The world of poker woke up on Wednesday to the tremendously saddening news that one of the true legends of the game, Norwegian Thor Hansen, had passed away after battling cancer for several years. Hansen was 71 years old and passed at some point on the evening or morning of December 4 or December 5.… Read more »

We all love poker, right? I mean, I’m writing articles for a poker news site (though I frequently branch out into non-poker news) and you are reading a poker news site at this very moment. Heck, I’ve been writing for this site since day one, thirteen years ago, so I must think poker is pretty… Read more »

Major poker tournament schedules always have as a disclaimer “We reserve the right to amend the schedule as deemed necessary.” The World Poker Tour is putting that disclaimer into effect, but in a good way. It was announced that the WPT will be adding a stop to their schedule, a tournament at the Venetian in… Read more »

Atlanta is a sprawling metropolis and my life here for nearly two decades has been fantastic, but a poker mecca it is not. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina is probably the closest venue for a decent poker room and it’s a three to four hour drive from my house. I may give it a… Read more »

Any football fan (American football, that is) knows that the University of Alabama is a juggernaut. Going into the season the Crimson Tide were listed as about 2-to-1 favorites to win the national championship and from the pre-season through November, bettors wagered on them to win it all, risking money on a relatively poor payout… Read more »


Life just got a bit more difficult for online poker operators in the state of Pennsylvania. After a meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday, the online poker behemoth PokerStars was cleared for authorization in the Keystone State. Not only will PokerStars be able to offer their popular online poker software, they will… Read more »

Poker Strategy

If you are any type of tournament poker player, then you’ve been in this position. You’ve taken your starting stack and built it up nicely, maybe doubled it or more. You’ve been in the position normally where you’ve been the chip leader at your table and have been dictating the play. But now your table… Read more »

Online Poker

Phil Galfond Talks About Run It Once Streaming in New Update

Poker pro Phil Galfond still has yet to launch his online poker site, Run It Once, but he did post another update on Monday, this time explaining one way in which Run It Once intends to reward players. This is not the main rewards program, but it certainly an interesting one. The program, called “streamR”… Read more »

Grey Snow Poker Launches With “FairPlay” Rake Alternative

Grey Snow Poker, the first real money online poker room owned by a Native American Tribe (Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma) is now open for business. Operated and licensed out of the Isle of Man, it is not open to residents of the United States. The site, called PokerTribe in a previous incarnation (the new name… Read more »

PokerStars Introduces Fusion

Back in the good old days, the days when I could play on the corrupt UltimateBet from the United States, I loved playing off the beaten path games. Crazy Pineapple was my favorite, a game in which you are dealt three hole cards and discard one after the flop. I was pretty darn good at… Read more »

MGM, Golden Nugget Apply for Pennsylvania Online Gaming Licenses

With the Pennsylvania casinos finished with submitting their applications for interactive gaming licenses (most have been approved at this point), operators from outside the state – “qualified gaming entities” – were permitted to file their own applications for the leftover licensing slots from October 15th to October 30th. Unless we hear otherwise, it appears that… Read more »

Poker Legislation

Michigan State Rep Still Hoping for Online Poker This Year

We are a half-decade into legalized online poker in the United States and just three measly states have launched their internet gaming industries with a fourth – Pennsylvania – close to joining. That’s it. With all the hubbub about sports betting in the last several months, it feels like online poker is on the back… Read more »

Sports Betting Bill Introduced in Tennessee

It appears that the legalization of sports betting is something that may be up for discussion in the Tennessee legislature in 2019, as State Representative Rick Staples introduced HB 0001 in the House of Representatives last week, a bill which “authorizes sports betting in this state only in jurisdictions that approve sports betting by local… Read more »

Countries Taking Different Approaches to Legislating Poker

While the States of America recently went through elections – some of which had to do with gaming in the different states – many countries around the world have also taken a different tack with regards to poker. While those in the U. S. may believe that they have the market cornered on “misery” regarding… Read more »

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Poker tournaments

Charity Poker Tournaments on December Calendar in Las Vegas

As the holidays approach, the philanthropic nature of the poker community is coming out. Over the next couple of weeks in Las Vegas, there are two prominent charity poker events on the calendar, raising money for very worthy causes at a very critical time. South Point Casino Hosts Charity Event for Boys & Girls Club… Read more »

2018 WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Final Table Set

It was a short Day 4 at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open as the field needed to be reduced from just fourteen players to six to reach the final table. At reached it was, with Pavel Plesuv going into Wednesday’s action with 10.920 million chips and the lead. Unless… Read more »

Nikunj Jhunjhunwala Wins WPT India Main Event

Nikunj Jhunjhunwala won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Main Event on Monday, outlasting nearly 700 players for his first WPT title. For the victory, he won 6,635,000 rupee, or about $92,600. He now has $145,809 in lifetime live tournament earnings and though he has just four cashes, three are tournament wins. Not a bad track… Read more »

Site News

Responses Pour In On Full Tilt Poker License Revocation

The shockwaves of yesterday’s decision by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) to revoke the e-gaming license of Full Tilt Poker continue to be felt across the poker world. Following the announcement of the decision by the AGCC – where the executive director of the organization, Andre Wilsenach, said that Full Tilt Poker “fundamentally misled… Read more »

PokerStars WCOOP 2011 Schedule Announced

As the saying goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  While the online poker industry has been attempting to weather a serious storm over the last few months, one constant still remains: the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).  The world’s largest online poker room (smaller, but still the largest)… Read more »

Tom Dwan Addresses $1 Million Promise

On April 19, four days after the U.S. Department of Justice seized the three major online poker rooms, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Phil Galfond turned to Twitter to try and calm the storm. The two poker superstars each guaranteed $1 million from their own pockets if PokerStars and Full Tilt didn’t pay back players, and… Read more »

Phil Gordon Dismissed from Full Tilt Poker Class-Action Lawsuit

After being included in a class-action lawsuit filed against Full Tilt Poker last month, Phil Gordon immediately went to work to clear his name from any illegal activity involving the embattled company. He hired Maurice Suh of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher of Los Angeles to press a civil suit filed by a group of poker… Read more »

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Full Tilt Poker

A class action lawsuit was filed against Full Tilt Poker in the Southern District of New York on Thursday, a move that could potentially delay the return of player funds following the tentative sale of the company to European investors. Plaintiffs Steve Segal, Nick Hammer, Robin Hougdahl, and Todd Terry filed the lawsuit against the… Read more »

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