Touching down in Bulgaria was always a routine that Sofia enjoyed. For one thing, she was landing in Sofia, the city after which she was named. When she was a child, it was all anyone talked about; her father’s relentless business drive and how he named his daughter after the city he hoped to one […]

For as long as the night was, the morning was that short. The jail cell wasn’t nearly as dark and foreboding when Sam woke from a fitful sleep. The shadowy gloom of early morning had been replaced by brilliant sunlight. As the sun lit the room, Sam’s mood brightened accordingly. He rose, rubbing his head […]

“Let’s go over what happened one more time, just so we’re clear.” It was three in the morning and Sam was exhausted. He’d slept well into the evening before heading to the poker game, preparing for a night where sleep would need to be staved off as he battled to win millions. In Antonio’s dining […]

At high stakes, the first few rounds are always the most fun. Everyone is still involved and no one has had to rebuy. If anyone is drinking, they’re at that merry stage between overpolite awkwardness and pure boorishness. It was in the dining room of the Barcelona penthouse where Sam Houston was taking on five […]

Having a hobby that supplements, or even better, replaces your income at the same rate as your chosen occupation is a lofty aspiration. Over the years, Man, who plays under the name “Plankton_TH”, has tried many different things and has worked in various professions, all before he started playing poker. He can’t claim to be […]

Sam walked the short distance to the venue. It was a private room inside a building that was itself part of a gated community. The color and vibrant nature of Barcelona faded behind each façade as the number of buildings grew. By the time he arrived, Sam needed to look up in order to see […]

Sam Houston left London in torrential rain. Less than three hours later, he had touched down in Barcelona, where it was 28 degrees in the shade. As he walked slowly down the stairs to exit the plane, Houston looked at the other travelers marching towards solid ground ahead of him. Most were still in clothes […]

The world of poker is a curious beast, containing a myriad of poker games filled with nuance. The one variant that everybody tends to hear about, want to learn about, desire to watch more often, the Cadillac of the card games: No Limit Hold’em (NLHE). This very variant captured world wide recognition, made it to […]

HOW IT STARTED GGPoker posted a poker giveaway promo on Twitter for Valentine’s Day: submit a heart flush in Short Deck and have a chance to win a custom GGPoker Nike Air Force 1 for you and your Valentine’s Day date! My friend and poker player, Devon Graves, took part in this giveaway and became […]

Who Am I? Hi! I’m FORTUNA. I live in Middle East Germany and am turning 20 years old. My poker career is just starting but thought you would enjoy stories from my first poker experiences. My first poker experience was when I joined my friends at one of their home poker games. I enjoyed the […]

Live Poker Events in Asia are a Different Beast Since 2011 I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel around the world and report on a multitude of live poker events. For the first few years my trips were limited to poker games in Europe.  That began to change in 2014 when I […]

Poker in Germany In Germany, online poker is a very controversial topic. Until June 1st, 2021, this was not clearly regulated and left many questions unanswered. Only in one federal state was it already regulated. Schleswig-Holstein was the only federal state that was still allowed to play without rules during the introductory phase of the […]