by | Jan 18, 2019

Five-Card Stud or Mixed Doubles, anyone? The history of the World Series of Poker is littered with bygone events — some games that are practically prehistoric by current standards. As we await the announcement of the 2019 WSOP schedule, let’s…

by | Jan 15, 2019

As you look forward to 2019, it’s time to set some goals. I tend to sit down with a clear head at the end of the year and think deeply about what I want to accomplish in the next year,…

by | Dec 7, 2018

The form is simple, but the message is often deep. The haiku, a famous type of Japanese poetry, only consists of 17 syllables, with three lines made up of five, seven and five syllables. Apparently, when poker players aren’t sitting…

by | Nov 30, 2018

One of the hardest decisions you’ll make in any given session of cash-game poker isn’t just related to calling a big all-in or how much to bet with the nuts. No, I think perhaps the hardest decision is often when…

by | Nov 9, 2018

One of the cooler aspects of live poker is the chance to sit with celebrities, as people from all walks of life enjoy the hobby, and as long as you’ve got the money you can play in the same games….

by | Oct 24, 2018

Before you try to pull off a bluff, you must consider a few factors about yourself and your opponents. Careful consideration of these situations will boost your chances of being successful in trying to pull the rug out from under…

by | Sep 20, 2018

As an ex-professional poker player, who crushed the highest stakes, with a specialty in heads-up play, it was with interest that I read The American Spectator’s recent poker article by Mr. Kampis, “Mix Up Your Heads-Up Poker Play.” The article…

by | Sep 13, 2018

Heads-up play is poker at its most basic, yet it’s also among the trickiest aspects of the game. If you’re predictable when facing only one opponent, you’re going to get beat. (And when I mean only one opponent, I mean…

by | Aug 28, 2018

One thing that took me a few years to learn, as I transitioned from primarily limit Texas Hold’em to primarily no-limit Texas Hold’em a decade ago, was that playing a big hand fast on the flop tended to yield a…

by | Aug 9, 2018

In poker, it doesn’t matter how good you are (or how good you think you are), you are going to run into some bad streaks, and sometimes these bad streaks can last a very long time. In a game where…

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