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  • The Terrific Celebrity Poker Showdown Show  By : Cyman Harrison
    Poker has been around for over a hundred years and yet, it has only really surged in popularity recently since it first spread across America in the 1800’s. Since the year 2000, people have become more and more interested in the game. Because it has been around for so long, many people wonder what the reason is for the sudden interest. Well, it’s not a mystery. Aside from the advent on Online poker games and tournaments, especially those played with the Texas Hold’em variatio...
  • Celebrities And Poker Games  By : Cyman Harrison
    Undoubtedly, celebrity interest in the game of poker has fuelled public interest in the game of poker. It is likely that the average citizen could not ignore the lure of a thing linked both to the creation of wealth and the world of the mysterious and unattainable celebrity.

    Many people like to watch their favorite celebrities compete on the popular television show, Celebrity Poker Showdown. The many celebrities that have appeared on the famous person game show demonstrate...
  • Poker Player Profile: Andy Bloch  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Some people can just blow you away with their achievements and Andrew (Andy) Bloch is one such fellow. Andy could give anyone an inferiority complex by just reading about him. Firstly, Andy has not one, but two electrical engineering degrees from MIT. He has participated in advanced designing of computer chips, has a law degree from Harvard no less, and is a successful stock trader.

    And no one can top Andy when it comes to multi-tasking. Poker is just one of his myriad int...
  • Poker Player Profile: Humberto Brenes  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Humberto Brenes is a family man who resides with his wife and three children in his native Costa Rica. Humberto Brenes is also – along with his two brothers, Alex and Erick – a professional poker-playing champion.

    Engaging, and popular with other players due to his always friendly manner, Humberto’s favorite tournament attire are brightly-colored jump suits, a visor, and two pairs of glasses, one atop the other. A poker tournament player since 1988, he has actually played ...
  • Poker Player Profile: Jennifer Tilly  By : Kenneth Bateman
    A well-known character actress for over two decades, Jennifer Tilly was nominated for an Academy Award for her marvelous portrayal of Olive Neal, the hopelessly untalented actress in Woody Allen’s movie, “Bullets Over Broadway.” (1994). She has performed in over 100 movies, and, possibly as a precursor of things to come, once starred in a gambling – themed film called “Let It Ride”, (1989). In fact, it was this film that piqued Jennifer’s interest in poker, and started her on...
  • Poker Player Profile: Men Nguyen  By : Kenneth Bateman
    A native-born Vietnamese, Men Nguyen was 24 when he escaped from communist Vietnam in 1978 and sailed with a group of compatriots to Malaysia. However, his ultimate destination was the United States, where upon his arrival later that year was given political asylum. Settling in Los Angeles where some relatives and friends were located, Men rapidly assimilated and in 1986 was awarded U.S. citizenship.

    Two years earlier, Nguyen, fascinated by stories of the Glitter Gulch cit...
  • Poker Player Profile: Michael Mizrachi  By : Kenneth Bateman
    If anyone doubts the value of learning to play poker skillfully online before entering live play, all one has to do is examine the poker profile of “The Grinder”, Michael Mizrachi. Graduating from $5-10 Limit Hold ‘em on Paradise Poker to $100-200 Limit Hold ‘em on Pokerstars, Michael developed the skills necessary for success in the world of live tournament play. Still a youngster, (born January 5, 1981 along with fraternal twin brother Eric), Michael, now graduated from onl...
  • Poker Player Profile: Mike Matusow  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Mike Matusow “The Mouth,” is an emotional, and occasionally volatile player, who can be aggressive and verbal. His personality and playing style can often be disconcerting to some players and fans, while others see him as a harmless, clownish player.

    However, there is no denying his poker table skills. You don’t win two World Series of Poker Bracelets through luck alone. In fact, he is considered by many to be the best Omaha player of all.

    Mike started earning a living ...
  • Poker Player Profile: Phil Gordon  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Phil Gordon (or Gordan), was born in Texas in 1970, but now resides in Las Vegas. Phil is an intelligent many-sided individual; a businessman, entrepreneur, author, commentator, adventurer, celebrity, and last but not least, a world-class professional poker player.

    Intelligent? Phil became a full-time college student at the age of fifteen as a National Merit Scholarship finalist, graduating from Georgia Tech in 1990 with a BS in computer science.

