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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Goodbye Blogspot, Hello AVP

As the title suggests, this will be my last blog on Blogspot at this address. My blog has moved to a running thread on You can find it here:

Benton's AVP Blog

I have accepted a new position as the Resident Poker Pro at AllVegasPoker. There I will be writing strategy articles, hand history analysis articles, moderating the Strategy section of the forum, as well as many other duties that will be revealed soon. I'd love to see you all on AVP soon, preferably participating in the conversation in the strategy forum. Below is the AVP press release announcing my addition to the company.

AVP Welcomes New Resident Poker Pro Benton Blakeman

AVP Welcomes New Resident Poker Pro & Blogger, Benton Blakeman

Date: 09/07/11
Room: General News

Summary: AVP is proud to welcome our newest addition to the site and community, Resident Poker Pro & Blogger, Benton Blakeman. Benton will be contributing strategy content, answering strategy questions, and blogging on AVP.

Content: AVP would like to introduce and extend the warmest of welcomes to our new Resident Poker Pro, Benton Blakeman.

Benton has been a Professional Poker Player for the last seven years, spending most of his time playing in Las Vegas and Biloxi, Mississippi. With a dominating track record in cash games and tournaments, Benton has found great success in both live and online poker. While his strongest level of expertise lies in No Limit Holdem, he still crushes mix and PLO games on a regular basis.

Benton will be contributing a wealth of poker knowledge and insight to the AVP community as our Resident Pro. He will be writing weekly strategy articles and hand analyses, Blogging on AVP along with our other great bloggers, and perhaps most beneficial, will be spending a great deal of time in our new Poker Strategy Forums offering general and specific hand advice, answering questions, and sharing thoughts about his own learning experiences on the tables.

According to AVP’s President and WSOP Bracelet Winner, Jon Friedberg, “I couldn’t be more excited about Benton joining the AVP team. He is not only a very close friend of mine, but I consider him to be one of the greatest poker minds I know. He is one of my own mentors who I have learned more about poker from than any other pro I’ve worked with. He not only understands the game better than most big-name pros, but is exceptionally strong at communicating his knowledge and thought process. Benton is a gentleman on and off the tables, and I am excited about fellow AVPers benefiting from his new presence on our site.”

You can learn more about Benton by reading his bio and introductory Blog post HERE, where he will be available to address any of your questions.

We encourage you to say hello to Benton (“BentonBlakeman”) and welcome him to AVP…but don’t stop there! Post your questions for him in the Strategy Forums and be on the lookout for his upcoming articles and blogs.


Once again, thank you all for following in my adventures these past years. I truly hope to see all of you on AVP.

See you on the felt and on the forums at AVP.

Best wishes,