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20th Anniversary Vol. 21, No. 21 Card Player Magazine

Card Player Celebrates 20 Years

by Card Player News Team

Card Player Celebrates 20 Years By Justin Marchand The first issue of Card Player hit the stands in October 1988, with the express goal of bringing the poker industry a publication that communicated to everyone involved with or interested in poker what was happening, where it was happening, and ...

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

    by Lizzy Harrison

    David Peat, recognized by most only as "Viffer," is a regular player in the big ($50-$100 and $100-$200) no-limit hold'em cash games in Las Vegas. The Ohio native made the move to Las Vegas about five years ago, and he is still 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. 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

  • History of Poker

    by James McManus

    Mr. Jinx and Miss Lucy, they jumped in the lake. - Bob Dylan According to the PokerStars website, a deck of 52 cards can be shuffled into 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,404,000,000,000,000,000 sequences. Among them we'll find every last ...continued

  • Heads Up

    by Card Player News Team

    Glen Chorny won this year's European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo, Monaco, which attracted more than 800 players, and he pocketed upward of $3 million. Prior to that, the Canadian player had placed 13th in the 2008 Poker Stars Caribbean ...continued

  • Inside Straight

    by Card Player News Team

    Senator Introduces Act That Would License Online Poker Internet Skill Game Licensing and Control Act of 2008 Would License Internet Skill Games By Bob Pajich An act that would establish a legal framework to license and regulate online poker in the ...continued

  • Twenty Years and Still Going Strong

    by Barry Shulman

    All of us at Card Player would like to thank our readers, advertisers, and supporters for making our company the leader in poker media for two decades. When I purchased Card Player in 1998, it was very clear to me that poker was poised for a huge ...continued

  • Horrendous Beat for Charity

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Eva and Tony Parker asked me to come down to San Antonio to emcee their charity poker tournament for "Eva's Heroes"; check out Since the event was held on Aug. 9 and I figured that I would have three weeks off right ...continued

  • China

    by Todd Brunson

    I just got back from my first trip to China, for the Asian Poker Tour (APT). The tournament was held in Macau, but we stopped off in Hong Kong for a few days to do a little sightseeing. What did we see? Not a whole heck of a lot. I was traveling with ...continued

  • Ties Are Not Like Kissing Your Sister

    by Steve Zolotow

    When a hand is tied and the pot is split, players will often say, "It's like kissing your sister." They mean that a split pot is not very exciting. (I also have heard players say this when they break even for a session. To me, breaking ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: Draw Equity vs. Float Equity - Part I

    by Jeff Hwang

    When your opponent makes a bet and you call that bet, you are making an investment. And when you make an investment, you are looking to get a return on that investment. The question is: What do you get in return for your call? In deep-stack play, the ...continued

  • Playing No-Limit Hold'em With a Plan

    by Ed Miller

    "How should I play suited connectors preflop? Should I call raises with them?" People ask me questions like these all the time. Unfortunately, I can't answer them without context. To provide a good answer, I'd have to ask a few ...continued

  • Bluffing Preflop From the Big Blind

    by Bob Ciaffone

    An obvious time to run a bluff is when you are last to act and nobody has shown any strength. On the initial betting round, the last person to act is the big blind. When in this position, you should always be alert to the possibility of bluffing with ...continued

  • The Trouble With Two Pair

    by Rolf Slotboom

    One of the most difficult hands to play in pot-limit Omaha is a flopped two pair with no extras. With moderate action, your hand might currently be the best, but when the pots grow big, you are usually in trouble. In that case, you are usually facing: ...continued

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

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    We conclude this series by examining the two final errors on the chart below: • Failure to control pot size • Excessive value-betting on the river I want to emphasize that this list does not reflect the only errors that limit players make ...continued

  • Winners Focus on Power

    by Alan Schoonmaker

    "Poker is all about picking on the weak. It may be weak hands, weak players, or just weak play." ("Shulman Says," Card Player, Oct. 24, 2003) You may dislike that aspect of our game because it seems immoral, and it certainly is not ...continued

  • Back to Back to the Past

    by John Vorhaus

    A while back, I wrote a column in which I did an archaeological dig, of sorts, into my past poker wisdom, of sorts, and investigated whether those early ideas had stood the test of time. Well, some of you seemed to like that exploration and reached ...continued

  • The World Championship of Online Poker

    by Tom McEvoy

    As I write this column, PokerStars is hosting the World Championship of Online Poker. To say that this is the biggest Internet tournament of all time and one of the biggest tournaments, period, is an understatement. There are $30 million in ...continued