Editorial

  • Editorial: Is PokerGo REALLY the Answer for Poker Central?

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    When the much-ballyhooed Poker Central was in its starting phase, they made a big deal out of how they were going to be the “first 24/7 poker network on television.” Now just a shell of its former self, Poker Central thinks that the route to take to success will be by a subscription service call [...]


  • Editorial: Poker Doesn’t Need More “Characters” Like Salomon Ponte

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    If you’ve been away from your television for the past few days, then you’ve missed the latest in uproars in the poker community. On this week’s edition of Poker Night in America from the Choctaw Casino in Durant, OK, the poker world was introduced to arguably the vilest creature th [...]


  • Editorial: With Australia’s Departure, International Online Poker Is Dead

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    My fellow online denizens, we are gathered here today for a funeral to celebrate a short but white-hot light that was snuffed out last week. International Online Poker passed away after a long illness otherwise known as “death by 1000 cuts.” While it seems that it was around for much longer than [...]


  • Editorial: Three Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Be Worried about “Libratus”

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    A couple of weeks ago in the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, a rather stunning occurrence took place. Over the span of 120,000 hands and roughly 20 days of play, a computer artificial intelligence (AI) called “Libratus,” developed by the Carnegie Mellon College of Computer Science, defeated a squad [...]


  • Editorial: Do We REALLY Need to See Stacy Matuson and William Kassouf Heads Up?

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    It is early in the 2017 poker calendar, so there have been few things that have grasp the attention of the poker world. There’s discussion as to whether the PokerStars Caribbean…whoops!…the PokerStars Championship Bahamas was a success or not (when you have a premier high roller in Paul Ne [...]


  • Let’s Talk About PokerStars’ Disappearing Fold Button

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    There has been a lot of talk lately about a seemingly minor change PokerStars recently made to its poker client: players are no longer given the option to fold their hand when a check is available. I have avoided the topic for no other reason than I just didn’t feel like writing about it, but [&he [...]


  • Editorial: Re-Entry Tournaments? Same Crap, Different Day

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    Earlier this month, the traditional finale to the calendar year for the World Poker Tour kicked off its action in Las Vegas at the Bellagio. The Five Diamond World Poker Classic had all the trappings of a big time tournament poker – exquisite location, big money and tough competition at every tabl [...]


  • Editorial: How Much Truth Does the Poker Community Want?

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    While everyone might think it is so, being a “poker journalist” (and there’s a great deal of debate over that title – many just want to say they’re a “blogger,” a “columnist” or an editorial writer) isn’t the easiest way to make a living. The hours can be lengthy, especially for [...]


  • Editorial: Are Online Poker Sites Looking To “Kill” The Regulars?

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    The online poker industry has reached a point, a crossroads if you will, and there is a decision to be made. Should the online poker rooms continue to cater to those who occupy many of their tables, grinding out a nominal win rate and build enough specialty points to earn treats from those said room [...]


  • Editorial: Daniel Negreanu’s Ideas for Poker Hall a Little Much, But Not Totally Wrong

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    Recently the Poker Hall of Fame announced that Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen would be the 2016 inductees into poker’s version of Mount Olympus. Many in the poker community were a bit surprised (and that is putting it mildly in some cases) that Brunson earned enough votes for induction, citing [...]


  • Editorial: If the Money is Good, Why Quit Poker?

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    We’ve hit the doldrums of the post-World Series of Poker season and many have used the break to recharge their batteries. Some players will be heading back to the tables when the tournament schedule cranks into full swing in August but others, even though they are highly successful, will step back [...]


  • Editorial: Fixes Needed for the Global Poker League to Succeed

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    The Global Poker League is in a hiatus at this time, taking a break after finishing the first half of their inaugural season and their “Summer Series” during the run of the World Series of Poker. It’s certainly been an interesting run so far for GPL creator Alex Dreyfus’ pet program and it h [...]


