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A menagerie of poker pros, celebrities, poker writers and industry figures.


Courtney Gee Takes on Heads-Up Hyper-Turbo SNGs

4 September 2012, Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Courtney Gee Takes on Heads-Up Hyper-Turbo SNGs
So I changed games again. Last time I mentioned that PLO was a temporary solution while I tried to figure out my next move. I never really expected to play it long term (although a girl can dream). You might have already guessed that the main problem with PLO cash games as a long term solution is the variance involved. While I didn’t research the variance possibilities myself, my friend did a bit of scouting. We estimated that with my volume, I could easily run bad for an entire year. Losing money for a year? I’m gonna go ahead and say no thank you.

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How to Build Your Own Poker Table for Under $300 (Guide, Images & Plans)

28 August 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
How to Build Your Own Poker Table for Under $300 (Guide, Images & Plans)
If you've ever been in the market for a poker table, you're well aware the cost for even a basic set-up can run you $1,500+. For something customized to your home/space or something truly show-stopping, you're looking at twice that or more. It doesn't have to be that way though. Guest blogger Jeff Kuronen has put together exclusively for PokerListings.com a full step-by-step guide to building your own poker table including images for every step and detailed CAD plans. We think it's the perfect Do-It-Yourself solution to building a great poker table for under $300 - and in a reasonable amount of time. Once you're done, you're all set to host the weekly card game you've always wanted to. For tips on running the perfect home game, check our complete 14-part guide here.

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Adapting to Stay Profitable - Courtney Gee Poker Update

3 August 2012, Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Adapting to Stay Profitable - Courtney Gee Poker Update
One thing I’ve learned about playing online poker for a living is that you have to be flexible because things are always changing. Always have a backup plan in case things don’t go as they should. Never put all your eggs in one basket. Black Friday showed that the state of online poker can change dramatically overnight. I saw many lives get turned upside down as a result, and I feel lucky that I didn’t have to experience the problems many American players faced.

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Coping with the Pro Poker Grind - Courtney Gee Poker Update

11 July 2012, Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Coping with the Pro Poker Grind - Courtney Gee Poker Update
I haven’t updated this blog in forever mainly because I haven’t been playing poker. A couple weeks into June, I had a standard downswing and found myself tilting a lot worse than usual. I decided that I needed to take a short break, and then a short break turned into two weeks and counting. I’ve spent the last two weeks relaxing, enjoying life, and doing things that I actually want to do. I think a lot of people view poker as a glamorous dream job, and people are often really impressed when they find out I play it for a living. The truth is, though, that it’s not glamorous for most of us. For most poker players it’s a grind. Don’t get me wrong. I feel very lucky to have the choice to stay home every day and play a card game at my computer. I love games. I love poker. It’s just that while there are plenty of upsides, there are also plenty of downsides.

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Pop Poker: The History of Poker on M*A*S*H

3 April 2012, Created By: Martin Harris
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Pop Poker: The History of Poker on M*A*S*H
Poker has long been a favored diversion for those serving in the military, particularly during times of war when the game provides a much needed escape from the steeper life-or-death stakes of battle.  It’s only fitting, then, that the popular TV show M*A*S*H -- a comedy set against the backdrop of the Korean War -- would feature America’s favorite card game so prominently.

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Ignoring Results, Reducing Tilt and the Mental Game

2 April 2012, Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Ignoring Results, Reducing Tilt and the Mental Game
Happy April! I realized just now that I let all of March go by without updating this blog, and I definitely didn’t mean to do that! I’ve actually had so much to write about the past few weeks, but I couldn’t seem to sit myself down and get it done. Last time I wrote, I said that I was going to run a little experiment: I was going to avoid looking at my online poker results for a week. The experiment took place well over a month ago, but I suppose reporting the results late is better than never. The bad news: I didn’t last a week. I have a couple excuses for this, but I’ll spare you. The good news: the experiment still lasted five days, and it was wildly successful!

