Poker Coverage: Poker Tournaments Casino News Sports Betting Poker Strategy


Chris Ferguson Vol. 21, No. 8 Card Player Magazine

NBC National Heads-Up Poker Champion Chris Ferguson

by Lizzy Harrison

"Andy Bloch is best known for his run in the World Series of Poker $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event, finishing second to Chip Reese. Hopefully today he'll finish second again." Those were the words of Chris "Jesus" Ferguson prior to the finals of this year's NBC ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Tipping in Poker Tournaments A Closer Look at What is Already Taken Out and What is an Appropriate Tip By Kristy Arnett "Right now, when it comes to tipping, it is a gray area, with a capital G." - World Series of Poker Media Director Nolan ...continued

  • Capture the Flag: Where Top Cash-Game Pros Talk Strategy

    by Lizzy Harrison

    Daniel Alaei is primarily a high-stakes cash-game player, though he has more than $1.5 million in tournament winnings to show for his limited time on the circuit. In the summer of 2006, Alaei won his first World Series of Poker bracelet when he ...continued

  • The Oracle's Corner

    by The Oracle's Corner

    This is my first column for Card Player magazine. I'd like to thank those of you who have followed my blog on, and to those of you who haven't, what's up with that? This column will discuss interesting hands from both ...continued

  • Winning Wisdom

    by Gavin Griffin

    At only 27 years old, Gavin Griffin already holds one of the most impressive collections of poker's most prestigious titles. The former poker dealer won the $3,000 buy-in pot-limit hold'em event at the 2004 World Series of Poker, a win that, ...continued

  • Third Try's the Charm

    by Julio Rodriguez

    Despite its relatively young four-year existence, the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship can now lay claim to a little historical significance in the poker world. Two opponents, best known for being the bridesmaid, not the bride, stepped into ...continued

  • Blotzsky and Witherspoon: Ordinary Poker in the '40s and '50s

    by James McManus

    Now, everyone has his own opinion of how Joe Blow plays … - Daniel Negreanu In the middle decades of the 20th century, while presidents, generals, and scientific geniuses were playing poker to unwind after earthshaking workdays, reporter Allen ...continued

  • New Writers, Winning Wisdom, and Intriguing Analysis

    by Jeff Shulman

    We've been adding a slew of new writers to the mix here at Card Player in 2008, and I hope that you have enjoyed the new insights that these players have brought. From Gus Hansen talking tournament poker intricacies, to a dissection of winning ...continued

  • World Poker Tour and 'Fluff'

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Recently, 665 of us began play in the L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce Casino in L.A. This World Poker Tour event featured a $10,000 buy-in and a $1.6 million first-place prize. I was extra motivated to play my best poker, for several reasons. First, ...continued

  • Calling All In With a Small Pair

    by Todd Brunson

    We recently wrapped up the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. While almost every player in the tournament was a top-notch pro, I was still hopeful that I could draw a celebrity player or an online qualifier. I wasn't so lucky, as I drew ...continued

  • Managing Your Game Style

    by Roy Cooke

    Recently I was asked by a wannabe pro what style of hold'em I recommend. He had read several books offering different advice. One recommended that he play very tight-aggressive, even to the point of folding hands with which he thought he had the ...continued

  • Sharp Turn

    by Marc Karam

    By now you've probably read or heard about a playing style called "small ball." I happen to believe that in order to achieve true poker mastery, you must arm yourself with the knowledge of many different playing styles and adjust your ...continued

  • Either He Was Winning, or I Was

    by Lee H. Jones

    It's black - it's white A very interesting - and intelligent - change has come over the poker community in recent years. Since the 1980s, I would hear people say, "I put him on ace-queen, so I …" or, "I put him on a ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: Top-Set Plus

    by Jeff Hwang

    In the last issue, I identified the seven big-play objectives in pot-limit Omaha (PLO), as noted in my recently released book Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy. Namely, they are: The Nut Straight Freeroll The Nut Full House Freeroll ...continued

  • A Short Poker Quiz

    by Bob Ciaffone

    One of my poker clients suggested that I make up a poker quiz, something I like to do every once in a while. So, here is a no-limit hold'em quiz for you: 1. You are playing in a sit-and-go that has eight players remaining. The blinds are 50-100 ...continued

  • Playing Big Slick Against a Reraise

    by Ed Miller

    Recently, I was playing in a fairly loose $2-$5 live no-limit hold'em game. An early-position player with about $300 limped in. I was two off the button and made it $20 to go with the A K. The button, with about $325 total, made it $75 to go. He ...continued

  • Are You Prepared?

    by Matthew Hilger

    Last fall I wrote a column titled "Improving Your Game." That column discussed how long-term players sometimes reach a point where they become less keen on learning and improving their game. Ian Taylor described in The Poker Mindset (which I ...continued

  • Rebuy!

    by Matt Matros

    Rebuy tournaments are becoming more and more popular – especially online, where you don't have to wait for a chip runner to stroll over to your table and offer you additional chips. It also helps that in online tournaments, the rebuys go ...continued

  • More Praise for the ORT

    by Matt Lessinger

    In my last column, I discussed the two main reasons why online rebuy tournaments (ORTs) are your best daily tournament value: Reason No. 1: You get the benefit of the "early-exit" phenomenon. About one-fourth of the field will quit during ...continued

  • Free Cards in Limit Hold'em - Part V

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Thus far, I have discussed times that you are trying to get a free card, and times that you are trying to stop an opponent from getting one. While you generally want to avoid giving free cards, giving a free card is occasionally a strategically sound ...continued

  • Cappelletti in Motown

    by Michael Cappelletti

    I recently attended the National Bridge Championships in Detroit. Why Detroit in the wintertime? Because the tournament was held at the Renaissance Center, which is essentially a covered (indoor) mall. From the Marriott Hotel lobby, you can easily go ...continued

  • JV Meets a Genie

    by John Vorhaus

    As I got out of my car in the parking lot of Commerce Casino recently, I noticed an unopened can of energy drink sitting on the ground. It was a type I'd never seen before - Djinn Brand - but being an "always take cookies when cookies are ...continued

  • Recommended Reading: Part II

    by Steve Zolotow

    In my last column, I mentioned two books, Kill Phil and Kill Everyone. In this column, I am going to go into more detail about the first of these books. It was written by Blair Rodman and Lee Nelson. Blair is a very successful gambler and has been ...continued

  • Arnold Plays Mit der Ladies

    by Max Shapiro

    Home values are plummeting. The stock market is crashing. The dollar is crumbling. Gas will be $10 a gallon before long. Global warming is melting the polar ice, and soon we'll all drown. And yet, despite being surrounded by imminent and ongoing ...continued