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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...
Top 5 US Poker Cities – Outside of Las Vegas
By Jason Lake   When you think about live poker in the United States, you probably think about Las Vegas. That's the branding power of the World Series of Poker at work. Of course there are tons of places you can play poker in Vegas, and if you're just starting out, there are enough low-stakes games to keep your bankroll growing. Best of all, residents don't have to pay income tax. However, there are other options for Americans who want to play some live poker. Atlantic City is still open for business, but we're looking at five other destinations where you can grind out a living, or just put in some hands while you're passing through. Here they are in alphabetical order.  Baltimore...
Top 3 (Realistic) Poker Movies
By Jason Lake   As a lifelong James Bond fan, I was both thrilled and horrified by Daniel Craig's first offering, 2006's Casino Royale. I was very impressed with the acting and the story and the cinematography – top quality. Until they get to the poker scene. It was bad enough that they switched card games from chemin de fer to Texas Hold 'em, but then they had Bond play a sit-n-go with the blinds at $500,000/$1 million, and everyone at the table – himself included – was playing like a fish. Even by 2006 standards. Maybe a Bond flick isn't the right place to look for realism. The game of poker is more like a long-running television series, with lots of dialogue and occasional bursts of...
Adam Levy's Decade of Destruction
By Jason Lake Like many American poker players, Adam Levy decided to relocate to Vancouver after Black Friday. But few of Levy's contemporaries have won over $2 million in live earnings, or over $4.5 million online. One of the secrets to Levy's success: persistence. He's been grinding it out since 2003, and continues to play both live and online, cashing in at some of the biggest tournaments in the world. But how much longer will Levy be in the game? At 33 years old, the man known as “Roothlus” online is looking to broaden his horizons. Daily fantasy sports is high on Levy's list right now, and there's always Magic: The Gathering. Meanwhile, Levy is still looking for his first five-figure...
The Evolution of Poker and Twitch
By Jason Lake   People have been lamenting the decline of televised poker for some time, but who watches television anymore? The Internet has replaced TV time, and on the Internet poker is on 24/7. You can even watch live on Twitch as some of the best poker players in the world hit the virtual felt. On September 7, over 37,000 people watched Jason Somerville play, breaking his own record for the most popular broadcast on Twitch – more popular than any video game stream. None of this was at our disposal five years ago. Twitch was spun off from Justin.tv in 2011, after the general-interest video platform found that more people were drawn to its “Gaming” section than the rest of the site...
Nutrition and Poker: Tofu Not Required
By Jason Lake   Where is your edge at the poker table? Are you good at reading other players? Do you understand the mathematics of investment? What about the logic behind taking certain lines, like check-raising the flop instead of leading out, or vice versa? All of these are good things to know – and all of them can be improved by changing your diet. Unless you've already got a degree in nutrition, or you've hired somebody who does, you're probably not eating the things you should. This is one of the hardest habits for people to change. We naturally crave sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol, but once we start filling up, our bodies don't tell us to stop in time. It's also hard to figure out...

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