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Getting Back into the Game

September 22, 2021

Maybe you left your job because it got too crazy at home during lockdown, working remotely, and helping the kids with online learning. Perhaps you took some time off after maternity leave. Whatever scenario fits you best, poker can help you sharpen the skills you need to jump back into the workforce.

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5 Tips You Need to Start Playing Poker

August 27, 2021

After learning the rules to No Limit Hold’em, you may be wondering how to approach the game’s strategy. To get you started thinking about poker strategy the right way, check out five tips to take your game to the next level.

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How To Play Texas Hold ’em For Beginners

August 20, 2021

You’ve heard poker metaphors used in politics, business, or everyday life. You may have watched dramatic poker scenes in “Casino Royale,” “Molly’s Game,” or “In Time.” Poker is a vehicle for life lessons and personal development, and we’re all in on bringing those teachings to women. But what is poker and how do you play … Continued

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3 Personal Finance Tips Schools Don’t Teach (But Poker Does)

August 16, 2021

College is too late to start learning finance. That’s what a majority of Americans believe, according to this recent Qualtrics survey. And while that groundswell of support might help reform primary education over the next few years, it won’t help young women right now. But poker can. From handling debt to managing a budget, poker … Continued

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Storytelling Through Bets

July 19, 2021

“Does the story make sense?” This is the type of question a poker pro might ask themself when considering how to respond to an opponent’s bet. So what can we deduce from our tablemates’ stories and how can we tell the story of a hand through the sizes and sequences of our betting?

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Poker Power at Kellogg: A Conversation with EMBA Sandra Pope

July 19, 2021

Poker Power has partnered with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University to teach female-identifying MBAs leadership skills through the game of poker. We were able to speak with Sandra Pope, an Executive MBA candidate and the VP of marketing at Fresh & Co, about her experience. Poker Power (PP:) With the multitude of … Continued

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Online or Live Poker: Which Suits You?

July 2, 2021

As the plexiglass comes down at Vegas poker tables, a feeling of normalcy is returning to live poker. High-risk holdouts finally feel safe enough to return and many new players are stepping into a cardroom for the first time. But should you? Poker takes two forms, virtual and physical. While the rules of online and … Continued

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Why Playing for Free Is the Best Way to Learn Poker

June 18, 2021

As a poker educator for women worldwide, Poker Power advocates for practicing with play chips and not real money. Not only is it the cheaper way for beginners to compete with experienced players, playing for free has tangible benefits for your learning and enjoyment. Here’s why playing for free is the best way to learn … Continued

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Poker Power at Kellogg: A Conversation with Professor Gail Berger

May 28, 2021

Dr. Gail Berger is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Deputy Director of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women. She also teaches at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. We had the opportunity to speak with Professor Berger about experiential learning, women’s advancement, and Kellogg’s partnership … Continued

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7 Ways to Improve Corporate Culture Through Poker

May 21, 2021

You’ve got a fixed budget, two hours on a Friday afternoon, and a legion of employees whose morale needs a boost. What team building activity would you choose to make sure your staff leaves energized and excited to come back on Monday? Something that’s not the usual cocktails and trivia? What about hosting a corporate … Continued

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You’re Not ‘Just Lucky’: Own Your Success

April 9, 2021

Maybe you’ve heard this tired poker cliche: “you got so lucky!” Some (bad) poker players focus on short-term luck rather than long-term decision making, and many people believe that poker is all a game of luck. This simply isn’t true. Poker is a game of skill with elements of chance, which is what makes it … Continued

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How to Successfully Negotiate Salary at your First Job

March 19, 2021

Your first salary negotiation lays the foundation for the earning power of your whole career. Raises within your current company and negotiations with future employers are anchored to your starting salary, as the value you bring to an organization is often conflated with your wage.

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Poker Terminology: Straddles

February 26, 2021

A straddle is an option given to players in most cash games. To straddle, the first player to act may post a blind twice the size of the existing big blind before looking at her cards for the benefit of acting last preflop.

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Mind Over Gut: Counterintuitive Truths in Poker

February 12, 2021

Instincts can be a valuable asset at the poker table. Reading people requires us to tap into parts of our subconscious that no poker book could ever teach. Unfortunately, poker presents certain instances where our natural inclinations can mislead us. Here’s how to get ahead…

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Poker Etiquette for Your First In-Person Game

January 8, 2021

With such promising news of a Covid-19 vaccine, poker players may be able to return more widely to physical tables in 2021. If you’ve only ever played online poker, the transition to playing live may be off-putting at first. To help you fit in at a cardroom or house game, here are our tips on in-person poker etiquette.

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Where to Use Your Poker Skills off the Felt

December 18, 2020

You may have heard (us say) that poker teaches you valuable life skills. But where can you apply these skills, it’s not as if you can raise when you get your bill at a restaurant! Consider these four situations that let you flex the muscles poker has given you…

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Poker Queen Holiday Gift Guide

December 9, 2020

Poker Power’s Poker Queen gift guide will help you find the perfect gift for the empowered women in your life. Always remind the fearless females around you to not only pull up their seat at the table but to Flip The Table! Get comfy with this queen of hearts sweatshirt. Practice your poker skills with … Continued

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The Impact of Social Media on Poker’s Growth

December 4, 2020

In 2003 an amateur poker player skyrocketed poker’s popularity by winning the most prestigious tournament of the year, the main event. Through the mid 2000s poker was at its most popular, growing from 839 to 8,773 main event entrants between 2003 and 2006 alone…

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How to Pick the Perfect Poker Game Type

November 6, 2020

Over poker’s evolution, the trend of specializing at a particular game type has become more popular among competitive players. Specialists have a natural advantage over generalists since such a high concentration of their studying goes towards mastering the only game they play.

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PART 1: What Jobs Do Poker Hobbyists Gravitate Toward?

October 9, 2020

Professional poker is a career pursued by a small fraction of all poker players. For most, poker is a way to satisfy their intellectual curiosity through a rewarding and entertaining game. But are there corollary characteristics among people interested in poker that may lead them towards certain fields? Let’s explore…

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Could a Collegiate Poker League Come to Your Campus?

September 25, 2020

Is poker a legitimate school sport? A host of universities already boast their own Esports teams and nearly every D1 college participates in competitive chess. Poker encapsulates the best of both of these “armchair” sports: mass multi-generational viewership and rich strategic depth.

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