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Nam Le Vol. 21, No. 25 Card Player Magazine

Know Thyself

by Ryan Lucchesi

"They're all up in the suite," said Amnon Filippi at the base of the Bellagio elevator tower. I headed up the elevator to suite 24049. Steve Sung was playing online poker as I walked into the suite, while J.C. Tran was in a side room and Quinn Do walked out of another. Sitting on a ...

  • Capture the Flag -- Lee Markholt

    by Kristy Arnett

    Lee Markholt may be known for his tournament success, which has garnered him a World Poker Tour title and more than $2.3 million in major-tournament winnings, but it's his cash-game play that is really his bread and butter. Since Markholt ...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

    Beginning in the 1990s, researchers, including Daphne Koller at Stanford and Darse Billings at the University of Alberta, began using limit hold'em as a model for computerized systems of incomplete information. At 17, Koller already had taught a ...continued

  • Inside Straight: News

    by Card Player News Team

    Governments Take Huge Bite Out of WSOP Final-Table Prize Pool Final Nine Collectively Owe About $14.7 Million in Taxes By Bob Pajich The tax monsters that help feed governments from all around the globe feasted heavily on the World Series of Poker ...continued

  • The Scoop -- Phil Laak

    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

    A handful of players made progress on the Card Player 2008 Player of the Year leader board during the past few weeks, but two of them made moves in the top 10, as Michael Binger and Vinny Pahuja added to their point totals. Binger won the third poker ...continued

  • Hand 2 Hand Combat -- Jeff Williams

    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. Hand No. 1 Event Pot-limit Omaha six-max cash game Players 6 Blinds $5-$10 Stacks ...continued

  • Final-Table Takedown -- Shaun Deeb

    by Craig Tapscott

    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 will also reveal key concepts and strategies from the world's best tournament players, as we venture inside their ...continued

  • Generation Next -- Danny Ryan

    by Craig Tapscott

    Many of the top online professionals first got their feet wet in sit-and-gos. Sit-and-gos require a unique skill set to maintain a positive return on investment. Sheer aggression might take down a multitable event, but sit-and-gos require a mastery of ...continued

  • Card Player Pro

    by Justin Rollo

    When we were children, our parents sat us down to tell us a story before bed each night. While some had ogres and some had magic, the lone unifying factor in all of them was quite simple: The plot made sense. Bluffing in poker is extremely similar. ...continued

  • Mind Over Poker

    by David Apostolico

    In poker, the most damaging four words to your wallet are "I had to call." Usually, these words are preceded by the phrase, "I knew he had it, but …" Put them together and you get something along the lines of, "I knew ...continued

  • SpadeClub Offers Big Holiday Savings

    by Jeff Shulman

    With the economy in the dumps, isn't it nice when you can stretch that poker dollar just a bit further? SpadeClub, the Card Player-powered online poker community that gives away more than $100,000 each month, is lowering its subscription price ...continued

  • High-Stakes No-Limit Hold'em

    by Phil Hellmuth

    OK, out of respect to those who do not want to know what's coming on PAD (Poker After Dark), I will not mention what episode this hand came from, other than to say that it is a PAD high-stakes cash game to be aired in 2009. Furthermore, I will not ...continued

  • Obama vs. McCain

    by Todd Brunson

    If Barack Obama and John McCain were duking it out in a heads-up poker match, instead of a presidential election, would Obama still have won? I think it would have been much more entertaining to let them decide who would next lead this great nation in ...continued

  • Specialize or Diversify?

    by Roy Cooke

    Not all poker is created equal. Poker is a generic term for many similar and dissimilar games, and some require very differing skill sets to play well. The "games within the game" have different dynamics requiring vastly different knowledge. ...continued

  • Bluffing in Limit Hold'em: Mission Impossible?

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    "No one can bluff in limit hold'em." How many times have you heard that? Do you believe it? While there may be a few limit hold'em games in which bluffing is too unlikely to work to even try, in general, bluffing can still increase ...continued

  • Deuce - Part I

    by Michael Wiesenberg

    Low-stakes online no-limit single-draw deuce-to-seven lowball is a fine game for low rollers. This game, often called simply deuce, is offered online at stakes that brick-and-mortar cardrooms cannot support. You can find cash games with blinds as ...continued

  • Short-Stack Play is Not a Fight Against the Blinds

    by Ed Miller

    Here's a question I hear all the time: "How short a stack can you play before it's not profitable anymore? At some point, the blinds eat you away too fast and you can't wait for a good hand anymore, right?" This question is based ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: Practice-Hand Quiz No. 3

    by Jeff Hwang

    This is a hand from the early days of the now-raging $1-$2 blinds, $5 bring-in ($500 max buy-in) game at Harrah's in St. Louis. The players in the two blinds - Ali and Vafa - are best pals and all-around good guys; they are also pretty lousy poker ...continued

  • The So-Called Coin Flip

    by John Vorhaus

    Let us consider the so-called "coin flip" confrontation of overcards versus a pocket pair in no limit hold'em. Most players and even TV commentators call, say, 8-8 versus A-K "a coin flip." While I'm not fussy about precise ...continued

  • Draw or No Draw?

    by Bob Ciaffone

    When you have a good made hand, you still have to fear straights and flushes. In no-limit hold'em betting, a player is unlikely to be able to make a flush or straight on the river unless he had that draw on the flop, or had something else working ...continued

  • Suited Aces - Part VIII

    by Steve Zolotow

    This is my final column on suited aces. I want to summarize some of the key points from earlier columns, and then end with a hand I recently played in an online tournament. As I mentioned in the previous columns in this series, there are several ...continued

  • Winners Focus on Other People

    by Alan Schoonmaker

    Poker great Doyle Brunson often says, "Don't just play your cards, play your people." Doyle is an immortal partly because he focuses on other people. We see again how unnaturally winners act. Is it natural to focus on yourself? Of course ...continued

  • An Interesting Situation

    by Mike O Malley

    I ran across an interesting situation that Hank Sparks posted on a popular Internet poker forum. With Hank's permission, here is an edited version of the situation, as he described it. The game is no-limit hold'em. It is heads up on the river ...continued

  • My Suggestion for the Perfect Holiday Gift

    by Linda Johnson

    My two main passions in life are poker and traveling. As a partner in Card Player Cruises, I have the ideal job to fulfill these interests. I assure you that if you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for special person in ...continued