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  • 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 [...]


  • In Florida, Poker Isn’t the “Add On” That Was Originally Thought

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    Poker in the state of Florida has had a tricky history. Since laws regulating poker were passed in the state, the idea was that the poker rooms offered by the different dog and horse racing tracks and jai alai frontons was supposed to supplement the incomes of those businesses. However, the biggest [...]


  • More Actors Join Cast of “Molly’s Game”

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    As it slowly works its way towards filming, more actors have been named to participate in screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s first soiree into filmmaking with Molly’s Game. The actors are all character actors that have had a great deal of success in television and films and they will be taking up perip [...]


  • Todd Brunson, Carlos Mortensen Inducted Into Poker Hall of Fame

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    In a lavish ceremony at the birthplace of the World Series of Poker, poker professionals Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen were enshrined as the 2016 inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame. The ceremony brought out many of the living Hall of Famers to welcome their new mates to poker’s Valhalla. In [...]


  • Oscar Winner Costner, Broadway’s d’Arcy James Linked to “Molly’s Game”

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    While it looked like a longshot at the beginning of the year, the proposed movie version of Molly’s Game – the memoir penned by “The Poker Princess” Molly Bloom back in 2014 – is gaining speed towards fruition. The movie, to be the directorial debut of screenwriter extraordinaire Aaron Sor [...]


  • Split Decision on Phil Ivey/Borgata Lawsuits

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    After hearing evidence from both parties in the complicated case, a judge in U. S. District Court has issued a split decision on the case involving poker professional Phil Ivey and the Borgata in Atlantic City. That split decision has left any final financial decisions completely up in the air as to [...]


  • Poker Professional Dave Colclough Passes Away

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    Wednesday morning many in the poker world woke up to the news that British poker professional Dave ‘El Blondie’ Colclough had passed away from cancer. The longtime poker player was only 52 years old. Colclough wasn’t a household name in the United States, but in the remainder of the world he h [...]


  • Daniel Negreanu Would Like to Change Poker Hall of Fame Voting Process

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    Daniel Negreanu has never been one to keep his feelings about poker matters to himself. Now that Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen have been elected to the Poker Hall of Fame, he has something to say about the Hall’s election process. To be sure, Negreanu has no problem with the men who were elect [...]


  • Brunson, Mortensen Earn Induction into Poker Hall of Fame

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    In what will certainly be a hotly discussed situation, poker professionals Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen have been chosen as the 2016 inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame. On Wednesday, October 26, the induction ceremony will take place at Binion’s Gambling Hall (the original home of the Worl [...]


  • PokerStars Announced as Global Poker League Sponsor

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    On Friday morning, Mediarex Sports and Entertainment announced that they had entered into a sponsorship deal with PokerStars, with the online poker industry’s largest site becoming the lead sponsor for Mediarex’s Global Poker League. During the announcement of the new deal, the GPL’s Chief Exe [...]


  • Eli Elezra: “Never Knew That Poker Would Become My Life’s Passion”

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    When the 2016 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame were announced, only three of the nominees were on the ballot for the first time. Of those three men (former World Champion Chris Moneymaker and Todd Brunson were the other two), there was quite a cacophony of voices supporting the nomination of Eli [...]


  • 2016 Presidential Contest Divides Poker’s Superstars

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    The 2016 U. S. Presidential Campaign has been in full swing since March 2015, when Texas Senator Ted Cruz became the first person to announce his candidacy. Since that time, the primaries of the Republican and Democratic parties have divided many in the country. Not left out of this turmoil are some [...]


  • Global Poker League’s “Cube” Draws Mixed Reaction from Poker Fandom

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    The inaugural season of the Global Poker League resumes on Tuesday as the 12 teams in the league get back together for online play in the Six-Max format. But a recent release from the GPL regarding the “Summer Series” during the 2016 World Series of Poker – and the usage of “The Cube” in t [...]


  • Chris Moneymaker: “I’ve Worked Hard” Promoting Poker Over the Years

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    If you don’t remember that day back in May 2003 (yes, you young ones, the World Series of Poker was once played in the springtime instead of the summer), it was something that anyone who considers themselves a fan of the game will ever forget. In the Championship Event, a young accountant in his f [...]


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