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  • Crowded Field Contend for Spots in Poker Hall of Fame

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    As pointed out last week by my colleague and friend Dan Katz, nominations are open once again for the Poker Hall of Fame. Poker’s fandom is asked each year to nominate one person for induction into poker immortality and, because the Hall only inducts two people per year, there are many that are co [...]


  • Edgar Stuchly Out as President of PokerStars Live

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    After the tepid performance of the rollout of their rebranded tournament series, the President of PokerStars Live, Edgar Stuchly, has been terminated from his position. Stuchly was the boss of what had been one of the most powerful tournament poker schedules in the world circa 2011. Hired from Casin [...]


  • Florida Seminole Hard Rock Poker Rooms Undergo Changes

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    With the state of Nevada and especially the Las Vegas Strip shedding poker tables, it is arguable that poker’s new destination spot could very well be Florida. With more than 400 tables and a plethora of big tournaments that seem to be going on monthly, Florida’s a shining star of the poker worl [...]


  • Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen Expected for WSOP Championship Event, Doyle Brunson Out for 2017

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    Of all the thousands of players who have already descended on the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the 2017 World Series of Poker, there are a few that people have been wondering about. In the case of two of those legends, one is on the way while the other says […] [...]


  • Usain Bolt Latest Sports Icon to Sign Promotional Deal with PokerStars

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    Although they have slowed the pace of signing top poker talent to sponsorship deals (World Series of Poker bracelet winner Igor Kurganov recent deal notwithstanding), PokerStars is demonstrating that they are willing to spend sponsorship dollars on those that are peripherally associated with the gam [...]


  • Mysterious Markings on Cards at One Drop High Roller Final Table

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    The biggest news out of the 2017 World Series of Poker on Monday (and into Tuesday morning) was arguably Doug Polk’s victory in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller Event, his third WSOP bracelet win in the last four years. Flying under the radar in that tournament, though, was a card controversy tha [...]


  • Poker Pros Have Non-Poker Accounts Hijacked

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    Several of the world’s top professional poker players revealed last week that they have been victims of a hacker or group of hackers who took over some of their non-poker online accounts. The security weakness that allowed this to happen was one most people wouldn’t expect: two-factor authentica [...]


  • 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 [...]


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