Poker Lifestyle

Paul and Heather Gearan

Meet the Poker Pilgrims

It’s not unusual for people to plan poker trips to their favorite card room destinations. It IS unusual, however, to start planning for such a trip four-and-a-half years in advance!

Such is the mission of Heather and Paul Gearan, who intend to take a year-long sabbatical to play live poker while traveling across the United States. If you’re a poker fan, the story of these self-dubbed Poker Pilgrims is one you can’t help but love.

Man Plans and the Poker Gods Laugh

Remember those days when any half decent player could walk up to a poker table and pretty much start printing money? Some people had such an easy time winning that thought they were good enough to turn pro! Well, times change, and what might’ve seemed easy as pie poker-wise has gotten a lot harder to accomplish over the years.

Here’s a personal story that illustrates just how vivid a vision for poker success might seem, only to have it come crashing down. Indeed, sometimes man plans and the poker gods have a good laugh.

Downtown Las Vegas

5 Reasons to Play in Non-WSOP Events Around Las Vegas This Summer

The Rio will be bustling with WSOP poker activity once again this summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only place to play poker in Las Vegas. In fact, almost all of the city’s poker rooms are packed to the gills during WSOP time and there are plenty of reasons to step away from the Rio and check them out.

While there’s nothing like winning a bracelet, there’s still plenty of poker to enjoy that doesn’t by necessity have to be WSOP-branded. Here, then, are our five top reasons to play non-WSOP poker events around Las Vegas during the summer.

Robbie and George Epstein

By George, I Think I’ve Seen My Poker Future!

If you ever get the chance to sit and chat with an older poker player, I highly recommend the experience. I imagine that in all likelihood you’ll find yourself being able to connect strongly, with poker as your common bond.

I recently had such an opportunity, meeting Cardplayer Lifestyle’s Senior contributor, the nonagenarian George Epstein, in Los Angeles. It was a highly enjoyable experience, to say the least.