“Beyond Traps” Review

[LL] “Another year, another book”, Leroy the Lion continued. “James McKenna followed up Beyond Tells (2005) and Beyond Bluffs (2006) with Beyond Traps in 2007. This is at least one book beyond how many he should have written, and it’s beyond me why he thought a trilogy was necessary.”

[RR] “I suppose you aren’t beyond words though?”, Roderick the Rock suggested.

[LL] “That was probably going to be the name of his fourth book, to keep the clever naming consistent. Unfortunately, McKenna is consistently awkward; he refers to ‘table bracelets’ (what the rest of the world calls WSOP bracelets) and the ‘national championship’, which is actually the World Series of Poker Main Event. He denigrates Mike Matusow, who ‘has never won a bracelet at a winning table’.2 What does that even mean? The Mouth had already won two WSOP bracelets between the time the book was written and published and has added two more since.

My favorite parts of the book are the ones that had nothing to do with poker. He relates inspirational sports stories about miler Glen Cunningham, long distance runner Emil Zatopek, diver Greg Louganis, and speedskater Joey Cheek.”

[RR] “But why are they even in the book?”

[LL] “Maybe because he couldn’t shoehorn then in to either of the first two? Actually, they fit in with the sections that belong in a self-help book: ‘Nine Characteristics of Winners’, ‘Heads of Winners’, ‘Shoulders of Winners’, ‘Bodies of Winners’, and ‘Foundations of Winners’. But this isn’t even a decent psychology book that happens to mention poker. I know my own writing isn’t beyond reproach, but it’s beyond question that you can safely skip this book and not worry that you missed anything.”

[RR] “Beyond doubt.”

Title Beyond Traps
Author James McKenna
Year 2007
Skill Level any
Pros Some interesting applications of psychology to poker if you haven’t read either of the two previous books in the series.
Cons Not much value added over his first two books. Often awkward or inaccurate when talking about actual poker hands.3
Rating 2.0

Footnotes:

  1. Star Trek: Beyond didn’t come out until 2016.
  2. See page 9.
  3. For example, on page 39 McKenna discusses having a $5,400 stack with blinds at $2,000 and $4,000, a state in which you should never find yourself except in the rare case of losing an all-in to a very slightly smaller stack. And on page 49, he refers to King-Four as having a bad kicker despite the board having given the player two pairs.
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“Beyond Bluffs” Review

[LL] “Just one year after publishing Beyond Tells,” Leroy the Lion began, “James McKenna thought the poker-playing public was ready for a sequel.”

[RR] “I take it we weren’t”, Roderick the Rock inferred.

[LL] “No, but it wouldn’t have mattered if he’d waited a decade. Beyond Tells was already fairly repetitious, so when Beyond Bluffs repeats what’s in the first book, the tedium is painful. ‘Response-Able’ playing and ‘Bluffing Styles’ both reappear, although the latter gets much more coverage. The 27 tells from Caro’s Book of Poker Tells appear in both books, this time listing the bluff counterparts.

On the plus side, most of his examples have changed from Seven-Card Stud to Hold ‘Em, albeit mostly Limit Hold ‘Em. Unfortunately, McKenna’s grasp of Hold ‘Em is significantly weaker. He repeatedly uses terminology awkwardly or incorrectly, like calling the river the ‘Hold ‘Em Card’, labeling a short-stack’s preflop shove of King-Queen a ‘bluff’, and describing being a ‘Calling Station’ as a ‘technique’.”

[RR] “Well, technically it is bad technique.”

[LL] “If you can ignore the pure poker parts of the book though, McKenna’s expertise in psychology does come through. He takes the four poker player quadrants (Reserved vs. Responsive crossed with Receptive vs. Aggressive) from his first book and applies them to both sides of the bluffing equation. He explains what types of bluffs each type of player is likely to try, and what types of bluffs each type is most susceptible to. This is by far the most useful part of the book and makes it worth reading.

