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Vincent Moscati Wins ($54,540), Alexander Carmosino Eliminated In Second Place ($33,339)

Alexander Carmasino was all-in holding QJ, but he was dominated by Vincent Moscati’s AQ. The board ran out 885A10 and Moscati finally claimed the last pot of the tournament. Carmosino, who was a runaway freight ...


John Juanda Vol. 21, No. 23 Card Player Magazine

John Juanda Back in the Winner's Circle

by Justin Marchand

You might be the most successful poker player among your group of friends. But imagine trying to be the best among Phil Ivey, Allen Cunningham, Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel, longtime friends who, combined, have more than $40 million in tournament earnings and 21 World Series bracelets. ...

  • Capture the Flag -- David Benefield

    by Kristy Arnett

    David Benefield is a 22-year-old from Forth Worth, Texas, who is widely known to the online-poker community as "Raptor." Having moved up the ranks with close friend and roommate Tom "durrr" Dwan, Benefield is considered one of the ...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

    After dozens of sessions over the course of three and a half years, the Table 1 pros, sometimes known as the Corporation, were between $20 million and $26 million in the black against the Texas billionaire. As far as bragging rights were concerned, ...continued

  • Inside Straight: News

    by Card Player News Team

    Kentucky Says, 'Show Me the Money' Commonwealth Looking to Take More Than $1 Billion From Sites By Bob Pajich Kentucky is attempting to force 141 online poker and gambling companies to collectively pay it more than $1 billion or risk losing ...continued

  • The Scoop

    by The Scoop

    Welcome to The Scoop, the Card Player TV weekly program that features poker's old-school superstars and new-school Internet hotshots. Every episode of The Scoop discusses in-depth strategies and explores important issues within the poker world. ...continued

  • Player of the Year

    by Tournament Reporters

    The top three players in the Card Player 2008 Player of the Year (POY) race had not been challenged since the World Series of Poker this summer. Leader John Phan was followed from afar by Erik Seidel and David Benyamine, and then there was everyone ...continued

  • Tournament Trail

    by Tournament Reporters

    Bertrand Grospellier Wins $1.4 Million at Festa al Lago By Julio Rodriguez After a one-year hiatus from the tournament circuit, the popular Festa al Lago returned to Bellagio as the third of four major events held there year-round. The $15,000 buy-in ...continued

  • Hand 2 Hand Combat -- Nath Pizzolatto

    by Craig Tapscott

    Want to study real poker hands with the Internet's most successful players? In this series, Card Player offers hand analysis with online poker's leading talent. Event 2008 World Series of Poker $1,500 no-limit hold'em, event No. 52 Players ...continued

  • Final-Table Takedown -- Jason Mercier

    by Craig Tapscott

    With Jason Mercier In this series, Card Player offers an in-depth analysis of the key hands that catapulted a player to a top finish, online or live. We also will reveal key concepts and strategies from the world's best tournament players, as we ...continued

  • Online Zone

    by Shawn Patrick Green

    Not much time remains for online poker players to rack up points in the 2008 Card Player Online Player of the Year (OPOY) race. There's barely a month left for the Internet's elite players to make deep finishes in major online poker ...continued

  • Generation Next -- Evan Parkes

    by Craig Tapscott

    When high-school senior year rolled around for Evan Parkes, graduation parties, Friday night sports, and prom night were the last things on his mind. His obsession was more about pot odds than muscle cars. And no by-the-book guidance counselor could ...continued

  • Card Player Pro

    by Dani Stern

    In this column, I am going to discuss a hand with an opportunity to slow-play, fast-play, and something entirely different. Game Six-handed $25-$50 cash game on PokerStars Opponent Maroonlime: A friend and very aggressive Stacks $5,000 (me) versus ...continued

  • Mind Over Poker

    by David Apostolico

    The single most important adjustment when making the transition from a cash game to a tournament is the ability to stay ahead of the curve. A cash game is static, in that the blinds never change. The game is still dynamic, in that many other factors ...continued

  • An Exciting Time on the Tournament Trail

    by Jeff Shulman

    It's an insanely busy time in tournament poker as I write this. Bellagio's $15,000 Festa al Lago championship just concluded, Caesars Palace is running its $10,000 Caesars Poker Classic, and the European Poker Tour Hungarian Open drew a large ...continued

  • London Bust-Out

    by Phil Hellmuth

    It was a pleasure to be in London playing in the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) recently. Every great poker player on the planet made it to London to fight it out for WSOPE bracelets. In fact, when the World Series of Poker announced that it was ...continued

  • My L.A. Debacle

    by Todd Brunson

    When September came around this year, I was ready to head off to London for the World Series of Poker Europe. But as the time to go drew near, I began to reflect. I haven't exactly been tearing up the tournament trail this past year or so, and ...continued

  • Implied Odds

    by Roy Cooke

    There's $150 in the pot. It's $30 to you. So, the pot is currently laying you 5-1. Many players consider the quality of their hand, the size of the pot, and the chance that their hand is good. If they think their hand is no good, they assess ...continued

  • Exploiting Limiting Turn Calls

    by Ed Miller

    The idea of a player "limiting" his hand range is a critical hand-reading concept. The basic idea is this: Anyone who has a very strong hand wants to get money in the pot. He'll be looking for an opportunity to do that. If your opponent ...continued

  • A 'Telling' Tell

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    One of the reasons I prefer live play is that I can read and use tells. It is simply easier to play against people I can see. Once in a while, however, I get to make an inference from an unusual tell. I had such an experience in a Bellagio $30-$60 ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: Practice-Hand Quiz No. 1

    by Jeff Hwang

    What follows is the first of what likely will be a series of pot-limit Omaha (PLO) practice-hand quizzes, similar to those found in my book, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy. These problems are taken from actual hands I've played, and ...continued

  • Eight Strategic Mistakes for Limit Players to Avoid

    by Roy West

    Hi. Come on in. I have a rare treat today - roasted salmon on heirloom tomato and wild mushroom ragout, with sautéed asparagus. Show some class, try not to wolf it down. Let's look at some mistakes that limit players should avoid making. ...continued

  • Being Pot-Committed

    by Bob Ciaffone

    In no-limit hold'em, when you are pot-committed, it means that you are going to play out the hand regardless of what your opponent does in the betting or what cards come on the board. You may be hoping that your hand is good or hoping to draw out. ...continued

  • Suited Aces - Part VI

    by Steve Zolotow

    As I mentioned in the last column in this series, there are several factors involved in playing suited aces. They are: • Quality of the kicker • Position • Stack size • Action prior to you • Your table image • Composition ...continued

  • All In (or Not)

    by Mike O Malley

    It makes me cringe every time that I hear it. A player says the words "all in" in the context of a question or comment, with no intention of actually moving all in. Most of the time, it doesn't cause a problem, but every once in a while, ...continued

  • Winners Focus on Power - Part II

    by Alan Schoonmaker

    Part I said that winners constantly assess the power balance, and that they adjust their strategy to fit it. This column will discuss some factors that change this balance and how you should adjust to these changes. Every card can change the power ...continued

  • Table Talk While Multihanded

    by Michael Wiesenberg

    Reader Kenneth Phan sent me an e-mail with the subject line "possibly a simple answer to a dumb question": Hi, Michael. I am a big fan of your articles, and although I've never written to let you know that they are tremendously ...continued