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Layne Flack Vol. 21, No. 19 Card Player Magazine

Life Out of the Fast Layne

by Justin Marchand

After a five-year absence from the winner's circle, Layne Flack was back at work this summer. He picked up his sixth World Series of Poker bracelet and the largest cash of his career after winning the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event and the $577,725 first prize. His victory put him in a tie for ...

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

    by Lizzy Harrison

    Amnon Filippi first honed his poker skills by playing seven-card stud in private clubs, but when no-limit hold'em swept the nation, he made a profitable switch. Filippi's fearlessness at the tables is conducive to success, and that aspect of ...continued

  • The Oracle's Corner

    by The Oracle's Corner

    This hand comes from Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. The game is no-limit hold'em with $50-$100 blinds. The minimum buy-in for the game is $5,000, but most players have at least $20,000 in front of them, and sometimes much more. On occasion, when ...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

  • History of Poker

    by James McManus

    In 2000, there were 23 World Series of Poker events, the smallest of which yielded more prize money than the main event of most competing tournaments. Copying the WSOP's freezeout format, with a $10,000 no-limit hold'em event as the finale, ...continued

  • Heads Up

    Phil Galfond recently discovered pot-limit Omaha [PLO], yet he already plays in the highest-stakes games on a regular basis. Otherwise known as "OMGClayAiken" online, Galfond first honed his poker skills at the no-limit hold'em tables, ...continued

  • The Inside Straight

    by Card Player News Team

    Electronic Poker Tables Enter the Vegas Market at Excalibur By Kristy Arnett Electronic poker tables have been popping up all over the globe, and it seemed to be just a matter of time before the innovation reached Las Vegas. Excalibur Hotel and ...continued

  • Card Player Readers Sound Off About Scotty Nguyen's Televised Antics

    by Jeff Shulman

    Many loyal Card Player readers were upset with Scotty Nguyen's behavior during the recent televised World Series of Poker $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship, and they let their opinions be known by flooding our offices and inboxes with ...continued

  • World Series of Poker Day Four

    by Phil Hellmuth

    The one consolation of day four of the World Series of Poker main event was that my starting table was the ESPN featured table; otherwise, the day was a major struggle for me. No, I didn't have K-K vs. A-A (or vice versa) and lose a huge pot. ...continued

  • The Main Freakin' Event

    by Todd Brunson

    I wanted to put this unfortunate incident behind me, as I'm tired of telling the story over and over. Therefore, I'm going to relive this nightmare one more time, in my next two columns. You may have been able to tell by my tone thus far that ...continued

  • Insanity Prevails … or Not!

    by Gus Hansen

    Some people go to Barbados and some to Fiji, while others just go to their hometown of Copenhagen to hang out with family and old friends. I still have some time for Internet poker, though - a lot of time! I surely have been one of the most active ...continued

  • Playing in Loose-Passive Games

    by Roy Cooke

    Once a year, I pack up the family and head down Interstate 15 to California. We always stay at Commerce Casino. My wife and daughter head off to do their shopping thing, leaving me in the cardroom to see if I can win what they spend in the shopping ...continued

  • Value-Betting the River

    by Ed Miller

    The river really separates the pros from the amateurs. I don't mean that pros tremble in fear of the river card while amateurs gleefully plan their latest bad beat. Quite the opposite, as the river is probably the betting round where pro players ...continued

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

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Last issue, we began to explore some of the errors that limit hold'em cash-game players make when they start playing no-limit hold'em. Because the games appear to be so similar, but have major strategic differences, these errors tend to be ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: The Resteal Float

    by Jeff Hwang

    Occasionally, when you bet from late position, a player who suspects a steal may try to float you from out of position by calling your bet and then betting out on the turn. In this spot, if you suspect that your opponent is making a play, you can ...continued

  • Sets

    by Bob Ciaffone

    One of the nicest feelings in poker is to flop a concealed set, one of the strongest hands in hold'em. In practice, you will do this less than one time out of 200 hands. First, you have to start with a pocket pair, which happens one time out of 17 ...continued

  • Suited Aces - Part III

    by Steve Zolotow

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

  • Tournament Strategy

    by Tom McEvoy

    A few months ago I did a column on tournament strategy, in which I asked questions and then provided the answers. I would like to use that technique again in this column. Question No. 1: How important is it to vary your opening-raise size (versus the ...continued

  • Extreme Tournament Tactics

    by Rolf Slotboom

    In my last column, I explained the most common and most successful tournament tactic around - the small-ball approach. I explained when and how this approach works best, and also provided some appropriate countermeasures if you happen to face a ...continued

  • Winners Use Feedback Loops Well - Part II

    by Alan Schoonmaker

    "Feedback loops" acquire and use new information to make adjustments. Part I (which can be read at showed how to use them to read your opponents' cards and assess their strengths, weaknesses, and styles. This column will ...continued

  • Man, is That Guy Stupid

    by John Vorhaus

    Phil Hellmuth has famously remarked, "If it weren't for luck, I'd win'em all." I was thinking about this quote recently, when I got my money in good and lost the pot - and my tournament life - to someone who had no business (no ...continued

  • Why Many Players Have Difficulty Playing Aggressively

    by Roy West

    Hi. Welcome to my backyard. It's a hot, slow day - a day in which all ambition seems to disappear. Let's just lie here on the cool grass and see how many animal shapes we can spot in those big white clouds drifting by - and talk about our ...continued

  • Nancy Todd Tyner: Not Your Average Poker Player

    by Linda Johnson

    In my last column, Nancy Todd Tyner, winner of the WPT Ladies Championship, discussed her amazing career as a political consultant and her role in international politics. In this column, she'll discuss her poker career. Linda Johnson: Let's ...continued

  • Rules of the Game: Part IX

    by Michael Wiesenberg

    Many new players are coming into brick-and-mortar (B&M) casino cardrooms for the first time. They have played online and in home games, but may not know the rules and conventions of live cardroom play, and might get tripped up. As a public ...continued