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Sean Chaffin

Sean Chaffin

Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas, and writes frequently about gambling and poker. If you have any story ideas, please email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter. His poker book is RAISING THE STAKES: True Tales of Gambling, Wagering & Poker Faces and available on Amazon.com.

Sean Chaffin Articles

2018 October
On the Road: Lex Veldhuis Takes Some Time Off for Travel
True Gambling Stories #008: How Blackjack May Have Saved FedEx
Players on the Move: The Fielder, The Bluffer, and The Investor
Legendary Actor Ed Asner Talks Poker, Life, and His L.A. Charity Event
True Gambling Stories #007: All on Red: A Six-Figure Roulette Wager
Backing the Brat: Hellmuth Win Perfectly Timed for Texas Poker Fan
New AGA Report Details Record Casino Revenues
Former Employee Indicted for Embezzlement from Card Player Magazine
Some of the Best Poker Players in the World Without a WSOP Bracelet
Freguently Asked Poker Questions: A Guide for European Players Heading to the U.S.
Bad Beat on the Bad Beat Jackpot: Straight Flush over Quads over Quads
Poker and Game Theory Featured in Hit Film ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
How to Win at Poker in Red Dead Redemption II
Interview: Doyle Brunson Talks About Teaming Up with Son Todd on New Poker Training Course
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Emmitt Smith Exits 2010 Main Event
AG Offers No Opinion on Texas Poker Clubs, Lawsuit Continues
WSOP Day 45: Volpe Seeks Bracelet, Dyer Leads Final 6 and Cada in Main
WSOP Day 44: Three More Bracelets Awarded As Main Event Finale Begins
WSOP Day 43: Big Names Left in $5K NLHE, Cada Advances in Main Event
WSOP Day 42: Dyer Leads Main With Cada Still In, Bohlman Goes for Double
WSOP Day 41: Minkin Making Another Main Event Run, Solomon Leads PLO
Player of the Week: Galen Hall Accelerates to Crazy 8s Title
Hellmuth Offers James Campbell 2019 Main Event Entry After Controversy
Pitch Perfect: Dealers Recognized, Daniel Harris Named Dealer of Year
WSOP Day 40: Hallaert Bags Big in Little One, Ivey Makes Day 4 of ME
Party Time: France’s Pierre Calamusa Brings the Fun to Vegas
WSOP Day 39: Tan Leads $1,500 NLHE; Hellmuth, Ivey Back for Main Day 3
The Hand I'll Never Forget: McEvoy Takes Big Pot From Amarillo Slim
True Gambling Stories #006: Betting Behind Bars – The Nevada State Prison Casino
Family Fun: Marie Harrell and 21-year-old Son Trey Play Main Event
WSOP Day 38: Huge Day 2c in the Main, John Pannucci Leads $1,500 NLH
Poker in Pink: Tom McEvoy Plays for Daughter Battling Breast Cancer
WSOP Day 37: Galen Hall Looks for 888 Title, Big Names Return in Main Event
One Shell of a Player: The Oyster King Dives into the $10,000 Main Event
Jessica Dawley: From War Zone Veteran to World Series of Poker Champion
WSOP Day 35: Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, Ray Romano Advance in Main Event
Color Up: John Hesp Returns to WSOP with Film of His Life Planned
Moments of the Week: Ramdin Doubles First Hand in WSOP Main, Strelitz Hits One-Outer
Faces in the Crowd: The Traveler, The Fisherman, & The Ex-Accountant
WSOP Day 34: Main Event Kicks Off, Mizrachi Leads PLO Giant
When and Where to Watch the 2018 WSOP Main Event
The Crazy Story of Nathan Gamble: From Being Kidnapped to Playing Poker
WSOP Day 33: Jean-Robert Bellande Leads Final 6 in $5K NLHE 6-Handed
8-Ball: A Look at the History of 888poker's Crazy Eights WSOP Tournament
WSOP Day 32: Anderson and Kassela Return to Battle for RAZZ Bracelet