    As a businessman, Phil ...
  • Poker Player Profile: Scott Fischman  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Born in Langhorne, Pennsylvania in the year 1981, Scott Fischman and his family relocated to South Jersey, where Scott spent his earliest years before the family moved to Las Vegas in 1992. Scott’s interest in poker came about after he was introduced to the game by a school chum. His infatuation and desire was immediate, and by the age of twenty-one had begun his career as a poker dealer at the Sahara, shortly afterwards moving to the Mirage. His promising career was curtaile...
  • Poker Player Profile: Tuan Le  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Of Vietnamese descent, but Paris born, Tuan Le spent his early childhood in Kansas City before his family settled permanently in Los Angeles. Tuan initially developed his interest in poker while majoring in finance at California State University, Northridge.

    A fortunate meeting with poker professional Barry Greenstein (2004 WPT Champion), and an introduction to Greenstein’s as yet unpublished book, “ Aces On The River “ , enabled Tuan to develop his natural poker-playing t...
  • Poker Player Profile: Annie Duke  By : Kenneth Bateman
    It has been said by some expert male poker players that Annie Duke is the best all-around woman poker player in the world today. As the top money winner in the history of World Series of Poker, she was eight months pregnant with her third child when she won tenth place in the $10,000 Main Event.

    Born in Concord, New Hampshire, she is sister to Howard Lederer, the well-known and popular expert nicknamed “The Professor” because of his calm and stable approach at the poker ta...
  • Poker Player Profile: Clonie Gowan  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Her real name is Cycalona Gowen because she was born during a tropical storm. Clonie grew up in Kiowa, Oklahoma and played sports in high school. She ranked seventh in the high jump in track and field and was also a championship-level basketball player. She had looks as well as skill in sports and the pretty young blonde won the Miss Teen McAlester crown in Oklahoma at age fifteen.

    Clonie is a divorced mother of two and lives in Dallas, Texas. Her older child, a daughter,...
  • Poker Player Profile: Jennifer Harman  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Jennifer Harman has been playing poker since she was eight years old at her father’s games in their home. She states that when he was losing, he would have her play in his place and she would actually win his money back.

    Harman is petite at 5’2” tall weighing around 100 pounds. She is in her early twenties and looks younger than her age which causes her opponents to underestimate her poker playing skills and try to bluff her. Her youthful appearance is an advantage as she ...
  • Poker Player Profile: Evelyn Ng  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Evelyn Ng, who was born in Toronto, Canada on September 14, 1975, prefers to be called Evy or Evybabee. The twenty-eight year old poker star is tall at 5’11” and has the stunningly exotic appearance of a super model. She calls herself a “girly girl” and enjoys being photographed as you can see from the many pictures of her on her website on her online gallery.

    Evy began playing pool at age 14 and then graduated to card playing when she was 17 back home in...
  • Poker Player Profile: Phil Laak  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Phil Laak was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1972, raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts and now lives in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has worked in several fields before becoming a skilled poker player. Laak is a former engineer, sports bet broker, market speculator, repo man and real estate investor. He was successful in the field of engineering but did not derive enough satisfaction to...
  • Poker Player Profile: Lily Elviro  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Lily Elviro - born Aidilily Elviro – was born and raised in Miami, Florida. The 23 year old (born August 12th ) enjoys jet skiing and horse back riding as hobbies but playing poker is her passion.

    She was indoctrinated into the game at an early age by her family who played Cuban Poker every Sunday night and was finally allowed into the game at the age of sixteen.

    Many poker stars have a family story to tell about their attachment to the game and Lily Elviro has a good o...
  • Poker Player Profile: Cyndy Violette  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Cyndy Violette, born in Queens, New York on August 19, 1959, is considered one of the most successful female poker players. She became a professional before the entry of so many women into poker play – back when it was still considered a “man’s game”.

    Cyndy’s family moved to Las Vegas when she was 12 years old and she began playing cards at home with her uncle. Her first casino play occurred when she was pregnant with her daughter, Shannon. She spent some time dealing poke...
  • Poker Player Profile: John Juanda  By : Kenneth Bateman
    John Juanda is a nice guy! He is calm, reasonable, quiet and easygoing. Not the usual adjectives ordinarily used to describe your average professional Poker player. He is also highly intelligent and one who calculates every play. In spite of being different in so many ways from other players, John should not be underestimated or taken for granted.

