It's one of the most ambitious poker enterprises launched in the last decade and nobody is quite sure just how successful the Global Poker League might be.
Grinder Chris Leong beat out WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen and former WPT champ Yevgeniy Timshenko to win the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open this weekend for $816K.
While neither is old enough for the Pro Poker Hall of Fame, Phil Galfond and Shaun Deeb have earned their place among the immortals of online poker.
Remember back in 2013 when, according to reports, Ray Bitar had only six months to live?
The American Poker Awards celebrate the best and brightest in the North American poker industry and on Wednesday the Global Poker Index released the 2015 nominees.
2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen, who won $7.7m last November, got 2016 off to a similarly profitable start at the PCA in the Bahamas by winning over $1.2 million.
To quote Eric Bischoff's WWE theme music:
Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom has been on a roll in 2015.
ESPN's coverage of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main began on Monday night and will continue through October.
Backing is a common occurrence in poker games and most players claim to use a backer to "cut down on variance."