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Shannon Elizabeth Vol. 21, No. 13 Card Player Magazine

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to Open Vegas' First Poker Lounge

by Kristy Arnett

Identifiable by its signature larger-than-life guitar, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas embodies everything that is rock 'n' roll, and soon, the always-innovative gaming destination will rock the poker industry with the opening of a new concept called the Poker Lounge. Set ...

  • WSOP Race for the Bracelets 2008

    Poker's richest and most prestigious event, the World Series of Poker, is now under way. From May 30 to July 14, the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is the epicenter of the poker world, hosting 55 different bracelet events over 47 action-packed ...continued

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Pros Due for a World Series of Poker Bracelet Erick Lindgren and David Singer Get Crossed Off the List By Kristy Arnett In what many in the poker community would consider long overdue accomplishments, both Erick Lindgren and David Singer won their ...continued

  • Capture the Flag

    by Lizzy Harrison

    David Benyamine first ventured from Paris to Las Vegas with a bankroll of only $4,000 for cash games, and within a few short weeks he had multiplied his money almost tenfold. His tendency to take risks and play the biggest games he can find has ...continued

  • The Oracle's Corner

    by The Oracle's Corner

    This hand comes from the final table of event No. 4 of the World Series of Poker, $5,000 mixed hold'em. Five players remained: Erick Lindgren, Justin Bonomo, David Rheem, Andrew Robl, and Roland De Wolfe. This was the best final table I have seen ...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: World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour, and World Poker Tour championships. Now, Card Player is giving its readers a ...continued

  • The World Series of Poker - Part I

    by James McManus

    During the 1960s, with his Horseshoe Casino on Fremont Street dominating Glitter Gulch in Downtown Las Vegas, Benny Binion still had to compete with the Rat Pack, the Folies Bergere, Elvis Presley, and all of the Jetsons-esque architecture going up a ...continued

  • World Series of Poker Hitting its Stride

    by Jeff Shulman

    As I write this, we're two weeks into the World Series, and you have to applaud the WSOP officials for the noticeable enhancements made to this year's event. There is no question that the deluge of players over the past two years has caused ...continued

  • Eli Elezra, and The Setup

    by Phil Hellmuth

    As Eli Elezra tells it, Rene Angelil set up his own wife. You see, Angelil was playing in a high-stakes poker game at Bellagio, and he invited his wife to watch the game on her birthday. Because Angelil's wife is Celine Dion, all of the players at ...continued

  • Erin Go Bragh - Part III

    by Todd Brunson

    After getting knocked out of the main event of the Irish Open, I was depressed and kind of in a daze. The fact that my blood-alcohol level never dipped below 1.0 during my entire trip may have added to this a bit. Anyway, I was roaming around ...continued

  • World Series of Poker, and WPT Championship Flashback

    by Gus Hansen

    Bling-Bling By the time you read this, I hope to have added some much needed "bling-bling" to my WSOP-naked wrists. Although I have no clear-cut objectives for this year's WSOP, my intention is to perform even better in the main event ...continued

  • A No-Limit No-Brainer? Not So Fast!

    by Roy Cooke

    No-limit hold'em is complicated in different ways than limit hold'em, particularly with deep stacks. The nature of the game makes swings bigger; mistakes generally cost you more, while good plays make you more or in some cases save you more! ...continued

  • Ranking Hold'em Hands

    by Steve Zolotow

    In my last column, "A One-Question Quiz," we established that there are 169 possible starting-hand types, which result in 1,326 combinations. For example, A-K suited is one hand type, but it can occur in four different combinations. Now our ...continued

  • The Pitfalls of Slow-Playing

    by Ed Miller

    Slow-playing is seemingly one of the most tempting no-limit hold'em strategies. Flop a huge hand, and, in the immortal words of Elmer Fudd, "Be vewy, vewy quiet." It fits with the image of poker as a game of deception; little do your ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: Hand-Strength Classifications

    by Jeff Hwang

    Editor's note: What follows are edited excerpts from Jeff Hwang's book Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy. Starting hands in pot-limit Omaha (PLO) fall into four basic categories: 1. Premium 2. Speculative 3. Marginal 4. Stuff You ...continued

  • All-In Decisions

    by Bob Ciaffone

    Whether or not a wager is all in has enormous influence when you are considering a bet, raise, or call. I like to use the term "leverage" for the potential to fire another wager. Facing any bet before the river that is not all in, a player ...continued

  • Tournament Strategy

    by Tom McEvoy

    In this column, I am going to use a technique that will improve your tournament play. I'll ask a few questions, and then answer them for you. Question No. 1: Under what conditions does it make sense to play a coin-flip hand in a tournament, and ...continued

  • Winners Probe Effectively

    by Alan Schoonmaker

    Part I said that most people don't probe enough because they either don't value information highly enough or don't want to look bad or irritate opponents. It concluded with, "Since information is the key weapon in the poker wars, do ...continued

  • Trusting My Reads

    by Rolf Slotboom

    Ask any professional poker player what he thinks is his most valuable skill, and he probably will say: "The quality of my reads." I agree -- as this is what separates the merely decent players from the good and very good players. However, ...continued

  • Professional Poker Revenue

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Judging by the recent e-mails that I've received, many people are thinking about playing poker professionally. Unfortunately, many of them misunderstand some aspects of what it takes to make a living from poker. This column will address some of ...continued

  • How Green is My Wally

    by John Vorhaus

    Based on a true story. A no-limit newcomer finds himself in Las Vegas for a haberdashers convention. Late one night, his business done for the day, his intestines distended by a heavy meal, and his mind muddled by fine wine (or what passes for such in ...continued

  • A Major Change ... and More

    by Mike O Malley

    The World Series of Poker main event will be starting soon, and it will feature a major change. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably are aware that the final table will be played in November, four months after the tournament starts. ...continued