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Phil Galfond Vol. 22, No. 5 Card Player Magazine

Poker's American Idol -- Phil Galfond

by Kristy Arnett

In the past couple of years, the face of poker has drastically changed as baby-faced assassins have infiltrated the poker world at break-neck speed. A community that was once dominated by old-school poker legends who have spent decades perfecting their play is now crawling with eager, ...

  • Inside Straight -- News

    by Card Player News Team

    Colorado Verdict a Huge Victory for Poker Poker Players Alliance Supports Local Poker Players By Stephen A. Murphy Rafferty's was hoppin'. It was the biggest poker night the Greeley, Colorado, bar had seen in quite some time. The owners even ...continued

  • Player of the Year

    by Ryan Lucchesi

    Borgata Winter Open Loads Up the Leader Board The only players to crack the top 10 on the Card Player 2009 Player of the Year (POY) leader board during the last two weeks came from the final table of the Borgata Winter Open $3,000 no-limit hold'em ...continued

  • Tournament Trail

    by Ryan Lucchesi

    Australian Poker in the Post-Hachem Era The Growth of Poker Down Under Takes Center Stage at the Aussie Millions Late on a Saturday night in July 2005, the poker room at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, was packed. All 27 tables were filled ...continued

  • Final-Table Takedown -- Mike Watson

    by Craig Tapscott

    Mike Watson is a 24-year-old poker pro from Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in pure math in 2006, and around the same time, he started to play online tournaments seriously. By the end of 2007, he was ...continued

  • Generation Next -- Matt Stout

    by Craig Tapscott

    Matthew Stout practically came out of the womb palming a fistful of cards, shoving all in on a draw, and jamming with fold equity with air. At the age of 4, he learned five-card draw, swapping loose change back and forth with family and friends. As he ...continued

  • Hand 2 Hand Combat -- Kevin MacPhee

    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 UltimateBet Online Championship, event No. 5 – $320 six-max no-limit ...continued

  • Card Player Pro

    by Justin Rollo

    The "Gap Concept," coined by poker author David Sklansky, refers to the idea that it takes a stronger hand to call a raise preflop than it does to make the original raise. Like most other paradigms in poker, the Gap Concept took the poker ...continued

  • Mind Over Poker

    by David Apostolico

    The school of thought on pot odds ranges from those who advocate going with the odds 100 percent of the time to Phil Hellmuth's famous declaration that "pot odds are for suckers." While I think that pot odds are definitely a factor and ...continued

  • The Scoop -- Gavin Smith

    by The Scoop

    Gavin Smith has earned more than $4 million in tournaments over the years, including a World Poker Tour title, and he's done it all with a style that's all his own. He sits down with Adam and Diego to talk about it. Diego Cordovez: Michael ...continued

  • Capture the Flag -- Isaac Haxton

    by Kristy Arnett

    Isaac Haxton got his start in poker by playing cash games while attending Brown University, where he obtained a degree in philosophy. He continues to fuel his soaring bankroll by beating the high-stakes cash games online, where he plays anything from ...continued

  • High Stakes Poker's Fifth Season Kicks Off

    by Jeff Shulman

    All of you high-stakes poker-action junkies, get set for perhaps the wildest season yet of monster pots and bricks of cash trading hands. The Game Show Network began airing the much anticipated fifth season of the popular poker cash-game show High ...continued

  • Online Poker Q-7 Meltdowns!

    by Phil Hellmuth

    OK, I recently was playing in a $1,000 buy-in - $100,000-guaranteed prize pool - online poker tournament at The tournament had 170 entrants and we started with 5,000 in chips. Simultaneously, I was playing in a $300 buy-in UBOC event ...continued

  • Funny Hands - Part I

    by Todd Brunson

    My columns have been a bit on the serious side of late, so I thought this might be a good time to step back and take a look at the lighter side of poker with a few of the funniest hands I've witnessed over the past 35 years. Yes, I did say 35 ...continued

  • Chances of Winning Versus Improving

    by Roy Cooke

    "You sure did that ass-backwards," I said to myself. I was in the small blind with the 6 5, two players limped in, and a local doctor raised from late position. Playing $30-$60 limit hold'em, it was an easy call, as I was one-third in ...continued

  • Winners Act Decisively

    by Alan Schoonmaker

    This series of columns is based on this succinct statement found in Gambling Theory and Other Topics (Page 8): "The key to successful gambling is simply to 'get the best of it' and then to 'make the most of it.'" ...continued

  • Maniacs

    by Roy West

    Hi. Come on in. Goulash today. Everyone's mom made goulash. My mom made it like this. Don't ask what's in it. Just eat. In some parts of the world, it's still winter. To you good folks, I offer this Poker Player's Prayer in Winter: ...continued

  • The Mississippi Straddle

    by Jeff Hwang

    Editor's note: The following is a special preview from Jeff Hwang's upcoming book, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: Advanced Play Vol. I, tentatively scheduled to be available in the first half of this year. "People who don't straddle go to ...continued

  • Practical Probability - Part IV

    by Steve Zolotow

    This column will discuss the important topic of correlation. While correlation is really more of a statistical measure than a topic within probability theory, it is extremely valuable to be comfortable with the concept. Correlation allows us to ...continued

  • Deuce - Part IV

    by Michael Wiesenberg

    Generally, I play low-stakes online no-limit single-draw deuce-to-seven lowball straightforwardly. Here are some typical hands. This seven-handed game has blinds of 25¢-50¢. The first two players fold. The next player opens for the minimum ...continued

  • Bluffing in Limit Hold'em: Mission Impossible?

    by Barry Tanenbaum

    So far in this series, we have looked at some general bluffing concepts, and have explored bluffing preflop, on the flop, and on the turn. This column and the next one will look at bluffing on the river. You can find all previous columns in this ...continued

  • When Do I Know I'm Awesome?

    by Ed Miller

    It's a common question that takes many forms. "How many hands do I have to play before I know I'm a winner?" That's the most standard form of the question. "If I've won $12 per 100 hands for the last 10,000 hands, does ...continued

  • High-Low Declare Rules

    by Bob Ciaffone

    Because of my poker rules and writings, I get a lot of questions regarding rules. I recently got a question about the rules of high-low split when played with a declare. This game is rarely played in a casino, but is popular in private games. As far ...continued

  • The Ageless Wisdom of John Fox - Part II

    by John Vorhaus

    Last time, we started surfing the pages of John Fox's underappreciated poker classic, Play Poker, Quit Work and Sleep Till Noon! We had determined that while Fox had an eye for the trenchant observation, he was also very much a product of his time ...continued

  • 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - Part 1

    by Tom McEvoy

    The early part of January is always time for my second-favorite tournament of the year. The main event of the World Series of Poker will always be number one in my heart, but the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the beautiful Atlantis Resort in the ...continued