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  • Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:28:51 +0000: Cheaters, Addicts, and Pros and the Professionalization of Poker - Titan Poker News Feed

    Posted by Andrada Istrate, July 29, 2014

    If you’re part of the poker community, you have inevitably bumped into various definitions that frame poker as either a game of chance or one of skill. A look into the way gambling was legislated in the United States shows that this debate is deeply embedded in the history and structure of the game: as poker historian James McManus reveals in Cowboys’ Full: The Story of Poker, all gambling games were outlawed in 1891, only to have the ban lifted in 1911 for draw poker only. The US attorney at the time argued that poker was “a game of science rather than chance.” So how come, roughly a hundred years later, are we still arguing on whether poker involves more skill than luck or the other way around? A quick Google search shows that this debate is still going strong: gambling analysts and gambling students, poker aficionados, experts or professionals, let alone newspaper columnists writing for first hand publications delve into the age-old question: is poker more about chance or skill? Interestingly enough, talking to poker players (not only professionals, but even regular punters) reveals that inclining the balance in favor of skill rather than chance is at the heart of their game.

    Professionalization of poker

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  • Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:33:00 +0000: Poker Players as Ambassadors for the Game - Titan Poker News Feed

    Guest Post by Ivan Potocki, July 27, 2014

    If you've been keeping an eye on recent news in the poker world, then you probably know all about Daniel Colman, the Big One for One Drop winner who refused to give an interview after his victory. This led to a heated discussion about poker players' roles and responsibilities as ambassadors for the game, with one side holding it is very important that players promote the game and the other claiming that players have no responsibility outside of playing. Both positions have clear merits, and this blog will just be my two cents about the whole issue.

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  • Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:22:43 +0000: Poker Health - Sound Body, Sound Mind - Titan Poker News Feed

    Posted by Ashley Adams, July 21, 2014

    I met a few of my poker buddies during the dinner break of a recent major tournament we were playing. One of them asked me how healthy my stack was.  I cringed a bit. My stack of poker chips was not doing well. I had half of the original buy-in – and I was playing poorly. And, come to think of it, I wasn't very healthy myself. I had a headache, a sore neck, my butt hurt, and my stomach was doing back flips.  It got me to thinking about whether there could be a connection between the health of my poker game and my own physical well-being.

    Don't cash in your chips too early

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  • Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:25:20 +0000: WSOP Main Event Advice: Move It to the Middle of the Schedule - Titan Poker News Feed

    Posted by Alex Rousso, July 17, 2014

    Anyone who has been at the World Series of Poker* and stayed until the bitter ends knows that it goes out with a whimper rather than with a bang. The Pavilion Room at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada - the beating heart of the World Series, where most players start each tournament journey - is a depressing sight by Day 4 of the Main Event.

     WSOP Main event change proposal

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  • Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:45:17 +0000: The Moneymaker Effect and How It Changed Poker - Titan Poker News Feed

    Posted by Ellis Shuman, July 15, 2014

    Moneymaker EffectThe term Poker Boom can be defined as the period between 2003 and 2006 when Texas Hold'em and other forms of poker, as well as online play, became extremely popular all over the world. Although the game's popularity began to rise with the release of the film "Rounders" in 1998, the boom itself was triggered in 2003 by one specific player winning one specific tournament.

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