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  • Report Draws Attention to Portland Poker Scene – And Perhaps Its Demise

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    In the past, there have been thriving live poker scenes that have brought the game to people without having to go to Las Vegas or an Indian reservation casino to take part. The New York underground poker rooms are legendary, in part due to the seminal poker movie Rounders and part due to the legend [...]


  • Three Hands You Need to Fold Pre-Flop and Why

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    Even if you are a neophyte to the game of poker, there are some basic tenets that you have before you even pick up a stack of chips to bet. One, when you get pocket Aces, you pound your opposition with a pre-flop raise otherwise everyone and their brother gets to play the hand and […] [...]


  • Global Poker League Second Season Waits While Expansion Occurs in China, Other Areas

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    It was thought by this point that the Global Poker League, the burgeoning team poker organization created by the Global Poker Index and its head honcho Alex Dreyfus, would have already started its second season. However, Season 2 of the GPL has been held up while Dreyfus moves forward with other end [...]


  • Former Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov Trial Date Set

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    In a case that is now dragging on into its second year regarding a transaction from 2014, former Amaya Gaming Chief Executive Officer David Baazov now has a date set for his trial on insider trading charges. In proceedings held last week in the Quebec Court, Judge Claude Leblond scheduled the start [...]


  • Does David Letterman Have a “Poker Problem?”

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    Demonstrating the validity of the information that appears in its pages, a noted tabloid rag has recently surmised that former “Late Night” host David Letterman is “obsessed” with poker – to the point where he is risking all that he has built in the entertainment industry. The National Enq [...]


  • ARIA Names Group of Players for 2017 Super High Roller Bowl

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    Buoyed by the attention – for better or worse – already garnered from previous events associated with it, the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl is ramping up to be a hotly contested battle this May. After choosing 35 players through a blind draw, the host casino ARIA in Las Vegas (the cohost of the to [...]


  • World Poker Tour Names Linda Johnson First Recipient of WPT Honors Award

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    Recognized by virtually everyone in the industry as a pioneer in the world of poker, poker industry legend Linda Johnson has received nearly every accolade that can be handed out. That shelf of trophies and tributes will increase by one next week when the World Poker Tour honors Johnson with their f [...]


  • ARIA and Poker Central Expand 2017 Super High Roller Bowl Field to 56

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    Noting that their numbers would make for a complication, the streaming poker channel Poker Central and ARIA in Las Vegas have expanded the field for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl to a nice round 56 players. “Based on the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl and the overwhelming intere [...]


  • Poker Professional Brandon Steven Under Notice from Federal Authorities for Unknown Actions

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    Per reports from his hometown newspaper, poker professional Brandon Steve has been put on notice that federal authorities are examining his actions. What isn’t clear, however, is what are the exact “actions” that Steven has committed. The Wichita Eagle and writers Tim Potter and Kelsey Ryan re [...]


  • 888Poker Offers List of Most Influential Poker Books

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    There are many a book regarding the game in the library of poker players and its historians. They can run the gamut from simple (or sometimes not so simple) strategy discussions to autobiographies to historical books regarding significant moments in time. There have been attempts in the past to “r [...]


  • Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl Changes Rules, Uses Lottery to Determine Players

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    Instead of holding to the “first come, first served” philosophy that it was built on, officials with Poker Central deviated to a special “lottery” to determine who would be among the 35 professionals to take part in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl later this year. After opening registration [...]


  • Vanessa Rousso Enters Music Business, Leaving Poker?

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    Last Sunday saw the New England Patriots come from behind to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in arguably one of the most exciting Super Bowl games in history. It also could have marked the departure of one of poker’s most visible players as she sets off on a potential career in the music industry. Vane [...]


  • Stacy Matuson Crushes William Kassouf in “The Grudge Match”

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    In a specially staged event by 888Poker during their 888Live Poker Festival schedule at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, 2016 World Series of Poker combatants Stacy Matuson and William Kassouf came together to continue their battle. In “The Grudge Match” broadcast over 888Poker’s T [...]


