Editorial: “Black Friday,” Ten Years Later

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There are two things that I have learned about time: it is undefeated when it comes to a human’s lifespan and opinions and it continually marches forward. Ten years ago, the poker world was tossed into turmoil by what became known as “Black Friday,” or the shutdown of the most powerful poker rooms on the… Read more »

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Editorial: The Online “World Series of Poker” is a Joke

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The announcement this week that Caesars Entertainment would provide an 85-tournament slate of events under the “World Series of Poker” banner was met with a mixture of enthusiasm, regret and outrage. Because of some of the restrictions on the events – not by Caesars and the WSOP, mind you, but by current laws and regulations… Read more »

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Farewell, MPN, It Was Fun

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MPN closes its doors Though online poker is booming right now, there is a bit of a dark cloud hanging over those of us who have been in the industry for a long time. Today, Wednesday, May 20, is the first day in over 17 years that MPN is not dealing any cards. MPN, a… Read more »

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Editorial: What is the Future of Poker Rooms and Casinos?

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The current lockdown of society due to the COVID-19 outbreak has brought everything to a screeching halt. This has been particularly hard on the casino industry and, by extension, the poker world. At no other point in history has the gaming industry faced such travails, but it may be even more problematic looking towards the… Read more »

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Editorial: What to Do When the Poker World Shuts Down

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We are in an unprecedented time in the history of this country, if not the world. Everyday life has pretty much ground to a halt and those pastimes that we used to turn to for a respite – be it sports, casino gaming or poker – have been taken away as well. With the breakout… Read more »

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Editorial: There’s No Need for a “Rounders 2”

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When it comes to cinematic efforts about the poker world, there are some standouts on both the good and the bad side. Lucky You, despite a scintillating star turn by tournament director Matt Savage, isn’t considered one of the masterpieces of poker moviedom. Same goes for such films as Deal and the online poker themed… Read more »

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Editorial: What if There Had Never Been a “Rounders?”

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Everyone comes to poker in their own way. For myself, it was at the knee of my family, playing penny ante games of Seven Card Stud over the kitchen table. Some others, believe it or not, don’t come to the game until they are older. Many in the game today were drawn to poker the… Read more »

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This Whole WPT Delayed Final Table Decision is Weird

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In 2008, the World Series of Poker made the bold move to shift the final table of the WSOP Main Event to November, creating a four-month gap between the time the tenth place finisher was eliminated and the start of the official final table. The “November Nine,” as it was called, lasted nine years until… Read more »

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I Want to Know Why the Super High Roller Bowl Has a Player Cap

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Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl will be held at the ARIA in two months. This being just the fourth installment of the event, the SHRB has actually become quite the anticipated tournament. The $300,000 buy-in brings out the best players in the world and they are guaranteed to get exposure because it streams online… Read more »

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Editorial: WPT, Bring Back the Shooting Star!

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Earlier this week, the World Poker Tour announced the remainder of its Season XVI schedule. On the roster of events were the usual suspects that have been a part of the WPT for quite some time, tournaments such as the Borgata Winter Poker Open and the L. A. Poker Classic. While those tournaments have been… Read more »

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