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Jon Sofen

Jon Sofen

Jon Sofen moved to Las Vegas in 2012 from Iowa to pursue a career as a professional poker player, or at least to have a good time. He's done both. Jon also owns a candy store and writes daily news articles for CardsChat. He enjoys having multiple occupations but wishes days consisted of more than 24 hours.

High Stakes Poker Hand Analysis: Should Mike Matusow Fold Pocket Kings to Phil Hellmuth?

High Stakes Poker Hand Analysis: Should Mike Matusow Fold Pocket Kings to Phil Hellmuth?

Jon Sofen - February 20th, 2017

One of my favorite poker shows of all-time, High Stakes Poker on Game Show Network, had many exciting hands over the years. Some of the biggest names in the game such as Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Phil Hellmuth, and Daniel Negreanu were regulars on the show. I picked out a hand between Hellmuth and Mike […]

Cate Hall and Mike Dentale Heads-Up Match: Good or Bad for Poker?

Cate Hall and Mike Dentale Heads-Up Match: Good or Bad for Poker?

Jon Sofen - February 13th, 2017

Cate Hall and Mike Dentale, two professional poker players, will play a heads-up match in March on Poker Night in America. It is not going to be an ordinary poker game. These two hate each other. The match is the result of a December feud between the pros. Hall is considered a “social justice warrior,” […]

Pre-Flop Betting Tips to Ensure You Take Control of the Hand Early

Pre-Flop Betting Tips to Ensure You Take Control of the Hand Early

Jon Sofen - February 6th, 2017

In Texas hold em, a hand is not over before the flop, technically. But you can put yourself in a difficult position after the flop if you play your hand poorly pre-flop. Or, you can put yourself in a great position to win the pot no matter what comes on the flop. Think of pre-flop […]

Poker New Year Resolutions You Should Make AND Keep

Poker New Year Resolutions You Should Make AND Keep

Jon Sofen - January 24th, 2017

It is that time of year. The time where everyone makes New Year resolutions they are not going to stick to. The most common one is to hit the gym and lose weight. But, as you know, few make it to February before giving up on that goal and go right back to eating McDonald’s […]

Online Poker Chat Box: A Right and Wrong Way of Using It

Online Poker Chat Box: A Right and Wrong Way of Using It

Jon Sofen - January 20th, 2017

Let me preface this blog post by openly admitting I am a habitual offender of some of the things I am about to tell you not to do. I cannot help it. There are times where I get frustrated after losing a big pot to some donkey who chased a gut- shot straight draw, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Value Betting 101:  When and When Not to Do It

Value Betting 101: When and When Not to Do It

Jon Sofen - November 17th, 2016

The hardest part of poker is the most important. That’s why the ballsiest players end up winning the most. Being a successful value bettor will be the difference between being a break even player and a winner. What is value betting? A bet on the river that maximizes the amount of chips won in the […]

5 Reasons Your Poker Career has Not Taken Off

5 Reasons Your Poker Career has Not Taken Off

Jon Sofen - November 12th, 2016

There is nothing more frustrating than playing poker for a significant period of time and getting lousy results. But don’t lose your confidence. Just because you’ve been playing this great game for a while and aren’t making much money doesn’t mean you never will. Instead of moping over your mediocre results, figure out why you […]