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February 2019
A lot of effort goes into preparing this newsletter each month. As much as I put it together for you guys (I hope you like it!), I also do it for myself. It's important to be able to look back on each month having felt that time wasn't wasted. 

February might be the shortest month of the year, but it certainly was busy. I wrote only one of the 17 articles we published this month, but that still means I edited 16 others. I also kept busy on the podcast front (see below) plus there are a couple other poker-related side projects I'm involved in that have filled a good deal of my time.

On a personal note, it's been quite a rollercoaster month. Social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, forums, comment sections, etc.) is somewhat of a double-edged sword. The platforms are great to help spread and share content, but it's critical to be on guard and have thick skin if and when the blades get aimed in your direction for whatever reason. With that said, it's also heartwarming to realize that many good people "have your back" in such a situation. Apologies if the above sounds cryptic, but I'll just end off by thanking those good people, and being thankful that social media platforms can be used for so much good. Gotta stay focused on the positive!

On a further (even more personal) note, life took a couple interesting turns this past month. My wife was abroad for a week, leaving me on sole parent duty for my three kids for the first time in a couple years. Soon upon her return home, my grandmother passed, leading me to pretty much "drop everything" to be with my Dad during his Shiva (mourning period).

So to circle back a bit, with all of that personal stuff demanding my attention, I'm that much more grateful to have been as productive as I was under the circumstances. Much like at the poker table, you can't control the cards you're dealt in life, but you certainly can do your best to play each hand to the best of your ability.

We're grateful to have the iNinja Poker Tour back once again as the official poker tour sponsor of our monthly newsletter. Their next event is slated to begin in just a few days at the Atlantis Casino in Reno, NV, featuring 10 straight days of guarantees. More information available by clicking on the image above.

iNinja Poker Tour co-owner (and Cardplayer Lifestyle contributor) Chris Wallace penned a fun, creative article for us this month in the spirit of the fabled John Henry that's worth checking out.

Moreover, beginning next month, Chris will also be teaching a 10-session course on RecPoker entitled: How Pros Think About Poker. Be sure to use our exclusive promo code
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This past month on the Red Chip Poker Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing four interesting and entertaining individuals from the world of poker: Chris Moneymaker, Greg Vail, Ross Glover, and Joe Stapleton. Each episode has its own unique flavor, and it's pretty cool to have a gig that allows me to both reconnect with players and industry people I've known for a while as well as get to know new players and poker authors for the first time.

Go on and have a listen!

Bruce Briggs and I continued chugging along with the biweekly Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast as well. In the couple of episodes we released this past month, we spoke with poker vlogger extraordinaire Andrew Neeme about his MUGs get togethers and how they mimic the home game feel. We also discussed how play money poker play can help you improve your skills at the home game felt.

Be sure to check 'em out!


Towards the end of last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Stas Tishkevich, co-founder of the Israel Poker Academy and co-creator of the Poker Fighter Training App.

I'm pleased to announce that Stas has become a regular, new Cardplayer Lifestyle contributor, putting together a unique strategy video + article for us each and every Sunday. Now five lessons in to his weekly column, the topics Stas has covered thus far are entitled:
Be on the lookout for more great, original strategy content from Stas each and every Sunday! If you like it, share it with your friends. Your feedback is always welcome.


Next month, I'll be heading off to Russia for the first time since I was kid (trivia: I visited as a 10-year-old in 1992, just after communism fell!).

The destination: EPT Sochi!

So, be on the lookout for my trip coverage towards the end of March, which will include interviews, features, social media posts, video blogs, and more, that'll hopefully give you all a taste of what it's like to attend the prestigious poker festival. 

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

- Robbie 

When The Wife is Away, The Husband Will Play (Poker)

Everyone has their own way of showing affection to their partner on Valentine’s Day. I suppose this is my way.

I hope you enjoy this 1,000-word essay on why my wife is awesome… after all, it’s because she flew abroad for a week that I was able to enjoy a fun-filled “poker staycation” at home. 😁


Upswing Poker’s Winning Poker Tournaments with Nick Petrangelo: A Thorough Review

Upswing Poker’s Winning Poker Tournaments is a world-class course. The concepts covered may be too advanced for those who play low buy-in tournaments, but if you’re looking to compete at the highest levels, this is the course for you.

Winning Poker Tournaments, taught by world-class professional Nick Petrangelo, is well worth its cost for anyone looking to learn more about solvers or improve their tournament play live or online.

Check out our review, by Chad Holloway.


Staking Satellites: Bringing More Women to the Felt

Bringing more women into poker has long been an industry goal, but Poker League of Nations (PLON) aims to bring more poker to women specifically via staging staking satellites.

This article, by Ivan Potocki, takes a closer look at what those are and how they work, as well as how they’re enabling more women to participate in the game we all love and even win their way to a shot at the WSOP Main Event.


Poker Book Review: Exploitative Play in Live Poker

Debuting to much fanfare, the hype surrounding Exploitative Play in Live Poker is real, writes Shannon Mack in this book review.

Alex Fitzgerald’s new book, published by the venerable D&B Poker, has helped Shannon take his already winning poker game to the next level. Definitely worth picking up a copy when you get the chance!


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  • Improve your overall performance at the poker table 

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9 Special Things about the Upcoming 50th World Series of Poker

The 2019 incarnation of the World Series of Poker is set to be an incredible festival, as the 50th annual running of poker’s greatest event is celebrated.

In this article Grzegorz Bochniak takes a look at some of the highlights we can expect over the course of this upcoming summer.


Top 3 Tips for Using Blockers

In recent years, the concept of blockers has proven to be powerful, not only when playing Omaha, but also in Hold’em.

In this article Tadas Peckaitis gives you three top tips for how to best utilize the blockers concept in Hold’em.


What the Flop?: I Came. I Saw. I Cried.

This is the second article in a recurring series by Christina Bradfield entitled “What the Flop?” a poker column about the absurdities, humor, and just “random stuff” that goes along with playing poker.

In this second installment, Christina shares a “hidden truth” of her poker play that perhaps some others can identify with: sometimes after a tough session at the felt you need a good cry.



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