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WSOP 2017 Team Bear Hug Poker Trip Report


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Avoid the Trap of Misapplying New Theory


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You Gotta Have a Plan


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WSOP 2016 Jamie and Henry Trip Report


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Bear Hug’s David Docherty Makes the UKIPT 6 London Final Table


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Bear Hug Players Take in a Match at The Dripping Pan


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Bear Hug Poker Hits the 2015 WSOP


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Jamie Burland: Giving Poker a Big Bear Hug


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Raising the Stakes


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bearhugpoker.com V.II


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Sincere Apologies on My Own Behalf and on Behalf of Bear Hug Poker to Mr. Ivey


I guess I should have known. With my particular lifetime of experience, I should have been able to smell this rat. I have really screwed up and embarrassed myself and Bear Hug Poker. Sincere apologies on both my behalf and the company I work for to Phil Ivey for just getting this one so so wrong in my blog post of April 18.

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Wall Street Journal Publishes Call? Raise? Bluff? A Feature on the Poker Staking Business


I have to admit to being a bit taken aback to read a feature on the poker staking business in the venerable Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal is the arbiter of what is fit to print when it comes to business and the subject of money. In this regard, as a newspaper published daily in both hard copy and on-line forms, the Wall Street Journal trumps the New York Times, the Evening Standard and everybody else.

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Why I Don’t Respect Phil Ivey Anymore


I have always be a big fan of Phil Ivey’s. His savant-like status as a world beating poker player have always held me in awe. His ability to win millions through poker-related prop bets at the WSOP has enthralled me all the more.

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Intangible1 Bags $24k for Second Place Finish in iPoker Sunday Major


Bear Hug’s in-house MTT coach, Intangible1, scored $24k in last week’s Sunday Major on iPoker. Intangible1’s score represents the single largest score for any Bear Hug player since Bear Hug’s launch seven months ago.

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Player Interview - Scott Murdoch-Aitchison


A few weeks ago Bear Hug Poker was fortunate enough to have their second player win the Champion Chip Sunday Major on Ongame – At the end of a long session Scott Murdoch Aitchison took down the tournament for just over $13,000.

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Why California is the Key to a Healthy Online Poker Marketplace in the United States and Internationally


As we survey the prospects for a healthy online poker resurgence in the U.S., there are three critical elements that make the whole thing float.

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The Online Tells That Are Most Telling


Bear Hug Poker Jennifear was my poker coach from April, 2008 until Black Friday, April 15, 2011. I remember driving to the Bellagio from my home in Henderson, Nevada on the night of April 15, 2011, and thinking, “what the fuck am I going to do now”.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow


Thinking, Fast and Slow is a book authored by Prof. Daniel Kahneman, a noted psychologist. In his book, Prof. Kahneman explores areas relating to the human pyche that have many applicable uses in the field of competitive poker, or for that matter, any activity that requires “System 1″ (“Fast Thinking”) or “System 2″ (“Slow Thinking”) thinking.

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Olympic Team Spirit!


I like sports; competing to be more specific. As a little boy I got the kick early from doing well in chess, belonging to the top 20 of the Netherlands until I was 12 years old.At the age of 14 I stopped competing in chess, as I realized being a Chess Master didn’t impress my close friends or any girls, and you value some things more importantly during puberty.

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Is Poker Dying?


Joe Hachem recently stated in an interview with Bluff magazine that he felt poker was dying; naturally everyone involved in poker has started to question the validity of this statement.

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Player Interview - Liam Wright


This week we interviewed one of our staked players, Liam Wright. Liam took down OnGame’s Sunday Major, The ChampionChip, for just over $17,000 in November 2013, and this week received a bespoke trophy from Bear hug congratulating him.

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19 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Professional Poker Player (Part 2)


Will family and friends support me? Once you have figured out how to balance poker with your real-life, there is potentially another hurdle to overcome; will your family and friends support what you are doing?

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19 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Professional Poker Player (Part 1)


I can say from experience that playing online poker for a living provides a great amount of freedom and if you’re able to do it successfully, is one of the most fulfilling careers out there. However, the general skill level of online poker play is getting higher every year and if you’re thinking of making full-time play your occupation, then there are certain questions you should ask yourself first.

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