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The Poker Gifts You REALLY Wanted for Christmas

Poker-themed key-chains, T-shirts that say, “I got the nuts”, underpants that say “I’m all-in” – poker-related merchandise really can be quite tacky, can’t it? That’s why it’s time to throw away all the junk you were bought for Christmas by well-meaning friends and relatives and buy some good stuff in the January sales to replace […]

the best poker books for learning poker strategy to improve your game

Top Poker Strategy Books #2: The New School

In part 2 of our examination of the best poker books around, Paul Phua Poker looks at the new school classics – books that reflect the ever-fluctuating strategies of the modern game. How do we define ‘new school’? For us, a new era of poker began in the mid-to-late noughties, when a wave of young […]

Top Poker Strategy Books #1: The Old School Classics

Paul Phua Poker revisits the some of the best poker strategy books of yesteryear and asks, ‘how relevant are they in the modern game?’ Tune in next week for our top picks from the ‘new school’. Super/System: A Course in Power Poker (1979) by Doyle Brunson Perhaps the most famous poker strategy books of all […]

AI Dan 'Jungleman' Cates says AI has not killed online poker

Dan Cates on AI: Why Online Poker is Not Dead Yet

In a new Paul Phua Poker video, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates says Libratus’ AI triumph against humanity shouldn’t be cause for panic. Daniel Cates has been accused of having a brain like a super computer, but how does he feel about recent developments in poker-playing artificial intelligence (AI) and its newfound success against the human race? […]

Watch: Winfred Yu on the rise of poker in Asia

Who are the Asian players to watch? Why has “short-deck” poker become popular? Paul Phua picks the highlights of this video interview with the most influential man in Asian poker There are many who will say the growth of poker in the West has stalled. Certainly it is not increasing in popularity as quickly as […]

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Five classic poker movies

Paul Phua Poker continues a list of great poker movies by rewinding to a time long before Texas Hold ’Em ruled Read the top 10 modern poker movies Smart Money (1931) Thirty years before playing the veteran poker pro in The Cincinatti Kid (see below), Edward G Robinson played the brilliant poker whizzkid in Smart […]

Must see poker movies

Five more modern poker movies you need to see

Paul Phua Poker continues to list the great poker movies Read part one here High Roller: the Stu Ungar Story (2003) It would be impossible to make a dull movie about the life of Stu Ungar, one of the most gifted yet flawed poker players of all time. His comeback to win the World Series […]

Films about poker

10 modern poker films you need to see

From the gritty realism of Rounders to the glitz and glamour of Casino Royale, Paul Phua Poker lists 10 great films about poker House of Games (1987) House of Games is one of David Mamet’s best films, which is saying something. Mamet is one of Hollywood’s most intelligent writers, and his twisty-turny thrillers always care […]

Poker sayings part two

Poker wit and wisdom: 10 useful sayings

There are so many great quotes about poker, and all of them will help you be a better player. Paul Phua Poker picks 10 of the best “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em” This saying was popularised by the country singer Kenny Rogers in his 1978 version of […]