In Defense of Humanity

Finally the world decides to pay attention to poker, but the story they’re interested in is that Libratus, an artificial intelligence program devised by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, beat humans at the game. How sad.

Sometimes you have to swim against the tide. With mainstream media shouting to the heavens that “humans are doomed at poker”, I felt the need to pen an op-ed in defense of humanity. Let’s not forget what makes poker so engaging and enjoyable: it’s the PEOPLE! That’s what the world ought to be paying more attention to.

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Doug Polk’s Thoughts on Twitch Poker in 2017

Twitch continues to grow and flourish, while poker finds itself on the upswing in 2017. What’s in store on the Twitch Poker front this year?

Doug Polk, one of the most popular streamers on both YouTube and Twitch, checks in with his thoughts in an exclusive to the Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog.

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Here’s How partypoker Can Become Relevant Again

These days, when you think “online poker room” you probably only think about PokerStars. It makes sense; after all, they’re the world leader by far. 888poker might also come to mind, as a solid #2. But what ever happened to partypoker? They used to be the dominant force in the online poker marketplace. Nowadays? They’re a distant seventh place…

For partypoker to become more relevant and join in the conversation again, they ought to try some new strategies like the ones outlines in this op-ed.

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Does Poker Have a Future as an E-sport?

Poker will always continue to be around, but in what form? Will the Global Poker League’s efforts to sportify the game turn it irrevocably into an e-sport or will “pure, traditional poker” and “e-sports poker” exist on separate planes into the future.

That, and many more interesting facets of the issue are discussed and explored in this op-ed.

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Only If You Bring Them (Poker Players) Will They Come

With multiple PokerStars-sponsored live events having taken place in Atlantic City New Jersey this year only managing to deliver low attendance figures, here’s an op-ed that suggests one way to ensure that more poker players come to play.

While online marketing can be successful if you get potential poker players to click a few times, the key to live event marketing is making it as easy as possible for the poker players to come to the event destination. In the case of Atlantic City, New Jersey events, that means you’ve gotta bus players in.

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On Phil Galfond’s New Online Poker Site: Competition is Good

We’re all quite used to seeing the big name online poker operators making moves these days, so it’s refreshing to see of the game’s top players trying to instigate a paradigm shift. Phil Galfond has a stellar reputation and record both at and away from the poker tables. He’s on a bold mission to change things up in online poker by trying to create a site that caters to ALL players, both recreational and professional.

Here are some thoughts on that and an opinion on whether the initiative is likely to succeed or not.

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