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3 Types of Publicity That Poker Does Not Need Right Now

Poker has been on the upswing in recent years. With so much going for it, there’s been a lot of talk in the poker community about what’s good for poker. With that said, we’re pretty sure there’s universal agreement on the types of things that would be classified as bad for poker.

Here’s a list of three hypothetical situations that would undeniably set poker back in its quest for mainstream recognition and acceptance. Let’s hope they can be avoided!

The 2017 WCOOP Is Here!

As of about a week ago, the poker world has been taking part in the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker. With 81 events on the tournament schedule, there’s something for players of all bankrolls and for fans of all poker variants.

Over $60 million is slated to be won, and with the online poker series running until the end of the month, it’s not too late to claim your share. More info in this post.

Poker Room Review: Maryland Live!

Oh how lucky are the residents of the Baltimore/Washington DC area to be serviced by such a wonderful poker room as the one run by Maryland Live!

During a recent visit to the region, I had the distinct pleasure of playing in a very fun cash game session at the Maryland Live! poker room. The room has plenty going for it and is a must-visit destination for any poker enthusiast. Having had well over 20 action-packed tables running on a random night, midweek in the summer, I can only imagine how hopping this place gets during “busy season”!

Interview with Lon McEachern

Together with my co-host Bruce Briggs, I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing longtime ESPN poker commentator Lon McEachern on episode 291 of the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast.

We put a lot of time and effort into doing research prior to the interview to ensure that we covered topics not yet explored in-depth via other interviews that Lon has done over the years. As such, we were able to dig deeper and uncover some new, interesting stories about Lon’s lengthy career in broadcasting in this almost hour-long interview.

Listen to the interview, which starts at the 10:12-minute mark. A transcript is also available.

5 Facts You Should Know about Poker AI

Ever since the debut of the original AI poker bot (called Orac) back in the early 1980s, developers have continued making strides forward with artificial intelligence poker software.

The infographic presented here, along with an explanatory article, contains some fascinating information about artificial intelligence in general and poker’s affiliation with AI in particular. Certainly worth checking out!

There’s a Time and a Place for Poker

While on vacation in the U.S. this summer, more than once I found myself wishing I could go and play poker at the nearby land-based casinos. With that said, my trip was meant to be a family vacation, with “poker nights” at the bottom of my priority list.

Still, for a guy who founded the Cardplayer Lifestyle blog, you’d think he’d find the right time and place to carve out a poker session or two, right? Here’s a story that I’m sure many poker lovers out there can identify with.