Forced to choose, you should read this book over McKenna’s first one,1 but if the two books could be combined into one and reduced to about a third of the total pages, that book would merit four stars.”

Title Beyond Bluffs
Author James McKenna
Year 2006
Skill Level any
Pros Decent if you haven’t read McKenna’s first book, adding useful information comparing player types to bluff types.
Cons Fairly repetitive of his first book. Often awkward when talking about actual poker hands.
Rating 2.5

[LL] “But wait, there’s more…”

Footnotes:

  1. I nevertheless rated the first book higher, assuming that you would read the books in order.
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“The Poker Tournament Formula 2” Review

[LL] “In 2008, Arnold Snyder followed up with The Poker Tournament Formula 2, one of the most controversial poker books ever written”, Leroy the Lion opened. “Where The Poker Tournament Formula focused mostly on fast-paced tournaments, PTF2 turns to longer, slower events (40+ minute blind levels). The central premise of PTF2 is that in poker tournaments, each chip you gain is worth more than the one before it.”

[RR] “Wait, isn’t that exactly the opposite of what guys like Sklansky and Harrington say?” Roderick the Rock contested.

[LL] “It is. Snyder’s Fundamental Law of Chip Utility is: ‘The more chips you have, the more each of your chips is worth.’ (Corollary: ‘The fewer chips you have, the less each of your chips is worth.’) Unfortunately for Snyder, his ‘law’ fails at the edge case. It’s undeniable that having one chip is worth infinitely more than having zero chips.”

[RR] “A chip and a chair.”

[LL] “But otherwise, Snyder’s logic mostly makes sense given the top-heavy payout structure of most tournaments. He wants you to build your stack at the expense of busting out more frequently.1

Snyder himself stoked the flames of the controversy by posting several articles online, but the reality is that the combatants can mostly just be viewed as the Loose Aggressive camp (Snyder) vs. the Tight Aggressive (Sklansky, Malmuth, Harrington, et al.) camps. A decade later, Snyder’s style is certainly more popular, but both are still completely playable.”

[RR] “I thought you were supposed to mix up how you play. Not that I know from personal experience.”

[LL] “There’s plenty of room for both Harringbots like you and Snyderites like Carlos the Crazy to succeed, but yes, it might be ideal to be a chameleon and tighten up just when your opponents think you’re loose (and vice versa). But you’ve only played in small, fast tournaments, which is not what Chip Utility really applies to. Snyder believes that you need to have over 100 big blinds for ‘Full Utility’. The range goes down to 15, under which you have ‘No Utility’.

Utility Chip Stack % Utility
Full Utility Over 100 BB 100% Utility
Competitive Utility 60-100 BB 75% Utility2
Moderate Utility 30-60 BB 50% Utility
Low Utility 15-30 BB 10-15% Utility
No Utility Under 15 BB 0% Utility

Your first goal is to have Full Utility. But beyond that, you strive for ‘Dominant Utility’, which is when your Full Utility stack is also double the second biggest stack at your table and at least four times the average. Then you can bully the table.”

[RR] “You don’t even start our tournaments with Full Utility, so I guess I’d have to try this out somewhere else.”

[LL] “The second major section of TPF2 gives a formula for the Tournament Utility Factor, which is the Patience Factor (see TPF1) times the Starting Competitive Factor, which is your starting stack divided by the initial big blind divided by 60. This lets your rate tournaments on how deep they are:

Tournament Utility Factor Rank Notes
0 to 5 Rank 0 Crapshoot
6 to 20 Rank 1 Need to build big stack early or bust trying; crapshoot by midpoint
21 to 40 Rank 2 Full Utility allows Small Ball early only
41 to 60 Rank 3 Small Ball early but ideal for Long Ball
61 to 100 Rank 4 Deep stacked, speeding up about halfway through
101 to 200 Rank 5 Full Utility; Small Ball until final table
201+ Rank 6 Full Utility throughout.”

[RR] “So our tournaments are about… Rank 2?”