    Born on July 8, 1971 in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, John grew up with a father who drank and gambled but warned John not t...
  • Poker Player Profile: Antonio Esfandiari  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Born Amir Esfandiari on December 8, 1978 in the capital city of Tehran, Iran, this world class Poker player was brought to the United States by his parents when he was nine years old. The family settled in San Jose where Amir attended school. He soon requested his name be changed to Anthony because his school mates thought the name Amir was strange.

    He had always been fascinated by the art of magic and by the time he turned nineteen, he had studied and learned enough about...
  • Poker Player Profile: Chip Jett  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Chip Jett is a professional player of high standing in the Poker playing community. Chip’s 2005 live Poker Tournament winnings have exceeded $1,500,000. During that same year, his wife Karina Jett who is also a professional Poker player, made the same final table as did Chip at the Old Billings Gate Market Open Event in London.

    Born in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 22, 1974, Chip now resides in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter.

    He has finished in the money five t...
  • Poker Player Profile: David Sklansky  By : Kenneth Bateman
    David Sklansky was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on December 22 and now lives in Henderson, Nevada which is actually part of the great Las Vegas area.

    In addition to his Poker playing proficiency, David is known as one of the leading authorities on Poker, Blackjack and gambling in general. His knowledge of gambling comes from practical experience and success as a professional Tournament Poker player of championship caliber.

    Sklansky has, in fact, won World Series of Poker...
  • Poker Player Profile: Erick Lindgren  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Erick Lindgren brings his naturally competitive nature from playing sports in high school to playing at the Poker tables. Born on August 11, 1976 and raised in the small mountain town of Burney, California, Lindgren excelled in basketball and football. He was an all league quarterback and MVP of his league as a basketball shooting guard.

    Lindgren attended Butte Junior College but did not graduate since he knew at a young age that his future lay in gambling. Before becoming...
  • Poker Player Profile: Isabelle Mercier  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Isabelle “No Mercy” Mercier was born in Montreal, Canada on August 5, 1975. However, she states that she currently lives out of her suitcase in hotel rooms all over the world. Isabelle travels twelve months a year and enjoys the constant changes in residence as she does not like when her life falls into a predictable pattern.

    Even though she has been “playing poker all her life”, she states she has been a professional for a little over two years. Her original career plans ...
  • Poker Player Profile: Karina Jett  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Professional female Poker players have been a rarity until recent years and although no woman has as yet won the prestigious World Series of Poker (WSOP), they have certainly made their mark and continue to do so in the world of professional Poker.

    As far as anyone knows, the first woman to play professional Poker was Alice Ivers, soon to be known as “Poker Alice”, a legendary figure of the Old Wild West.

    Since then, many women have proven themselves skilled and competi...
  • Poker Player Profile: Maureen Feduniak  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Originally from England, Maureen “Mo” Feduniak has been a competitive Poker player for over a decade. Her mentor, none other than T. J. Cloutier, no doubt was a major factor in developing Maureen into the fine competitor she is today.

    T. J. himself has won more than fifty Tournaments world-wide, including a collection of no less than six World Series of Poker Bracelets.

    Maureen became enthralled with Poker after watching a telecast of a WSOP tournament, plus the fact th...
  • Poker Player Profile: Hoyt Corkins  By : Kenneth Bateman
    Hoyt Corkins is one of the more “colorful” professional Poker players, known as much for his aggressive (all-in) playing style as his signature black cowboy hat and dark glasses.

    His professionalism, however, is in contrast with his Poker playing. At the table, he is soft spoken and well mannered, belying the nicknames bestowed upon him by fellow players: “Mr. All-In”, “Nightmare” and “Cowboy”.

    Corkins’ “take no prisoners” playing style backed by skill and cunning broug...
  • Poker Player Profile: Paul Darden  By : Kenneth Bateman
    After an inauspicious adolescence, Paul “The Truth” Darden, Jr. has come a long way. Born October 27, 1968 in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in a ghetto, in his teen years he hung out with thieves and drug dealers. In fact, at the tender age of 15, Darden was accused of murder but was lucky enough to be acquitted due to mistaken identity.

    As a high school dropout, there were not many career options open to him and he says that the game of Poker helped him turn his life ...
  • Who The Poker Players Really Are  By : David Walker
    With the endless publicity surrounding the World Poker Tour, people are asking the question of who plays in these tournaments? There is a lot of interest in who is the person behind the cards?
  • Some Advice For New Poker Players  By : David Walker
    There is no greater game than poker. It’s fun, exciting and only the best survive.

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