The final table of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event made all the poker headlines this week, but the day that the final table was actually determined, a controversy threatened to put a damper on the celebration. Much has been made of it in the days since, so let’s take a look at… Read more »

After about four hours of heads-up play, Hossein Ensan won the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event Wednesday morning, defeating Dario Sammartino and winning $10 million plus an insane 50th anniversary bracelet worth around half a million dollars. Ensan, who grew up in Iran before moving to Germany, became the second Main Event champ… Read more »

Maurice Hawkins, the all-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner, is unfortunately no stranger to staking deals gone bad. The latest has been brought to light by a man named Randy Garcia who tweeted about an alleged staking arrangement gone bad on Monday. “PSA no one ever stake @mauricehawkins,” Garcia wrote. “He has owed… Read more »


Welcome back to our “throwback” to the way we used to do reporting on tournament poker, through what was called “live blogging.” Over the span of tonight’s show (broadcast on ESPN beginning at 10PM Eastern Time), we’ll offer some insights to the second night of action at the WSOP Championship Event, which may turn out… 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

New Swiss Online Gambling Law in Effect, Foreign Operators Barred

A little over a year ago, Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a law – by about a 3-to-1 margin – that banned online gambling operators from outside of the country. That law is now in effect, with only the country’s casinos as the ones who are permitted to be licensed. Even though 73 percent of those… Read more »

PokerStars Launches Novelty Game Tournaments

Did you ever play any of the novelty cash games at PokerStars last year and think to yourself, “Self, I wish I could play this game in a four-hour long tournament.” Well, you are in luck, as three of those novelty games are now available in multi-table tournament format at the world’s largest online poker… Read more »

Rob Yong Addresses partypoker’s Software Changes

Last week, partypoker, one of the leading online poker rooms, launched a major software update with the goal of making the poker environment more hospitable for casual players. Significant changes included banning heads-up displays (HUDs) and the elimination of downloadable hand histories. Recently, partypoker partner Rob Yong posted an article on the partypoker blog to… Read more »

MPN Making Hand Histories Easier to Obtain

As partypoker moves to purge its site of third-party software tools (and partypoker is only the latest one to do this, not the only one), another online poker network is doing the exact opposite. The Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) announced on Monday that it is going to make tracking hands easier to do than it… Read more »

Poker Legislation

Iowa Legalizes Sports Betting

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 617 into law on Monday, legalizing sports betting in the state. Though the law is effective immediately, no sports betting is available yet, as the regulations still need to be hammered out. “Gov. Reynolds believes that legalizing sports betting will bring this practice out of an unregulated black… Read more »

NJ Sues DOJ Over Delayed Wire Act FOIA Request

In January, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sheldon Adelson was the main influence behind the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel’s (OLC) new opinion on the Wire Act. The new opinion said that the Wire Act makes all interstate online gambling illegal, reversing a 2011 opinion that said only online sports betting… Read more »

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Poker tournaments

2019 WSOP Main Event Day 3: Bubble Bursts Exactly on the Money

I should have stopped writing before my last sentence yesterday. It was in that final sentence that I predicted that the money bubble of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event would not burst until early in Day 4. I WAS WRONG, OK? Because of course tournament officials had to let things play out… Read more »

Robert Campbell Becomes First Double Bracelet Winner of 2019 WSOP

Over the weekend, I was combing through results from the 2019 World Series of Poker, seeing many familiar names and many unfamiliar ones and wondered to myself if there had been any double bracelet winners this year. Obviously, I could have carefully studied the list of winners, but that’s a long list and I’m a… Read more »

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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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