[LL] “Yes, that’s what I calculated. It’s not bad for an evening tournament, since we can’t play all night…, at least most of you can’t.”

[LL] “The other main section of the book is ‘Five Phases of a Poker Tournament’, which shows you how to apply his utility factor to the Stack Building, Minefield, Bubble, Money, and Final Table parts of long tournaments. It’s a very long section because for each of the five phases he covers what you should be trying to do with various stack sizes. In summary though, try to get back to full utility or die trying!

[RR] “I take it you liked the book though.”

[LL] “Yes, I think it’ll be good for my game. The main weakness of PTF2 though is that Snyder didn’t put enough into the mathematical foundation of his system. He might have found a way around its zero-chip paradox and come up with a more accurate way to calculate utility. Otherwise, it’s a lot of interesting material to think about. It would certainly help you open up your game a couple notches.”

Title The Poker Tournament Formula 2
Author Arnold Snyder
Year 2008
Skill Level Advanced
Pros Thought-provoking, alternative view on how to play deep-stacked tournaments.
Cons Controversial premise. If you agree with it, this is a great book. If not, you should still read the book to see how some of your opponents might be thinking. Not mathematically grounded with few hand examples.
Rating 3.5

Footnotes:

  1. Snyder strongly believes that quadrupling your stack early in a tournament is worth busting out three out of four times for. This is one of his many points in his rebuttal of his critics.
  2. This number is interpolated. Snyder’s numbers in general are vague. He adjusts his utility percent up or down by as much as 25% for circumstances like having an aggressive player on his left or a weak player on his right.

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“The Poker Tournament Formula” Review

[LL] “In 2006, Arnold Snyder’s The Poker Tournament Formula brought a novel approach to poker tournaments: design your playing strategy around the speed of the tournament. Start by looking at the blind schedule and figuring out how long you would last if you simply folded every hand.”

[RR] “That sounds like M.”1

[LL] “Well, yes, but apparently Snyder hadn’t read Dan Harrington’s book yet. It had only come out a couple years earlier.

Anyway, he converts that to a ‘Patience Factor’ to tell you how much skill the tournament requires (the lower the Patience Factor, the more luck matters as players get short-stacked earlier).”

[RR] “So, if you suck at poker, you want to play in low-patience crapshoot tournaments, and if you’re a pro, you want two-hour blind levels and multi-day tournaments?”

[LL] “That about sums it up. But the precision with which he categorizes tournaments is impressive. And since this is homework you do before you buy into a tournament, doing the math isn’t a problem.”

[LL] “The book proceeds to spell out how you should play in faster tournaments by introducing ‘Texas Rochambeau’. Use your cards (paper) to beat your opponents’ chips (rock). Use your chips to beat your opponents’ position (scissors). Use your position to beat your opponents’ cards. Despite the cycle, Snyder considers position to be the most important, since you’re guaranteed to get it regularly, and cards the least important since you can go long stretches without getting anything playable. Snyder claims, ‘The reason basic position strategy works irregardless of your cards is that you don’t win a fast tournament by betting on your strong hands so much as by betting against your opponents’ weak hands.’2

Snyder wants you to play very aggressively in position against opponents who are just limping, checking, and calling, betting almost regardless of your cards preflop, continuation betting on the flop, and firing again on the turn and river if necessary. ‘All postflop position play is very high-risk, but if you do not make occasional high-risk plays, you’ll never make it into the big money.’3 You need to slow down in multiway pots, however.

Snyder wants you to play fewer hands in early position but still fairly loose: any pair of Sevens or higher and Ace-Jack or better. You should raise when first in and with the better pairs (Jacks plus) and Ace-King with limpers in front, otherwise just call.

In middle position, you can add King-Queen suited down to Jack-Ten suited to the mix. In late position, you can also play the rest of the pairs, Ace-Ten, Ace-Nine suited, and Ten-Nine to Eight-Seven suited.

