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Phil Ivey

As the biggest event on the poker calendar kicked off yesterday, you’d think it would be impossible for any other poker story to overshadow the World Series of Poker. Lo and behold, Phil Ivey, arguably the biggest name and best player in the game, accomplished just that with a simple press release. Poker’s biggest star has announced that he will be boycotting the WSOP this year!

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Doyle Brunson

First PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker/UB; and now DoylesRoom. Like a set of dominoes, online poker’s biggest rooms continue to falter in the face of the US Department of Justice. DoylesRoom.com was among 10 additional domain names seized recently by the DOJ, which seems hell-bent on preventing Americans from playing poker or any other online casino games, even from the privacy of their own homes.

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Map of Atlantic City

In planning out your Atlantic City poker trip, a player should realize that there are a lot of promotions run by the rooms that can significantly decrease overhead costs. The fact is, of all the poker rooms in Atlantic City, the 4 Caesars properties have the best promotions in the city, by far! I’ve done the research for you – below you’ll find the most up-to-date list of direct numbers to all the poker rooms in Atlantic City, courtesy of Cardplayer Lifestyle’s poker blog. I know I’ll be carrying a copy of these numbers with me next time I visit.

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This poker blog is meant to cover a variety of topics. Normally I write about what’s going on in the poker world or the world of online poker. Sometimes we post videos of some of television’s most popular poker shows like High Stakes Poker. And still other times, I write about some of my own poker-related experiences. Recently, I took a trip to Atlantic City and had a boatload of new and exiting experiences. I came away from the tables having learnt a ton, and I wanted to share some things with readers of my poker blog. Many of the next few blogs posts I write up will cover the things I did and learned while on my trip.

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Regular readers of this poker blog might be surprised to see an article about blackjack. Then again, as our website name itself says – it’s Cardplayer Lifestyle, meaning ALL card games. A lot of poker players also try their hand at blackjack from time to time. So without further ado, here are a few tips about blackjack for you:

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Taking a look at PokerStars’ new .eu homepage, there honestly doesn’t seem to be too much of a difference from their old .com webpage. All words and Web content aside, the most intriguing part of this, to this poker blogger anyhow, are the faces of the company. With PokerStars stacked with poker’s top pros, one must wonder if past WSOP Champions like Joe Hachem, Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada, and other notable names like Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier will remain in the company stable and continue promoting online poker in the United States.

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US online poker

To allay the fears of the world’s online poker players, let’s begin by saying that Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker will most definitely not disappear from the online poker landscape. While player volume will decrease at all 3 sites, to help compensate and offset the losses, each site will likely market harder to promote more poker play from their European and Asian player databases.

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Poker Stars Full Tilt Poker

Millions of online poker players in the United States awoke to a harsh new reality yesterday, as they found themselves unable to log in and play poker for real money online. Poker players attempting to visit PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, or Absolute Poker got the shock of their lives as they saw that the FBI and U.S. Justice Department assumed control of the popular online poker sites’ domain names, claiming that the sites illegally accepted wagers in violation of U.S. law.

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Just a shout out to all of our fans here at the Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog… You’ll notice there’s no recap for this latest episode of High Stakes Poker. That’s because we’re busy working hard on a new feature that will totally change your viewing experience for all the poker videos you love to watch. One we get the technical glitches worked out, you’ll never want to watch poker videos anywhere else besides the Cardplayer Lifestyle website. Indeed, we can (hopefully) promise you a totally unique poker video viewing experience.

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High Stakes Poker

1st hand: Croak vs. Ruffin. Ruffin hits the nut straight and overbets $50k into a pot of $16k. Croak luckily hit a runner runner flush, and yet folded it! An absolutely horrible fold, as the only hand that could beat him would be 2 higher hearts; a practical impossibility. Makes me think the show should be called FSP: Fish Stakes Poker. And to think he even bragged about his fold to the rest of the table! Antonio’s reaction is priceless :-).

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Onyx Cup

Inflation seems to be everywhere these days – and the poker world is no exception. Full Tilt Poker has raised the stakes yet again by announcing the creation of the ONYX Cup poker tournament series. The series is comprised of 6 no-limit hold ’em tournaments each with a buy-in of at least $100,000 that will take place all over the world with the goal of recognizing the world’s best poker player.

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Seidel Wins in L.A.

In 2010, Erik Seidel won over $530,000 playing poker. To most normal humans, this would be life-changing money, or at the very least it would represent their best-ever year in poker earnings, probably never to be repeated. Erik Seidel, on the other hand, is no normal human – with over $4.3 million won so far this year, his total half-million-plus earnings from last year represent just about 9 days of 2011 “work”.

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Chris Christie

Over the last few months, countless thousands of words have been written and dedicated to the current legal status of online poker in the United States. We haven’t said too much about these topics here at the Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog, as, simply put, there’s been a lot of talk but nothing has actually happened. Well, that was all about to radically change a couple days ago until New Jersey Governor Chris Christie struck down a bill to legalize online poker with a last-minute veto.

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High Stakes Poker

Over the last few days, I’ve been debating how to best recap the action on High Stakes Poker season 7. Last season’s recaps went into great detail about each hand, and that was the plan for this season as well. The problem with this season though, as mentioned in my last poker blog post about HSP, is that it simply won’t stack up well to seasons past. With Gabe Kaplan and all the Full Tilt Poker players out, the game can only be SO good.

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Over the past couple years, Sunday has become the most important day of the week for tournament poker players, with the largest (and most lucrative) Texas hold ’em tournaments being spread by top poker sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker on that day each week. Today, PokerStars ups the ante with a $5 million guaranteed Sunday Million tournament, celebrating the fifth anniversary of their marquee weekly event.

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WSOP Circuit ring

You read that title correctly. At just 19 years of age, John Riordan was able to make a $200,000+ score and win the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida. Unlike most states in the U.S. with a minimum gambling age of 21, in Florida it is legal for anyone over the age of 18 to gamble.

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Just a mere 7 months ago, Peter Eastgate, the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, stunned the poker world when he declared that he was retiring from poker. Shortly thereafter, as if to emphasize that he was serious about his retirement, Eastgate put his WSOP bracelet up for auction, donating the approximately $150,000 in proceeds to UNICEF, a very generous, benevolent, and highly commendable act. Lo and behold, a mere few months since then and Eastgate goes ahead and publicly announces his return to poker.

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