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Lee Markholt Vol. 21, No. 12 Card Player Magazine

Lee Markholt: A Professional's Professional

by Justin Marchand

There are great tournament poker players and there are great cash-game players. Oftentimes, the two don't quite overlap, and one probably can count on both hands those individuals who are able, on any given day, to play at the highest level of both disciplines. It takes a complete arsenal of ...

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    World Series of Poker Storylines to Keep an Eye On By Bob Pajich The World Series of Poker history book is filled with stories of multiple wins, amazing cashes, and empty chairs, of bad beats and world-class drawouts, of piles of silver and crashed ...continued

  • Capture the Flag

    by Lizzy Harrison

    Nick "The Takeover" Schulman exploded onto the poker scene when he won the 2005 World Poker Finals at Foxwoods, but the main reason that he ventured up to the Connecticut casino was to play cash games. Before he began playing tournament ...continued

  • The Oracle's Corner

    by The Oracle's Corner

    Erica Schoenberg has won nearly $600,000 in tournaments in the past two years. The former member of the MIT Blackjack Team is a recognizable face whenever she plays an event. The following hand took place at Caesars Palace in a $1,000 World Series of ...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

  • Two Burn Holes in a Blanket

    by James McManus

    And it's one, two, three, what're we fightin' for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn. Next stop is Vietnam. - Country Joe and the Fish Massachusetts Congressman Thomas "Tip" O'Neill was no peacenik or Viet Cong ...continued

  • Final-Table Changes Revisited

    by Jeff Shulman

    As we huddle over the last few proofs for this issue, the 2008 World Series of Poker starts in just three days. While we anticipate a ton of noteworthy storylines to sink our teeth into this summer, the one topic that is dominating discussions before ...continued

  • Championships, Excuses, Bad Play

    by Phil Hellmuth

    In the recent $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship, I made a weak play that cost me my last 40,000 in chips. First, let me say that I had wanted this tournament as much as I've wanted another World Series of Poker bracelet. The WPT Championship ...continued

  • Erin Go Bragh - Part II

    by Todd Brunson

    There weren't many Americans (or even Englishmen, for that matter) in the Irish Open, so it was no wonder that once we drew for seats, I knew no one at my table. Most everyone seemed to know me, however, and this put me at a disadvantage on this ...continued

  • A Tale of Two Players

    by Roy Cooke

    Some years back, I wrote a column about the exact same hand (Q-J suited) being played completely differently when dealt to me twice in three hands. Recently, I picked up K-K and A-A three hands apart, and as was the case with the Q-J suited, they ...continued

  • The OODA Loop

    by John Vorhaus

    In certain circles, I'm known as King of the Acronym, or KOTA. After all, I'm the guy who gave the world ICTAFCOA (increasing commitment to a failing course of action), LPOOP (little pairs out of position), and LIGARA (like I give a rat's ...continued

  • Awkward Stack Sizes

    by Bob Ciaffone

    No-limit hold'em players are well aware of the strong influence that stack size has on betting. Any problem posed in regard to your decision of how to play a hand needs to specify your stack size and your opponent's. Most bets and raises in ...continued

  • Acting Scared of the Scare Card

    by Matt Lessinger

    For the past hour, seat 9 had been running over our $5-$10 no-limit hold'em game. He had dark shades and a mean-looking goatee, and combined with his calm and controlled manner, he created a pretty intimidating presence. His massive chip stack ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: The Power of the Big Draw

    by Jeff Hwang

    Editor's note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang's recently released book Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy. The sheer size of the drawing hands in Omaha has a dramatic effect on the dynamics of the game. In no-limit ...continued

  • Firing the Third Barrel

    by Ed Miller

    When was the last time you three-barrel bluffed? Was it months ago? Years? Never? Let me back up a bit. A three-barrel bluff is when you make a bluff bet on all three of the post-flop streets. You bet the flop and get called. You bet the turn and get ...continued

  • A One-Question Quiz

    by Steve Zolotow

    You probably have played hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of hands of hold'em. Yet, preflop, there is a relatively limited number of hands that one player can hold, and you certainly know what they are. Just in case you don't, I ...continued

  • Beginners, Beware of the Overplay

    by Matt Matros

    If you're new to limit hold'em, and you've read a poker book for beginners, you're probably playing tight -- and that's fine. It's important, however, to understand that an ultra-tight strategy won't work forever, and even ...continued

  • A River Decision

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Recently, I was honored to serve as "Expert of the Month" on Matthew Hilger's forum at Here is one of the first hands posted to me: In a PokerStars eighthanded $30-$60 limit hold'em game, I am dealt the Q 10 ...continued

  • Cappelletti in Biloxi

    by Michael Cappelletti

    As I drove my rental car along the beautifully scenic coastal road, Route 90, toward Biloxi, I was happy to see that Hurricane Katrina had not devastated the 15 miles of pristine sand beaches and the picturesque little offshore islands with palm trees ...continued

  • Winning the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Event

    by Matthew Hilger

    I recently won the Full Tilt Poker $750,000-guaranteed event under the moniker "IonlyplayAA." My win earned me a little more than $132,000, as I weeded through more than 3,500 players. This tournament has been good to me this year, as ...continued

  • Hi! My Name is Charlie Delta

    by John Cernuto

    Allow me to introduce myself. Most people know me as "Miami" John Cernuto, but there are still some things about my background of which you might not be aware. For instance, before I became a pro poker player, I was an air traffic ...continued

  • Doomsday Don Visits Barstow

    by Max Shapiro

    My fans constantly ask me if the characters I write about are real. Of course they are! Do you think an award-winning journalist like me would make them up, or even exaggerate? And most of the performers in my columns are so outrageous that even I ...continued