This week on my Final Table poker show, Dennis Phillips returned to St. Louis to report on his experience at the EPT finale in Monte Carlo. We also talked about:

  • Why you should bet out more often with big hands rather than trying to trap your opponent (with an example from Tom Dwan).
  • PokerStars’ new high stakes TV show, “The Big Game,” which Dennis will record later this week;
  • Another new poker TV show from Mori Eskandani, producer of “High Stakes Poker,” “Poker After Dark,” and the “National Heads-Up Championship“;
  • The impending implementation of the UIGEA and whether its enforcement will change online poker (join the Poker Players Alliance to help fight against government interference in all forms of our game);

In our guest segment, we talked with Shannon Shorr, a 24-year-old poker millionaire who took a couple of years off from school to turn pro, but went back to the University of Alabama, where he’s getting his degree in business management this week. With so many young players dreaming of playing poker for a living, Shannon seems to have his priorities (and money management skills) in order.

Next week: a preview of what’s to expect at this summer’s World Series Of Poker, with tournament director Jack Effel explaining the new events, the venue changes, how they’ll spread out registration for the Main Event, and why they killed the Poker Kitchen.

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