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December 2018
So, I'm sitting here at just after 3 am on New Year's Eve/Day in my living room wondering why I'm starting to work on this Newsletter. The only reason I can come up with (besides that I'm just plain crazy) is that I care too much about my work in the poker world and about being consistent in sending one of these out each month to allow myself to go to sleep before clicking "Send."

Knowing that you guys are out there, always being so encouraging of the work I do, make it all worthwhile. Thank you.

I've got LOTS of December highlights to share with you, so here goes:


Just a couple days ago, Eli broke the news, Tweeting out a picture of himself holding the first copy of his autobiography, entitled "Pulling the Trigger," (which I translated from the original Hebrew into English) published by Two Plus Two.

To celebrate the book's release, I published a short video interview that I recorded with Eli in Jerusalem back in October. I hope you enjoy watching it.


For those who might've missed the announcement, I've been tapped as the new host of the well-renowned Red Chip Poker Podcast. We've already recorded over half a dozen episodes and a new one will be released each week during 2019. The first one, with poker media veteran Lee Davy, is slated to drop tomorrow, so keep your eyes (and ears) peeled.

Thanks so much to the iNinja Poker Tour for sponsoring this newsletter. Their next series will take place at Reno's Atlantis Poker Room from March 7-17 and it will include half a dozen separate events with a combined six-figure prize pool guaranteed.

"RUNNING WELL -- I completed my 1,000 km charity poker challenge!

I've been updating you about my charity initiative each month, and I'm thrilled to report that not only did I make it to the finish line and complete my 1,000 km of running, but we also succeeded in hitting our $10,000 fundraising goal for Save a Child's Heart (SACH), which aims to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries.

Upwards of 40 individuals and companies stepped up to pledge support, with donations ranging anywhere from $10 to a $1,000 match of my own personal donation. In particular, it was astounding to witness as over 25% of those donors and over 15% of donated funds poured in during this past month alone!

I decided to broadcast my final 15 km run of the year on Facebook Live (replays available here), and I must say that it was an exhilarating experience to interact with so many awesome supporters of this initiative all over the world during the over 90-minute-long live stream.

As of yet, I'm uncertain as to how to continue my Running Well challenge in 2019, but rest assured, I'm already thinking of ways to make it bigger and better. The running never stops!


In just a few days, I'll be heading off to my first poker trip of the year, to Paradise Island in the Bahamas, to cover the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) between January 6-10. Expect BIG things, as I've got some really exciting content planned. That's not just hype, folks... BIG things are coming, so stay tuned!

It's now past 4:30 am, and believe me when I say that I'm smiling just as broadly as that picture below, as I finally click Send. I hope you enjoy this Newsletter as much as I've enjoyed putting it together for you.

As always,
your feedback, constructive or otherwise, is most welcome.
Happy New Year to you all, thanks so much once again for your support, and best of luck at and away from the tables in 2019! 

- Robbie 

VIDEO: Interview with Joey Ingram

Speaking with beloved Poker Life podcast host Joey Ingram about his beautiful act of kindness as the “Oprah of Poker,” facilitating the delivery of Platinum Passes to Arlie Shaban and recreational poker player Jeremy Hilsercop while simultaneously snagging one for himself.

We discuss how the poker story of the year developed and played out over Christmas Day 2018, as well as Joey’s plans for the PokerStars Players’ Championship and content creation in 2019.


Interview with George McIntosh, Managing Director at GreySnowPoker

GreySnowPoker is a brand new site in the online poker scene. Launched by the Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma, the Isle of Man-licensed site aims to revolutionize the industry’s conventional business model by offering something completely different called “FairPlay.”

To learn more about what GreySnowPoker is all about, we spoke at length to the company’s Managing Director George McIntosh, a longtime industry stalwart with well over a decade of experience in the online poker sector.


18 Poker People to Whom I Owe Tremendous Gratitude in 2018

An attitude of gratitude will take you far in life and enhance your every experience. There’s a group of 18 very special people in poker who have impacted my 2018 in exceptional ways, and for that I am supremely grateful.

This blog post is my way of expressing my thanks towards them, and for the good they’ve brought to this poker site and into my life in general this year.


Top 10 Things That Were #goodforpoker in 2018

If you’re a poker fan, you’d undoubtedly agree that 2018 was a great year. The calendar year was packed with highlights almost too numerous to list.

With so many great players, moments, and developments in the poker world, it was tough to limit a recap to just the top 10 things that were good for poker, but that’s what Geoff Fisk has done in this list.


Poker Notes Live Mobile App

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

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5 Reasons to Invite Women to Your Next Home Poker Game

Home games are the epitome of grassroots love for the game. Good times, a fun environment, and right in your own backyard (or living room, basement, etc.) What better venue than a home poker game to invite women to in order to try and bring more ladies to the game?

There are plenty of great reasons to invite women to your next home poker game. Here’s a list of the top five we came up with.


Witnessing ‘The Tank’ Get Shattered

Poker has gotten tougher to win at than ever before, which makes it that much more difficult for newer players to build up the courage to take a seat at the felt. Ridiculing such inexperienced players is literally the worst course of action for veteran players to take.

In this op-ed, our newest contributor, Mike Patrick, recounts a scene he witnessed at the table that quite frankly made him sick, where one of the regs decided to “shatter the tank.” The lessons should be obvious to anyone reading this article.


Exploring CORE: The A-Z Course From Red Chip Poker

With so many high-quality poker courses our there, it’s sometimes tough to know what distinguishes one training product from another. Red Chip Poker has taken a fascinating approach with their CORE offering, namely that they modeled it after the instruction style given by higher education institutions.

Costing just $5 a week, signing up for Red Chip Poker’s CORE program is practically a no brainer for any poker player looking to improve their game and enhance their skills at the felt.



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