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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
  • Bankroll Management

6 Key Bankroll Management Strategies

Profitable poker is a lot of work. One of the the most commonly ignored poker skills is in the basic financial management of play. Although most good introductory poker books include a section on bankroll management,  a quick discussion with other players indicates that very little attention is payed to money management by the non-professional player.

Assuming you […]

By |May 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Poker Tournaments

Top 3 Las Vegas Small Stakes Poker Tournaments

My wife and I were in Las Vegas for four days last week and fit three poker tournaments in between meals and more walking that my body was prepared for. Heather, my wife and co-conspirator on this blog, and I had played in the Venetian and Aria daily tournaments last year, and believe that these two rooms offer some […]

By |April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|9 Comments
  • Poker tip jar

Tipping Points

The highly anticipated grudge match between Cate Hall and Mike Dentale has now spun off a new controversy because apparently no one initially tipped the dealers. Now, this particular event muddied the waters of responsibility because it was a charity event. James Guill covers the nuance well in the linked article, so I won’t go […]

By |March 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments
  • Poker Player Types

Personas Non Grata

Player typing is covered in every beginner text on poker. In most texts, some version of a 2×2 matrix ranging from tight to loose and aggressive to passive is outlined.  In others, like Arnold Synder’s bible on how to play short format tournaments, The Poker Tournament Formula, a wide variety of sub-types are identified, from Ball-Cap Kids to […]

By |March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|13 Comments
  • TDA Rules for Poker Tournaments

Tournament Structure: What’s Your Platonic Ideal?

Daily no limit hold’em tournaments have seemingly unlimited structures.  Among the poker rooms and casinos within a 2 hour drive from where I live in Massachusetts there are numerous options.  In a given week I can find a tournament that varies on pretty much any dimension: freeze-out vs. rebuy; add on sizes; blind levels from 15 […]

By |February 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|10 Comments
  • Johnathan Little

Bad Habits in the Face of Good Advice

A good poker book is always a gift. While I have read many that cover theory, math, and hand analysis, the ones I have found potentially most useful focus on enhancing the physical and mental approach to the game.

Recently I found myself nodding my head in hearty agreement with numerous excellent points made by Patricia Cardner and […]

By |January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments