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CPPT VI - Golden Gates Casino

$600 No-Limit Hold'em


Day 1A Finishes With 55 Players

The Card Player Poker Tour has made its way to Black Hawk, Colorado for the inaugural stop at the Golden Gates Casino, and by all early indications, it’s already guaranteed to be a massive success. ...


Scott Clements Vol. 21, No. 6 Card Player Magazine

The 'BigRisk' Pays Off

by Justin Marchand

It's become a rather clichéd statement to say that a new generation of players are invading the top of poker's food chain. However, there is nothing clichéd about Scott Clements. The 26-year-old former mortgage broker from Mt. Vernon, Washington, continues to make his ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Blogging With the Best: Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen Join Card Player Blogger Roster Daily Blogs Available at By Bob Pajich Gus Hansen and Doyle Brunson have spent countless hours beating each other up in the "big game," but ...continued

  • Phil Ivey Wins L.A. Poker Classic Championship

    by Ryan Lucchesi

    For some players, it is not a question of if, it's a question of when. Phil Ivey is one of the most respected players in the game of poker. He had appeared at a record seven World Poker Tour final tables, which was more than any other player in ...continued

  • Ike, Dick, and Stanley

    by James McManus

    You are remembered for the rules you break. – Gen. Douglas MacArthur Unlike Truman, Roosevelt, Harding, and the other White House residents who played poker to relax with advisors and friends, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon seldom if ever ...continued

  • Phil Ivey Throws His Hat Into POY Race

    by Jeff Shulman

    We're nearly a quarter of the way through the year and the Card Player 2008 Player of the Year leader board is taking shape. Familiar names such as Men Nguyen, Gavin Griffin, David Pham, Michael Binger, Erik Seidel, and Lee Watkinson all have ...continued

  • Capture the Flag: Gabe Thaler

    by Lizzy Harrison

    Gabe Thaler chose to specialize in no-limit hold'em cash games long before the game became wildly popular. He first learned to play in Northern California, but soon moved to Los Angeles and then Las Vegas. Thaler's reputation preceded him; ...continued

  • Poker After Dark

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Recently, I watched a rerun of Poker After Dark from 2007, featuring Barry Greenstein, Eli Elezra, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Allen Cunningham, and David Benyamine. Usually, the players buy in for $20,000, with a first-place prize of $120,000; but in ...continued

  • Tunica's Last Hurrah - Part II

    by Todd Brunson

    When I concluded my last column, I was broke, stuck, and steaming from the main event in Tunica, Mississippi. I couldn't get a flight out that day, so I was going to get a ticket for the following day; however, no first-class seats were available. ...continued

  • Confusion at the River

    by Roy Cooke

    We all had just sat down to start a $30-$60 limit hold'em game. The lineup looked terribly tough, with many top local players taking a seat. It was a must-move game. I couldn't change tables quickly, but with three other games going, I knew ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: The Future is Near

    by Jeff Hwang

    As I kick off the "On the Draw" column, I suppose I should introduce myself and tell you what this column is about. Some of you might know me from my work as an investment analyst writing about investing in general and gaming industry stocks ...continued

  • The Beauty of the ORT

    by Matt Lessinger

    If you want to show a long-term profit in tournaments, it's extremely important to find the ones that offer the best value. Obviously, your dream situation is to have the house adding money to the prize pool. If you can find a tournament with this ...continued

  • The Squeeze Play

    by Ed Miller

    The squeeze play has a bit of a daring and clever feel to it. It's a bluff (or semibluff) perpetrated against not one, but several opponents. Someone bets, one or more players call, and you raise. When it works, you feel like a champ, and you rake ...continued

  • Becoming the Chip Leader

    by Marc Karam

    In tournament poker, the impact that random chance has on your game is often directly proportional to the amount of chips you have in front of you. If you have a large stack relative to the blinds and antes, you are less likely to be eliminated by a ...continued

  • Free Cards - Part III

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    In my last column, I began to discuss the criteria for the free-card raise. I started by looking at the first of the following six factors that you should consider: • How many outs do you have? • How large is the pot? • What is your ...continued

  • Going From Short Stack to Deep Stack

    by Bob Ciaffone

    In my last column, I discussed the deficiencies of relying on a short-stack strategy for beating no-limit hold'em. I can understand why a neophyte might adopt such a strategy for a few sessions to learn the game before putting larger sums at risk, ...continued

  • European Poker Tour Notes

    by Lee H. Jones

    I'm at the European Poker Tour (EPT) event in Copenhagen, Denmark, as I write this. If you've never been to a poker tournament in Europe, you owe it to yourself to check out an EPT event. It's like every other poker tournament you've ...continued

  • More Questions for Self-Analysis

    by Matt Matros

    I've made it a tradition that once a year, I devote a column to discussing some questions from a quiz that I give all of my prospective poker students. For those of you who missed my first two columns on the subject, my quiz is not entirely about ...continued

  • Mixed Hold'em

    by Matthew Hilger

    Over the years, there has been a lot of debate over which form of hold'em is the best test of players. This column introduces a new form of hold'em that I call mixed hold'em. Mixed hold'em is simple at its core, but would completely ...continued

  • A Celebrity Poker Challenge

    by John Vorhaus

    Recently I played in the Poker Celebrity Bowl in Maricopa, Arizona, and found it an interesting challenge, for reasons I'll discuss below. Before we get to that, here's a quick shout-out to the hosts and sponsors of the tournament: ...continued

  • Recommended Reading: Part I

    by Steve Zolotow

    This column will start an episodic series on recommended reading for the poker player. Why episodic? The columns in this series will be spread over a period of time, to give you time to purchase and then read books that you think are appropriate. ...continued

  • Lady GoDiver

    by Max Shapiro

    As Tom McEvoy so diplomatically pointed out in one of his recent columns, my tournament play is not likely to get me into the Poker Hall of Fame anytime soon. In graphic detail he described how I "destroyed" my chips while playing in an ...continued