Last year, the WSOP started off with a bang. On the first day of pro play, Phil Ivey issued a statement saying that due to Full Tilt’s mismanagement of player funds (and screwing up the White Knight deal he brought to the table), he would sit the entire WSOP out.
Recently, Ivey has shown up at a number of tournaments around the globe. Will Ivey return to this year’s WSOP? Via @wickedchops
The ability to re-enter a tournament is a fairly new development, allowing players a second chance and building up prize pools for everyone. Even in a tournament like the World Poker Tour Super High Roller, the $100,000 price tag did little to dissuade seven different players from putting up a second buy-in. Two of those players are very happy with their decisions after making their second opportunity count...
The official online gaming regulator of Malta has demonstrated time and time again that it has no interest in protecting consumers, nor in aiding in disputes with the sites it regulates.
It has failed consistently to enforce the Malta gaming regulations and has gone out of its way to dodge any responsibility. Players must know that if they play on a site regulated primarily under the LGA, that the license is a meaningless rubber stamp and the LGA will do nothing if the operator acts inappropriately. Via @pokerfuse
All systems are go for the 2012 World Series of Poker. There are no known hitches or glitches, and no press releases from outer space attempting, as of yet, to upstage the poker industry’s richest and most prestigious tournament of the year.
It's finally the weekend, and we can't wait to take a short break before the World Series of Poker madness is upon us on Sunday. You're finalizing the sale of your summer action and Rafa Nadal is getting in the zone for Roland Garros. Why the tennis reference? You'll have to keep reading for that. Why a job at PokerStars has plenty of benefits, never-before-seen episodes of Poker After Dark, and much more.
We’re safely tucked away at an airport hotel in Heathrow, waiting to make the hop over tomorrow to Vegas. Which is pretty damn exciting to type, as it’s snuck up on us a bit with all the other work going on as far as losing sight of the fact that it’s tomorrow as far as wheels down. Vegas! We’re still noodling around with our hand-crafted database of results from 930 WSOP open bracelet events from 1970-2011, with a few longer-term projects in mind but it’s also fun to poke around and pull up some assorted randomness.
Predicting consistent poker success is a daunting task, especially during the seven-week long World Series of Poker. Sometimes players we've barely considered go on hot streaks and become Players of the Year (ahem, Ben Lamb in 2011) and most times, the players we know all too well get burned out and put up disappointing results for weeks at a time … or don't show up at all (ahem, Phil Ivey). So why, for the seventh consecutive year, did a group of 10 players and writers gather on a conference call to attempt to do the nearly impossible and create dominant fantasy lineups? It's all about bragging rights and the ability to combine two things we all love, fantasy and poker, to make the next few months even more entertaining. Via @ESPN_Poker
Online gambling may soon be legal in over a dozen states, and everyone from governors, global casino giants and maybe even Facebook wants a piece of the action. Months after shutting down major websites such as FullTilt Poker and PokerStars, the Justice Department said on Dec. 23 it would not interfere with states legalizing web-based poker and other gambling. Online sports betting would not be legal. California, Nevada, New Jersey and about 10 other states are looking to raise revenue by legalizing and taxing online gambling.
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil – A gang of armed men assaulted a Brazilian poker club in Porto Alegre on Thursday night, taking hostages and robbing employees and patrons, reported online news media. Located in the posh Moinhos de Vento neighborhood of the capital, the card club is a popular destination for poker players.
Pokerati | A wise person once said, “money is very important in poker.” That was me. I said that. You might have thought, with your steam-powered brain, that this nugget concerned only towers of plastic chips being shuffled around in a million simultaneous cash games. Simpleton! Even away from the felt, fiscal forces buffet the poker industry, as we shall shortly see in this week’s Wider World of Poker. Via @Pokerati
There is a constant stream of messages right now on Twitter and Facebook from poker journalists who are counting down the days until their Vegas marathon begins.
You can tell how long they’ve been making the yearly pilgrimage to our mecca of all things gambling by the tone of their messages. They run the gamut from pure exhilarated excitement to wary weariness. Or maybe that should be weary wariness. Perhaps I should leave it to them to find the appropriately poetic phrases; it is their job after all. Via @KaraOTR
There are just two days until the beginning of the World Series of Poker, but just because the attention of the poker world is focused on that it doesn’t mean poker is going quiet everywhere else. This week’s Tournament Tracker features the results from the California State Poker Championship Main Event as well as a $5,000 event from Bellagio, another $1,000 side event at the Cal State Poker Championship and tournament action from around the world.
Plans for Illinois to oversee a state-run online gaming industry underwent major revisions Friday, as a third amendment to House Bill 4148 puts the business of running games in the hands of affiliates.
An online poker platform would be developed within the state’s lottery and then could be licensed out to 16 casinos and racetracks in the state. Each property would have to pay a $5 million licensing fee in order to use the state’s platform. Affiliates could not use their own poker site.
The poker world is full of facts, figures, stats and records. With so many numbers being crunched day in and day out, sometimes it is tough to see what they all add up to. That is why BLUFF brings you some of the more interesting numbers related to the big tournaments, big stories, and big personalities in the poker world. Some are factual, some are fun, some are both. In this edition, we take a look at the fourth annual PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), by the numbers:
BLUFF Magazine has big plans for the 2012 WSOP, including a whole slate of video programming exclusive to the BLUFFMagazine.com website.
From player interviews, to strategy insights, all the top headlines and highlights and a ton of fun stuff in between, BLUFFMagazine.com will play host to a wealth of video content beginning May 28 and all throughout the World Series. Via @bluffmagvideos@bluffmagazine
It’s finally here! The biggest, greatest, grandest, most spectacular poker attraction in the universe is about to make its glorious return to Las Vegas. Once again, the Rio All- Suite Hotel and Casino will be hosting the 43rd annual World Series of Poker. This year’s 61-event tournament series officially begins on Sunday, May 27th, with the Casino Employees World Championship, which is classified as Event #1. Via Nolan Dalla @PokerPlayernws
A look at the day's top poker news stories including another player registered for the $1 million Big One for One Drop at the WSOP, Australia moving toward legalizing online poker, and more. Via @pokernews
Eric Froehlich comes on the latest Strategy with Kristy Podcast to discuss WSOP satellite tournament strategy as well as buying and selling pieces of players in an event. Via @PokerNews @KristyArnett@efropoker
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