You should follow Snyder’s position strategy first, then if that would indicate a fold, look at your cards and follow the card strategy.

After the flop, you need to read the board and bet your strong hands, making a pot-sized bet if there are likely draws. Value bet your made hands when you have a straight or better; you can mostly ignore the possibility of full houses in fast tournaments. Don’t slowplay as the best way to win the most chips is to play your good hands fast.”

[LL] “Snyder also talks about player types. Instead of Hellmuth’s animal types (which he says originated with Ken Buntjer), Snyder proposes a slew of categories:

  • Ace Masters: will play any Ace, no matter how bad the kicker
  • Flush Masters: will play any two suited cards, hoping for a flush but willing to bet just a draw
  • Pair Masters: will play any pair
  • Cagey Codgers: mostly play ring games to socialize; like to limp to see a flop
  • Canasta Ladies: most play low-limit ring games; very tight and straightforward
  • Boat People: smart, aggressive and fearless
  • Show ‘N’ Tellers: love to show their cards even when they don’t have to
  • Ball Cap Kids: young, smart, aggressive, and bluff-loving
  • Wimps: tight and fearful of whatever hand fits the board
  • Oafs: weak players, especially tourists.”

[RR] “Not exactly politically correct and way too many. Most players are going to belong to multiple categories.”

[LL] “Other topics covered include rebuys, add-ons, bounties, additional types of bluffs, showing your cards, table image, common mistakes, chopping prizes, satellites, luck, and cheating. And then after all of that, Snyder titles Part Four: ‘The Most Important Chapters in This Book If You Want to Make Money’. This includes bankroll management, estimating chips in rebuy events, crunch time, and ‘What I Can’t Teach You’.

This is a very comprehensive book. It’s also well-written and mostly well-edited, a good read for any tournament player.”

Title The Poker Tournament Formula
Author Arnold Snyder
Year 2006
Skill Level Advanced
Pros Provides a detailed strategy for winning fast-paced No-Limit Hold ‘Em tournaments after giving you a formula for determining a tournament’s speed.
Cons Complicated math with no attempt to provide shortcuts.
Rating 4.0

Footnotes:

  1. Snyder’s chip strategy is to similar to Harrington’s color-coded M strategy but goes into much greater detail about what you should be doing with a big, medium, short, very short, or desperate stack. Unfortunately, he talks in terms of big blinds, meaning that he has to give ranges with and without antes, the latter of which is still inaccurate as ante sizes relative to the blinds can vary greatly.
  2. Page 74.
  3. Page 83.
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“52 Tips Hold ’em Poker” Review

[LL] “I wasn’t much of a writer in college”, Leroy the Lion reminisced, “but Expository Writing was a required course, and I always struggled to meet the minimum length requirements for the papers. On one particular assignment, I couldn’t even get to five pages without starting halfway down the first page, double-spacing, and adding huge margins.”1

[RR] “And if I remember right, you managed to graduate without writing anything much longer”, Roderick the Rock confirmed.

[LL] “Yep. No thesis. Nothing longer than ten pages. Little did I know that I’d be writing 200-page user guides in the near future.”

[RR] “Were you going somewhere with this?”

[LL] “I did have a point… which was that Barry Shulman has also mastered the art of content expansion. Shulman, who runs Card Player magazine with his son Jeff, called his own number to write a ’52 Tips’ series of poker books starting in 2005. The first book, titled 52 Tips for Texas Hold’em Poker, covered just Limit Hold ‘Em despite the more general name. The following year’s sequel was the one I wanted and bought, 52 Tips for No-Limit Hold’em Poker.

Despite physically occupying 135 pages, copious white space (including huge card graphics that take up half a page for each of the 52 tips and an average of almost that much emptiness at the end of each section) means the actual content could have fit comfortably in about 80 pages. What’s in the book is pretty good, but there just isn’t much of it. Almost every piece of advice leaves the reader pondering follow-up questions that go unaddressed.2

On the plus side, the variety is good. Although I don’t agree with all of the advice, you could do worse for an introductory book. This can’t be the only one you read but hopefully leaves you wanting to learn more about the great game of No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em! Just not from Barry Shulman though, as he never did get around to writing a third book for the series.”

