ARIA’s “The Ivey Room” Gets a Name Change

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The Bellagio has Bobby’s Room, the nosebleed-stakes poker room at the Bellagio named after Bobby Baldwin, the 1978 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. It is the place where most poker players dream of playing, though only an elite few (or rich businesspeople) will. In May 2010, just before the start of the WSOP,… Read more »

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Poker Playing AI ‘Libratus’ Now Works for “The Man”

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Poker playing robots – more realistically, poker programs that utilize artificial intelligence, or AI, to make their decision – have been under development for the last 20 or so years. And with each ‘bot,’ they have gotten better at the game. Now comes the development that the AI that defeated four top professional poker players… Read more »

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Poker Alliance Names Advisory Board, Purpose Unknown

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After spending much of 2018 in a state of hibernation, the Poker Alliance – the Poker Central-owned entity that used to be the “Poker Players’ Alliance” – seems to have come to life at the start of 2019. The Poker Alliance has named an Advisory Board for the group, three top professionals who are well… Read more »

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Three Poker Resolutions for the New Year

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Since everyone is breaking out the new calendars, that must mean that we have come upon 2019 and the New Year. It is also a time that people reflect on the year gone by and the year yet to come and try to make some plans. With that in mind, here’s three things that are… Read more »

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A Visit From St. Doyle

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This was written 14 years ago, circa this time of the year, as a way of letting people know that there is more to life than the world of poker. Sure, some of the names have become dated; some may even be, shall we say, despised. But rather than update the names, I’ve always left… Read more »

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Kentucky Appeals Court Overturns Judgment Against PokerStars

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In a stunning reversal, a Kentucky appeals court has overturned what was the largest ever judgment against a company in the state’s history. In that ruling, the three-judge panel voted to release PokerStars, now the Stars Group, from the $870 million judgement awarded by a trial court judge back in 2015. Largest Ever Decision in… Read more »

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Two New Names Added to Nevada’s “Black Book”

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If you enjoy partaking of the festivities in Las Vegas, it is the one book that you don’t want to find your name in. According to reports from journalist Richard Velotta of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, two new names have been added to the notorious “Black Book.” The new entrants will be forever banned from… Read more »

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Are Today’s Online Poker Players Bereft of Ethics?

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In the history of poker, there have been a plethora of instances where ethics haven’t been a part of the game. Look back at the early days, when sharps traveled up and down the Mississippi and worked the “rubes” with marked decks that allowed them to stack the deck. Fast forward to the days of… Read more »

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Gordon Vayo Drops Lawsuit Against PokerStars, PokerStars Counters with Suit for Legal Fees

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The long running battle between the online behemoth PokerStars and 2016 World Series of Poker Championship Event runner-up Gordon Vayo has apparently reached its end. With a hearing looming, Vayo has voluntarily dropped his lawsuit against the online poker site, but PokerStars isn’t done yet with the battle. According to court documents, PokerStars will be… Read more »

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PokerStars Introduces Virtual Reality to Line of Offerings

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As much as the world of poker stays the same, there are always those that are looking for the next great innovation. This leads to the creation of new and different games, like “Short Deck Hold’em” that is currently sweeping the poker world, and the innovation of the “big blind ante” instead of everyone putting… Read more »

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