April 2014

Editor’s Letter: The Face of the (Waiting) Game

When Blair Hinkle started getting really good at poker I imagine he began to dream big; TV final tables, a sponsorship deal and his face on the cover of poker magazines. It might not be something that consumed him, but I’m pretty sure he thought about it at least a couple times. In February 2011, [...]

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Balance Restored

Blair Hinkle finally gets his payday At the peak of his online success, Blair Hinkle won more than $1 million in a single FTOPS event in February of 2011. He already had a World Series of Poker bracelet to his credit, but this was the first seven-figure cash of Hinkle’s career and things were looking [...]

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Everything Old is New Again

Craig Lumpp & Sean McCormack – The Men Behind the “New” Bellagio Poker Room The Bellagio Poker Room was the crown jewel of the Las Vegas strip from the time the casino opened in 1998 through the entirety of the first wave of the poker boom. The biggest cash games in the world took place [...]

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The Evolution of Poker Strategy

Part 1: Doyle Brunson Darwin’s theory of evolution proves remarkably accurate when applied to poker. Survival of the fittest. As poker strategy keeps evolving, how can one stay ahead of the curve and predict upcoming trends in the next global game of rock-paper-scissors? As tough as it is today, it is one thing to learn [...]

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Kings and Little Men

A singular, forceful personality can alter the entire vibe of a table. It only takes one asshole to ruin a good time, but one magnanimous person can transform the most boring table into a raucous affair. Behold, the table captain. There’s one at every poker table, whether you realize it or not. The most responsible [...]

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Fun In Poker

What’s taking so long? It’s just a game Joe Hachem recently did an interview in which he pointed out that the young players have taken the fun out of poker. I couldn’t agree with him more. Poker has shifted in the last years from a fun social experience to a game of intense thought and [...]

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10 Things We’ve Learned In 10 Years

Listen up. WCP is handing out wisdom It’s hard to believe, but the Entities Who Compromise Wicked Chops Poker are entering our 10th year in the business. That’s a quarter of our lives. To paraphrase Kanye, that’s cray-cray. If you get as embedded in any industry as we’ve been here, you better learn some things [...]

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