August 2012

Editor’s Letter – Look Who’s All Grown Up

Look Who’s All Grown Up When Antonio Esfandiari first broke onto the poker scene in 2004 with a World Poker Tour win and a WSOP win, the word used almost universally to describe him was “cocky.” He’d won the WPT’s LA Poker Classic for nearly $1.4 million in February and earned his first WSOP bracelet [...]

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The $18 Million Man

“A man with money is no match against a man on a mission.” -Doyle Brunson With $18 Million on the line, and a bunch of men with money standing in the way, Antonio Esfandiari had no trouble living up the to role of the man on a mission. The 33-year-old Esfandiari was just one of [...]

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Five Highlights from the 2012 World Series of Poker

Phil Hellmuth Wins his 12th Gold Bracelet Phil Hellmuth became the first poker player in history to have a dozen gold bracelets when he won a $2,500 Razz event at the 2012 World Series of Poker. He broke his own record for the most WSOP wins of all time, and he also won his first [...]

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Hope Lives – Never Give Up

Francois “FrankyBgood” Beauchemin had no way of knowing a single hand of poker would become such a pivotal moment in his life when he threw some chips in the middle of the table during the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. A young woman walking with the help of a cane had taken a [...]

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The Measure of a Chan

As someone who came up through the poker ranks playing limit hold’em, Terrence Chan is a thinking man’s poker player, a consummate strategist. His eyes are always questing and searching, whether he is listening to interview questions or cutting out a raise. When he speaks, he looks like a man mentally turning his answers over [...]

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Brandon Schaefer – Poker Pro to Army Helicopter Pilot

Schaefer Scores a (Golden) Parting Gift from Poker at the 2012 WSOP This story about a poker pro begins like so many others. An American player in his early 20s, who had recently quit his real job to chase the dream of playing poker professionally, won his first major title and €144,000 at the 2005 [...]

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The Smarter You Are.. The Better

Being dumb with money is easier than you think I recently heard this… “To play great you have to have a total disregard for money.” It dawns on me that I have heard this MANY times. And it also dawns on me that it is, for the most part, not true. I am going to [...]

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