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February 2018
Hey Everyone,

Things have been just a tad slower than usual here at Cardplayer Lifestyle in February. Nonetheless, while we may have published fewer articles, I'm quite pleased to say that they were of "above average quality." I invite you to check out a sampling below.

With all of that said, I certainly ended this month on a high note, taking my first-ever trip to attend the American Poker Awards, in Los Angeles. While I wasn't nominated for any awards, I did have the distinct privilege of serving on the jury to determine the eventual winners (story below), and I even got to present one of the awards!

During my time in Southern California, I also played close to 20 hours of poker at a number of different cardrooms in the LA area. In March, I'll be writing up some room reviews, so you can expect to see them published over the coming weeks.
Thanks, once again, to our official poker tour sponsor, Next Level Poker. Tour founder and WSOP bracelet winner Chris "Fox" Wallace wrote up an interesting article for us this month about satellites. There are a couple of very valuable tips in there, so be sure to check the article out.

"RUNNING WELL" 1,000 km charity poker challenge update!

Due to my LA trip, I wasn't able to get in as much running this month as I would've liked, but we're nonetheless not too far off pace. As of now, I've run 150km towards my 1,000km goal, and I know I'll be making some significant progress over the next month.

As a reminder, this year's beneficiary, Save a Child's Heart, aims to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries. You can learn more about their amazing work in this short video.

As mentioned in last month's newsletter, PokerStars has stepped up with a matching $1 per km donation, helping get us $1,000 closer to our goal of $10,000 in pledges for the year.

In addition, PokerStars (namely Sue Hammett, Rick Dacey, and Brad Willis) was kind enough to allow me to do a write-up about the Running Well challenge on their blog, entitles "The Power of a Good Run." I think you'll enjoy reading it!

With charitable endeavors, there's always plenty more room for additional sponsors, so if you or the company you work for would like to make a pledge (all monies donated directly by you), please email me.

As with last year's challenge, you're all invited to follow my progress via Twitter at #charitypoker1000km.

As always, you can check out a sampling of some of this month's most interesting and popular articles below. And of course, your feedback, constructive or otherwise, is most welcome.

Thanks, as always, for your support and best of luck at and away from the tables! 

- Robbie 

Poker's Jury Duty

While there’s a 100+-person panel that determines each year’s American Poker Awards nominees, a much smaller group or jurors determines which of those nominees go on to win the yearly awards.

Having had the honor of being on the 2018 jury, I wanted to share with you a behind-the-scenes look at the entire process.


Poker… in the Hospital

The orthopedic ward of a hospital isn’t often the scene of smiles and laughs, but for a few special hours on a Saturday night, a group of home game poker players were able to spread some positive vibes.

When your fellow poker buddy is laid out in a hospital bed, the cavalry comes to the rescue with chips, chairs, and good cheer.


Is Daniel Negreanu On Pace to Repeat 2014?

As poker’s all-time career earnings leader, Daniel Negreanu continues to pad his resume year after year. Thus far in 2018, he’s off to a blazing start, having won over $1 million. Could he perhaps eclipse his 2014 total earnings? Only time will tell, but with all the work he’s putting in studying off the felt, we wouldn’t bet against him.

Enjoy this op-ed by our contributor, James Guill.


Buy Official WSOP-Branded Merchandise

The WSOP is just over three months away, and the excitement is starting to build towards a crescendo! Aside from booking your travel and working on your game, there's no better way to prepare for the year'a biggest even than by getting your own WSOP-branded merchandise at SHOP.WSOP.COM.

From card protectors to commemorative poker chips to keychains and much, much more, get 'em all while the getting is good!  


Top 10 Things We Love About Andrew Neeme’s Poker Vlog

Poker vlogging superstar Andrew Neeme is beloved by tens of thousands of fans the world over. He does the poker world a great service by continuing to draw more and more people to the game with passion and enthusiasm that’s effervescent in his incredible videos.

In tribute to Andrew, then here is a list of the top 10 things we love about his poker vlog.


Goodbye Comfort Zone: Upping the Home Game Stakes After 15 Years

When you play in the same couple of home poker games for 15 years, you’re solidly ensconced in your comfort zone. So what do you do when you get invited to a home game where they play for higher stakes?

Well, after 15 years of saying “no, thanks” I finally said “OK, sure!”

I wonder if it’s a situation that many low-stakes home game players out there can relate to? Here’s how the story played out.



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