Chad Brown

If at first you don't succeed...

I am writing just after the conclusion of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure where I got knocked out of the Main Event. It wasn't the greatest start to the year, but the story has a good ending as I immediately went from the Bahamas to Atlantic City for the Borgata Winter Open where I managed to fin...more

by Chad Brown on January 28, 2014 9:16 AM

My friend, Vinnie the Drug Dealer

I was having dinner the other night with some friends and we were talking about a mutual friend of ours who we are worried might have a drug problem. We talked about how we didn't want to be enablers to our friend, and also how sitting on the sidelines and not doing anything at least to try to help...more

by Chad Brown on December 16, 2013 6:54 AM

Knowing how to close

I'm a longtime baseball fan -- particularly a New York Yankees fan -- and as the regular season has come to a close and the playoffs have begun, I find myself thinking back with a little bit of sadness that I'll no longer be able to see the best relief pitcher in history perform, the great Mariano R...more

by Chad Brown on October 15, 2013 6:52 AM

Dealing with and capitalizing on poker fatigue

One piece of advice I have given people about poker tournaments is that sometimes after a long day you'll find that players who have been playing at a high level suddenly start to make mistakes or play less well during the last levels of the night. It might be surprising to see this happen, but it'...more

by Chad Brown on September 9, 2013 4:29 AM

That bracelet I don't have (yet)

It's World Series of Poker time again, another chance for me to play a lot of my favorite games (including non-hold'em games) as well as to try again for a WSOP bracelet. I've come close many times -- in fact, I've finished second in WSOP events on three occasions. But I haven't quite made it all ...more

by Chad Brown on June 27, 2013 8:58 AM

Defining "bad beat"

I'm writing this post from the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific where Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu were among those winning bracelets. In the tournament Ivey won (the 8-game mixed event), he actually knocked me out in a no-limit hold'em hand with around 20 players left. In fact, that's kind of ...more

by Chad Brown on May 8, 2013 6:23 AM

The name? Brown. Chad Brown.

Ever hear about the time James Bond came looking for me at a hotel in Switzerland? No? Let me explain. During the time I was active in modeling and just starting out as an actor, I found myself in Paris for a couple of weeks. I'd made some friends over there and they invited me to go to Gstaad, ...more

by Chad Brown on March 21, 2013 7:00 AM

About that time I got murdered on the way to making love

I've been a professional poker player for a while now, but as many know I pursued a couple of other passions before this one -- baseball and acting. In fact, at one point early on I had to make a choice between the two, and ended up forgoing a minor league contract in favor of pursuing an acting ca...more

by Chad Brown on January 29, 2013 5:26 AM

Backgammon with dad

I grew up in New York, so when I have some downtime I travel there to visit my friends and family. My dad lives in Yonkers now but when I was a kid he lived in the Bronx. I lived with him for my high school years because the high school that I wanted to go to was in his school district. I was a base...more

by Chad Brown on November 23, 2012 4:27 AM

Strategy tip: Playing live tourneys

When playing in a live tourney that has a good structure, this would be a strategy that I would apply: assuming that there are many amateurs in the field, I really like to play small ball. The reason for this is that I will be able to be in many spots where I just have way the best of it. So I don...more

by Chad Brown on August 10, 2012 6:40 AM
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