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The Best Times of Day to Play Poker
By: Jason Lake No doubt you've heard this classic phrase, or something close to it: Nothing good happens after 10 PM. Sometimes it's midnight, sometimes it's 2 AM. The message itself is universal, though. Human beings turn into pumpkins at some point in the late evening. Bad decisions are made. Consequences are felt.   I can see some of you are nodding your heads and thinking...
By: Jason Lake   When I was just beginning to learn no-limit Hold'em, I was taught that certain starting hands are so good, they belong in the “premium” category. Those hands: Aces, Kings, Queens, and Ace-King. Sometimes Ace-Queen gets put into this category, especially if it's suited, but for the most part, QQ+ and AK are the hands you can confidently bet and raise and get it all-in preflop. It's not quite that simple, of course. There are times when you should just flat-call with these “premium” hands, or even fold them – yes, folding Aces can make sense, like when you're on the bubble in a satellite tournament and you've already got the chips you need. But for the most part, it's good...
Who wants a bracelet? There will be 69 of them up for grabs at this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. The official schedule for 2016 has just been released, and once again, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will be hosting the most prestigious tournament series in the poker universe. Eight new events have been added, and with the new changes in structure, more players will be making money than ever before. There is one big change that everyone will be talking about: In most events, the number of entrants who'll get paid is going up from 10% to 15%. The flatter payout structure should encourage more recreational players to sign up. Same goes for the new start times; in general,...
Top Five Best-Dressed Poker Players of 2015
By: Jason Lake   The 88th Academy Awards are coming up at the end of the month, and as always, everyone's focused on the most important part of the show: the Oscars Red Carpet. Who's going to wear whom? Who'll wear it best, and who'll come out looking like they lost a fight with a broom closet? Sure, they'll hand out some awards later, but nobody will remember those. Unless someone has a wardrobe malfunction. Charlotte Rampling, for example. Meanwhile, the poker glitterati were out in full force last year. It isn't all about the hoodie and the shades, folks. There's good money to be made looking good on camera. According to our fashion-based algorithms, the following five players brought...
Limit Hold'em is Good for You
By: Jason Lake   There was a time, long ago, when limit Texas Hold'em was the king of poker. The betting structure is similar to the Stud games people were used to playing in the casinos, and Texas Hold'em is a lot of fun, so it was an easy transition for most poker players. No-limit Hold'em was for the Doyle Brunsons and Stu Ungars who'd show up at the World Series of Poker. Then Chris Moneymaker happened. His 2003 WSOP Main Event victory as an online qualifier put no-limit Hold'em front and center in the poker landscape. Now everyone wants to play NLHE. Limit Hold'em still sees a decent share of live play, but most people online are playing no-limit and nothing else. Don't be one of...
Here Comes the Global Poker League
By: Jason Lake   It's so crazy, it just might work. The Global Poker League (GPL) plans to launch next month with 12 teams and an ambitious 12-week schedule, leading up to the inaugural GPL World Championships this summer. Dates and locations are pending at press time, but league officials intend on hosting the Championships at a “1st-tier” arena in the United States. Can poker draw 20,000 fans to Staples Center? It's likely if the GPL does it right. Early results are promising. The 12 teams have already been named and branded with gorgeous sports-style logos, and each team has been assigned a captain, plucked from the biggest names in poker. They'll meet on February 25 in Beverly Hills...

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