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6 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Poker Player

Holiday gift giving is the bane of my existence. To me, the mall at Christmas is like sitting between Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth at a poker table. I feel over-matched, and know I am going to feel stupid at some point. I am just hoping a store clerk doesn’t scream “You donkey!” at me.

Given this […]

By |December 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments

The Lessons of Bad Play

Last weekend I put on an epic display of  bad tournament play.  Folding when I should be calling, calling when I should fold, and generally playing with a strategy that I defy anyone to figure out, because I certainly don’t know what the heck I was doing. I had not had a session like that in […]

By |November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments
  • TDA Rules for Poker Tournaments

Does Tournament Size Matter?

Last Saturday I was faced with a dilemma: I was unable to play my usual 1pm $90 tournament. This tournament has a great structure for such a small buy-in: 30,000 chips, 30 minutes blinds, a nice gradual level and ante progression, and most importantly, it gets between 70 and 120 players. Unfortunately, this week other […]

By |October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|8 Comments

I Think My Rois Beat Your Valets

Poker’s sprawl in the United States is substantial, with about two-thirds of states having some form of legal card room. Our neighbors to the north are not short of poker options either, with a strong casino presence in several provinces. Of course, some notable Canadians have also turned into pretty good poker players, with Daniel […]

By |September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Poker After 50

I tried, as always, to avoid all acknowledgement of my birthday as it came and went this weekend marking the completion of my 52nd year. Fifty-two, at least, is not a notable landmark for anyone, so this birthday was absent any significant fanfare or existential crisis. But as the number aligns with that deck of cards […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Poker Hand Analysis Arrives at APT

There is really no substitute for detailed hand analysis.  I have personally been slow to embrace hand analysis videos, leaning more on reading about, listening to, and trying to incorporate macro level strategies in poker. Hand analysis has always felt like a lot of work, and it has been easy for me to dismiss as something that […]

By |August 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Poker Tournament Rule Changes for 2017

During this summer’s WSOP, the Poker Tournament Director’s Association met in Las Vegas.  At that time, the TDA distributed the annual revision of suggested guidelines for poker tournament procedures and rules.  The critical word here is “suggested” as the most important agent for tournament rules is the gaming agency that oversees the poker venue. However, I […]

By |August 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

John Hesp’s Improbable Inspiration

John Hesp gives this 51 year old renewed hope.

Hesp’s run to the WSOP Main Event final table – where he sits as the second deepest stack at $85M, trailing Scott Blumstein by only $12M (and ahead of third place by a whopping $50M!) – has been a welcome sight for all amateurs who, like myself, play […]

By |July 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Solutions For “Why Do I Play this Game?” Syndrome

Recently I have rediscovered my inner tilt. After years of trying not to let this crazy, volatile game get to me, I seem to be asking myself “Why Do I Play this Game?” too often for comfort.

The major source of my decline in poker morale is the result of a once a month, 10 session tournament vying for a […]

By |June 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments
  • Main Event Champion Qui Nguyen

The WSOP, November Nine’s Demise, and ESPN: Where Do We Go from Here?

The World Series of Poker announced today that the Main Event will no longer have a November Nine: the full tournament will play out in full in July and television coverage will be aired on ESPN same day with a 30 minute delay. The final table will begin on July 20th and play down to […]

By |May 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments