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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...
Three People Who Belong in the Poker Hall of Fame
By Jason Lake   Last month, Jennifer Harman and John Juanda were enshrined in the Poker Hall of Fame. The accolade is well-deserved for both players. Harman was one of the leading figures in poker just before the Moneymaker boom, and Juanda has five World Series of Poker bracelets in five different games, from no-limit Hold 'em to A-5 triple draw. Their pictures definitely belong up on the wall next to the likes of Doyle Brunson and Johnny Moss. So who should go into the Hall of Fame next? As of 2009, public nominations are part of the process, so consider this my nomination for any two of the following three players to join the 50 who are already in the Hall. Before we get started, a...
Five Reasons for Poker Players to be Thankful
By Jason Lake   It isn't all peaches and cream when you're a professional poker player. Even if you've got a solid poker game with all the angles covered, a bad run of cards can send your bankroll spiraling downward. Travel costs and taxes have to be factored in when you're on the tournament circuit. And all that sitting down isn't good for your health. It's not glamorous. Poker is still the greatest game of them all. You don't have to be 7-feet tall or 350 pounds of rippling muscle to play – you just need the proverbial chip and a chair. Having a positive attitude helps, too. Since it’s Thanksgiving week, let's take a moment to count our blessings and remind ourselves what makes poker...
WSOP Winner's Profile: Joe McKeehen
By Jason Lake   Things have been pretty quiet on the poker front since Joe McKeehen took down the Main Event at the World Series of Poker. That probably suits McKeehen just fine. He kept a low profile after reaching the November Nine, brushing aside questions with simple, basic and effective responses – much like the way he used his big stack at the final table. Suffice to say the 24-year-old Pennsylvania native won't be dressed like Julius Caesar when he shows up at the Rio next year. That doesn't mean McKeehen isn't an interesting character. Far from it; he came off very well during ESPN's televised coverage of the Main Event, showing grace and dignity even while he was staring down...
McKeehen, Beckley Fight to the Finish
By Jason Lake   It was Day 6, and Joshua Beckley had Joseph McKeehen dead to rights. Beckley was in middle position with Ace-King unsuited. He opened, then McKeehen went all-in from the big blind with Ace-Queen suited. Beckley called. With McKeehen covered, Beckley had a 68-percent chance of knocking him out of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. Beckley's chances grew to 80 percent when the flop came King-Jack-Four. But now McKeehen had an inside straight draw and a backdoor flush draw. Still, when the Six of Clubs came on the turn, Beckley was a 91-percent favorite to win the hand. The river: the Ten of Diamonds. McKeehen doubled up, and life went on.   We Meet Again Nearly...
Five Poker Destinations You Must Visit in Autumn
By Jason Lake   Now that summer is in the rear-view mirror, thousands of tourists are hitting the road to take in the fall colors – and get in some poker on the side. Playing live tournaments (and, fingers crossed, some juicy cash games) is a great way to see the world, and there just happens to be some tournaments coming up in the Northeast area that will give you access to some of the most breathtaking fall scenery you could ask for. Get it while you can.  Foxwoods Resort Casino The Foxwoods World Poker Finals have just concluded, but like most casinos, Foxwoods has daily tournaments on the go. Unlike most casinos, Foxwoods has a massive poker room, one of the five biggest in the...

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