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2008 Poker Year in Review Vol. 21, No. 26 Card Player Magazine

2008 Poker Year in Review -- Part I

by Bob Pajich

Like the past five years, the first half of 2008 was jam-packed with tournaments, poker news, and characters who helped make the election year one of the best for poker. Internationally, poker tournaments grew in size thanks to the success of the European Poker Tour, which saw its attendance ...

  • Capture the Flag -- Eric Liu

    by Kristy Arnett

    Eric Liu is the epitome of a successful young gun in poker. While most 23-year-olds are searching for spare change in their seat cushions, Liu is banking millions of dollars by playing poker at stakes as high as $500-$1,000. Despite his seemingly ...continued

  • Winning Wisdom -- Gavin Griffin

    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

  • The Pokertician

    by James McManus

    Poker skill didn't vault Barack Obama into the presidency. No cold-eyed read of a Hillary Clinton tell made it obvious he should reraise her claims to be an agent of change. Nor did he shrewdly calculate the pot odds necessary to call John McCain ...continued

  • Inside Straight: News

    by Card Player News Team

    Players Criticize World Series of Poker Coverage Heads-Up Battle the Focus of the Complaints By Stephen A. Murphy At 17 hours, it was the longest final table in World Series of Poker history. Thanks to some seamless editing, it was fit neatly into a ...continued

  • The Scoop -- Chris Ferguson

    by The Scoop

    Not only does Chris "Jesus" Ferguson have five World Series of Poker bracelets, including one for the 2000 main event, but his mathematical approach to poker has led him to obtain the most impressive record in the four years of the NBC ...continued

  • Player of the Year

    by Ryan Lucchesi

    The largest movement on the Card Player 2008 Player of the Year (POY) leader board in the last few weeks was made by the winner of the European Poker Tour Polish Open - Joao Barbosa. The young Portuguese player picked up $462,596 and 1,024 points for ...continued

  • Hand 2 Hand Combat -- Sean Nolan

    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 Cash game at Foxwoods Casino Players 7 Stacks Sean Nolan – $5,250; ...continued

  • Final-Table Takedown -- Ivan Demidov

    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 -- Aaron Jones

    by Craig Tapscott

    B - R - I - N - G _ I - T was the attitude that Aaron Jones would bang out on his keyboard to elicit feedback. Like Rocky standing toe-to-toe versus Clubber Lang, he would endure bloody beatings online in the poker forums, and then beg for more. Jones ...continued

  • Card Player Pro

    by Dani Stern

    In this column, we will take a look at a hand that took place during a $25-$50 session on PokerStars. My opponent was a high-stakes regular who plays $25-$50 and higher on a regular basis and is a very capable player. We both had around $8,000 in our ...continued

  • Mind Over Poker

    by David Apostolico

    In today's current economic environment, unfortunately the concept of risk is being hammered home. All too many investors have lost a lot of value over the last year, even in what were perceived to be safe assets. Stocks of large blue-chip ...continued

  • 2008: A Look Back

    by Jeff Shulman

    It's that time of the year again. After 26 issues and more than 3,300 pages devoted to poker strategy, news, and everything in between, in this issue, we bring you a look back at all of the poker highlights that 2008 dealt. It was a year marked by ...continued

  • Famous Player 'TASED'

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Recently, I went to Phoenix to watch the New York Giants play in the Super Bowl. No wait, that's not right! Actually, I did recently watch the Giants play in Phoenix, and it was a big game between Division leaders, but I was 10 months too late for ...continued

  • Don't TASE Me, Bro … Er, Clonie

    by Todd Brunson

    It was once again time for the TASER charity poker event, in support of the TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers. This charity supports officers and/or their families in the event that they are hurt or killed in the line of duty. This is one of my ...continued

  • Damn, He Check-Raised Me!

    by Roy Cooke

    I had raised two limpers preflop from late position in a $30-$60 limit-hold'em game while holding the A J. My raise folded the blinds and was called by both limpers. The flop fell 9 7 4, not exactly fulfilling my dreams, but it didn't ...continued

  • Training for the Final Table of the World Series of Poker Main Event

    by Matthew Hilger

    I had the pleasure of hosting an event to help Darus Suharto prepare for the World Series of Poker main event. Darus finished in sixth place and took home more than $2.4 million. The main event has come a long way the last few years, as Darus took ...continued

  • Short-Stackers' Bread-and-Butter Play

    by Ed Miller

    Quite a few short-stackers play in the $2-$4 and higher online six-max no-limit hold'em games. Many of them play a strategy that seems likely to me to be profitable. I think a decent chunk of their profit comes from a play that I see them make ...continued

  • Stop and Think

    by Matt Lessinger

    This might sound like simple advice. But, I've often found myself in sticky situations that I could have avoided if I'd just taken a little more time before acting. Playing multiple games online can train you to think and act extremely fast. ...continued

  • Bluffing in Limit Hold'em: Mission Impossible?

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    We continue our discussion of bluffing in limit hold'em by examining the following issues: Balancing your play Being prepared Knowing your image Psychological factors (embarrassment, discouragement) As a reminder, the previous discussion in Part I ...continued

  • The Candy Store Isn't Always Open

    by Steve Zolotow

    As the new year rolls around and it is time for you to make some resolutions, I want to share one of the most important truths about gambling and life that I have ever learned. Perhaps it will influence you to make some sensible choices in the coming ...continued

  • PokerTek, Excalibur, and the Revolution

    by Jeff Hwang

    Toward the end of October, I got a call from Lou White - vice chairman, co-founder, and former CEO of PokerTek, makers of the PokerPro electronic poker table. Lou asked if I was interested in hosting a regular small-stakes pot-limit Omaha game on the ...continued

  • Emotional Intelligence

    by John Vorhaus

    I'm in Moscow right now, in the first week of a six-month stint of running the writing staff of the Russian version of Married With Children. Jet lag has me in its nefarious grip, so I'm wide awake and channel surfing at 4 o'clock in the ...continued

  • Tournaments Versus Cash Games

    by Bob Ciaffone

    Should you play both tournaments and cash games, or specialize? Which format offers a greater chance of monetary success? Does each format require a specific style of play? This column will address these and similar issues. First, let's define ...continued

  • The Tournament Circuit Grind

    by Matt Matros

    The touring poker professional has to deal with everything from choosing the right hotel, to going through customs with loads of cash, to simply keeping track of all of his belongings when he's on the road. My recent trip to the North American ...continued