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Witnessing a Major Breach of Tournament Rules at 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Witnessing a Major Breach of Tournament Rules at 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas
MSPTChad - January 17th, 2017

For my first-ever blog post on CardsChat, I thought I would share with you an interesting situation that took place at the recently-completed 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas, formerly known as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Before I get to that, let me introduce myself for those of you who may not know me. My name is […]

5 Tips to Handle Bad Luck Without Tilting

5 Tips to Handle Bad Luck Without Tilting

Jon Sofen - January 14th, 2017

We have all had those days at the poker table where it seems like the game is rigged against us. How can every flush draw hit in one day? Not to sound cliché, but…that’s poker. If not for all the bad beats, the game wouldn’t be fun. Sure, it’s not much fun being on the […]

How to Plan for a Grueling WSOP Summer in Las Vegas

How to Plan for a Grueling WSOP Summer in Las Vegas

Jon Sofen - January 9th, 2017

It is never too early (or late) to plan for a summer of poker in Las Vegas. Thousands of poker players travel to Sin City to compete in WSOP events and side cash games each year. It’s the place to be during the summer each year. Many travel to my home city each June hoping […]

Tips for Enjoying your First Live MTT

Tips for Enjoying your First Live MTT

Todd McGee - January 3rd, 2017

What to Expect when you Play your First Live MTT Over the last few years, I have played poker tournaments in casinos around the country, from The Bicycle in Los Angeles to Maryland Live to Harrah’s in New Orleans to the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. I’ve played four World Series of Poker Circuit events at […]

Aces Full of It: On the Nature of Games

Aces Full of It: On the Nature of Games

Justin Buchanan - December 24th, 2016

When deciding on this topic, my goal was to somehow tie poker into the Christmas season, or the Christmas spirit. This was something of a poser, as poker does not lend itself to the Christmas spirit. After all, Christmas is the season of giving, and poker is basically all about taking. Yes there are people […]

Pros vs. Recs

Pros vs. Recs

Todd McGee - December 19th, 2016

Are pros better than rec players, or just have deeper pockets? More money does not mean more skill. Whenever friends find out that I play poker and have won some cash in a few tournaments, they invariably ask me, “Are you thinking about going pro?” Of course not, I say. The life of a poker […]

Continuation Betting: When to Bet and When to Check

Continuation Betting: When to Bet and When to Check

Jon Sofen - December 13th, 2016

I remember when I first started playing poker years ago, there were not many continuation bettors. I consider someone like this be one who raises pre-flop and then fires out a bet nearly every time on the flop. These players are difficult to play against because it’s tough to put them on a hand. They […]

Is it Better to be Lucky than Good?

Is it Better to be Lucky than Good?

Todd McGee - December 12th, 2016

One of the big debates about poker is the importance of skill vs. the necessity for luck. I have played a handful of tournaments in the past couple of years, at The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, Maryland Live in Baltimore, Harrah’s New Orleans, the Riverside Casino in Iowa, the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and […]

Aces Full of It: I am my Own Worst Enemy or The Perils of Self Doubt

Aces Full of It: I am my Own Worst Enemy or The Perils of Self Doubt

Justin Buchanan - December 7th, 2016

Fair warning…this one isn’t going to actually say much about poker. But that’s okay. If the people who set me up with this blog aren’t okay with it, you’ll never see this anyway. I know I’ve said that it’s a terrible thing to succumb to self doubt, most recently in my Top 10 Worst Mistakes […]

Big Blind (BB) Ranges

Big Blind (BB) Ranges

LD1977 - December 4th, 2016

BB differs from SB in several very important ways: Calling usually closes the action, so BB can choose whether to fold, call or 3-bet (more strategic options available) Price of calling raises is lower compared to size of pot (since SB contributes certain value). This heavily impacts strategic picture in some situations (more on this […]