Title 52 Tips for No-Limit Hold’em Poker
Author Barry Shulman & Roy Rounder
Year 2006
Skill Level Beginner
Pros Concise, easy to digest articles with sound advice.
Cons Very short, with no depth anywhere.
Rating 2.5

Footnotes:

  1. Maybe my mistake was choosing the science writing course. I just didn’t have that much to say about vernier calipers.
  2. For example, how can you cover “Knowing What Your Opponents Are Holding” in a single page? That’s a subject worthy of entire books.
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“Kill Phil” Review

[LL] “Phil Hellmuth may not be the best behaved poker pro, but his results are indisputably excellent, especially in No Limit Hold ‘Em tournaments”, Leroy the Lion conceded. “Blair Rodman and Lee Nelson propose a strategy for turning the tables and putting the pressure on the Poker Brat, Phil Gordon, Phil Ivey, Phil Laak, and any other top player whether they’re named Phil or not.”

[RR] “But without all the gratuitous violence in the Kill Bill standard hand group charts, they’re about three groups apart. The gap is for a good reason: you only flop a flush draw about 11% of the time with suited cards. And that’s not even taking into account the expensive times when you hit your flush and run into a bigger one.

Kill Phil is best suited to beginners who want something that’ll work quickly and players of any skill who have the mentality to embrace the swingy nature of longball.”

Title Kill Phil
Author Blair Rodman & Lee Nelson
Year 2005
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate
Pros Presents a system that a complete novice can learn in a few hours and have a competitive chance at winning a poker tournament.
Cons Playing style may antagonize opponents and requires more than usual patience.
Rating 3.5
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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Sevens

[LL] “The last group contains just the second member of the class of 2018”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Sevens:”1

Lupe Soto

7

Lupe Soto

7
Lupe Soto
Born: 1958 (Milpitas, CA)
Occupation: Poker Promoter
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2018
Quote: “I founded the Women in Poker Hall of Fame because during my trek and my discovery I learned of these phenomenal women that had done something. I didn’t know who they were. They needed to be in the limelight.” — Lup Soto (May 16, 2018 Top Pair podcast).
  • Created the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Founded the Ladies International Poker Series in 2004.
  • CEO of the nonprofit Poker Gives. CEO of the Senior Poker Tour.

Footnotes:

  1. This deck doesn’t really physically exist; the versions here are lovingly crafted from JPEGs, CSS, and HTML.

    Cards may not display properly unless you view this post by itself.

    Stats current as of July 30, 2018.

    Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Sixes

[LL] “The next group runs from 2014 to 2018 as the hall had switched to an every-even-year schedule”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Sixes:”1

Allyn Shulman

6

Allyn Shulman

6
Allyn Shulman
Born: 1954 (Brooklyn, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 396th (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 30
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,507,342
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: I’m happy for myself, but I’m happy for all women that I won this, showing that any woman can win a poker tournament. I’d like to see more of them out there playing, feeling comfortable with going at it with the boys and winning.” — Allyn Shulman (June 18, 2012 after winning the WSOP $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold ‘Em Championship).
  • Won 2012 WSOP $1,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Seniors Championship for $603,713 from a field of 4,128 players.
  • Won 2013 Venetian Deepstacks $5,000 Championship for $293,966.
  • Married to poker pro Barry Shulman.

Victoria Coren Mitchell

6

Victoria Coren Mitchell

6
Victoria Coren Mitchell
Born: 1972/08/18 (London, England)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 2
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,470,243
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2016
Quote: “I have made more money from poker than I have from writing and have done for a very long time now, but psychologically I think of my writing as a job and poker as my fun. I’m a professional writer with a very lucrative hobby.” — Victoria Coren (September 17, 2009 The Jewish Chronicle interview with Simon Round).
  • First player to win two European Poker Tour titles: London 2006 for $941,513 and Sanremo 2014 for $660,947.
  • Commentator for several British poker shows, including Late Night Poker and The Poker Nations Cup.

