The Poker Writer Who Never Plays Poker

While there are plenty of people out there who’ve made a career out of poker writing, not all of those people are die-hard poker lovers and recreational players themselves. Take Ellis Shuman, for example. He just happens to have had a career full of positions that have required he does a lot of poker writing.

Here’s an interesting look at what it’s like for someone to work in the gaming and poker industry who doesn’t necessarily have an inherent love for the game. You’ll surely appreciate the unique perspective of a professional writer who “somehow” ended up getting into poker.

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Online Poker Players Can Face Problems With The IRS

American citizens have tax reporting requirements on all income worldwide and on all foreign bank accounts with a minimum of $10,000 in them. For many online poker players, then, it’s important to abide by the rules and file taxes with the IRS accordingly.

This post reviews a couple of the main tax issues US citizens face that relate to online poker, and the importance of being the right side of the law. It’s certainly worth a look, even if you’re just a recreational poker player.

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Interview with Jesse Sylvia

Along with my Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast co-host, Bruce Briggs, I recently had the chance to interview 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia.

Beyond Jesse proving to be a great interviewee with many interesting stories to tell, he’s genuinely just a great guy; completely down-to-earth, and someone who I’d be happy to sit across a table from, regardless of whether or not we’d be playing poker.

Have a listen to the interview from episode 273 of the podcast, plus we’ve also provided a summarized transcript for you.

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4 Ways to Make Sure That You Keep Your Poker Face

If you’re just learning the basics of poker and are preparing to start playing live (as opposed to online), you’ll need to have your best poker face on.

What you might not realize is that some tells may give you away; some that you might not even be aware of, like the steadiness of your voice. Have a look at our list of four ways to ensure you can keep a poker face.

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Get to Know the Poker Media: An Interview with Brad Willis

Sometimes there are things you covet in life. Having decided to engage in poker writing, one of the things I’ve wanted to do for a very long time is interview Brad Willis, the longtime Head of Blogging at PokerStars.

I’m so happy that Brad agreed to take part in our Get to Know the Poker Media series. One of my role models and heroes in a sense that far exceeds the realm of poker, I’ve been enjoying and learning from Brad’s work for years.

It’s time for all of us to learn more about him, his career in the poker industry, and his personal life, which he was gracious enough to be open about to an incredible extent. May the spotlight always shine on such a remarkable man.

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Get to Know the Poker Media: Dirk Oetzmann

PokerListings boasts a number of great writers, one of whom is their International Editor, Dirk Oetzmann. After meeting him at a live event in the Bahamas, I naturally became more interested in his work.

I’ve always found poker writers who produce content in English despite it not being their mother tongue to be quite unique and talented. Dirk is no exception. I got to know him better after asking him a number of questions about his career, hobbies, and personal life.

I think you’ll enjoy learning about him, too, and thus develop a better appreciation for his great work.

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