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L.A. Poker Classic Vol. 22, No. 6 Card Player Magazine

2009 L.A. Poker Classic

by Tournament Reporters

By Ryan Lucchesi The L.A. Poker Classic tournament series was first hosted at Commerce Casino in 1992. The inaugural LAPC featured 31 events, including a half-dozen lowball tournaments, and culminated with a $5,000 no-limit hold'em championship. This tournament series started out big and ...

  • Inside Straight -- News

    by Card Player News Team

    South Carolina Judge Declares Poker a Game of Skill PPA Commends Court's Finding By Stephen A. Murphy Before the defendants' attorney even finished his closing argument, the judge spoke up and made his opinion known: Texas hold'em is a ...continued

  • Player of the Year

    by Ryan Lucchesi

    L.A. Poker Classic, EPT Scandinavian Open Alter POY Leader Board Three new players entered the Card Player 2009 Player of the Year (POY) top 10 after the conclusion of the L.A. Poker Classic and the PokerStars European Poker Tour Scandinavian Open. ...continued

  • Final-Table Takedown -- Adam Geyer

    by Craig Tapscott

    Adam Geyer resides in Austin, Texas, and he graduated in 2007 from Trinity University in San Antonio. He turned professional after winning the PokerStars Sunday Million in 2006. Since then, he has won three Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) events ...continued

  • Railbird Roundtable

    by Bryan Devonshire

    In this new Card Player column, Bryan Devonshire and a cast of well-known pros provide their opinions on many different hands - everything from no-limit hold'em to badugi - that were played recently in the high-stakes poker world. This hand ...continued

  • Generation Next -- David Cairns

    by Craig Tapscott

    David Cairns didn't garner much success in online tournaments initially, going through a bundle of deposits on PartyPoker. Then, a small win of $2,400 transformed the McGill University political science major into a self-confessed poker ...continued

  • Card Player Pro

    by Christian Harder

    I play high-stakes online tournaments and provide exclusive coaching videos for Card Player Pro, powered by PokerSavvy Plus. My columns will center on hands taken from my videos and will explore many different tournament concepts. As a Card Player ...continued

  • Hand 2 Hand Combat -- Darren Elias

    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 Full Tilt Online Poker Series, event No. 13, $216 cubed no-limit ...continued

  • The Scoop -- Layne Flack

    by The Scoop

    Layne Flack is a longtime poker professional who lives as fast as he plays. He picked up the nickname "Back-to-Back Flack" after winning consecutive events that he played at the World Series of Poker. He's won a total of six World Series ...continued

  • Capture the Flag -- Brian Rast

    by Kristy Arnett

    Brian "tsarrast" Rast is a professional cash-game player who makes most of his money crushing high-stakes no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha games online. A Las Vegas resident, Rast went from being a small-stakes 25¢-50¢ ...continued

  • Revamped Card Player Newsletter Features Exclusive Prizes and Promotions

    by Jeff Shulman

    If you are itching for more poker news and deals, make sure that you're signed up for Card Player's new and improved bimonthly newsletter. Card Player recently updated the newsletter's look, but that wasn't all that changed. Card ...continued

  • 1988 Bicycle Club Tournament

    by Phil Hellmuth

    In 1988, at the Bicycle Club Casino in L.A., I entered a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em rebuy tournament, along with 104 other players, and after I lost my first $1,000 buy-in, I bought in one more time (there were 132 rebuys). If I lost that ...continued

  • Funny Hands II

    by Todd Brunson

    I've written about Ralph Perry in my columns before; he's a regular in the "big game" and has had some good tournament results without playing many. If you don't know him offhand, he was the guy in the funny shirt who came in ...continued

  • Between Joe and Jim

    by Roy Cooke

    It was late in my session. Joe, a good local Las Vegas player, limped in from up front in a tightish $30-$60 limit hold'em game. It was then folded around to me in the cutoff, and I had the J 9. Even though I respect Joe's game and I knew that ...continued

  • They Just Keep Talking

    by Matt Lessinger

    I ended my last column with a warning about talking too much while you're in a hand. You are giving away more information than you realize, and some opponents are probably shrewd enough to use it against you. You might think it doesn't happen ...continued

  • Playing 'Aggressive Poker'

    by Bob Ciaffone

    I recently had an e-mail correspondent ask me, "I want to play aggressive poker, but what does aggressive poker mean?" I think this is a question of sufficient importance and interest to discuss here. Abstract terms often mean one thing to ...continued

  • Starting a Session the Right Way

    by Ed Miller

    Some people have the advantage (and sometimes disadvantage) of playing against the same lineup again and again. Whether it's a home game with the same eight players each week or a nosebleed online game in which only a dozen or two names pop in and ...continued

  • Practical Probability - Part V

    by Steve Zolotow

    There are certain statistical operations that you perform quite frequently in your daily life without really thinking of them in a statistical sense. Sampling Theory is a relatively complex division of statistics, yet it is something we routinely do. ...continued

  • Pot-Limit Omaha Quiz

    by Jeff Hwang

    It's a 50¢-$1 pot-limit Omaha (PLO) game on the electronic poker tables at Excalibur in Las Vegas, and you are playing heads up. Your opponent is a competent player who doesn't make a lot of big mistakes, but he is also an extremely ...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 explored bluffing preflop, on the flop, and on the turn. In my last column, I introduced river bluffing, and listed three cases to consider: 1. You have been betting all the ...continued

  • Cardless Poker in Canada

    by Michael Cappelletti

    While attending a large regional bridge tournament in Ottawa, Canada, I heard about some hot poker action just across the bridge in Quebec at the Casino Lac Leamy. After an evening session of bridge, four of us took a short cab ride, and soon found ...continued

  • Weaving Through 9,999 Opponents

    by Matthew Hilger

    I recently won The $100K Holiday freeroll tournament at Full Tilt Poker. The buy-in was 2,000 FTP points, and there was a cap set of 10,000 players. A total of 1,800 places were paid: 1,800th - $10; 91st - $100; 10th - $600; ninth - $1,000. More than ...continued