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John Juanda Vol. 5, No. 12 Card Player Magazine

WSOPE Main Event

by Shane Gittes

A total of 362 of the world's finest poker players descended on London for the second World Series of Poker Europe main event, presented by Betfair. The hefty £10,000 buy-in ensured that the quality of play was outstanding throughout, as everyone aimed for the £868,800 that the ...

  • Michael Martin Wins European Poker Tour London Main Event and £1,000,000

    by Ryan Lucchesi

    The European Poker Tour continues to produce the largest tournament fields and prize pools in the world, and the fifth installment of the PokerStars EPT London event obliterated all previous records as 596 players entered. This created one of the ...continued

  • Million Dollar Men

    by Michael Craig

    The Full Tilt Million Dollar Cash Game is Europe's largest high-stakes cash game, which sees poker legends come together once a year for a no-holds-barred two-day televised tournament. Here is a summary of what occurred over those two turbulent ...continued

  • The Perks of Online Poker:Rakeback

    by Dave Shoelace

    If you are unfamiliar with the term "rakeback," you have to stop what you are doing right now and read this article in full, because it is an absolute must for any serious cash-game or sit-and-go player. Online poker is so competitive these ...continued

  • 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

  • Inside Straight -- News

    by Card Player News Team

    Age Before Beauty - With a Little Bit of Luck Away from the frantic tournament action, the World Series Of Poker Europe, held at the Empire Casino, London, in September, hosted an intriguing battle between former main event champion, Annette Obrestad ...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

  • 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

  • Online Zone -- Phil 'USCphildo' Collins

    by Shawn Patrick Green

    This year, the online poker world is Phil "USCphildo" Collins' oyster, and he's snagged pearls to the tune of more than a half-million dollars in Online Player of the Year-qualified finishes since the beginning of 2008. His scores ...continued

  • Generation Next -- Søren Blanner

    by Rebecca McAdam

    Søren Blanner, 24, has been quietly building a reputation over the past four years in the online poker world. This soft-spoken Danish gentleman should not be taken lightly, however, as he has been the reason behind many an empty pocket due to ...continued

  • Happenings in Europe

    by Card Player News Team

    United Kingdom The UK has been the epicentre of the poker world throughout September. First, there was the World Series of Poker Europe held in our unusually sunny capital. While the thousands of passers-by in Leicester Square may have been scratching ...continued

  • Recession? What Recession?

    by Brendan Murray

    Last month I noted that the economic storm clouds were gathering with force. This month the downpour from the storm is in full flow and we're getting drenched. Not that you would know from the numbers attending poker tournaments in Europe. The ...continued

  • Industry News

    by Card Player News Team

    Norway Edges Closer to Online Poker Ban The Norwegian government has moved a step closer to implementing an Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA)-style ban on online gaming. It recently submitted a formal proposal to parliament which is ...continued

  • World Series of Poker Day Five - Part I

    by Phil Hellmuth

    I've been writing a series of columns, each one featuring a hand and the way things went during a given day in the World Series of Poker main event. I've been covering one day per column, but so much crazy stuff happened on day five that it ...continued

  • The Wager Zone

    by Card Player News Team

    Super Systems By Aodhán Elder Extravagant wealth, ruthless businessmen, and the almighty dollar. A place where, with an appetite for hard work, a cunning entrepreneurial eye, and just the right amount of luck, any person can achieve prosperity ...continued

  • Throw Momma From the Train

    by David Downing

    In my capacity as a "poker guru," I often am asked about my considered views on what it takes to be a top pro, what skill or attribute makes the ultimate difference. Well, this is almost true; if you replace considered with glib, and often ...continued

  • Paddy's Corner

    by Padraig Parkinson

    A Bad Day for the Goliaths The Irish like a laugh, and we certainly got one when Irish poker operator Fintan Gavin got the big end of the deal when coming second at the recent Barcelona European Poker Tour event to German pro Sebastian Ruthenburg. It ...continued

  • The Lure of the Deep Stack - Part II

    by Jennifer Mason

    Last month, I investigated the growing trend for live-tournament promoters to give players the slow, deep structures they have been calling for during the past few years; lots of chips, levels that seem to stretch for days, and all the play that could ...continued

  • Probably the Greatest Laydown Ever

    by 'Mad Marty' Wilson

    In these times of ever-increasing changing ways, so named credit-crunch days, poker games must be feeling the effect - but not in Blackpool. Blackpool is the home of the Northern Lights tournament, which is named after the Blackpool illuminations ...continued

  • Warren's Diary

    by Warren Lush

    Tuesday, Sept. 30 /Wednesday, Oct. 1 It's my birthday, and how do I spend it? At a 36-hour cash game in London! Poker Den: The Big Game III, got under way in East London. Phil Laak and Neil Channing both make noises that they are ...continued

  • Analyzing Small-Pot Play - Part I

    by Daragh Thomas

    Now that my series of columns exploring the fundamental concepts of six-max no-limit hold'em cash games has come to an end (if you missed any section, you can catch up at, I will be going through some interesting hands that ...continued