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April 2019
This month's newsletter is WAY more packed than I had realized it would be, so the intro letter will be short and sweet before getting to the "fun stuff."

With just under a month left until the start of the World Series of Poker, I'm counting down until liftoff to Las Vegas. I'll be there from May 29-June 7.

I've got a lot going on during that week-and-a-half, but if you see me roaming the hallways of the Rio or trying to win $ at the cash game felt sometime between midnight and 6am in the Pavilion Room, be sure to come and say hi -- I'll have plenty of Cardplayer Lifestyle patches to give away. 

and speaking of giveaways...


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Thanks once again to the iNinja Poker Tour for sponsoring this newsletter. This month, tour co-owner (and our veteran contributor) Chris Wallace shared with us the crazy story of the man who wants to break Phil Laak's 115-hour record for longest continuous poker session. You've got to read it to believe it!


In April we put out five new episodes of the Red Chip Poker Podcast, as I interviewed a half dozen more fascinating individuals from the poker world, including: Jack Effel, John Curry, Eli Elezra, Barry Carter, Dara O'Kearney, and James Hartigan.

From authors to players to broadcasters to media folk and tournament officials, it's an eclectic cast of poker's finest characters to have had the pleasure of interacting with.

Go ahead and tune in!

Bruce Briggs and I cranked out another three episodes of the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast as well. In one episode, we spoke to listener Jim Donahue, who wrote a pair of books on a couple interesting poker variants, SOHE and Dramaha. Another episode delved into mixed games along with me giving a recap of my trip to EPT Sochi.

Finally, we spoke with poker legend Eli Elezra and he revealed how much he won in a Beverly Hills home game before Gabe Kaplan, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo di Caprio politely told him "we don't need TV poker pros in our game anymore." Plus he shares his plans for the upcoming WSOP and much more...

Be sure to have a listen!


A little bit of a slowdown this month, with "just" three new lessons from Stas Tishkevich, co-founder of the Israel Poker Academy and co-creator of the Poker Fighter Training App (but hey, they're FREE, so no biggie 😀).

Here are the latest of his video lessons that we've published:

Be on the lookout for more great, original FREE strategy content from Stas next month! If you like it, share it with your friends. Your feedback is always welcome.


This past month, I had the honor of being the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Global Poker Award for having run the Charitable Initiative of the Year; my Running Well campaign to benefit Save a Child's Heart. I was unable to be present at the ceremony in Las Vegas, but I wrote an acceptance speech and recorded it on video in this blog post. I remain truly humbled and grateful for the honor.

Also, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Steve Fredlund's Rec Poker Podcast. Our 45-minute conversation flew by as Steve, Chad McVean, and John Somsky peppered me with questions about my career in the poker world and the various projects I've been involved with over the years.

I don't imagine too many of you guys are regular readers of the Dispatch, out in Columbus, Ohio, but there's one recent article in particular you might want to check out when you have a few moments (I might have been mentioned 😉).

Lastly, I was one of a number of panelists asked by Dutch site for my opinion re: whether tournaments are paying out too many players nowadays (my answer is posted in English, otherwise Google Translate is your friend). Can you guess my thoughts on this issue?


This coming Sunday, May 5th, I've been invited to do a "Facebook Live Takeover" of the Poker League of Nations channel. You're invited to tune in LIVE at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific to hear me talk about money/expense-saving + general tips during the WSOP as well as give recommendations for poker content consumption, podcasts, vlogs, updates, articles, good Twitter follows, and more.

May 29th at 3pm during Las Vegas' Wednesday Poker Discussion Group, Eli Elezra will be having a speaking engagement and book signing. The event will take place at Ricardo's Mexican Restaurant, located about 1 mile from the Rio Hotel and Casino. As the translator of Eli's autobiography, Pulling the Trigger, I will be there to introduce him.

As always, I've included a selection of this month's top articles (which you may have missed) below, along with a couple great recommendations for poker training resources.

Your feedback, constructive or otherwise, is of course welcome.

- Robbie 

WSOP Stories: Racing for My Tournament Life!

Playing in your first ever World Series of Poker event is a memory that players typically treasure forever. There’s no feeling like getting ready to take your seat in one of the Rio’s cavernous ballrooms among thousands of other poker players.

But what happens when you forget your ID?

Mike Patrick has one hell of a story for you, as he had to race around Las Vegas for his tournament life. Buckle up!


How to Compete at the WSOP with a Four-Figure Bankroll

Many poker players of more modest means hesitate to make a trip out to the WSOP as they feel under-rolled.

In this article, Grzegorz Bochniak aims to show that even a four-figure bankroll gives you ample opportunity to compete at the World Series of Poker and have a great time.

Especially as this summer will mark the 50th annual WSOP, it makes for a great time to take a shot and head out to Las Vegas.


7 New Vloggers to Watch in 2019

Names like Andrew Neeme, Brad Owen, and Jaman Burton are already familiar to fans of poker vlogging, but the medium has attracted numerous new talents who are gaining fan bases of their own.

Geoff Fisk lists seven of the top new poker vloggers making big names for themselves in 2019.



The Ultimate Coaching Bundle from Jonathan Little is now on sale -- for a limited time only!

A MASSIVE 74+ HOURS of training on sale for 90% off.

Use coupon code "SALE" and hit the "Apply" button before checkout to save big!


Joint Malta Poker Festival & Cash Game Festival to Kick Off May 13

Malta Poker Festival Event Director Ivonne Montealegre and Cash Game Festival COO Mauritz Altikardes join us for a special interview to discuss their upcoming joint event, a first-of-it-kind event featuring both tournaments and cash games.

The joint festival is set to take place between May 13-19 at the Portomaso Casino in Malta. Read on for additional details of what to expect from this unique hybrid offering in one of Europe’s great poker cities.


Poker Notes Live Mobile App

Want to keep track of your live poker sessions?

Use the Poker Notes Live app to:

  • Tag and classify your opponents
  • Record your wins and losses
  • Improve your overall performance at the poker table 

Get it now on Google Play and the App Store.

Don't ante up without it!


Top 3 Tips For How to Crush Aggressive Poker Players

There’s no avoiding aggressive poker players; eventually you’ll have to face them and they can be tricky to handle.

Tadas Peckaitis has three great tips not only for how to counter their aggressive play, but also for how to crush them. It’s time to fight back!


Ask the Poker Experts: WSOP Tips for Cash Game Players

Seasoned cash game players Roy Cooke, Andrew Neeme, Brad Owen, and Tim “The Trooper97” Watts form our panel of poker experts this month to provide their best tips to players heading to Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker specifically to play cash games.

These veterans of the Las Vegas-based poker scene have a unique and expert perspective as locals and their tips to visiting players will certainly offer plenty of unparalleled value.


Poker Tips By George: Seniors LOVE Poker!

Stereotypically speaking, poker might be a “young person’s game” but it’s also an older person’s game. In fact, senior citizens LOVE poker.

In this article, our Senior contributor George Epstein recaps a recent special tournament held for seniors at the Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena, California.


2019 EPT Sochi: Poker Without Borders

Game selection is a critical skill in poker, but occasionally there’s a lot to be gained by sitting in a game where you feel out of your comfort zone. So, too, in life, expanding your horizons beyond what you’re used to can often serve to benefit you as a person in the long term.

This lesson was something that manifested itself numerous times during my six-day visit to the 2019 European Poker Tour stop in Sochi. I hope you enjoy reading this feature article, which recaps my experiences in the Russian resort town.



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