# News & Speculation

Pokerati, December 28, 2017

It’s 2018 and poker is changing. Well actually, depending on when you’re reading this, it still could be 2017, but 2018 is essentially here, and a flip of calendar brings with it something old and something new. Here’s a quick rundown of what we expect to see more of in poker in 2018, as a […]


Pokerati Promo, April 5, 2017

Many players are debating over this. What is better, reading articles, watching videos or getting poker coaching? All of the above have pros and cons and to get the most out of any option, you need to know what you want to achieve. Poker coaching – is the most expensive option, but likely will help […]

APCW Perspectives

Dan Michalski, October 2, 2016

Getting my gaming commentary game back on, with an appearance as a talking head-and-torso for a special Global Gaming Expo episode of APCW Perspectives, featuring venerable online gambling gadfly J. Todd at the mic. My part begins at about 5:50, after J. and Becky Liggero talk about the American Gaming Association’s new push for nationwide […]

Pokerati Promo, June 17, 2016

No matter what people say in this politically correct world, there are a ton of differences between how men and women behave and a good deal of these differences can be seen when people are playing competitive games whether that’s an online game or playing at a bricks and mortar venue. Online sites provide us […]

APCW Perspectives Weekly

J. Todd, May 24, 2016

If you thought RAWA was dead, think again! Sheldon Adelson has some politicians in his pocket more than happy to sell their integrity to do his bidding. Also, mergers in the U.K. could spell more trouble for William Hill. Links to the stories from the show are listed below: RAWA Still Raging: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blo… New Jersey […]

Gaming Counsel, June 18, 2015

Lately, when many Canadians think of the Senate — our unelected upper house of Parliament — they think of the Senate expense scandal (or possibly other scandals) which may be an issue in the general election this fall. That’s unfortunate, as today the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce released its report on Digital Currency. […]

Setting a baseline for bluffability

Dan Michalski, January 23, 2015

Can you spot the liar? The New York Times asked that question — recognizing right out the gate this is supposed to be a poker skill — and presented an interactive exercise featuring video clips of people answering seemingly innocuous questions, to see, essentially, if you can spot a simple bluff. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/21/science/can-you-spot-the-liar.html (Apparently the body-language-reading […]

Vegas Grinders say what?

Dan Michalski, November 25, 2014

So poker people are buzzing again about the promise of California for online poker. It’s true what RJ gaming reporter Howard Stutz says, that this market represents something of a holy grail for the liquidity dependent. But that’s also the reason I’ll stick by my assertions that California needs about half a country to go […]

Robert Goldfarb, November 20, 2014

A little casino east of Phoenix, Arizona called Apache Gold is running a fantastic casino promotion until the end of this month. They are doubling or tripling any other casino’s offer up to $300. For example: If you have a valid casino offer for $50, they will give you $150 in free play, no strings attached.  They have full […]

Dan Michalski, November 19, 2014

We should probably be sadder because someone died and poker had everything to do with it. But at the same time … man hosts poker game, catches brother cheating, shoots brother in the chest and kills him, gets seven years. Seven-ish to be more exact. Seems about right, and arguably a +EV move — though […]

Dan Michalski, November 10, 2014

The latest incarnation of the November Nine gets underway in a few hours, and as per usual there’ll be talk of poker’s “young guns” dominating the big-money prize spots. The old man at the table this year is Bruno Politano, topping out the field chronologically at the crotchety age of 32. However, while all the […]

A scholastic primer on problem-gambling research in an Internet age

Dan Michalski, August 4, 2014

It’s Responsible Gaming Education Week, August 4-8, you probably know, or maybe not, because “responsible gaming” isn’t exactly something we celebrate in a culture that extols the virtue of being “All In”. And it’s not likely that poker is about to see any special prizes for best bankroll management or superior game selection or, say, […]

Ode to a champion

Dan Michalski, July 9, 2014

There are a few people who stand out in poker because they do things differently than most everyone else — in ways we all know we’d stand to benefit by emulating. Unfortunately, too often we don’t recognize that until these people are gone. Chad Brown will forever be attached to the Summer of 2014 for […]

Auditor General reveals mistakes in lottery corporation's modernization plan

Gaming Counsel, May 24, 2014

In April of this year, Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, released her report on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Modernization Plan. The report was prepared and made public in response to motions passed by the legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts. The report is a sobering read for OLG, for the government, and for […]

Dan Michalski, April 21, 2014

There’s a fair amount of research going on these days looking at that ever-fine line between gaming and gambling (Gainsbury, Russell, & Hing, 2014). This mini-documentary looks at the size and complexity of virtual gaming economies, and reveals how popular recreational online activities are vulnerable to cheaters and Chinese gold farmers (prisoners made to play […]