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Quads Over Quads with Norm MacDonald
WSOP Day 31: John Hennigan Among Chip Leaders in $10,000 Razz Championship
Poker Alliance President Discusses Organization’s Revival and Goals
Tour Titan: Darren Elias Now Looking for Bracelet After 4th WPT Title
WSOP Day 30: Gamble, Matusow, Negreanu in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Final 20
What’s the Deal? Dealers Discuss the Road to Pitching Cards at WSOP
Tag Team, Back Again: Somerset Poker Living the Dream
WSOP Day 29: Elezra, Hellmuth, Negreanu Return in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo
Player of Week: John Hennigan
WSOP Day 28: Brandon Shack-Harris Leads Final 6 in $10K PLO
Kopp to It: WSOPC Winner from Ohio Hopes for WSOP Bracelet in $10K PLO
WSOP Day 27: Hellmuth Advances in Razz, Big Names in Monster Stack
Chasing Scoops: Johnny Quads on Poker, Dealing, & the National Enquirer
WSOP Day 26: Ferguson Looks for No. 7; Lamb, Mizrachi Advance in $10K PLO
Outfielder to Chip Leader: Seth Davies Among Top Stacks in $2,500 NLHE
Big Showww: James Calderaro Looks for Back-to-Back $25K PLO Titles
WSOP Day 23: Daniel Negreanu Returns Third in Chips in $25K PLO HR
Old School: Perry Green Celebrates Decades of Poker With Big Bet Cash
Jason Somerville, PokerStars Announce Partnership in Twitch Studios
WSOP Day 22: Phil Hellmuth Advances in $1,500 NLHE Shootout
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Elezra’s Straight Flush & Celine Dion Prank
WSOP Day 21: Michael Mizrachi Aims for Third $50K PPC Title, 6 Remain
Player of the Week: Bart Lybaert
Bright Guy: Counting Cards with Bob Bright
WSOP Day 20: Mizrachi Leads Final 12 in $50K PPC, Ivey Still in Hunt
Faces in the Crowd: Some Super Senior Style
Father's Day: Joe Cada Supports Father Jerry in WSOP After Stroke
Mr. Back-to-Back: James Moore Attempts 3-Peat in Super Seniors
WSOP Day 19: Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey Lead Poker Players Championship
Moment of the Week: Mackey and Yifrach Blast Away with River Three-bet
PLO via São Paulo: 888 Ambassador Vivian Saliba Offers Some Help
WSOP Day 18: Glaser, Matusow, Negreanu, Bonomo Advance in PPC
All Heart: Leon Shattuck on Poker & Seeing Wife Through Alzheimer's
WSOP Day 17: Jason Mercier, Martin Jacobson Looking to Add Bracelets
Women of the World Series of Poker: Fuchs, Fleck Run Deep in $10K HORSE
Renaissance Man: Barny Boatman on Life and Poker After 50th WSOP Cash
WSOP Day 16: Martin Jacobson, Scotty Nguyen Playing Deep in MARATHON
WSOP Day 15: Joe McKeehen Runs Deep in MILLIONAIRE MAKER
Freeroll Brings Free Cash for UK’s Jack Oliver in Millionaire Maker
Player of the Week: Justin Bonomo
WSOP Day 14: Doyle Brunson Returns Looking for Bracelet #11
Living Legend: Doyle Brunson Returns to the Felt at WSOP
WSOP Europe Returns to King’s Casino Rozvadov, 2018 Schedule Announced
WSOP Day 13: Negreanu, Matusow, Racener in Final 16 of 8-Game Mix
WSOP Day 12: Duhamel Looks for 4th Bracelet, Negreanu Advances to Day 2
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Jean-Robert, the Cooler & the Comeback
WSOP Day 11: Bonomo Among Leaders in $5K NLHE, Zinno Leads Dealer's Choice
New Louisiana Casino Law Allows for Expanded Poker Scene
Inside the World of High-Roller Backing with 888poker pro Dominik Nitsche
True Gambling Stories #005: Dead Man’s Hand – The Shot in the Back That Killed Wild Bill Hickok
WSOP Day 10: Bonomo Looking for $10K Heads-Up Title, Negreanu Advances
The Deal With Dominik: Tackling Heads-Up Strategy
WSOP Day 9: Racener, Deeb at Final Tables, Hellmuth Advances in H.O.R.S.E.
