Michael Keiner

How to fry a fish (and how to butter one up)

I have a story to share from the European Poker Championship which is played in Baden, not too far from Vienna. I tried my luck in a couple of events this year but unfortunately came up short in both cases -- 11th in the seven-card stud event and 18th in the PLO -- so no fame or glory for me this t...more

by Michael Keiner on December 13, 2013 6:26 AM

Mental balance in poker

With this post I'd like to talk about the topic of mental balance, something more and more top players are starting to think more specifically about these days -- and to take more seriously, too, as important to their games. Recently we had the new run of "German High Roller" shot in Velden. It's ...more

by Michael Keiner on November 12, 2013 6:43 AM

On taking a shot

I was recently sitting on a balcony in Croatia looking out over the Mediterranean Sea thinkig abut the time I spent in Velden, Austria playing a lot of poker. While looking into the distance, I thought I'd write something about bankroll management and shot-taking in poker. I'm inspired to do so pa...more

by Michael Keiner on September 17, 2013 9:30 AM

Stuck between a rock and a hard place

Sometimes poker players are criticized for playing a style that appears too tight or "nitty," especially when it comes to big televised games. I thought I'd write a few words in defense of playing what can seem to be a tight or passive style, because in fact there are situations when it can be quite...more

by Michael Keiner on July 17, 2013 7:50 AM

Give me seven cards

Hello from Germany, where we are basking in the afterglow of the European Poker Tour returning to Berlin. It's always a great time, and one aspect of the schedule I really liked this year was the inclusion of a couple of seven-card stud events, one of which is a pot-limit event. There was even a f...more

by Michael Keiner on May 2, 2013 8:58 AM

Teaching the Mind Sport of poker to businessmen

Things are going well for me in 2013, as I'm playing a lot of poker and also having a chance to do other fun things like play golf and enjoy myself. I'm also getting increasingly involved in hosting poker tournaments for some businesses and other groups, thereby introducing poker to a variety of pe...more

by Michael Keiner on April 1, 2013 7:36 AM

Poker profits going beyond money

As a Team PokerStars Pro based in Germany, I do what I can to help poker achieve some mainstream exposure here. I try to find ways to introduce the game to people who aren't necessarily familiar with poker otherwise, as well as help shape public opinion regarding the game. For example, not long a...more

by Michael Keiner on December 18, 2012 5:25 AM