Greg Merson WSOP 2012 Main Event Champion Interview

Greg Merson, 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion and 2012 WSOP Player of the Year, talks about his World Series of Poker Main Event win at the Ivey Poker studio:

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Why Poker is Good For You

This is article written by David Sklansky & Alan N. Schoonmaker, Ph.D.

Why Poker is Good For You

Many people have argued that poker should be considered differently from gambling in general. This argument has been made in discussions of legalization and related topics. Their argument is usually that poker is a skill game, while other gambling games are much less dependent upon skill.

We agree, but believe that they have not gone far enough in explaining many of poker’s unique attributes. Poker does not just require skill. It demands and develops many skills and personal qualities which are essential for making all types of decisions, such as choosing a career, investing money, performing a job, and buying a house. Read more of this post

How Using Online Poker Tracking Software Helps Improve Your Poker Game

Every poker player has flaws in their poker game whether they want to admit it or not.

Most players will never discover these flaws in their game, and will continue to make the same mistakes over and over again until they consciously choose to fix them. Fixing a flaw is known in the poker community as “plugging a leak.” Much like a plumber must plug a leak in a pipe for the system to work correctly, every aspiring poker player must plug leaks in their poker game in order for their poker business to be as profitable as possible. Read more of this post

The Lock Poker MTT Grind, Full Tilt Poker Thoughts, and The Future of Online Poker

My life has been quite busy as of late, and I haven’t had a chance to sit down and get all of my new ideas and theories out into blog entries. I am still sorting everything out to present it as best as possible so bear with me. I have a lot of ideas I want to share with everyone but I need to present them in a way that everyone can understand and formulate an opinion on. It might be impossibly hard to do that with some of the subject matters I will touch on. A lot of these topics will be discussed on our podcast which should be live by the end of the year if all goes according to plan.

Having said that, this past month I have gotten back into online poker after a short hiatus from the game, which has enabled me to learn a lot more about myself, and also the game of poker. Read more of this post

The Final Table Documentary

“The Final Table” is a series that focuses on professional poker player Russell Thomas. The biggest tournament on the poker calendar, the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event featured 6600 players paid $10,000 each to enter the event. After 8 days of intense competition, only nine players remained – including Russell. With the final table set, the tournament paused for 3 months, and Russell contacted fellow professional Jason Somerville to help prepare him for the final table on October 28th.

With the final table looming ever closer, Jason invited some of his professional poker player friends to come to Stony Brook, New York, for an intense two weeks of training. The goal is very simple: ensure Russell is in peak poker shape before taking his shot at the $8.5 million first-place prize. Read more of this post

How Developing Your Poker Intuition Improves Your Real Life Decision Making Skills

If your intention is to become a long-term winning poker player, you will need to develop an extensive list of personality traits to succeed. One of the most crucial aspects of a winning poker player’s mindset is their intuition. Developing and trusting your intuition in the heat of battle is essential if you want to take your game to the next level.

This article will outline how to use your intuition to help you win in No-Limit Texas Hold’em, and allow you to make better decisions in your life outside of the poker arena.

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PokerStars Acquires Full Tilt Poker, Settles With Department of Justice

After rumors spread of PokerStars acquiring Full Tilt, a deal has finally been reached  that will see all Full Tilt players get their bankrolls back. The new deal will have Full Tilt Poker voluntarily forfeit all of their assets to the United States government. According to a press release from PokerStars, the U.S. government will then transfer all those assets to PokerStars, which will in turn pay out $547 million to the U.S. government over the next three years. Read more of this post

ONE DROP: The $1,000,000 Poker Tournament For Charity

Today marks the beginning of the single biggest tournament in poker history, and it is going to benefit a great cause. 48 players will pony up $1,000,000 to buy into The Big One For One Drop, and 11.111% of all of the buy-ins go to charity. Read more of this post

Phil Ivey 0-5 at 2012 WSOP Final Tables, Phil Hellmuth Wins 12th Bracelet

Phil Ivey has been on an incredible run in the 2012 World Series of Poker and there is no sign of him slowing down yet. Ivey has already made 5 different final tables already at this year’s WSOP, but has been unable to add another bracelet to his collection so far. Ivey is 0-5 in the hunt for his 9th bracelet, and the numerous 7-figure bracelet bets that comes along with it.

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Mentally Transitioning to Live Poker

Transitioning to live poker is a topic that was written about a lot even before Black Friday. Since then, it’s been written about even more, and nearly every training site has instructions on how to make the transition a profitable one.

My goal here is not to give you specific advice about playing live, instead, I want to give you an overall strategy/plan that will help you to make the transition faster and more successful. Read more of this post

Treating Poker Like a Sport

The poker climate is getting tougher, there’s no doubt about it. Game selection is now essential if you want to maintain a stable winrate and knowing your push/ fold ranges from your PSR (pot to stack ratio) is a must. Whether you see poker as a sport or not, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that in order to succeed in today’s game you need to start treating it as though it is. Established sports such a football, golf and chess all have structures in place to nurture participants to become better players. Poker, however, lacks such a system. Read more of this post

Rumor Mill: Pokerstars Buys Full Tilt For $750,000,000

PokerListings- “PokerStars is allegedly buying Full Tilt Poker, will settle with the DOJ and repay players, according to industry insider Alexandre Dreyfus. Read more of this post