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How to Beat Microstakes Cash Games: The Right Approach

29 March 2012, Created By: Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
How to Beat Microstakes Cash Games: The Right Approach
Editor's note: Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams has played over 6 million hands of online poker at the microstakes and boasts some of the most impressive winrates in the game. In his new series on PokerListings.com Williams will be giving you the benefit of that experience, reporting from the microstakes on everything from the latest strategy trends to who's been winning the most money. Today he kicks things off with the first in a beginner series on how to beat microstakes cash games.

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Why Lederer and Ferguson (Maybe) Took Your Money

14 November 2011, Created By: Arthur Reber
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Why Lederer and Ferguson (Maybe) Took Your Money
There’s been a lot of speculation about the psychology behind the folks who’ve been indicted in the Full Tilt Poker debacle. A lot of the recent talk has been about the purported actions of Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer, two of poker’s more respected long-time players. Lederer is often referred to as “The Professor” because of his thoughtful manner and penchant for deep analysis and insightful questions. Chris is actually closer to this role in real life since he holds a Ph.D. and has spent more than a few hours in front of college classrooms. Until now few have had anything but admiration and respect for them both. Of course, we’re still in the classic “innocent until proven guilty” mode. I have no idea what the outcome will be. They may be found guilty; they may be exonerated. I am only interested here in the psychological issues. The question raised most often is: How could these very smart dudes with position, money and prestige do the things they are accused of? It is a good question. It is also one that gets asked every time an odd-ball crime gets committed.

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Forex Trading: Legit Plan B for US Online Poker Players?

5 August 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Industry Insider
Forex Trading: Legit Plan B for US Online Poker Players?
The jury’s still out on what happens next for online poker players in the United States. Some, like Phil Galfond, have already left for Canada to keep playing. Some have started the transition to live poker. Most are still in limbo though. And despite a more optimistic outlook for legislation lately, there’s still no definite timeline for online poker’s mass return to the US.

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Playboy Cyber Girl Elaine Forshee Bares All from WSOP

24 June 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
Playboy Cyber Girl Elaine Forshee Bares All from WSOP
Elaine Forshee is starting a blog right here on PokerListings.com. She’ll be keeping us updated on her progress grinding live cash games and tournaments, as well as giving us an inside look at Las Vegas events and her lifestyle as a model and poker player. Check back for more posts, photos and video from Elaine at the 2011 World Series of Poker. Introducing Elaine Forshee, aka Playboy Cyber Girl Nicolette Shea. Vitals: Poker player, model, $2/$5 live grinder, insider informant

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Courtney Gee Says Goodbye 9-5, Hello Poker - Part 2

11 April 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Courtney Gee Says Goodbye 9-5, Hello Poker - Part 2
Courtney Gee is back with Part 2 of her introduction! Courtney has vowed to never work a 9-5 job again and she'll be blogging her poker progress right here. Read on as Courtney brings us up to speed on how she did at the tables in 2010. In my first post, I explained why I made it a goal to avoid working a 9 to 5 job. I quit my full-time job, got a part-time job writing for a website, and planned to play 25-30 hours of poker every week. I had been mostly a tournament player but I decided that I would try to earn my income through 6-max cash games.   In this post, I'll give a quick summary of my 2010.

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Courtney Gee's New Blog: Say Goodbye to the 9-5!

5 April 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Courtney Gee's New Blog: Say Goodbye to the 9-5!
A few months ago Courtney Gee blogged on PokerListings about playing high-stakes poker against some of the best in the world on the PokerStars.com Big Game. Courtney is continuing her quest never to work another 9-5 job by playing poker professionally and she's giving us the chance to follow her progress in her new blog right here! Check out this intro post and keep your eyes peeled for weekly updates as Courtney throws off the shackles of the rat-race to pursue her dream of being a professional poker player!

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Courtney Gee Back from the PokerStars Big Game!

