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  • Hold Me, Darling (Part 1)

    ‘This is poker?’ asked an incredulous Life magazine on 16 August 1968. Inside an issue leading on the Nixons and the Agnews, a partnership that would last all of five years, there lay buried an article introducing mainstream America to something rather more enduring: a ‘wild’ new variant of its national game of poker, called ‘Hold Me’. Above a colour photograph of no fewer than twelve men crowded around a green-baize table, most of them wearing suits and ties amid a profusion of splashed chips, exposed cards and overflowing ashtrays, the magazine sniffed that ‘the decorous mob scene below looks more like a group therapy séance down at the poker-chip factory.’

    Very Clever, Mr. Bond… (Part Three : DUTHIE INNOCENT)

    All of which means that one table in particular must have quaked into its Martinis as they took their seats in the Casino Copenhagen, as the 2006 EPT tour reached Denmark. Forget former world champion Tom McEvoy and poker legend T.J. Cloutier (more than $9 million in lifetime winnings between them), who had crossed the Atlantic for the occasion. Also taking his seat on Day One was none other Bond villain Le Chiffre himself!

    Very Clever, Mr. Bond… (Part Two)

    The next big clash between our hero and his nemesis involves a third player, Bond’s CIA friend Felix Leiter. We join the action after the turn. The communal cards are: Jh-Ks-Ac… Jd. The American bets $300,000. Bond and Le Chiffre both call. The straight is very much on, but surely, again, one of them now has the full house?

    Very Clever, Mr. Bond… (part one)

    With the release of the new James Bond film, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, and the simultaneous publication of Anthony Holden’s new strategy manual, HOLDEN ON HOLD’EM, BiggerDeal.com proudly presents an exclusive, three-part extract from the book, in which Holden examines the poker played by Daniel’s Craig 007 in the last Bond film, CASINO ROYALE.

    What Is Art?

    Not long ago, when I was in my poker salad days, someone regurgitated a sound-bite that I have since heard a fair few times: ‘Fixed Limit is a science, No Limit is an art’, or words to that effect. Now I don’t want to shroud myself in controversy, or come across as a bit of [...]

    2008 OXFORD CUP REPORT

    With the UK’s students just waking up for the new 08/09 academic year, a small field of 58 managed 123 re-buys / add-ons to make this year’s Oxford Cup prize pool a whopping £3620. At Nottingham’s fine new poker venue, Dusk Till Dawn, play got underway a little after 2pm on Saturday 20th September. This [...]

    The International TNG

    Congrats to Money Shake of Utrecht, who carried off the $595 first prize in this month’s Tuesday Night Game after a feisty heads-up with PLAICE (UK), who won $382.50 for coming second. I regret I missed the winning hand, as my phone rang (again – it kept going at crucial stages of the tourney, which [...]

    TNG VIII. One rash push too many.

    On September 16th, a smaller than average field of 78 players took to the baize for the Bigger Deal Tuesday Night Game. After my solid performance in last month’s tournament, I was hoping to prove myself with another money finish this time out. Instead, I made a couple of bone-head moves late in the day [...]

    EPT & WSOP LONDON – The beats go on

    There are hands, I am sure we can all agree, that make you wonder just what it is you have done to move the poker gods to quite such punitive wrath. One such saw my early exit from last week’s EPT London event at the ‘Vic’, which ended last night in £1 million victory for [...]

    Let Loose

    Over a year ago I played poker in the best publishing party ever – Anthony Holden’s Bigger Deal launch. It was only the second time I had played poker. I did better than expected, finishing in the top 25. From then on I was hooked. I went on a poker odyssey that took me to [...]