Johnny Kampis

Johnny Kampis is investigative reporter for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation. Previously he was a content editor and staff writer at, and before that worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer. He has been published in the New York Times,, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He has won about a dozen awards for his reporting, and his investigation into voter fraud in west Alabama helped contribute to the overturning of a mayoral election. Kampis has won awards for Freedom of Information and In-Depth News Reporting. He previously worked for the Tuscaloosa News and the Decatur Daily.

An avid poker player, Kampis is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. You can follow him on Twitter @TuscaloosaJohn or reach him via email at

Poker Mania Descends on Vegas This Week


That time of year is nearly upon us when the masses (of the poker-playing variety) descend on Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. The cash games and smaller tournaments kick off at the Rio on Tuesday, while other events — such as the Deepstack Extravaganza at the Venetian — have already started. If […]

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Supreme Court Hits One Out of the Park


The Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) ruling this week that paves the way for states other than Nevada to legalize sports betting is a victory for states’ rights and should put another nail in the coffin for those attempting to ban all forms of online gaming. SCOTUS voted 6-3 in favor of New Jersey and nearly 20 other […]

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Poker Game Quirks You Can Use to Your Advantage


If  you’ve watched any cash-game poker on TV, you’ve probably seen some oddities of cash game play that you’ll never see in tournaments. Players come up with a variety of oddball plays to either create action or reduce their variance, and maybe you’ve experienced them in your own games. If not, you might want to […]

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How Big Is Your Stack?


One of the key considerations when sitting down at a no-limit hold’em game is to determine for how many chips you want to buy in. Some games implement a cap on the buy-in (like $500 for a $2-$5 blinds game, for example), while others have no cap in place, which will also affect your decision. […]

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A Little Blind Stealing Strategy


If you’re going to survive and thrive in no limit hold’em tournament play, you’ll need to master blind stealing. The term stealing is used because players often raise the blinds with mediocre hands in hope of winning the chips in the blinds uncontested when those players fold. If you’re raising with a big hand like […]

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Closing the Broadband Divide: Meet the FCC’s Brendan Carr


In his short time as a Federal Communications Commission commissioner, Brendan Carr has quickly become the leader in wireless policy, pushing the FCC to adopt more streamlined regulations that should enable the United States to be the leader in 5G growth and adoption. He recently chatted with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation about how the […]

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Kentucky Lawmakers Mull Funneling More Money into KentuckyWired


The money-hemorrhaging KentuckyWired needs another taxpayer bailout to keep it going, which has critics steaming. The Kentucky Legislature’s joint budget conference committee discussed additional funding for the project during a meeting in March. KentuckyWired, intended to be a 3,200-mile middle-mile broadband network reaching across the state, has suffered a series of problems since its conception. […]

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Televised Poker Tournaments: Unreality TV


Stop if you’ve heard this before, but you can’t believe everything you see on TV. Players trade bluffs and deep penetrating stares on telecasts of the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, Poker Night in America, and myriad other made-for-television events. But what you see isn’t always what you get. Televised poker often presents […]

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FCC Can Adopt Smart Rules to Pave Way for 5G Growth


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has the chance on Thursday to remove onerous regulations that could inhibit the United States’ ability to be a leader in 5G wireless technology. The move could help 5G grow at a rapid pace, which would help close the digital divide and expand economic development opportunities across the country, especially […]

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Avoid Trouble When You’ve Got It Good


The end stages of both single and multi-table poker tournaments are a matter of walking the tightrope. The blinds are so high relative to the size of most players’ stacks that one wrong move can cause a player to bust out. Caution is king. Since we know that most players are going to be careful […]

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