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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aces Full of It: A Vital Issue

Aces Full of It: A Vital Issue

Justin Buchanan - November 12th, 2016

It is often the subject of ridicule, but is it justly so? Certainly it can be viewed as a pretentious thing to do. Impractical even. But is it possible that the benefits outweigh the image you present? I am speaking, of course, about the practice of wearing sunglasses indoors at a poker table. Today I’ll […]

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 years–at least half a decade by my reckoning. Eventually, the number of attendants to the Main Event stopped breaking records, though it still drew thousands of participants each year. The […]

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 […]

Top 10 Worst Mistakes a Poker Player Can Make: Finale

Top 10 Worst Mistakes a Poker Player Can Make: Finale

Justin Buchanan - October 23rd, 2016

It’s the end of the line. Only two Worst Mistakes a Poker Player Can Make remain. These are, hands down, the worst of the worst. We’re not talking about decisions that are pretty darn stupid, or really stupid, or so stupid you just shake your head at how stupid it is. We’re talking so freaking […]