Guest Columnists

  • A Pre-Dawn Error by Lee Jones

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    The problem: Eastbound flights from the West Coast often leave at the butt-crack of dawn. This allows the traveler to have some meaningful part of the day left upon arrival in New York, Washington, or Atlanta, and/or make their connection to London or Frankfurt. The result of this scheduling paradig [...]


  • I Don’t Understand the Online Poker Crackdown

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    There are so many aspects of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recent actions against online poker that I don’t understand. I don’t understand why the very government that was built to champion personal liberty would take away our rights to play online poker, a game that citizens o [...]


  • April Fools Pranks by Linda Johnson

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    April Fools 2011 has come and gone. Considering that I love practical jokes, I was pretty easy on my friends this year. I did punk my Twitter followers with a series of Tweets that started mid-morning with this one: “Driving through beautiful North Cascade Highway. Washington is beautiful… c [...]


  • Poker Lessons I’ve Learned by Eric Lynch

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    It’s been a while since I wrote my last column for PND. I’ve had a lot of changes going on both personally and professionally during that time and wanted to share some of my thoughts on what’s been going on and the state of poker. First, poker is one of those games where the difference [&helli [...]


  • Old Poker Guard Makes Early Statement in 2011

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    In recent years, many experts feel that the world of poker has been taken over by the young guns.  For example, the past three World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champions have all been under 24 years old.  During the past two years, the Player of Year winners have all been in their 20s.  [& [...]


  • Annie Duke Discusses the NHUPC Field, Intrastate Online Poker

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    Poker News Daily: Thank you for joining us. The Federated Sports and Gaming poker league, of which you’re the Commissioner, recently brought on Kat Kowal, Jo Priam, and Matt Savage. Can you talk about the three hires? Annie Duke: I feel like at every turn, we’re getting who I think are the best [...]


  • Recapping the Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship by Linda Johnson

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    The inaugural Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada recently concluded and I must say it exceeded my expectations in every way. How did this event come about? About a year ago, LIPS founder Lupe Soto, Jan Fisher, and I began discussing the need fo [...]


  • Do it Again: Poker and Bluegrass by Lee Jones

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    The home game ended this morning right around 4:00am. I made it to bed in time to credibly tell myself that I really wasn’t seeing a faint light in the East. Cards had gone in the air pretty close to 7:00pm, which, as somebody pointed out toward the end of the “evening,” meant that many [&hell [...]


  • WSOP November Nine Reunion Highlights Crazy Beginning to 2011

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    Less than two months have gone by in 2011, but I have to say that it already feels like a year has passed.  When someone referred to me as “The busiest man in poker,” I think they must have been thinking about the past several weeks.  And I have barely played any poker.  Here’s a […] [...]


  • What Went Wrong in the Fight to Legalize and Regulate Online Poker

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    The end of 2010 spelled doom for online poker’s legalization and regulation in the United States, at least in the foreseeable future.  Months ago, the poker industry appeared to hold pocket aces in a much-anticipated political showdown that would have reversed the devastating aftereffects of the [...]


  • Poker at the Commerce Casino by Linda Johnson

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    We are about six weeks into 2011. How are you coming along with your New Year’s resolutions? One of mine was to take more time for myself and to play more poker. With that in mind, I decided to spend a week at the Commerce during the L.A. Poker Classic (LAPC) recently. I cancelled all [&hellip [...]


  • Dear Mr. Byrd: My Letter to a High School Principal

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    There was a recent article in the Washington Post about a high school in a Virginia suburb that formed a poker club for its students. The article notes, “[The club] has quickly become one of the most popular extracurricular activities at the Falls Church high school.” Color me astonished. Of cou [...]


  • Two Unfortunate Poker Incidents by Lee Jones

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    I’m going to use my space here to address a couple of recent incidents that took place in the poker world. Of some note, both took place in brick-and-mortar venues and, in fact, could not have happened online. This is relevant because the crux of both issues is tournament management in a live sett [...]


