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Nenad Medic Vol. 21, No. 14 Card Player Magazine

Nenad Medic: The Serbian Poker Surgeon Slices Up the Competition

by Julio Rodriguez

The true test of a poker professional is consistency. The best players in the game are there at the end, tournament after tournament, year after year. Poker is filled with one- or two-hit wonders, players who have flash-in-the-pan success and then fade into oblivion. The World Series of Poker is ...

  • 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

  • Capture the Flag

    by Lizzy Harrison

    Eli Elezra helps orchestrate the renowned "big game" that is held at Bellagio in Las Vegas; without his coordination efforts, it would be difficult to round up the requisite number of players for the game. That is because the average buy-in ...continued

  • The Oracle's Corner

    by The Oracle's Corner

    This hand took place in the World Poker Tour Championship in April 2008 at Bellagio. Phil Hellmuth actually wrote about this hand in the Vol. 21/No. 12 issue of Card Player, but he left out some pertinent situational facts, and thought he was playing ...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 Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Betting on the Bracelet Pros Negotiate Odds and Wager on Themselves and Other Players to Win a World Series of Poker Event By Kristy Arnett "Negreanu, one -- Ivey, zero," Daniel Negreanu shouted just moments after winning his fourth World ...continued

  • Pros on Parade … But What is a Pro?

    by Jeff Shulman

    When the 2008 World Series of Poker kicked off and Nenad Medic, Erick Lindgren, and David Singer won three of the first four events, there was lots of buzz that this would be a year of utter domination for big-time poker pros at the Series. Amateurs ...continued

  • Hershiser is Still Dealing!

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Remember the 1988 World Series? Not the World Series of Poker, but baseball's fall spectacular. I sure do. It was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A's, and one reason I remember it is because of Kirk Gibson's huge home run ...continued

  • Slán Agat Erin, Ciao Italia!

    by Todd Brunson

    All good things must come to an end, and such was my latest visit to Ireland. But before we go, I want to share a funny story that happened while I was there. In the Irish Open, our break was not quite over when I looked up and noticed that a table ...continued

  • State of Mind Makes the Play

    by Roy Cooke

    Once you play at a level on which your opponents understand the fundamentals of poker, the major difference in playing ability is reading your opponents accurately and actualizing correct plays for those reads. It's reading not just your ...continued

  • Aggression on the River

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Aggression plays an important part in winning poker. However, deciding exactly when and how to become aggressive is not an easy task. One of the themes that develops late in my book, Advanced Limit Hold'em Strategy, is that the most likely ...continued

  • Avoid Adjustment Tilt

    by Ed Miller

    Recently, I benefited from a serious case of what I call "adjustment tilt." I was in a live $2-$5 no-limit hold'em game. Most of the players, including me, had helped to start the game a few hours earlier, so we were familiar with each ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: Basic Preflop Play

    by Jeff Hwang

    Last issue, I classified starting hands in pot-limit Omaha (PLO) by hand strength, breaking them down into premium, speculative, marginal, and trash (everything else) categories. For the most part, the hands within each specific group will be played ...continued

  • More About Going All In

    by Bob Ciaffone

    In my last column, I discussed getting all in when you have a pair and non-nut-flush draw, because you have an excellent hand but cannot be confident about whether you want the flush to come or not. Your opponent may have either a good made hand or ...continued

  • Does His Line of Action Make Sense?

    by Matthew Hilger

    Event No. 3 of the World Series of Poker was $1,500 pot-limit hold'em. There was one particular hand I played that had a lot of interesting twists and turns. The blinds were 50-100. I had about 7,800 in chips remaining. Everyone folded around to ...continued

  • Gardena, That '70s Poker Capital

    by James McManus

    By the mid-1970s, poker had two distinct capitals. The Texas road gamblers' no-limit hold'em sanctuary in Downtown Las Vegas was active mainly during the World Series in April, while Gardena, a working-class suburb of Los Angeles, had hundreds ...continued

  • Be Prepared to Face Deception

    by Matt Lessinger

    These two events happened to me recently. They might seem unrelated to poker, but I promise that there's a connection. Event No. 1: As a kid, I used to watch reruns of the 1950s TV game show To Tell the Truth. Its format was simple: The audience ...continued

  • Top 10 Reasons Why Poker Should Not Be Considered a Sport

    by John Cernuto

    I recently overheard two poker players discussing whether or not poker is a sport. It was an interesting conversation with very amusing banter between them. As I sat there listening, I began to think that it would be a great topic for my top-10 ...continued

  • Be Prepared - Part I

    by Steve Zolotow

    More than 2,000 years ago, Seneca, a Roman dramatist, philosopher, and politician, wrote, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Since that time, successful people in a variety of situations have attributed their ...continued

  • Not Playing Poker

    by John Vorhaus

    I'm sitting in an airport in Cancun, Mexico, waiting for my flight back to Los Angeles. I've spent the past two weeks on a little island called Holbox, just off the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. To describe the place as ...continued