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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.

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 […]

Winning and Losing

Winning and Losing

Jon Sofen - October 24th, 2016

The Game is Not About Whether You Won or Lost, but How Well You Played So you may have seen the title to this blog post and rolled your eyes. If you are anything like me, you’re tired of lame clichés.  After all, this is probably what your parents told you when you were a kid […]

How to Know When You are Ready to Play Higher Limits

How to Know When You are Ready to Play Higher Limits

Jon Sofen - October 13th, 2016

Most of us Texas Hold em players either got a start online at the micro stakes levels or at the $1-$2 blind levels in a casino. But the ultimate goal is to build a bankroll and move up to higher limits. No one gets into poker dreaming of playing in $100 buy-in games. No, we […]

Chip and a Chair: Never Over Until you are Felted

Chip and a Chair: Never Over Until you are Felted

Jon Sofen - October 8th, 2016

Chip and a chair: cliche but so true. I used to play $60-$125 tournaments frequently at my local casino in Iowa and did not fare too well for quite some time. I loved playing tournaments but was not too skilled at it. Somewhere around 2009, I finally realized that a “chip and a chair” isn’t […]

The Dangers of Trusting Physical Tells

The Dangers of Trusting Physical Tells

Jon Sofen - September 26th, 2016

In poker, you have to make decisions based on incomplete information. You can never be 100-percent certain what your opponent has. That’s exactly what makes poker such a difficult game to master. All you can do is make the best decision based on the sometimes limited information you have. One way to make an informed […]