Debbie Burkhead

6

Debbie Burkhead

6
Debbie Burkhead
Born: (unknown)
Occupation: Poker Businesswoman and Promoter
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2016
Quote: “I’ve made some changes in my lifestyle and plan to play more poker and enjoy life… I see so many poker players who do not take care of themselves… Poker does require proper eating, plenty of rest and a good mental state. I plan to live a long time and hopefully [win] a WSOP bracelet.” — Debbie Burkhead (December 13, 2007 PokerNews interview not long after a heart attack).
  • Wrote the bimonthly “Debbie Does Poker” column in Poker Player Newspaper for over a decade; has won ten tournaments in Hold ‘Em, Seven-Card Stud, and H.O.R.S.E. since 1996.
  • Cofounded Poker Player Cruises in 2010.

Maria Ho

6

Maria Ho

6
Maria Ho
Born: 1983/03/06 (Taipei, Taiwan)
WSOP Main Event: 38th (2007)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 52
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,843,537
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2018
Quote: “I have been able to follow in [my parents’] steps, to put in a lot of hard work. I am happy to always start from the bottom of something and to work my way up. I know that if you ever want to be good at something, you have to dedicate a lot of time, effort, and energy. I have never shied away from that. I think, honestly, that is what makes me successful in poker.” — Maria Ho (2015 Card Player interview).
  • Last Woman Standing in the WSOP Main Event in both 2007 and 2014.
  • Finished 2nd in 2011 WSOP $5,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em for $540,020.
  • Appeared on the 15th season of Amazing Race with Tiffany Michelle.

Footnotes:

  1. This deck doesn’t really physically exist; the versions here are lovingly crafted from JPEGs, CSS, and HTML.

    Cards may not display properly unless you view this post by itself.

    Stats current as of July 30, 2018.

    Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Fives

[LL] “The next group spans 2011 to 2014”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fives:”1

Phyllis Caro

5

Phyllis Caro

5
Phyllis Caro
Born: 1947/06/17 (New York)
Occupation: Poker Operations Director
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “Phyllis was instrumental in helping stop dealer abuse. Players were given warnings and then time out (yes, like children). Poker was changed forever once management took a stance against dealer abuse.” — Patricia Chavira (February 14, 2017, Gaming Today)
  • Created the first non-smoking tournament at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
  • Became Casino Manager at Hollywood Park Casino and then was promoted to Director of Poker Operations.
  • Helped then-husband Mike write his books.

Kathy Raymond

5

Kathy Raymond

5
Kathy Raymond
Born: New York
Occupation: Poker Operations Director
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “One of the biggest changes… is the poker skill and talent that has emerged from poker players in all walks of life. It used to be that the recreational player didn’t stand a chance against the pros but with the availability of training materials, boot camps, and… other… poker education the playing field has leveled a bit.” — Kathy Raymond (August 21, 2012 PokerNews interview).
  • Became Director of Poker Operations at the Venetian Resort and Hotel after leading Foxwoods Casino into the WPT.
  • Placed 20th in her very first WSOP event, the 2009 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E., but is primarily a cash game player.

J.J. Liu

5

J.J. Liu

5
J.J. Liu
Born: 1965/04/10 (Taipei, Taiwan)
WSOP Main Event: 442nd (2017)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 43
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,256,004
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: ” I think playing against women is a lot harder because we think alike and it’s difficult to bluff them off the best hand. But I have a lot of fun playing women’s events because it’s a bit more relaxing. I really enjoy the table talk we have.” — J.J. Liu (2007 interview with Kelli Griggs).
  • Finished 2nd in 2007 WPT Bay 101 $10,000 Championship Event for $600,000 (highest female WPT Main Event finish).
  • Has final tabled three WSOP events, including a 3rd place finish in the 2010 $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold ‘Em for $86,512.

