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John Phan Vol. 21, No. 18 Card Player Magazine

The alter ego of John Phan

by Ryan Lucchesi

Poker players can be anyone they want to be at the poker table, and they can be anyone they want to be away from the table. Sometimes those two people are the same, but some players are so different when they are away from the table and close to their families that their alter egos are left far ...

  • Oh Hinkle, Where Art Thou?

    by Julio Rodriguez

    The poker industry has seen its share of familial success. Most notably, you have poker legend Doyle Brunson and his son, Todd. Both are World Series of Poker winners, and not surprisingly, both are considered by many to be among the best in the game. ...continued

  • Capture the Flag

    by Lizzy Harrison

    Tim Phan resides in California, so he has easy access to the abundance of juicy cash games there. He regularly plays in the highest-stakes games that Los Angeles has to offer, and he has been known to venture to Sin City to play in the "big ...continued

  • The Oracle's Corner

    by The Oracle's Corner

    This hand comes from a $25-$50 pot-limit Omaha (PLO) cash game on Full Tilt. PLO is enjoying a growth in popularity both online and live. There is considerably more gamble and thought involved in a four-card game, in which you must use two cards from ...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 Card Player News Team

    Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Help Clarify UIGEA Bill Singles Out Sports Betting By Bob Pajich A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that, if passed, would give some clarity to what kind of online activities the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement ...continued

  • Day Three at the World Series of Poker

    by Phil Hellmuth

    In my last column, I discussed a big bluff that I pulled off with 4-2 on day two of the 2008 World Series of Poker. I started day three with 281,000 in chips, which was well above the average stack size (the average was 96,000). When I sat down at the ...continued

  • The 2008 World Series of Poker

    by Todd Brunson

    I had high hopes for the World Series this year. I've been running fairly salty in tournaments for the past year, and figured it was about time that my luck changed. I figured wrong. Things started out all right. I finished 292nd out of a huge ...continued

  • To Limp or Not to Limp

    by Roy Cooke

    I've always thought I play weak players well and am comparatively weaker against good players, in part because I developed my poker game in Washington state at a time when the poker games had all the restraint and control of Vegas craps tables. ...continued

  • Can a No-Limit Hold'em Game Be Too Loose?

    by Ed Miller

    That is the mother of all poker questions. I've probably seen a variant of this question asked almost a thousand times. Can a game be too good, or too loose, or too soft? Do you actually want some good players in your game? Can a bunch of ...continued

  • Common No-Limit Hold'em Errors Made by Limit Players - Part I

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Many former limit hold'em players, either enchanted by the excitement of no-limit hold'em cash games or living in places where no-limit hold'em has become the game of choice, are spending more time at the no-limit tables. Some of them make ...continued

  • Slow-Playing

    by Bob Ciaffone

    Some players will tell you never to slow-play a hand in no-limit hold'em, because the consequences of getting outdrawn are so serious when you have a good hand. I like to protect my good hands by betting and raising, yet sometimes I will not push ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: The Combo Float

    by Jeff Hwang

    A lot of times, you will find yourself floating with part made hand, part draw, and part air. For example, maybe you flop one pair and call a bet on the flop, looking to steal the pot later in the hand from a player you suspect might be betting light. ...continued

  • Suited Aces - Part II

    by Steve Zolotow

    In Part I of this series, I mentioned that suited aces come in three flavors. The best suited aces are those in which the other card is big - king, queen, jack, or 10. These hands, especially suited A-K and A-Q, are premium holdings. The second flavor ...continued

  • Three Mistakes in One Hand

    by Matt Lessinger

    I did pretty well in this year's World Series of Poker main event, making it through four-and-a-half long days before succumbing in 144th place. I thought that would at least give me bragging rights within Card Player, but it was good for only ...continued

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

    by Matt Matros

    Fighting one's way through a massive field is a task that every tournament player faces in today's environment, especially in the lower buy-in World Series of Poker (WSOP) events. In my last column, I detailed how I slogged my way through day ...continued

  • Reflections on My Results at the World Series of Poker

    by Matthew Hilger

    The 2008 World Series of Poker was extremely disappointing for me. I played 15 events and was able to manage only one small cash. This is particularly disappointing because I prepared harder this year than I ever have. There is no question in my mind ...continued

  • A Big Easy WSOP Circuit Tourney

    by Michael Cappelletti

    While "in the neighborhood," after playing in an Arkansas regional bridge tournament in early May, it seemed very logical for me to spend a few days at the World Series of Poker Circuit event being held at Harrah's in New Orleans. The ...continued

  • Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Play Limit Poker

    by John Cernuto

    Congratulations! You just arrived on the poker scene and will soon embark on your latest career choice: professional poker player. You started with $100 online and built your bankroll up to $100,000, hoping to be the next poker millionaire. You're ...continued

  • My LIPS Are Sealed

    by John Vorhaus

    Those who know me know that I have a whimsical bent. It gets me into trouble sometimes. For instance, when Kelley O'Hara of The Bicycle Casino and Lupe Soto of the LIPS (Ladies International Poker Series) Tour invited me to shine a light on the ...continued

  • The Story of the Aces & Eights Poker Chip

    by Max Shapiro

    Thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star. This haunting line from poet Francis Thompson suggests that everything in the universe is connected. This is also true for poker, as I'll try to show in this somewhat complicated relating ...continued

  • John Phan: Another Example of Poker Giving Back

    by Jeff Shulman

    OK, the post-World Series of Poker lull is just about over. We're packing our bags for the Legends of Poker tournament to terminate the summer poker dead zone, and after that lies a busy few months. While the WSOP has dominated the last few ...continued

  • The World Series of Poker - Part V

    by James McManus

    By 1997, at least 12 of the 21 bracelets were captured by foreign-born players, confirming that the Texas gamblers' reunions in Reno and Las Vegas had evolved into an authentic World Series. (We must say "at least" because a birth ...continued