Mr. Heads-Up: John Smith Looking for Bracelet After Deep Runs
L.A. Lakers CEO Frank Mariani Posting Up in $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
WSOP Day 8: Eli Elezra Seeks Fourth Bracelet Today in $10K Omaha Hi-Lo
Road to Vegas: 888poker Offers Players Chance at WSOP Glory
Ingram Alleges Harassment From WSOP Phone Charger Salesmen, Owner Disputes
WSOP Day 7: Elezra Leads $10K Omaha Hi-Lo, Hennigan Ahead in Dealer’s Choice
Player of the Week: Elio Fox
Faces in the Crowd: Cancer Survivor, CPA, & Crazy Casino Security Tales
WSOP Day 4: Joe's Ready for Shootout Final Table, $100K Day 2 Awaits
Sneak Peek: A Look Inside the New PokerGO Studio
WSOP Day 3: Hellmuth, McKeehen, Cada Advance to Final 50 in Shootout
WSOP Day 2: Jodie Sanders Leads Casino Employees Event; Shootout & Omaha Hi/Lo on Tap
WSOP Day 1: It’s Showtime – with Casino Employees Championship and $10K Super Turbo
Gambling Memorabilia Auction Features Rare Relics from Poker's Past
True Gambling Stories #004: Phar Lap – Big Wins, Mysteries & Assassins
Poker and Crypto in Puerto Rico: Kalas Takes Talents to the Tropics
Card Collecting: WSOP Champ Blumstein Earns Topps Honor
True Gambling Stories #003: Parlays & Paydays – $5 Sports Bet Wins Big
Actor Darrin Hickok Reflects on Poker and Lineage to Wild Bill Hickok
Legal Poker in Texas? WPTDeepStacks Announces Houston Stop
Louisiana Casino Legislation May be Boon to State’s Poker Scene
Anonymous Donor Matches RunGood Efforts to Aid Troops
Women’s Month: Ladies Notch a Record Five Wins at LAPC
True Gambling Stories #002: Holdem & Holdups (With Guests Doyle Brunson and TJ Cloutier)
Players on the Move: Mr. Back-to-Back, The Mentalist, & The Hunter
A Poker Valentine – Life, Love, & Cards with Louise Brunson
Helping Hands: Charity Series Event Benefits Folded Flag Foundation
WSOP Champ Blumstein Looks Back, Ready for Fitness Challenge
True Gambling Stories #001: Stanley Fujitake – The Craps King
LAPC Getting Back to Basics with 25th Anniversary at Commerce
Poker in Paradise: What You Need to Know About the 2018 PCA
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Around The World With Jaime Staples
Top 10 Stories of 2017, #1: Chris Ferguson Wins World Series of Poker POY
2017 December
Poker Star Wars: The Greatest Grinders in the Galaxy
Stacking the Deck: A Look at Poker Card Manipulation
Players on the Move: The Surfer, The Senior Statesman, and The Buzzsaw
Blackjack to Bibles: A Texas Seminary’s Tale of Casino Past
Unlit Cigarette: Catching up with Poker Legend Sammy Farha
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Phil Laak Gets Bluffed at 2010 WSOP Europe
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Hellmuth's 'White Magic' at the WSOPE Main Event
Poker Bracelets to Badminton: Catching Up with Jesper Hougaard
Players on the Move: Five Rounders on the Rise in 2017
Poker All-Pros: A Look at Some of the Card Sharks of the NFL
History of WSOPE Part II: Negreanu Captures POY in Dramatic Final Event
Negreanu, Monnette Won't Chase Ferguson in WSOP Player of the Year Race
History of WSOP Europe Part I: Annette Obrestad Storms Onto the Scene
Pixel Poker: Dealer-Free Electronic Tables Could Be a Game Changer
