December 2013

Ed Letter: A Poker Player’s Letter to Santa

Writing a letter to Santa Claus is for kids, right? Well, maybe. Maybe not. Surely as kids, we all took the time to write a letter to Kris Kingle and put it in an envelope to the North Pole. The hope was that the big fat guy in the red suit would read the letter [...]

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Elite Seat: The WPT’s Alpha8 Experience

Chairs like these are not found in most poker rooms. Modern yet simple in design with pillowy white cushions, the eight clouds invite you to plop down and grind forever. Or until you win the tournament and take home enough cash to fill your mansion with them. For $100,000 (sometimes more) you can have a [...]

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WSOP Europe 2013

The seventh running of the World Series of Poker Europe featured as much talk about the future of the event as there was about the action on the felt, at least at the beginning of the series. The third and final year of the Caesars’ contract with Barriere took WSOPE to its third city and [...]

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LG: Life’s Good

As the Anchor for WPT Alpha8, Lynn Gilmartin Takes on the World Lynn Gilmartin has a motto for the way she lives her life. “LG: Life’s Good.” It’s meant to express that we each control our own happiness. You might find it a bit cheesy at first — it’s a play on her initials — [...]

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What is the percentage that you will read this article?

“Phil is so funny,” says Emily. We are sitting around after the show, and I mention he is coming to visit. “Does he still speak in percentages?” she wants to know. Apparently the last time she saw him four years ago, he confided, “I love Jennifer 70 percent more than I ever loved anyone.” When [...]

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When Winning Feels Dirty

Sometimes beating the hustle isn’t worth the hassle A long, long time ago I walked into a place called Golden Gate Billiards in San Francisco. (I think it was called that … and then I think it changed its name to Hollywood Billiards.) Anyway, it was on Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin district of [...]

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My Return to the Motherland

Greetings from China! Greetings from Sanya, China, to be exact. If you’re unfamiliar, Sanya is located in the Hainan Province and is the southernmost city on the Chinese Island. It’s known for being the “Hawaii of China” — gorgeous sandy beaches, tropical weather, a popular tourist destination, and (“Jeopardy” tip for ya) is home to [...]

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