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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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 you’ll think I just dove into an Egyptian river. Really at this point, even if I’m frank with myself I believe I have the technical […]

Time to Follow Peyton Manning and Retire Omaha

Time to Follow Peyton Manning and Retire Omaha

Todd McGee - November 21st, 2016

The Golf of Poker Omaha variants are to live poker excitement what golf is to sports excitement. There are lots of standing around with puzzled looks on their faces, and then all of a sudden, something exciting happens. Like golf, the biggest problem with Omaha is the pace of play. The dealer has to hand […]

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 […]

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 names for himself – clown (Cliff Josephy), unprofessional (WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel), jerk (Norman Chad), abusive (Griffin Benger). Kassouf’s self-styled “speech play” got […]