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June 2018
Hey everyone,
It's the rare occasion that I'm sending a monthly newsletter out from Las Vegas, rather than my home in Israel, but all that means is that it's the most exciting time of the poker year! It's also the busiest, and thus the slight delay; so happy WSOP, everyone.😀

Anyhow, we were running full throttle in June, as we published a record (by far!) 26 articles. Anchoring that content was a 10-part miniseries reviewing PokerGO's original programming. Many of us poker fans have chosen to subscribe to the Netflix-style network for the live streams of prestigious poker event final tables, but they've also got some great, native poker series they've produced, which is very much worth checking out. Our miniseries was put together by a team of five contributing writers and sponsored by, whose support for which we are grateful.

In addition to our regular lifestyle features, op-eds, interviews, and strategy articles, our "Ask the Poker Experts" series continued as well, with this month's question featuring a special panel of past WSOP Main Event champions, including Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, Scott Blumstein, and Jamie Gold!
On that note, if you've got a burning poker question you'd like answered by some of the game's top coaches, players, media personalities, tournament directors, or industry experts, just send me an email.

PODCAST NEWS: Aria Poker Room's Mike Williams

Along with my co-host Bruce Briggs, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Mike Williams, the Director of Poker Operations at Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas on PokerNews' Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast.

A lifelong poker lover, Mike tells us about his roots in the game, his affinity for home games, and how Aria Las Vegas is a great venue not just for the high rollers, but also for the low rollers and home game enthusiasts. He's also got some great stories from his time working the poker rooms of Biloxi, Mississippi, that we know you'll love. If you haven't already done so, please have a listen!


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

We're halfway there as far as the calendar goes, with six months of 2018 in now the rear-view mirror, but we're unfortunately just slightly off pace, with 480km completed thus far of my 1,000km goal. It'll be a challenge keeping pace here in Las Vegas with the WSOP going on, but I'll do the best I can to run when I've got free time.

As a reminder, this year's beneficiary, Save a Child's Heart (SACH) 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.

We've been "stuck" at a total of $6,400 in pledges for a little while, and I'm still hoping to hit my 2018 goal of raising $10,000 for this wonderful organization. With many thanks, as always to my sponsors - Simcha Simon, Michael Pagano, Jaime Staples, Jan Fisher, and Ory Weiss, as well as corporate sponsors Run It Once, PokerStars, and - there's of course plenty more room for additional sponsors to join this charitable endeavor. 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.


Over the next two weeks, you'll all see somewhat less poker blog activity than usual as I'll once again be working with the great team over at Poker PROductions on their Player Bio team during the WSOP Main Event. It's such a thrill to play a role in helping the broadcast come to life. In case you're curious about how things work behind-the-scenes of the most popular poker broadcast of the year, you're welcome to check out this article, which I penned last year.

While I'll be plenty busy in the Amazon Room at the Rio, you can always feel free to say hello if you see me walking around. And, of course, if you or someone you know is playing in the Main Event and would like to support Cardplayer Lifestyle by wearing a patch, I'd be honored and more than happy to give you one.

As always, your feedback, constructive or otherwise, is most welcome.

Thanks so much for your support and best of luck at and away from the tables! 

- Robbie 

The 2018 WiPHoF Ceremony: A Powerful Wake-up Call to the Poker Industry

Attending the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame ceremony was an honor and a privilege. Beyond the event’s beauty and pageantry, however, was an underlying message that the poker industry needs to take to heart.

It’s time for us all to stop lamenting that there aren’t more women in our game, and to step up and start doing something practical about it. Let’s start putting the time, effort, and resources into making “wishful thinking” a reality to create a second, sustained poker boom.


Poker Notes Live Mobile App

Want to keep track of your live poker sessions during the WSOP?

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!


Doyle Brunson Retires: So long, Big Papa

Doyle Brunson said goodbye to a lifelong career playing in WSOP tournaments, with a stellar sixth-place finish in the 2018 $10,000 2-7 Single Draw event. His performance was reminiscent of the swan song of another elite competitor, tennis’ Jimmy Connors.

And so, we offer up this humble tribute to the living legend, the Godfather of Poker, Big Papa, Texas Dolly, as he rides off into the sunset.


Buy Official WSOP-Branded Merchandise

The WSOP is finally here, but if you can't make it out to the Rio in person, don't despair!

You can still get your very own WSOP-branded merchandise at SHOP.WSOP.COM.

From hats and hoodies to cards and card protectors, as well as commemorative poker chips, key chains and much, much more, get 'em now while the getting is good!  


Interview with Aria Studio and Tournament Poker Manager Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell is enjoying quite a run as the well-respected Tournament Manager and Studio Director at Aria. In this interview, we learn more about how his career in poker got started and his life away from the job.

Read on and you’ll discover why he’s so beloved among the high roller poker community as well as a favorite among recreational poker players at the Aria.



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