  • Borgata “Chipgate” Perpetrator Still in Prison Despite Reports of Release

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    Others in the poker media have been reporting that the perpetrator of the Borgata “Chipgate” scandal from 2014, Christian Lusardi, has been released from prison. A little legwork from a valued member of the poker journalism community – and confirmed by this writer – shows that Lusardi is ind [...]


  • Humans Being Drubbed By “Libratus” At Halfway Mark

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    At the halfway mark of the rematch between professional poker players and a poker-playing computer program, the program – known as “Libratus” – is drubbing the professionals in a Pennsylvania casino. As the two sides prepare to enter the ninth day of competition, “Libratus” (programmed b [...]


  • Global Poker Index Adjusts POY Scoring System Effective Immediately

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    After a year in which many voices in the poker world stated there were issues with the status quo, the Global Poker Index announced last week that they were adjusting their scoring system that is used for the Player of the Year competition. In 2016, the number of High Roller and Super High Roller ev [...]


  • Matt Jarvis Enjoying Life Off the Felt with New Ownership Pursuit

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    Many believe that the life of a poker professional is one non-stop party after another. The different casinos in such glittering cities as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Australia or (as is currently underway) the Bahamas leads many to think that it would be the epitome of living. For former “November Ni [...]


  • New “Pros vs. Computer” Challenge to Begin Next Week

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    Not happy to take a draw during the competition in 2015, the brainiacs at Carnegie Mellon University have decided to challenge humanity once again on a battlefield perfect for determining future world domination – the poker table. Starting on January 11, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Co [...]


  • How Do I Get Rid of Players in Low Stakes Games?

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    In the world of poker, everybody starts somewhere. If it isn’t in the “free chip” games on Zynga or the different online poker sites, it is in low buy-in games online ($.01/$.02 cash games or cheap tournaments) or cheaper live events ($1/$2 live cash games, up to $100 tournaments). Wherever yo [...]


  • Welcome to 2017! Poker Predictions for the New Year

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    When I went to turn the calendar this morning, it didn’t have a new page to turn to. Thus, that must mean that there’s a New Year upon us and here’s hoping that your New Year’s celebration was a good one. It also means that there is a whole new year of possibilities ahead of […] [...]


  • Is the 24-Hour Poker Network Poker Central Shutting Down?

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    Since it was founded in late 2015, the television channel Poker Central has been trying to find their way in a very difficult broadcasting world. Now news is emerging that, by the end of December, the channel allegedly may shut down its cable network broadcasting outlet. Per Kent Gibbons at Broadcas [...]


  • Tampa’s Derby Lane Poker Room: Future Home of Baseball?

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    One of the most popular destinations for poker in the state of Florida is the Derby Lane Greyhound Track, located in St. Petersburg. The fifth largest live poker rooms in the state (generating over $8.8 million in gross revenues for fiscal year 2015-16), the poker has been somewhat overshadowing wha [...]


  • Phil Ivey Loses Case with the Borgata, Owes $10.1 Million

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    After a drawn out civil trial that saw both sides reveal the dirty underbelly of the gambling world, poker professional Phil Ivey has lost his civil suit against the Borgata in Atlantic City, per the New Jersey Law Journal and writer Charles Toutant. In a decision released on Thursday, Ivey and his [...]


  • State of Iowa Disbands State Forfeiture Unit After Poker Players’ Lawsuit

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    After a lawsuit brought by two traveling poker players over the confiscation of their bankrolls, the State of Iowa has not only refunded the players their monies beyond what they were carrying but also disbanded the police unit in charge of such actions. On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Saf [...]


  • William Kassouf Subject of Reddit AMA

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    Riding the wave of attention – whether it is a star turn or the latest villain to be crowned at the World Series of Poker is up to individual tastes – that he has received, poker professional William Kassouf was the subject of an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on the popular site Reddit. Du [...]


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