  • Annie Duke Talks Dancing with the Stars, Engagement to Joe Reitman

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    Fresh off announcing her departure from UB.com, reigning National Heads-Up Poker Championship winner Annie Duke sat down with Poker News Daily to discuss life away from the game. She also addresses the rumors that former colleague Phil Hellmuth will be on the hit ABC reality series “Dancing with t [...]


  • 2010 Poker Memories by Linda Johnson

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    Time is passing too quickly. We just said goodbye to 2010, but memories of my favorite (and not so favorite) poker moments from the year are still vivid in my mind. I’d like to share a few of my personal 2010 poker memories with you. Proudest 2010 Poker Memory Without a doubt, being nominated for [...]


  • It’s Time for a Change by Mike Sexton

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    I think it’s time for casinos that host big buy-in tournaments, such as WPT events, and the players in them to take a look at what’s happening out there today.  Due to “player demand,” events have gotten longer since players are starting with deep stacks and friendlier struc [...]


  • Best Poker Books You’ve Probably Never Read by Lee Jones

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    I love books. Well, I guess better said, I love reading. I'm actually not looking forward to ubiquitous WiFi on airplanes. They're kind of the last Internet-free zone in the world. And even this retreat is disappearing as carrier after carrier puts WiFi on its planes. It's like the Berlin Wall in 19 [...]


  • Rainbow Casino in Wendover Hosts Spectrum of Poker

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    Poker is alive and well in Wendover, Nevada, about 110 miles from Salt Lake City on the Nevada border. The Rainbow Spectrum of Poker is going on through December 19th. Jan Fisher and I, two members of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, are hosting the tournament series and giving entrants a compliment [...]


  • 2010 WSOP Main Event Final Table Thoughts by Bernard Lee

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    The 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event final table was one of the most exciting installments in the past several years.  Due to the lengthy final table bubble back in July, the action was fast and furious with numerous all-ins, setting up several dramatic hands.  With only two players si [...]


  • Buffets: Food and Poker by Lee Jones

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    Poker can be a lonely game. Unlike, for instance, softball, there’s nothing that requires you to get together with other people of a like mind or intent. You go down to the casino or card club, play poker, and then leave. Too often, when a poker room “acquaintance” approaches you, it’s for o [...]


  • Big Changes on the World Poker Tour by Mike Sexton

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    It’s an exciting time on the World Poker Tour this season.  We are currently in our ninth season, meaning we’ve done more TV shows than legendary franchises like “Seinfield” and “I Love Lucy.”  Just look at the history of television and you will discover that a very small p [...]


  • ESPN Coverage of the 2010 WSOP Main Event by Linda Johnson

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    I’ll admit it. I’m mesmerized by ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 WSOP Main Event. As I watched the Tuesday night episodes, I jotted down some thoughts on scrap paper so I could discuss my observations with some of my poker friends. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep the scraps of paper [...]


  • Behind the Scenes with Joseph Cheong by Linda Johnson

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    Since becoming one of the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) November Nine finalists, many articles have been written about 24 year old Joseph Cheong. These have detailed his aggressive playing style, his poker background, his previous tournament wins, and lots of other biographical data. One thing m [...]


  • A Complete Poker Whirlwind by Bernard Lee

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    Since the World Series of Poker (WSOP) this summer, my life has been a complete whirlwind.  After I witnessed the entire five-hour Main Event final table bubble (which went well into the wee hours of July 18th), we taped the ESPN Inside Deal WSOP wrap-up show at about 8:00am with no sleep.  Fortun [...]


  • Annie Duke Comments on CEREUS Sale, Poker Hall of Fame

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    Poker News Daily: The CEREUS Network was recently acquired by Blanca Games, which is managed by Stuart Gordon. What were your thoughts when you heard about the transaction? Annie Duke: It’s a very positive thing for the brand. The cheating was purportedly under the auspices of Excapsa in terms of [...]


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