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Scotty Nguyen Vol. 21, No. 16 Card Player Magazine

The King of Poker

by Ryan Lucchesi

The winner of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. world championship at the World Series of Poker can rightly be called the king of poker players for a year. While the main event has become largely a creature of luck with its average field size of 6,899 during the last four years, the H.O.R.S.E. event has ...

  • Poker? Elementary to Watson

    by Julio Rodriguez

    Since its inception in 2005, the Bellagio Cup championship event has been one of the biggest draws on the World Poker Tour. Last year, Kevin Saul steamrolled a field of 535 en route to a $1.3 million payday, but with the uncertainty of the WPT ...continued

  • The World Series of Poker -- Part III

    by James McManus

    Eric Drache's one-table satellites to the main event steadily had increased the number of entrants — to 54 in 1979, 73 in 1980, 75 in 1981, 104 in 1982; '82 was also the year Jack "Treetop" Straus won after being down to a ...continued

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

    by Lizzy Harrison

    Lyle Berman is one of the players in the "big game," but only when he can find the time, which is not as often as he would like, due to his position as the chairman of the board of World Poker Tour Enterprises. He was first exposed to the ...continued

  • The Oracle's Corner

    by The Oracle's Corner

    This hand comes from the 2008 World Series of Poker main event, day 1A, and is just unbelievable. I thought I busted out on a rough hand, but this is just plain dirty. The poker gods must have laughed themselves silly with this one. One good thing ...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

  • Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    World Poker Tour to Move to Fox Sports Network It's WPT's Third Home By Bob Pajich The World Poker Tour has a new home. Fox Sports Network (FSN) has come to an agreement with World Poker Tour Enterprises to broadcast season seven of the WPT. ...continued

  • Poker's International Presence Felt at WSOP and Beyond

    by Jeff Shulman

    If it wasn't for poker's phenomenal international growth, this year's World Series of Poker certainly would have experienced a drop in attendance. A large number of the 58,720 players who bought into WSOP events in 2008 were from abroad. ...continued

  • Prop Bets, and Fight to the End!

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Recently, The New York Times featured an article about professional poker players and their crazy side bets, often referred to as "prop bets." The article discussed Mike "The Mouth" Matusow's recent side bet with Ted Forrest, ...continued

  • Back in the USSA

    by Todd Brunson

    OK, it's back in the USSR, not USSA, but I'm back in the U.S., not the USSR, so what do you want from me? It's not that I didn't have a great time in Europe, but as Dorothy said, "There's no place like home." I'm ...continued

  • Folding Winners

    by Roy Cooke

    If you never fold a winner in poker, you are playing way too loosely and inevitably will go broke. I see people calling "for the size of the pot" all the time when they know their opponent is looking for a call, and they know they are beat. ...continued

  • Tells: The Encyclopedia of the Poker Mind

    by John Cernuto

    There are many different ways to play poker, and it is beneficial to all of us to find a style with which we are comfortable. Whatever your style might be, it will not serve you well to execute perfect poker strategy during a hand and then blow it by ...continued

  • Playing by 'The Book'

    by Matt Lessinger

    I was recently in a $215 Sunday Million tournament online. I had been doing well and maintaining an above-average stack of 19,000. But suddenly I lost a big all-in confrontation against a slightly smaller stack, and, just like that, I was down to only ...continued

  • Fighting Against Leverage

    by Bob Ciaffone

    "Leverage," as a term applied to poker, describes a wager that has an influence beyond the amount required to call, because there are more betting rounds and more chips that can be wagered. The would-be caller needs to think about how much ...continued

  • Basic Truths of Big Slick

    by John Vorhaus

    You probably think you know how to play A-K, and you probably do, but it never hurts to review some basic truths. Here are eight: 1. Big slick is a drawing hand. It's not a big pocket pair. It's not even a small pocket pair. It's not a ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: FloatingThe key to advanced play

    by Jeff Hwang

    Editor's note: The following is a special preview from Jeff Hwang's upcoming book, tentatively titled Pot-Limit Omaha Poker Volume II: Advanced Play. Technically speaking, to float is to call a bet on insufficient hand values with the ...continued

  • Evolving Hand Values

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Poker hands are often like stocks. Their value rises or falls with the latest news. Just because you started with a blue-chip holding does not mean your investment is locked in. A hand posted on my forum at exemplified this. ...continued

  • How I (Accidentally) Got Through 2,684 People to a Final Table -- Part I

    by Matt Matros

    There are few feelings worse in tournament poker than to play for many, many hours and earn little or no money. In this year's World Series of Poker, I played two long days to win only a little money in event No. 49 -- a $1,500 no-limit ...continued

  • Playing on the Fourth of July

    by Steve Zolotow

    For this year's main event at the World Series of Poker, I elected to play on day 1B, which also happened to be the Fourth of July. Americans were given a small U.S. flag to wave during the opening ceremony and singing of the national anthem. ...continued

  • Macro and Micro Poker

    by Ed Miller

    Periodically, I'll read an article about "feel" players versus "math" players. The feel players lob a shell: "Math players just don't get it. They make all their calculations, but they just play like robots. A little ...continued

  • Remembering John Bonetti

    by Max Shapiro

    The world of poker dimmed and became considerably duller with the recent passing of John "Bono" Bonetti at the age of 80. As a player, his place in poker history is secure. He did not start playing until he was 55, and then won more than $4 ...continued