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Why You'll Never Make A Living Playing Live Poker Tournaments

In a recent Card Player article on the importance of keeping costs down while playing on the tournament circuit, Bryan Devonshire runs down how hard it's become to make money playing high stakes tournament poker. He's right, but maybe even more than he knows for the average player. » 2/19/14 2:13pm 2/19/14 2:13pm

Five Of The Most Obvious Poker Tells Ever Televised

The poker tell is one of the most romanticized ideas in gambling, the notion that there is a code that will tell you everything about your opponent's hand just waiting to be unlocked. In reality, tells are usually more subtle than they are in the movies, but that doesn't mean there aren't some big, honkin' obvious… » 1/13/14 4:01pm 1/13/14 4:01pm

What A Billion Poker Hands Can Tell Us About Luck

Remember the final table of the 2009 World Series of Poker's Main Event? Phil Ivey, the consensus best player in poker, put his tournament on the line with Ace-King. His opponent—Darvin Moon, the consensus best logger in the Western Maryland panhandle—held a dominated Ace-Queen. Ivey was the overwhelming favorite.… » 11/18/13 4:36pm 11/18/13 4:36pm

Paul Pierce Gets Massage, Busts Out At World Series Of Poker

New Brooklyn Net Paul Pierce decided to spend part of his summer vacation competing in this year's World Series of Poker this weekend, taking part in the $10,000 pot limit Omaha tournament. Good idea, right? We know he's good for the entry fee, and it sounds like a fun, exciting event to take part in. With a little… » 7/07/13 5:15pm 7/07/13 5:15pm

Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Fondly Recalls The Time A Moonshiner Almost…

There was a time in poker—and it really wasn't all that long ago—when men played cards like men, goddammit. A time before sponsorship deals and under-the-table cameras and sanitized modern-day casinos. In this earlier era, poker players honed their skills and filled their pockets working illegal games that could… » 2/07/12 4:40pm 2/07/12 4:40pm

Is The Justice Department Responsible For Online Poker's Ponzi Scheme?

The Justice Department dropped another bombshell in their assault on online poker, alleging that Full Tilt Poker ran a Ponzi Scheme that saw owners being paid nearly half a billion dollars, while player accounts were filled with "phantom money" to the tune of more than $300 million. The original Black Friday complaint » 9/20/11 3:30pm 9/20/11 3:30pm

ESPN Creates Poker Drama, Then Spoils It For Everyone

ESPN has spent months building up to tonight's broadcast of the final table of the World Series of Poker. They even convinced organizers to take an unprecedented 117-day break before settling the final table so that they could broadcast a "plausibly live" show tonight, just hours after the champion was decided. It was… » 11/11/08 12:30pm 11/11/08 12:30pm

World Series of Poker Resuscitated by ESPN Cameras

ESPN's gambit to shut down the World Series of Poker for four months to give them time to pump up the nine participants at the final table (and position the final table action in a better time slot and month for them) seems to have paid off, with ratings up on the shows leading up to the main event's final table. That… » 11/09/08 5:30pm 11/09/08 5:30pm