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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

See Episode 1 of CBS’ The Final Table

Poker’s latest TV show just debuted, with The Final Table pilot airing on CBS. The show features Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, and Joe Stapleton providing in-studio commentary, while Maria Ho and David Tuchman offer hand-by-hand analysis of final tables. You can see the first episode below, and it looks like a pretty TV-friendly format. Everybody Read more…

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

Phil Hellmuth Loses Big in Bay Area Poker Game

Thanks to his illustrious poker career and entertaining personality, Phil Hellmuth has the privilege of playing in Bay Area poker games with major entrepreneurs. One might think that a long-time poker pro competing against uber-rich people like Chamath Palihapitiya (Warriors minority owner), Mark Pincus (Zynga), David Sacks (Yammer), and Golden State Warriors players would make Read more…

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

Brian Hastings: Hillary Clinton Emails Akin to His Multi-Accounting

A few years ago, poker pro Brian Hastings took some heat after he was caught playing on another person’s PokerStars account (a.k.a. multi-accounting). His reasoning was Black Friday, which prevented him from playing at the largest poker sites. Nevertheless, he was looked at as an online poker cheater by some. In his first blog post Read more…

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

Poker Pro Travell Thomas Pleads Guilty to $31m Debt Collection Scam

Two months ago, poker pro Travell Thomas claimed that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged him with running a $31 million debt collection scheme over racial reasons. But this week, he changed his tune and pleaded guilty to running the scam. Thomas, 38, cried as he confessed to owning a Buffalo-based business where callers at four Read more…

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

NY Post Covers William Kassouf’s WSOP Antics, Final Hand

William Kassouf had perhaps the most-memorable 17th-place finish in WSOP Main Event history. The brash Brit said whatever was on his mind en route to his $338,288 payout. Sometimes Kassouf’s mouth got him into trouble with fellow players, including one confrontation with Griffin Benger. The NY Post chronicled this particular hand, where Benger (pocket aces) Read more…

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

Phil Hellmuth Releasing Autobiography

Phil Hellmuth is well known for winning 14 WSOP bracelets and close to $21 million in tournaments. And many of us have seen more than enough of the Poker Brat on TV to last us a lifetime. But surprisingly, there’s still plenty that we don’t know about Hellmuth. So in an attempt to let us Read more…

Monday, October 10th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

William Hill, Amaya Discuss Forming Super Company

Just over two years ago, Amaya Gaming purchased PokerStars for $4.9 billion. Now, they’re discussing another mega deal that would see them combine with English bookmaker William Hill. If the two companies do indeed merge, it would form a $5.7 billion super company that would offer the best of both worlds. Amaya owns PokerStars, which Read more…

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

Chinese Cons Use Poker, Infrared Contacts to Cheat Businessman

Chinese police in Dali, Yunnan have arrested four men in connection with a sophisticated poker con. The victim is a small business owner named Feng, who contacted police after claiming that he’d been drugged and cheated in a poker game. Feng told authorities that he lost 70,000 Yuan (US$10,500), including 10,000 Yuan in cash and Read more…

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

Poker Central Network Is Popular on Twitch

Many were skeptical when the Poker Central network launched in October 2015 as the world’s first 24/7 poker network. After all, the online game isn’t booming like it was once. Nevertheless, it looks like Poker Central is finding plenty of success on the streaming site Twitch, along with China’s Douyu TV. Poker Central’s $500k buy-in Read more…

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

Doug Polk Sets Record for Biggest Poker Cash in Twitch History

Excitement was building as famed poker pro Doug Polk had the chip lead going into Day 2 of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) $10K High Roller. Polk wasn’t able to finish the deal finishing second to “Grindation” ($584,415) and earning $455,000 (3-way chop). But what’s significant about this second-place finish is that it’s Read more…

Thursday, September 15th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

PokerStars Rewards Program Expanding in 2017

Last year, PokerStars made some controversial changes to its rewards program that included slashing VIP benefits for high-volume players. The goal was to distribute more of these rewards to recreational players and broaden their player base. It doesn’t look like PokerStars is finished changing their rewards program, though, because they’re looking to widen their VIP Read more…

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

Doug Polk Calls Ben Tollerene Vulture in High Stakes Poker

There’s drama in the high stakes poker community between Doug Polk and Ben Tollerene. And Polk calls Tollerene a “vulture” in the high stakes games. The story originally arose on a 2+2 thread that discusses Alex Dreyfus and some sketchy transactions that he’s made with players. Eventually, Tollerene makes a comment about Dreyfus, and Polk Read more…

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

PokerStars’ New Show “Duel” Sees Celebrities Play Each Other

PokerStars has launched a new show called Duel that pits celebrities from the world of sports, film, and fashion against each other for the sake of charity. The celebrities include football greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, actors Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and John Boyega (Star Wars), Mireia Lalaguna Royo (2015 Miss World from Spain), and Read more…

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

UK Online Poker Pro Discusses Reality of the Profession

Anybody who’s been playing poker for the past several years knows that the game has gotten quite a bit tougher. It’s no longer enough to check out a few training videos before you start crushing opponents. And Donald, a British poker pro who goes by the online handle “d7o1d1s0,” discussed how tough it is to Read more…

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
by Jeremy Olsen

Sorel Mizzi Banned From PokerStars – Used VPN

Sorel Mizzi says that PokerStars has banned him from their site again, this time for playing from the US with a virtual private network (VPN). “I can’t play on [PokerStars] for a couple years,” Mizzi stated. It’s very possible that Mizzi’s ban is a result of his own admission. He appeared on the Poker Life Read more…

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