23 February 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Courtney Gee Back from the PokerStars Big Game!
Courtney Gee is back from playing on the PokerStars Big Game in Las Vegas where she experienced the highest stakes and the toughest competition of her life! Courtney's not allowed to tell us the profits/losses from the session (Damn you PokerStars) but she's got plenty to say about what it's like playing for big money against the best in the world.

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I'm the Next Loose Cannon on the PokerStars Big Game!

18 February 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
I'm the Next Loose Cannon on the PokerStars Big Game!
Playing high-stakes cash on television for potentially life-changing money isn't something we all get a chance to do. That's why we're so jealous of Courtney Gee. The PokerStars Big Game is taping a brand new episode this week and Courtney is the Loose Cannon. She's getting staked $100,000 to play against some of the best players in the world and she'll be blogging about it right here on PokerListings.com! Read on for Courtney's first post and check back early next week for her trip report!

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ADZ124: Epic Life Story Part 2

5 October 2010, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
ADZ124: Epic Life Story Part 2
Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti is back with the much-anticipated second installment of his poker story. In Part 1 we heard about massive online heaters and personal life experiences. Part 2 doesn't disappoint with big swings and even bigger wins from the times when high-stakes online poker was still in its infancy. Read on for the whole story and click through here to get up to speed with Part 1.

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The Deconstruction of Ivey Continued

15 April 2010, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Industry Insider
The Deconstruction of Ivey Continued
A couple of months back we did a psychological analysis of Phil Ivey and his approach to poker. I want to do another one because several recent comments from Phil got me to thinking about the depth of his analysis of the game. In fact he's taken it so far he's become an implicit psychologist. By implicit here I mean unaware, not conscious. Phil's game has a number of elements to it that make it remarkably sophisticated from a psychological point of view, although I suspect Phil is unaware of these psychological factors. Indeed, I would have been pleased to have thought of them myself. If you read carefully, you will see intriguing strategic elements in them.

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ADZ124: Putting Daniel Negreanu on Notice

14 April 2010, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
ADZ124: Putting Daniel Negreanu on Notice
Sorry to those of you who expected another blog from me sooner. I've been busy this month at home catching up with family, after a long month in Vegas, which included all the highs and lows imaginable. The money I brought down with me began to fly in all directions mid trip, -50k in tournament buyins, -55k in baccarat, my first table-game loss ever (which I took in one night on weed brownies and too many shots of jager betting impulsively), -55k in shopping by the end of the trip and -30k on Stars and Full tilt playing some small cash sessions and whatnot. It was safe to say at this point, it was going to be very hard to make this trip profitable. I skipped the Indiana WPT and Bay 101 so my only way to really get even was the Wynn Classic, which I busted before the dinner break on day 1.

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Walking the Fine Line Part 1: The C Word

7 April 2010, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Walking the Fine Line Part 1: The C Word
Blogs have many uses. One is to treat them like the classic soapboxes of the British parks, where you just stand up and start talking, talking about what you're thinking, why you're thinking it and why everyone else ought to start thinking about it too. So, this will begin an off-and-on soapbox series looking at the "fine lines" in poker. The ones that we cross, sometimes because we didn't even know there was a line there in the first place. Today's line is the one that divides the tricksters, the masters of deception and geniuses of artifice from the con artists, the scammers and the cheats. But this line isn't a clean one. It moves about and it's not always clear when it's been crossed. Many choose to ignore this topic, claiming it isn't of any real importance. They are wrong.

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Stakes: Steaks or Hamburgers?

31 March 2010, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Industry Insider
Stakes: Steaks or Hamburgers?
There's a lot of chatter about the astronomical amounts of money (some) people are playing poker for these days. This interest began a couple of years ago with TV shows like High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark. These shows began with the "usual suspects" (Doyle, Barry, Jennifer, Sammy, Daniel ...), gradually brought in lesser known but capable recreational players, WSOP winners and, more recently, the newer online phenoms. These folks have crossed swords with serious cash on the line and it has only escalated over time. But the focus on the "nosebleed" level games has long began in earnest among the online community, especially those on Full Tilt, and it has captured the imagination of poker junkies everywhere.

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