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  • World Poker Tour Expanding Broadcasting Coverage into Europe

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    Just when you think that there are no new worlds left for the World Poker Tour to conquer, the WPT finds…well, more new worlds. It was announced earlier this week that the WPT had signed a new distribution deal with ELEVEN SPORTS Network aimed at bringing the products of the WPT to new markets. EL [...]


  • Why Are We Even Talking About the Noori/Savage McDonald’s Prop Bet?

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    The 2017 World Series of Poker begins in just over ten days, but there currently is little talk about preparations for the biggest event in poker. Instead, much of the poker community is talking about the ludicrous prop bet between tournament director Matt Savage and poker professional Mike Noori, w [...]


  • “The Bernard Lee Poker Show” Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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    It doesn’t seem like it could be possible, but one of the longest running poker radio broadcasts in the industry will be celebrating its 10th anniversary soon. In commemoration of this achievement, there are big plans to celebrate with the fans, including giveaways and special guests that will las [...]


  • Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Enters Another Hall of Fame

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    Although he has had a tremendous career as a legendary poker player, Doyle Brunson wasn’t always known for his abilities on the poker table. His exploits in another area – athletics – have also brought him great renown, including his recent induction into another organization’s Hall of Fame. [...]


  • Patrik Antonius Wants to Open Poker Room in Monaco

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    Patrik Antonius was one of the kings of poker before Black Friday. He was a successful player before poker exploded, but it was the poker boom that really helped him rise to fame, as it did with many poker players. One of the most prolific online players of all time, his success at nose bleed [&hell [...]


  • “The Social Experiment” Warmly Welcomed, Breaks Guarantee

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    Despite being roundly derided by what turned out to be a minority of people, the latest creation of tournament director Matt Savage has gone off not only without a hitch but also greatly supported to the point of exceeding the guaranteed prize pool of the event. On Friday at Savage’s home base [...]


  • WSOP Circuit Champion Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

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    Instead of facing a trial that could have sent him to prison for 20 years, a champion of the World Series of Poker Circuit and smaller tours plea bargained his way down to only an eight-year sentence after pleading guilty. Poker player Travell Thomas stood in the courtroom of U. S. District Court Ju [...]


  • Founder of Players Poker Championship Files For Bankruptcy Protection

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    After failing to pay the final table for their major tournament last fall – and the resulting lawsuit from several players who made that final table – the founder of the Players Poker Championship (PPC) has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in Florida. Bryan Oulton, one of two me [...]


  • Ivey Poker Ends Coaching Content Due to Curious Conditions

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    Curiously citing the “current state of online poker” Ivey League, the poker training website started by poker professional Phil Ivey, will no longer upload training videos to its current menu. While the videos that are already there will continue to be accessible, there will be no †[...]


  • Poker Central Signs Distribution Deal With NBC

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    After dropping their own efforts at cable broadcasting to start 2017, the streaming network Poker Central has signed a deal for cable television and distribution with NBC and in particular NBCUniversal Sports. For those looking for Poker Central to fire up content on NBCSN (formerly known as the NBC [...]


  • New Netflix Movie “Win It All” The Next Great Gambling Film?

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    It isn’t very often that movies about gambling – and especially poker – come across any of the forms of media from Hollywood. Arguably the best known of this genre is the seminal poker film Rounders and there are few other examples that would compare (for comedy, check out The Grand and, to he [...]


  • Decline in Nevada Poker Rooms: Indicative of the “End” for Poker?

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    Recently the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas announced that, as a part of their renovations that will take place this year, they would close their eight-table poker room and would not bring it back once the renovations were complete. The Monte Carlo, not necessarily known as a hot spot for [...]


  • Latest Matt Savage Tournament Creation Riles Poker Community

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    When it comes to tournament directors in the poker world, Matt Savage has earned a reputation for being a tournament director par excellence. He has traversed the world as the arbiter of some of the biggest events in the game of poker and currently is immersed in preparations for the upcoming trilog [...]


  • Report Draws Attention to Portland Poker Scene – And Perhaps Its Demise

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    In the past, there have been thriving live poker scenes that have brought the game to people without having to go to Las Vegas or an Indian reservation casino to take part. The New York underground poker rooms are legendary, in part due to the seminal poker movie Rounders and part due to the legend [...]


  • Three Hands You Need to Fold Pre-Flop and Why

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    Even if you are a neophyte to the game of poker, there are some basic tenets that you have before you even pick up a stack of chips to bet. One, when you get pocket Aces, you pound your opposition with a pre-flop raise otherwise everyone and their brother gets to play the hand and […] [...]


  • Global Poker League Second Season Waits While Expansion Occurs in China, Other Areas

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    It was thought by this point that the Global Poker League, the burgeoning team poker organization created by the Global Poker Index and its head honcho Alex Dreyfus, would have already started its second season. However, Season 2 of the GPL has been held up while Dreyfus moves forward with other end [...]


  • Former Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov Trial Date Set

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    In a case that is now dragging on into its second year regarding a transaction from 2014, former Amaya Gaming Chief Executive Officer David Baazov now has a date set for his trial on insider trading charges. In proceedings held last week in the Quebec Court, Judge Claude Leblond scheduled the start [...]


  • Does David Letterman Have a “Poker Problem?”

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    Demonstrating the validity of the information that appears in its pages, a noted tabloid rag has recently surmised that former “Late Night” host David Letterman is “obsessed” with poker – to the point where he is risking all that he has built in the entertainment industry. The National Enq [...]


  • ARIA Names Group of Players for 2017 Super High Roller Bowl

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    Buoyed by the attention – for better or worse – already garnered from previous events associated with it, the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl is ramping up to be a hotly contested battle this May. After choosing 35 players through a blind draw, the host casino ARIA in Las Vegas (the cohost of the to [...]


  • World Poker Tour Names Linda Johnson First Recipient of WPT Honors Award

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    Recognized by virtually everyone in the industry as a pioneer in the world of poker, poker industry legend Linda Johnson has received nearly every accolade that can be handed out. That shelf of trophies and tributes will increase by one next week when the World Poker Tour honors Johnson with their f [...]


  • ARIA and Poker Central Expand 2017 Super High Roller Bowl Field to 56

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    Noting that their numbers would make for a complication, the streaming poker channel Poker Central and ARIA in Las Vegas have expanded the field for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl to a nice round 56 players. “Based on the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl and the overwhelming intere [...]


  • Poker Professional Brandon Steven Under Notice from Federal Authorities for Unknown Actions

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    Per reports from his hometown newspaper, poker professional Brandon Steve has been put on notice that federal authorities are examining his actions. What isn’t clear, however, is what are the exact “actions” that Steven has committed. The Wichita Eagle and writers Tim Potter and Kelsey Ryan re [...]


  • 888Poker Offers List of Most Influential Poker Books

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    There are many a book regarding the game in the library of poker players and its historians. They can run the gamut from simple (or sometimes not so simple) strategy discussions to autobiographies to historical books regarding significant moments in time. There have been attempts in the past to “r [...]


  • Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl Changes Rules, Uses Lottery to Determine Players

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    Instead of holding to the “first come, first served” philosophy that it was built on, officials with Poker Central deviated to a special “lottery” to determine who would be among the 35 professionals to take part in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl later this year. After opening registration [...]


  • Vanessa Rousso Enters Music Business, Leaving Poker?

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    Last Sunday saw the New England Patriots come from behind to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in arguably one of the most exciting Super Bowl games in history. It also could have marked the departure of one of poker’s most visible players as she sets off on a potential career in the music industry. Vane [...]


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