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Tom Dwan Vol. 22, No. 1 Card Player Magazine

The Won'durrrr'ful Life of Tom Dwan

by Kristy Arnett

On Dec. 6, 2008, Tom Dwan found himself in a particularly action-packed game on Full Tilt. Most days, this $500-$1,000 no-limit hold'em six-max table is vacant, but on this Saturday night, the seats were occupied. It was during this session that Dwan raked in $657,070 in one pot, setting the ...

  • 2008 Poker Year in Review - Part II

    by Bob Pajich

    The world is going absolutely poker crazy, and the second half of 2008 did a great job of showing that. The World Series of Poker made its second trip to Europe, and European Poker Tour events continued to draw huge numbers of players from all over ...continued

  • History of Poker

    by James McManus

    As millions more live and virtual hands are dealt every day, poker seems poised to become the world's card game. East Asians, for example, continue to do remarkably well at poker, though it's the Vietnamese in particular who dominate ...continued

  • Inside Straight -- News

    by Card Player News Team

    A Discussion With the COO of Absolute Poker and UltimateBet By Bob Pajich Paul Leggett is the chief operating officer (COO) of Tokwiro, the company that owns both Absolute Poker and UltimateBet, the two sites where two separate inside cheating ...continued

  • Player of the Year

    by Tournament Reporters

    John Phan Wins Card Player 2008 Player of the Year Award Becomes the Seventh Player to Win It By Ryan Lucchesi With the elimination of Michael Binger in 67th place in the World Poker Tour $15,000 Doyle Brunson Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 16, John Phan ...continued

  • Hand 2 Hand Combat -- Mike Glasser

    by Craig Tapscott

    Want to study real poker hands with the Internet's most successful players? In this innovative series, Card Player offers hand analysis with online poker's leading talent. Event PokerStars $200 sit-and-go Blinds 10-20 Stacks Mike ...continued

  • Final-Table Takedown -- Jon Little

    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 -- Nick Mitchell

    by Craig Tapscott

    Three years ago, Nick Mitchell came home daily from high school, cranked up PokerStars, and watched his favorite online players do battle. As the typical railbird wannabe, he'd cheer on the superstars - JohnnyBax, BodogAri, and apestyles - and ...continued

  • Card Player Pro

    by Justin Rollo

    Sometimes in tournaments, you face a situation in which you are given three bad alternatives from which to choose. Even for seasoned professionals, these situations, while not common, still arise from time to time, and we all must deal with them. Game ...continued

  • Mind Over Poker

    by David Apostolico

    Many players head into tournaments, no matter the buy-in, with the attitude that they will either gain a big chip stack early or make a quick exit. It's a difficult strategy to pull off, but one that can be highly effective. Not everyone will be ...continued

  • The Scoop -- Gus Hansen

    by The Scoop

    Gus Hansen is hands down the most successful player in World Poker Tour history. He's won four titles, including the 2004 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the 2003 L.A. Poker Classic, the 2002 Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, and the ...continued

  • Capture the Flag -- Daniel Negreanu

    by Kristy Arnett

    Daniel Negreanu is one of the most recognizable faces in the poker industry for a reason. He has four World Series of Poker bracelets, two World Poker Tour titles, and $11 million in tournament winnings. As impressive as that sounds, Negreanu has ...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: World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour, and World Poker Tour championships. Now, Card Player is giving its readers a ...continued

  • Hellmuth Palliative Care Program?

    by Phil Hellmuth

    I emceed a charity poker tournament in New York City recently for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Why go to New York to host a charity event for a hospital in Philadelphia? Since CHOP is the best hospital on the East Coast for ...continued

  • John Phan Wins Card Player 2008 Player of the Year Award

    by Jeff Shulman

    All of us at Card Player would like to congratulate John Phan for winning the 2008 Player of the Year (POY) award. Phan nearly won the title back in 2005, when Men Nguyen rallied late in the year to edge him out and capture his record fourth POY ...continued

  • Battle of the Season Pass III

    by Todd Brunson

    I was back from Arizona only a few days when I had to repack my bags to head down to the Dominican Republic for the Battle of the Season Pass III. This is a WPT Boot Camp and kind of their year-end main event. Whereas most camps have up to five ...continued

  • Thinking it Through

    by Roy Cooke

    Holiday weekends tend to bring out the best in the poker games in Vegas, as tourists flock to the city. My Thanksgiving $30-$60 limit hold'em game was no exception. It played fast and furiously, with drinks galore and chips flying! A very ...continued

  • Questions From a Client

    by Bob Ciaffone

    As you probably know, I have many clients, poker students with whom I work. I recently was asked a lot of questions in an e-mail from one of my clients that had such broad application that I thought I would share them with you. The correspondence has ...continued

  • The River Min-Raise

    by Ed Miller

    The river min-raise [minimum-raise] for value is a play I use with some frequency. I most typically try it when I'm heads up with position on the river, and I have a hand that I was planning to bet for value if checked to. But instead of checking, ...continued

  • Deuce - Part II

    by Michael Wiesenberg

    Drawing can be tricky in low-stakes online no-limit single-draw deuce-to-seven lowball. In my last column, you saw what hands to play from what positions. The good pat hands are straightforward, as are the clear one-card draws. Some of the hands are ...continued

  • Bluffing in Limit Hold'em: Mission Impossible?

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    Parts I and II of this series discussed some basic concepts about bluffing in limit hold'em. I will mention some of them again as we look at various bluffs; please bear them all in mind throughout the rest of these columns. You can find these ...continued

  • Poker Planning for 2009

    by Steve Zolotow

    Have you made a poker plan for 2009? Probably not! If your results haven't been good, you should be thinking of making some major changes in the way you play. If they have been fair, you should think in terms of subtracting some negatives and ...continued

  • Winners Consider Complexities

    by Alan Schoonmaker

    You may like to keep things simple, but to win at poker, you must consider its frustrating complexity. Unfortunately, nobody has the time or ability to think about everything. You must therefore assess both the information's importance and your ...continued

  • Some Winning Thoughts

    by Roy West

    Hi. Come on in. I've cooked up two of your childhood favorites - macaroni and cheese, and macaroni and beef in tomato sauce; double yummy. Sometimes I mix the two - but then I have vivid dreams. Dig in while we speak of our beloved game of poker. ...continued

  • Luck, or as They Say in Russian, 'Shastye'

    by John Vorhaus

    I'm still in Moscow, friends, still making the former Soviet Union safe for situation comedy. I've learned so much in the months I've been here. I've learned to brave the Metro. I've learned to read Russian (at the comprehension ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha: The PokerTek Angle

    by Jeff Hwang

    Last issue, I mentioned the 50¢-$1 ($100 minimum/$200 maximum) pot-limit Omaha (PLO) game I am hosting on PokerTek's electronic poker tables (PokerPro) in the fully automated poker room at Excalibur in Las Vegas. I also discussed the need for ...continued

  • I Made a Mistake

    by Mike O Malley

    It doesn't happen often, but I made a mistake. In my column titled "All In (or Not)," I described a situation in which a player had asked the question, "Is he all in?" This was confused with him declaring himself all in. The ...continued

  • The Latin Series of Poker

    by Tom McEvoy

    I recently returned from San Jose, Costa Rica, where I attended the first Latin Series of Poker. There were several events, all no-limit hold'em, spread over a 10-day period. I arrived with Kathy Liebert, T.J. Cloutier, Barbara Enright, Marsha ...continued