Too often, we make the conservative choice and opt for a 9-to-5 lifestyle over pursuing our dreams. For many poker dreamers out there, playing the game professionally will always remain in the realm of fantasy. Some, however, opt to take the leap of faith and give the poker lifestyle a try.

This is the story of a poker player who didn’t allow himself to Pawn His Poker Dreams in favor of the 9-to-5 lifestyle. Enjoy, and be inspired!

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Sean Chaffin

How often to you see a live reporter at a poker tournament and think “Hmm, that guy is probably a schoolteacher?” Not often, right? Well, that’s part of Sean Chaffin’s story and there’s tons more to it that makes for a very interesting read.

Sean is the latest interviewee in our ongoing Get to Know the Poker media series and it was a privilege to learn more about him. We hope you’ll enjoy the read as much as we enjoyed conducting the interview.

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From Vietnam to Vegas

If you were among the legions of people who watched Qui Nguyen win the 2016 WSOP Main Event, you might’ve thought you were witnessing a “madman.” Yet, there was obviously a method to that “madness.” Along with’s Steve Blay, Qui has written a book that provides in-depth explanations and analyses of his play at the Final Table.

That, along with Qui’s amazing personal story, makes From Vietnam to Vegas not just a page-turner, but simply just a fascinating and fantastic read! Enjoy our review.

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Preflop Master Unexploitable Strategy

In poker these days, any and every edge you can get is useful. That’s why a solid preflop strategy is key to both maximising your win rate and minimizing your losses.

In MyPokerCoaching’s Preflop Master – Unexploitable Play course, which we review extensively here, you’ll get all the tools you need to develop a strong preflop game that will surely serve you well at the poker tables.

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8th anniversary

I get pretty emotional when the anniversary of this poker blog’s founding comes around each year. This time, it really poured forth in what I had to say as I open up with a lot of personal stuff.

What you’ll read about in this post is me being thankful for the incredible experiences that year #8 of Cardplayer Lifestyle has given me. It’s just a special opportunity to express my gratitude, and for that I am thankful.

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In the latest installment of our ongoing Get to Know the Poker Media series, we speak with Pamsi. A relative newcomer to poker media, Pamsi brings a refreshing youthful exuberance to first-rate videos she produces.

Exhibiting a constant sense of contagious enthusiasm, Pamsi is someone who will surely continue making her presence felt in the Spanish-speaking poker world for a long time to come. We hope you enjoy this interview with her.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Looking for some bright ideas as to what to treat yourself to this holiday season? Are you searching for the perfect gift to get your significant other or a friend who absolutely loves poker?

We’ve compiled a list of great poker-themed holiday gift suggestions that we’re sure will bring you and your loved ones some joy and good cheer to mark the end of 2017.

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poker village

Let’s state the obvious: poker fans all share a common love for the game. But when you live on an island where the game of poker is practically nowhere to be found, life can seem pretty lonely. You take solace in the fact that there is indeed a huge community of poker lovers out there.

Hawaii’s Christina Bradfield knows what it’s like to “live outside the tribe.” Then, she found her poker village.

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Eli Elezra

Everyone has those poker nights they’ll never forget. A room full of low-stakes Israeli poker players was recently treated to such an unforgettable experience, as legendary poker player Eli Elezra joined them at a local charity poker home game event.

This is the story of how Eli, despite the immense wealth and fame he’s accumulated, hasn’t forgotten his roots and has earned the title of Israel’s national poker hero.

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