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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 […]

Aces Full of It: Intuition and How it Helps in Poker

Aces Full of It: Intuition and How it Helps in Poker

Justin Buchanan - February 15th, 2017

The following article is rated O for Opinion. While it may be more serious than an Onion article, its purpose is to put forth statements of opinion or conjecture without advancing them as superior to other opinions. Take it or leave it. For the most part, I tend to approach poker in ways that most […]

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,” […]

Aces Full of It: Confidence, Egotism, and the Line Between Them

Aces Full of It: Confidence, Egotism, and the Line Between Them

Justin Buchanan - February 1st, 2017

The following article is unrated. Take it as seriously or not as you want. The more I think about poker, the more I come to believe that it’s the closest thing mankind has created to a perfect microcosmic model of human life and society. At any rate, I’m quite positive that it’s closer to a […]

5 More Events on Expanded WSOP Schedule for 2017

5 More Events on Expanded WSOP Schedule for 2017

Todd McGee - January 31st, 2017

The schedule for the 48th running of the World Series of Poker this summer in Las Vegas includes a record 74 events. The festival starts May 30. In with the New Besides the usual mix of tournaments, with something for poker players of every interest (Omaha, stud, mixed games, etc.), several new offerings are on […]

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 […]

Aces Full of It: I Need A Hero(es)

Aces Full of It: I Need A Hero(es)

Justin Buchanan - January 23rd, 2017

The following article is unrated, with no recommendation on how seriously–or not–to take it. If it amuses you, that’s great. If it makes you think, that’s great too. Is it just me, or has poker basically lost its heroes left and right ever since Black Friday? And not that many, at least not the biggest […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]