Deborah Giardina

5

Deborah Giardina

5
Deborah Giardina
Born: (unknown)
Occupation: Poker Operations VP
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2014
Quote: “Deborah Giardina is… quite familiar to me and someone I have come to know and respect over the years. She’s been one of the top poker room managers in the country for a long time (not just women managers, but overall)… One of the best in the business.” — Nolan Dalla (May 1, 2014 blog post).
  • Vice President of Poker Operations at bestbet Jacksonville in Florida.
  • Former Director of Poker Operations at the Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room.

Footnotes:

  1. This deck doesn’t really physically exist; the versions here are lovingly crafted from JPEGs, CSS, and HTML.

    Cards may not display properly unless you view this post by itself.

    Stats current as of July 30, 2018.

    Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Fours

[LL] “The next group finishes 2010 and starts 2011”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fours:”1

Kathy Liebert

4

Kathy Liebert

4
Kathy Liebert
Born: 1967/10/01 (Nashville, TN)
WSOP Main Event: 17th (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 54
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $6,251,476
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “In the 90s there were hardly any woman at all. They were saying I was the best woman player which was a compliment, but there were only a few women playing. So when people called me the best woman player I’d say, ‘Can you even name five other woman players?’ — Kathy Liebert (July 16, 2017 PokerListings Interview with Matthew Showell).
  • First woman to win $1 million in a poker tourney (2002 Party Poker Million Cruise).
  • Won 2004 WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout for $110,180.
  • In the top fifteen in WPT cashes (21) and final tables (6).

Billie Brown

4

Billie Brown

4
Billie Brown
Born: (unknown)
Occupation: Poker Marketing Director
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “Billie Brown will be remembered as a savvy and accomplished poker player, a poker visionary, and a mother of three daughters and grandmother of three. Her influence lives on today, as poker continues to grow exponentially with opportunities for so many… just as she envisioned.” — Women in Poker Hall of Fame biography (2010).
  • Worked as a Ford model and dated Rat Packer Peter Lawford.
  • Was the first tournament organizer to offer a guaranteed purse in the early 1980s (Draw for the Gold Tournament had $350,000 guarantee at the Riviera Hotel).

Margie Heintz

4

Margie Heintz

4
Margie Heintz
Born: 1964 (Montana)
Occupation: Poker Operations Director
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “I came to Las Vegas in 1976 and began to work for Bill Boyd at the Golden Nugget. Through that process I met Jack Straus and dealt his tournament at the Marina, a casino on the strip. From there I met Cowboy Wolford and he recommended me to Benny Binion to deal the World Series of Poker.” — Margie Heintz (September 29, 2011 Ante Up magazine interview).
  • Became the first female WSOP dealer in 1977, including the Main Event final table that aired on CBS.
  • Director of Poker Operations at El Dorado Casino in Reno.

Kristy Gazes

4

Kristy Gazes

4
Kristy Gazes
Born: 1967/10/28 (Torrance, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 200th (2013)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 12
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,042,999
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2011
Quote: “[If I had a daughter], I would lock her up and throw away the key. I would not let her play poker for a living. I don’t think it’s a good environment for women, or anyone for that matter. It takes a certain kind of person, and you gotta be a little crazy to want to gamble for a living.” — Kristy Gazes (September 21, 2007 PokerNews interview with Steve Horton).
  • Won 2005 $20k NLHE FullTiltPoker.Net Championship for $250,000 and 2007 WPT Ladies Invitational for $25,000.
  • Final tabled 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event, finishing 7th for $174,961.

Footnotes:

  1. This deck doesn’t really physically exist; the versions here are lovingly crafted from JPEGs, CSS, and HTML.

    Cards may not display properly unless you view this post by itself.

    Stats current as of July 30, 2018.

    Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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