Making the Call: Poker Players Chip in to Help Texas Hurricane Victims
John Hesp's Poker Story Captures Attention of Hollywood Filmmakers
A Gambling Tale: The History of Galveston’s Underground Casinos
All-in and Alive: Poker Player Overcomes Being Lit on Fire by Stranger
Craps Stories: Stanley Fujitake and the Longest Craps Roll
WSOP Final Table Profile: Bryan Piccioli
WSOP Final Table Profile: Damian Salas
WSOP Final Table Profile: Ben Lamb
WSOP Final Table Profile: John Hesp
WSOP Day 48: Christian Pham in Command; Lamb, Hesp Emerge in Main Event
The 1% Club: Poker Staking Group Could Pay Big Dividends at Main Event
WSOP Day 47: Storylines Aplenty for Day 6 of the Main Event
Split Pot Leads to Main Event Heater for Christian Pham
The Muck Exclusive: Superman Speaks About Making WSOP Main Event Day 5
The Hand I'll Never Forget: James Woods' Massive Bad Beat Jackpot
WSOP Day 46: November Niners Still Prospering into Day 5 of Main Event
Joao Sousa Monteiro Wins 888's WSOP Main Event 8-Team Contest
72-Year-Old Former Federal Prosecutor Makes Day 4 in First Main Event
WSOP Day 44: Chan, Nguyen Eye Deep Runs as Main Event Field Converges
Payoff in Perseverance: 888 Qualifier Turns $1 Satty into Main Event Entry
Us vs. Them: Strategy Advice When Facing the Pros
WSOP Day 43: Big Numbers, Big Names Return for Main Event Day 2C
WSOP Day 42: Day 1A/1B Main Event Survivors Return With Mortensen Leading
Satellite Sensations: 888 Qualifiers Mixing it Up in Main Event Day 1C
Game On: 888's 8-Team in the Main Event and Ready for Action
Fedor Holz Helps Players Get Their Mind Primed for WSOP Main Event
Poker Lifeline: Rick Syverud Lives Out a Dream As He Battles Stage 4 Cancer
WSOP Day 40: Chris Ferguson Nears Sixth Bracelet in Stud Championship
WSOP Players on the Move: The Joker, The Fox, and The Performer
WSOP Day 39: Main Event Becomes Main Attraction; Hellmuth Deep in Razz
I’ll Be Bach: Breaking Down Seven-Card Stud with David Bach
Queen of Hearts: Inside the Ladies Championship with Lynn Gilmartin
WSOP Day 38: Kenny Hallaert Leads Final Day of Event #66
WSOP Day 36: Haxton Leads $50K PPC, Negreanu Among Big Stacks
WSOP Day 35: Michael Mizrachi Among $50K PPC Leaders, Seeks 3rd Title
WSOP Day 34: Matthew Ashton Leads $50K PPC, Johnny Chan Among Leaders
WSOP Day 33: Pros Ready to Battle for Poker Players Championship
WSOP Day 32: Negreanu Takes Big Stack into Day 2 of $2,500 Big Bet Mix
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Greg Raymer and the WSOP Main Event
WSOP Day 31: Mizrachi, Busquet Among Big Stacks in $5K NLHE
WSOP Day 30: Jason Mercier Making Deep Run in $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
WSOP Day 29: Arieh, Ferguson Battle for Bracelet in $10K PLO Hi-Lo
WSOP Day 28: Chino Rheem Seeks First Bracelet in $3,000 PLO 6-Handed
WSOP Day 27: Hellmuth Eyes 15th Bracelet in $10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
WSOP Day 26: Barry Greenstein Hunts Bracelet No. 4 in Pot-Limit Omaha
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Matt Glantz and the One That Got Away
WSOP Day 25: Can Matusow Win 5th WSOP Bracelet in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E?
