Bashing Former Sponsors or Clients Does Not Help Professional Integrity
Former Ultimate Poker pro William Reynolds has been bashing
his former sponsor. He's made several statements about the
company that paint the company in a bad light, but also do
little to help his personal reputation. I'm not going to debate the accuracy or inaccuracy of his
statements because I have no internal knowledge of the
company. Even if I did, I would not comment unless given the
green light by the company.
Trump Taj Closure Means So Long to My Home Poker Room
If you've been following the news wires over the last few
days, then you know that Trump Entertainment is filing
bankruptcy and the Trump Taj Mahal could be closing in
November. With that closure comes the shutdown of Trump Taj's Poker
Room, a room that I personally consider my home poker room. Up until a couple years ago, Atlantic City was the closest
place I could travel to and play live poker. From 2006 to
2008, I was up there almost every month and every few months
from 2009 to around 2011.
Taj Poker Room,
Trump Taj Mahal
Mike Leah is Having a Better Year Than Daniel Colman
One of the good guys of poker got his first Million dollar
score of his career last night. Mike Leah (known as GoLeafsGoEh online) finished second
yesterday in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event to
earn $1. 04 million. The poker world is clamoring on the run that Dan Colman (the
event's winner) has been on but overlooked the fact that
Mike is also having his best year ever in poker.
Reasons Why Phil Ivey is Down $5 Million and Why He Will Be Just Fine
In case you missed it, Phil Ivey is the fifth biggest loser
in the history of Full Tilt Poker. Or at least "Polarizing" is. After the Full Tilt relaunch, Phil has dropped over $5. 1
million under the name "Polarizing," making him #5 on the
all-time losers list on the site.
Full Tilt Poker,
Online Poker to West Virginia? Sign me up!
In case you missed it, West Virginia is in the early stages
of considering whether to offer online gambling through the
state lottery. The prospect of online poker in West Virginia is huge for
the simple fact that it serves as a jumping off point for
several states, including my home state of Virginia. Just a short drive of three hours and I could play online
poker. What's the big deal you ask? In about two years, there is a
solid chance that New Jersey, Nevada, California, Delaware
and maybe West Virginia could all be spreading online poker.
West Virginia Lottery,
West Virginia Online Poker
PokerStars Double Bubble Events to Pay 50 Percent of Fields
PokerStars has decided to introduce a new concept at the
2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Two of their
tournaments will pay approximately 50 percent of the field
in what they are calling "Double Bubble" tournaments. For example, an event that pays 40 spots will now pay 80
spots. The additional 40 spots will get their buy-in back
and continue to play for the money in the top 40 spots.
Double Bubble Tournaments,
PokerStars is a Business - Not a Political Platform
PokerStars recently issued a directive stating that players
are no longer allowed to wear items at the table that make a
political statement. This stemmed from the recent EPT High Roller Event where
Daniel Colman wore a "Free Palestine" shirt at the final
table and Olivier Busquet wore a "Save Gaza" shirt. Whether the shirts were worn as a political statement or to
support the innocent caught up in the conflicts, PokerStars
stepped in and said no to future occurrences. This has brought forth a string of post from various media
Politics in Poker
Poker Less of a Sport Than Playing Video Games According to Poll
So the argument is still raging over whether poker is a
sport. Well, sort of. Deadspin posted an article last week posting the results of
a poll comparing whether certain activities were a sport. Not surprisingly, poker placed dead last with 11% of
participants claiming it was not a sport.
Is Poker a Sport,
Poker as Sport
Brock Lesnar's Victory Could Be Best Thing to Happen for John Cena's Career
When Brock Lesnar was scheduled to take on John Cena this
past weekend at SummerSlam, we figured Brock was going to
walk out of the arena with the title. However, did any of us
actually expect the one-sided massacre that befell the man
considered one of the greatest WWE Champions in history?
Nobody saw this coming. And it was the best thing that could
have happened to John Cena. I am not an anti-Cena guy.
Did Sheldon Adelson Pay NewsWeek to Write Poker Face?
The poker world is in its latest uproar over last week's
NewsWeek article "How Washington Opened the Floodgates to
Online Poker, Dealing Parents a Bad Hand. "
This piece has been called everything from politically
motivated to bad journalism to a bag of lies. I've read over
the article and I'm not here to debate the accuracy of the
article. Rather, I have reason to believe that the article
was purchased by Adelson's coalition.