for the Boys Recent statistics released by the Gibraltar government served to confirm what most of us had known for years; that Gibraltarians are in a minority amongst employees of Gibraltar's gaming industry. The 19 gaming firms that ...continued

  • Irish News

    by Brendan Murray

    The Envy of Europe Live poker on our little island is currently undergoing something of a mini-boom. Indeed, it is surely the envy of much of Europe which can only dream of having such a vibrant, diverse, and competitive environment in which to play ...continued

  • Scandinavian News

    by Ola Brandborn

    Abolishment of Scandinavian clubs As I've stated before, Scandinavian poker clubs have been having a very hard time lately. In Norway the police are hunting them down and all forms of live poker are forbidden. The only legal live poker setting in ...continued

  • Industry News

    by Roy Brindley

    Germany Bans Online Gaming Online poker players in Germany had one fewer reason to celebrate the coming of the New Year as Jan. 1, 2008, marked the beginning of a state-ratified online gambling ban in Germany, in a move meant to safeguard the ...continued

  • Online Zone

    by Shawn Patrick Green

    Online Pro and World Poker Tour Winner Eugene Katchalov Talks Strategy By Shawn Patrick Green The screen name "MyRabbiFoo," derived from "my rabbit foot," has certainly lived up to its lucky connotations for the name's owner. ...continued

  • Søren Kongsgaard

    by Craig Tapscott

    Last autumn, Danish professional Søren Kongsgaard relocated to sunny Barcelona, Spain, but he may as well have called Full Tilt Poker home sweet home. In November, he finished second in the Full Tilt Online Poker Series $2,500 no-limit ...continued

  • We Are the Champions

    by Rick Deere

    An Inter-esting Choice The way the tabloids keep churning out quotes from sources and friends around Anfield, it's hard to imagine Rafael Benitez will still be in charge of Liverpool when this article is finished, let alone when it's ...continued

  • One, Two … Testing, Testing

    by Aidan Elder

    More than any other sport enjoyed by the British public, cricket lends itself to the use of statistical analysis. Batting averages, bowling figures, wagon-wheels, and area charts are poured over in minute detail in an attempt to understand ...continued

  • The Greatest Show on Earth

    by Noel Hayes

    Ask a racing fan when his wife's birthday is, and he may have to pause momentarily to assure himself of the correct answer. Ask him when the Cheltenham racing festival takes place, and you can be certain of a swift response: mid-March. Cheltenham ...continued

  • Antepost

    by Roy Brindley

    Dogs of War Finding Winners at the Greyhounds The keenly fought battle waged between bookmakers and punters is eternal and has been recognised as an integral part of greyhound racing since the doors opened for the first National Greyhound Racing Club ...continued

  • Poker in the Pub - It's All About the Novices

    by Dave Brannan

    The introduction of online and then pub poker has created a new kind of poker player. Previously, only two broad types really existed in any great numbers, the serious player and the amateur player. With the advent of online and pub poker, a new type ...continued

  • Paddy's Corner

    by Padraig Parkinson

    Looking After Business In snooker, they often say that the balls don't forgive you. I think they mean that if you haven't been giving it 100 percent, don't expect the luck to go your way when you finally decide to do things right. ...continued

  • Grumpy Old Woman

    by Lucy Rokach

    My New Year's resolution is to whine at every opportunity about asinine rules, poor management decisions, disgraceful structures of big tournaments, flat payouts, boorish behaviour of poker players, and, well, just about anything else in the poker ...continued

  • Poker Authors Analyzed

    by Rolf Slotboom

    Editor's note: Former Card Player Europe 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

  • New Year's Day in Galway Bay

    by 'Mad Marty' Wilson

    By the time this story reaches you, we will be well into the new year. But I must mention my New Year's Eve trip to Galway. Galway is on the west coast of Ireland. Having never been there before, I was excited about the prospect of visiting a new ...continued

  • Medium-Stakes Cash-Game Strategy

    by Daragh Thomas

    When most players think of draws, they think of flush draws or straight draws, but, in fact, a draw is whenever you hold a hand that if it went to showdown now, it would probably lose, but if either the turn or river is favourable, you should win the ...continued