Poker isn’t a game of pure chance. As any seasoned player will tell you, the true essence of poker lies in its strategy. Nowhere is this more evident than in the decisions you make right at the beginning of each hand. Welcome to the battleground of starting hands strategy in poker, where a game can […]

Peter Serf looked directly at Dimitar, who shuffled on his feet. He looked like he was holding onto a secret that was too hot to remain in his grasp.  ‘You want to tell them, or shall I!?’ said Peter, his gun pointing at Dimitar’s chest. Both Ivan and Sofia looked utterly perplexed.   ‘Your friend here, […]

Both of them stopped and stared at their phone screens. Below the creepy message was a link, presumably to download an app. Sofia went to flick it open.  ‘Wait, is that safe?’  ‘Dad, this is hardly the time to worry about Malware.’  Sofia clicked the app and a spinning wheel of doom loomed into view, […]

Bluffing is, by far and away, the most iconic and exciting part of poker. Great bluffs appear in every depiction of the game, from TV shows like Poker After Dark to Hollywood movies like Casino Royale and Rounders. There’s no better feeling than a well-executed bluff, and the technique has been in the game since […]

The next morning, Sofia arrived at Saskia’s salon feeling like she had stepped from one world into another. The neon of Glitter and the gloom of the Serfs from the night before had been replaced by bright daylight. Sun streamed through the windows into Saskia’s salon. Mercifully, it was empty, so Sofia accepted a cup […]

‘It’s never easy to win a game of heads-up poker.’ Ivan Angelov slurred. He had way more chips than Dimitar, but the bouncer and barman seemed to grow in the jacket he had been wearing since the sixth level of play. At his side, Elena smiled encouragingly at him. She had only been dancing at […]

Joni Jouhkimainen Wins His First Super MILLION$ for $438,000 With nine superstar players, millions of dollars ready to be won and the blinds rising sharply from the first deal, whoever won this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ was going to have done it the hard way. The $438,733 top prize from a starting prize pool of […]

A day later, the stage was set. The sun was dying in the sky when the dozen players arrived at the Angelov mansion. Sofia had spent the day thinking a lot about the death of Georgi. There was no random element to his death. He was a strong swimmer. He worked deep in the city, […]

Sofia’s first memory was of riding a small pink tricycle up a garden path outside their modest two-bedroom family home. She was guided along the cobbled stones, not by the hand of her mother or father, but of Georgi, her older brother. She loved his energy, his heart, his sense of fun – it kept […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]