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May 2021
Hi All,

There's nothing quite like getting back to the grind after a long break... and thankfully and blessedly many parts of the world are getting back to what resembles "normal". The exuberance is real and it's exhilarating to witness poker genuinely booming in the US and starting to come back in Europe and other locales.

To a degree, that's the feeling our contributor Geoff Fisk captures in both of his most recent articles, Regaining My Sanity Thanks to Live Poker and Drinks and Double Board Bomb Pots in Austin, Texas. I'm sure those are a couple pieces that will resonate with most, if not all, of you.

Meanwhile, we've kept the machines humming here, having cranked out another couple dozen-plus articles over the last month, but that's just what you see above the surface.

After months of teasing and what turned out to be wishful thinking, we finally have an actual target date for the launch of our new-and-improved website: Monday, June 14th.

Pending the timely site launch, it will hopefully trigger a cascade of new initiatives and innovations we've been working on diligently behind the scenes... so, I'm going to ask all of you longtime Cardplayer Lifestyle supporters out there to join me in using our collective "ONE TIME!" so we can hopefully meet our target date. 🙂

Other than that, I hope you enjoy the latest updates on what we've been up to during the last month.


📽️ THE ORBIT -- EPISODE #11 📽️

Episode #11 of The Orbit will be recorded tomorrow and hopefully released within a week or so after that. Our theme this time? MONEY IN POKER!

We've got a great panel lined up for this one, which includes a Poker Hall of Famer! Keep your eyes peeled.


I'm giving away FREE access to Alex Fitzgerald's new course: How to Win the $250K Guaranteed! (a $597 value) to one lucky contest winner.

For details of how to enter, check out this tweet. Contest ends in less than 24 hours, so get in while you still can. Good luck!


Guests who featured on the BERNARD LEE POKER SHOW and the REC POKER PODCAST this month, for which we've got full timestamps and recaps, included:
You can check out ALL our podcast content right here. We hope you enjoy listening to these great shows!

Below, I'm sharing some of our more interesting articles from this month, including training course reviews, poker product reviews, and other exclusives and feature pieces.

Got any favorites? If so, please share them on social media to help spread the word!

Your feedback, constructive or otherwise, is always welcome.


7 Tips to Stay Sharp During the 2021 WSOP Online Series

The 2021 WSOP Online series is coming up soon, and players are looking forward to another opportunity to win gold bracelets.

In this article, our newest contributor Paul Seaton offers seven great tips to help players stay sharp while contesting for online poker glory this summer.


2021 U.S. Poker Open: Q&A with Mori Eskandani

Ahead of the 2021 U.S. Poker Open, we spoke with PokerGO President (and Poker Hall of Famer) Mori Eskandani about the company’s plans and how they’re preparing to return to full-scale production of live poker tournament series and events.


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RunGood Poker Series All-Star Comeback Tour: Q&A with Tana Karn

Ahead of the RunGood Poker Series comeback tour, with planned stops in San Diego, Council Bluffs, and Tunica, company President Tana Karn joins us for a Q&A.

We discuss what things were like for the company during the pandemic, his preparation ahead of the comeback tour, and what attendees can expect at the upcoming trio of stops.


Giving Some Love to the GPI/THM Podcast Network

The pandemic forced all of us in the poker community to pivot hard in order to survive. Notably, the GPI/THM crew was left without much to do, as their workload and business evaporated with the disappearance of live poker.

Reinventing themselves, they successfully pivoted to begin producing an excellent suite of four podcasts, which we can only hope they keep up now that live poker is experiencing a post-pandemic resurgence.


Ask the Poker Experts: What Makes a Good Live Reporter?

With live poker and tournament series returning strongly post-pandemic, so is live tournament reporting.

In this latest installment of our ongoing Ask the Poker Experts series, Will Shillibier, Tim Duckworth, Chad Holloway, Yori Epskamp, and Dan Ross share their thoughts on what makes a good live reporter.


What’s on Tap for the Upcoming 28th Annual Casino Collectibles Show?

The South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will play host to the upcoming 28th annual Casino Collectibles Show.

In this article, Matt Hansen previews what attendees can expect during the multi-day convention, set to run from June 17-19, including special appearances by poker legends Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher.


What the Flop? | Where’s My Bravo Poker Dating App?

In her latest “What the Flop?” column, Christina Bradfield imagines how her dating life would be different, and perhaps revolutionized, if some sort of Bravo Poker Dating app existed.


Is “Bubbling” the worst feeling in poker?

Jason Ford muses about his unfortunate luck to have bubbled a recent poker tournament.

While it’s got to be the worst feeling in poker, this is an entertaining read we can all identify with.


Poker Tips by George: The Greatest Tell Concept

Our Senior contributor George Epstein shares what he calls “the greatest tell concept”, namely looking to your left.

Getting into that habit at live poker tables is something that’s likely to save you and make you a good amount of money in the long run, and it’s a critical lesson for poker beginners.


Get to Know the Poker Media: Hayley Hochstetler

Hayley Hochstetler is the latest interviewee in our ongoing Get to Know the Poker media series and it was a pleasure to learn more about her. Her stellar work in the industry for the RunGood Poker Series is well-known and well-respected by all who’ve come into contact with her.

Beyond learning about Hayley’s career, we also get a peek into her day-to-day work, as well as what his life is like away from the office. We hope you’ll enjoy the read as much as we enjoyed conducting the interview.


My European Poker Adventures: Stuck with the Irish – Part 2

Longtime poker industry veteran Christin Maschmann continues her series of stories recounting her first forays into the poker world.

Her latest article depicts the many fun times she had playing poker in Ireland, specifically at the Irish Poker Open and EPT Dublin.




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