November 2008

Interview: Wesley Whybrew - aka Interview: Wesley Whybrew - aka 'tEh_R3aLde4L'

Wesley Whybrew isn’t a household name like Daniel Negreanu or Phil Hellmuth. He doesn’t play insanely high-stakes with Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey. However, with over $200,000 in online tournament winnings including a Sunday Million win and a successful live cash career, the 20-year-old poker professional from Michigan has made waves in the online tournament world.

John Juanda - Interview with the Champion John Juanda - Interview with the Champion

The day after surviving a crucible of pain and the most brutal World Series final table in poker history, we find John Juanda relaxing in the tearoom of the Soho Hotel, sipping a restorative cocktail and looking his usual dapper, unflappable self.

October 2008

Interview: Jimmy Fricke - aka Interview: Jimmy Fricke - aka 'Gobboboy'.

Tom Dwan, online sensation, has been described by the poker divinity that is Phil Ivey as being the man who might take No-Home Jerome’s mantle.

Marty Smyth: The Skill of the Irish Marty Smyth: The Skill of the Irish

Marty Smyth never really played a lot of poker tournaments; he always preferred to battle it out at the highest online cash games he could find, back in his bedroom in Belfast. Every year, however, he’d go on a beano to Dublin – just for a laugh – and would usually end up on the final table of the Irish Open. In 2007 he won the whole thing. Then on a trip to Vegas in summer, he in inadvertently became the Pot Limit Omaha World Champion and the only Irishman to collect a bracelet in 2008.

September 2008

Just how unlucky is Mike “The Mouth” Matusow? Just how unlucky is Mike “The Mouth” Matusow?

Is luck just “probability taken personally”, as someone once said, or can one be innately unfortunate? Cursed from birth, if you will. Mike Matusow could certainly argue (and he often does) that The Creator has singled him out for repeated catastrophic misfortune at the poker table, but just how unlucky is he? We decided to find out.

August 2008

What is the Best Poker Advert Ever? What is the Best Poker Advert Ever?

Poker adverts are everywhere. Newspapers, magazines, television, the internet… you literally can’t get away from the marketing. With so much out there, how do you make your advert stand out though? After some serious testing and having trawled the video websites out there (well okay, one of them) Bluff Europe bring you our Top Five Poker Adverts.

The Year of Erick Lindgren The Year of Erick Lindgren

As I write this, the World Series of Poker is halfway completed. That is to say, more than half of the events are completed, but we’re less than halfway through the overall event, so we round off in the middle. It’s as good a time as any to take stock of what’s gone down and look at which storylines are shaping the memories we’ll have from the 2008 WSOP.

July 2008

Nik Persaud: So Solid Nik Persaud: So Solid

“Can you believe they had Doyle Brunson on the front cover last month, and this month it’s… me?” marvels Nik Persaud over drinks-on-the-job in Shoreditch. “My mum will be thrilled!”

June 2008

Doyle Brunson: The Godfather is made an offer he can’t refuse Doyle Brunson: The Godfather is made an offer he can’t refuse

Just a few months shy of his 75th birthday, Doyle Brunson has seen it all in the poker world. His résumé you already know: ten World Series of Poker bracelets, a World Poker Tour title, $5.3 million in career tournament earnings and author of arguably the most important poker strategy book ever written, Super System. He’s also beaten the highest stakes games the poker world ever known, including being a part of the now-famous Andy Beal heads-up matches.

Annette Obrestad: Eyes Wide Shut Annette Obrestad: Eyes Wide Shut

Armed with just a single Post-it note and a Jedi-like prescience, Annette_15 famously won a $4, 180-player tournament without looking at her cards. Playing cheap tournaments blind can be a great way of honing your instincts and situational awareness. Here’s some invaluable advice from Norway’s foremost diminutive poker diva.