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Aces Full of It: I am my Own Worst Enemy or The Perils of Self Doubt Aces Full of It: I am my Own Worst Enemy or The Perils of Self Doubt
Justin Buchanan December 7th, 2016
Fair warning…this one isn’t going to actually say much about poker. But that’s okay. If the people who set me up with this blog aren̵...
Big Blind (BB) Ranges Big Blind (BB) Ranges
LD1977 December 4th, 2016
BB differs from SB in several very important ways: Calling usually closes the action, so BB can choose whether to fold, call or 3-bet (more strategic optio...
Aces Full of It: Why I Will Never Be A Poker Champion Aces Full of It: Why I Will Never Be A Poker Champion
Justin Buchanan November 28th, 2016
As most of you probably know, I fancy myself a rather skilled player. Not that if you call me one at the table, I won’t deny it so hard that you̵...
Small Blind (SB) Ranges Small Blind (SB) Ranges
LD1977 November 14th, 2016
SB is the worst position on the table because: it guarantees information disadvantage against all other players it offers limited strategic options it lowe...
Aces Full of It: How to Save the WSOP Broadcast Aces Full of It: How to Save the WSOP Broadcast
Justin Buchanan November 1st, 2016
The year was 2001. Chris Moneymaker won the title of World Champion and the popularity of Texas Hold’em exploded. It continued to explode for several...
The Mouth that Roared The Mouth that Roared
Todd McGee October 31st, 2016
Suffice to say that Will Kassouf made a name for himself with his 17th-place finish at the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event. In fact, he made a lot of...
Annoying Players Good or Bad for Poker? Annoying Players Good or Bad for Poker?
Todd McGee September 30th, 2016
The November Nine has been set for 2016 and it won’t contain the most polarizing player at this year’s tournament, Will Kassouf. I didn’t...
WSOP Circuit Ready to Take off in 2016-17 WSOP Circuit Ready to Take off in 2016-17
Todd McGee July 30th, 2016
Circuit Adds Domestic, International Stops The World Series of Poker Circuit is scheduled for major growth in 2016-17 as it expands its international serie...
Witnessing a Major Breach of Tournament Rules at 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Witnessing a Major Breach of Tournament Rules at 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas
MSPTChad January 17th, 2017
For my first-ever blog post on CardsChat, I thought I would share with you an interesting situation that took place at the recently-completed 2017 PokerSta...
5 Tips to Handle Bad Luck Without Tilting 5 Tips to Handle Bad Luck Without Tilting
Jon Sofen January 14th, 2017
We have all had those days at the poker table where it seems like the game is rigged against us. How can every flush draw hit in one day? Not to sound clic...
Tips for Enjoying your First Live MTT Tips for Enjoying your First Live MTT
Todd McGee January 3rd, 2017
What to Expect when you Play your First Live MTT Over the last few years, I have played poker tournaments in casinos around the country, from The Bicycle i...
Aces Full of It: On the Nature of Games Aces Full of It: On the Nature of Games
Justin Buchanan December 24th, 2016
When deciding on this topic, my goal was to somehow tie poker into the Christmas season, or the Christmas spirit. This was something of a poser, as poker d...
Witnessing a Major Breach of Tournament Rules at 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Witnessing a Major Breach of Tournament Rules at 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas
MSPTChad January 17th, 2017
For my first-ever blog post on CardsChat, I thought I would share with you an interesting situation that took place at the recently-completed 2017 PokerSta...
5 Tips to Handle Bad Luck Without Tilting 5 Tips to Handle Bad Luck Without Tilting
Jon Sofen January 14th, 2017
We have all had those days at the poker table where it seems like the game is rigged against us. How can every flush draw hit in one day? Not to sound clic...
Tips for Enjoying your First Live MTT Tips for Enjoying your First Live MTT
Todd McGee January 3rd, 2017
What to Expect when you Play your First Live MTT Over the last few years, I have played poker tournaments in casinos around the country, from The Bicycle i...
Aces Full of It: On the Nature of Games Aces Full of It: On the Nature of Games
Justin Buchanan December 24th, 2016
When deciding on this topic, my goal was to somehow tie poker into the Christmas season, or the Christmas spirit. This was something of a poser, as poker d...
Witnessing a Major Breach of Tournament Rules at 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Witnessing a Major Breach of Tournament Rules at 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas
MSPTChad January 17th, 2017
For my first-ever blog post on CardsChat, I thought I would share with you an interesting situation that took place at the recently-completed 2017 PokerSta...
How to Plan for a Grueling WSOP Summer in Las Vegas How to Plan for a Grueling WSOP Summer in Las Vegas
Jon Sofen January 9th, 2017
It is never too early (or late) to plan for a summer of poker in Las Vegas. Thousands of poker players travel to Sin City to compete in WSOP events and sid...
Aces Full of It: On the Nature of Games Aces Full of It: On the Nature of Games
Justin Buchanan December 24th, 2016
When deciding on this topic, my goal was to somehow tie poker into the Christmas season, or the Christmas spirit. This was something of a poser, as poker d...
Pros vs. Recs Pros vs. Recs
Todd McGee December 19th, 2016
Are pros better than rec players, or just have deeper pockets? More money does not mean more skill. Whenever friends find out that I play poker and have wo...