  • Editorial: Another Tough Year for Poker Hall of Fame Voters

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    As pointed out by my colleague Dan Katz a couple of weeks ago, the Poker Hall of Fame has opened up the nomination process for their 2016 ceremonies. Over the next couple of months, fans will be able to nominate one person that they feel is worthy of induction into the hallowed (yet still-unbuilt) h [...]


  • Editorial: Why Are There Problems with Passing Online Gaming/Poker Regulations?

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    Since 2006, when Congress passed in the United States the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA), there has been a drive to pass regulations allowing for the operation of online casinos and poker. For several years, there wasn’t a great rush to enact these laws because, hey, pretty much [...]


  • Editorial: The Ferguson/Lederer Debacle: Should They Be Playing at the WSOP?

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    To this point, the 2016 World Series of Poker has been rather peaceful. By that I mean that there haven’t been any great outrages over the blinds, the payout schedule, the way the tournaments are conducted, the quality of the cards in use…you know, the things that poker players tend to complain [...]


  • Editorial: 2016 Super High Roller Bowl…THAT’S The Way to Do a Poker Tournament!

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    For the past four days I, like many in the poker community, have been watching with great interest the second incarnation of the Super High Roller Bowl. The 2016 version, broadcast “live” (on a one-hour delay) from Aria in Las Vegas, was an intense battle between 49 of the best (or deepest-pocke [...]


  • Editorial: Time for The Poker World to Grow Up

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    When grown men – and women as well – are playing games as a profession, there is some argument that they have never grown up. Those that are paid extremely well in professional basketball, football, baseball and other sports often seem as if they haven’t gotten beyond puberty sometimes in thei [...]


  • Editorial: A Bright Day for Online Poker, But Let’s Not Break Out the Champagne Yet

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    On Wednesday, Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz took his – and donor Sheldon Adelson’s – pet project, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act of 2015 (or “RAWA” as it has derisively become known as), in front of the main stage of a House committee in Washington, D. C. That hearing, in fro [...]


  • Editorial: New Jersey Liquidity Issues Need More Than a Shell Game

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    Coming up on its second anniversary, the New Jersey online gaming market has been able to slowly build some speed. Along with Delaware in being the only operations that offer intrastate online casino gaming (Nevada only offers online poker), the Garden State earned well over $100 million from its on [...]


  • Editorial: Fixing Issues with the World Series of Poker

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    It’s been a little more than a week since the “November Nine,” the World Series of Poker’s Championship Event final table, was determined with Joe McKeehen holding down a humongous lead. When those nine men had captured their seat at poker’s most prestigious stage – and secured themselve [...]


  • Editorial: RAWA Hearing Short on Facts, Long on Fear

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    Seemingly every time that the issue of online gaming and/or poker has presented itself in the halls of Congress, the information that is presented is extremely short on facts and long on the “fears” of what a regulated industry might bring. Dating from the early 2000s, Congressional leadership a [...]


  • Is It Time to Nix the November Nine?

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    When the World Series of Poker (WSOP) decided the shift the timing of the $10,000 Main Event final table to November in 2008, the move brought with it much skepticism. Players and fans alike criticized the strategy, many believing it harmed the integrity of the tournament, as the four month layoff p [...]


  • Editorial: Newsweek Should Have Stayed Dead

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    Not long ago, the internet killed the print edition of the once venerable Newsweek magazine. I was a subscriber many years ago, finding it a convenient way to keep up with world happenings when I was in business school. But that was then. In March of this year, Newsweek’s parent company, IBT Media [...]


  • Editorial: The American Gaming Association Is Gutless

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    2014 has seen perhaps the greatest battle over online gaming and poker in the brief history of the industry. While the previous year saw three states – Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware – enact historic legislation that regulated the industry for its citizens, the first five months of this year ha [...]


  • Editorial: For Some Online Poker Opponents, Put Up or Shut Up

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    There is plenty that can be discussed regarding the issue of online poker and its security. Since the inception of the game, there has been talk about these issues, including collusion, “ghosting” (the practice of watching a player in action and telling them how to play), chip dumping and multi- [...]


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