WSOP Day 24: Nguyen, Negreanu, Hellmuth Return for $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Cashing and Collecting: WSOP Leaders at the Halfway Point
WSOP Day 23: Ted Forrest Seeks 7th Bracelet in $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo
WSOP Day 22: Tran Leads $10K Limit Hold'em, Jaka Seeks First Bracelet
WSOP Day 21: Negreanu, Hellmuth Among $10K Limit Hold’em Leaders
WSOP Day 20: Shaun Deeb Leads Talented $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Finale
WSOP Day 19: Heimiller Making Another Seniors Run, Matusow in $10K 2-7
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Daniel Negreanu’s WSOP Main Event Misstep
WSOP Day 15: Kassela Leads Razz Championship Day 2
WSOP Day 14: Cada, Elky Advance to Day 3 of Millionaire Maker
WSOP Day 13: Esfandiari, Cada Return for Day 2 of Millionaire Maker
WSOP Day 12: Negreanu Shining Again in 8-Game Event
The Hand I'll Never Forget: Mike Matusow’s Disaster with Pocket Kings
Rio Romance: A Couple’s Journey from Online Final Table to Wedding Bells
WSOP Day 11: Mike Matusow Nears Final Table of $10K Dealer’s Choice
WSOP Day 10: Ryan Riess, Charlie Carrel Headline Final 4 of $10K Heads-Up
Purple Heart Recipient John Smith Continues Domination of WSOP Heads-Up Event
WSOP Day 9: Bernard Lee Leads Stacked Final Table of $1,500 2-7 Lowball
Facing Negreanu: What's It Like on the Other Side of the Table?
WSOP Day 8: Negreanu, Mosseri Return to Play Heads-Up for a Bracelet
Players on the Move: The Cajun Cardsharp, The Crusher, and The Aggressor
WSOP Day 7: Negreanu, Matusow Advance Deep in $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo
Pick & Choose: Dealer’s Choice Strategy With the 2016 WSOP Champ
Pints & Poker: UK Pub Owner Wins WSOP Trip; Huge Fan Base Follows
WSOP Day 6: Polk, Jacobson Chase Grospellier in High Roller
Faces in the Crowd: Plainview Poker Club, Navy Vet Dive into Colossus
WSOP Day 5: Grospellier Leads One Drop High Roller as Money Bubble Nears
How to Crush The Colossus: WSOP Advice from Kenny Hallaert
Faces in the Crowd: 'Big Show' and a Black Friday Refugee in The Colossus
Faces in the Crowd: Former MLB Pitcher, Army Veteran Play The Colossus
Poker Central Announces WSOP Live Streaming Schedule, Broadcast Team
Uber Driver to Poker Gladiator: Ben Keeline’s Trip to Poker Glory
WSOP Day 3: Negreanu Five Players Away From Bracelet No. 7
WSOP Day 2: Doug Polk, Ryan Fee Eye Another Tag Team Title
WSOP Day 1: Ready to Rumble, Poker’s Best Join Forces in $10K Tag Team
Where Are They Now: Poker's Good Guy, a Survivor, and a Rogue
Several High-Stakes Poker Players Report Being Hacked
Brothers in Cards: Hinkles Reflect on Hold’em Success
Corporate Card Playing: Unique Tales of Wagering, Business Survival
Players on the Move: The Gamer, The Cook, & The Traveler
Tax Time: Specialists Offer Advice for Poker Players
Fastballs and Full Houses: Baseball Players Who Play Poker
Polishing the Trophy: A Look at Some of Poker’s Championship Hardware
Wild Cards: Poker's Favorite Crazy Games from Poker's Favorite People
First Female WPT Winner Ema Zajmovic Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon
Players on the Move: The Adjuster, The Action Man and The Gamer
Road Warriors, Part 2: Staying Sharp and Making it to the Top
Road Warriors, Part 1: On the Road and Keeping the Cash
Players on the Move: The Lion, the Wolfpack and The Comeback Kid
Chasing Chips in the Lone Star State, Part II
Chasing Chips in the Lone Star State, Part I
Artificial Intelligence Tops Humans in Poker Battle – What’s the Big Deal?
Old School Action: A Life of Booking Illegal Sports Bets
2016 November
Vegas NHL Franchise Name Announced; Negreanu Comments on His Role
Bluffing in Style: Exquisite President Truman Poker Table Replica Featured in Charity Auction
History and High Stakes in Big D: Dallas Amvets Club Linked To Some of the Game’s Best
Turning Point Showdown: Bill Smith and the 1985 WSOP Main Event
2015 October
Locked Up: Erik Audé Bets and Bluffs in a Pakistani Prison