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World Series of Poker Abandons November Nine Concept

WSOP ditches November Nine

The World Series of Poker is ditching the “November Nine” format. It’s an acknowledgment that today people are consuming and engaging with poker in very different ways than they were nine years ago, when the concept was introduced.    The November Nine first appeared in 2008, designed to give the World Series a reality show…Read More

United Airlines Passenger David Dao’s Turbulent Past Includes Frequent WSOP Cashes

United Airlines David Dao poker gambling

United Airlines passenger Dr. David Dao, who was violently removed from an overbooked flight after refusing to give up his seat on Monday, was catapulted into instant worldwide fame after the incident’s phone cam video went viral, causing public outcry over his rough manhandling. Dao, it appears, is a pretty good poker player, with over…Read More

PokerStars New Jersey Turns $10 into $100,000 for Lucky Spin & Go Winner

PokerStars New Jersey Spin & Go

PokerStars New Jersey recently made one online poker player a lot wealthier. Back on January 29, James Piccolo, a 28-year-old resident of Nevada, was back east visiting his family in Bergen County. The self-described poker professional decided to test his talent on the PokerStars New Jersey platform and sat down at the $10 Sit &…Read More

Brains vs AI: Humans Taking a Pounding By Libratus

Jimmy Chou says pokerbot Libratus is better than humans

The Brains vs AI poker contest has reached its halfway point at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and it doesn’t make pretty reading for humankind. With 60,000 hands played in the match-up between four of poker’s finest and the latest in artificial intelligence from the Carnegie Mellon University, Libratus, the computer, is up $800,000.   …Read More

World Series of Poker 2016 Main Event Sees Qui Nguyen Sweep Top Prize

World Series of Poker Main Event

Las Vegas resident Qui Nguyen won the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas in the early hours of Wednesday morning, following a grueling eight-hour heads-up battle against Gordon Vayo. Nguyen proved himself to be a gutsy passionate player, whose flamboyant dress sense is reminiscent of that other Vietnamese-American poker…Read More

Plaintiffs in Borgata Winter Poker Open “Bogus Chip” Case See Appeal Dismissed

Borgata counterfeit poker chip case appeal dismissed

Poker tournament players who sued the Borgata and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) over the cancellation of the tainted 2014 Borgata Winter Open Big Stack event had their appeals case dismissed this week. The $560 buyin event, which had a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million, was suspended with 27 players left…Read More

Pokémon Go Investors Betting on Nintendo, Gamblers Betting on Lines

Pokémon Go Nintendo app Las Vegas

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm, and casinos are ready to cash in on the Nintendo app’s runaway success. Based on the popular franchise that debuted in 1996, Pokémon Go features augmented reality (AR) gameplay that challenges users to capture Pokémon and train them for battle. Pokémon appear throughout the world, and players chase the characters through…Read More

2016 World Series Of Poker Begins In Las Vegas

Joe McKeehen 2015 WSOP Main Event champion

The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) kicked off in Las Vegas today. Although public events won’t begin until June 2, the first of thousands of the world’s best poker players have begun their descent into Sin City from all around the globe. The WSOP runs at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from May…Read More

Second PokerStars Boycott Struggles to Make Impact After First Effort Fizzled

Ike Haxton resigns PokerStars boycott

A second PokerStars boycott by high-stakes and high-variance players is apparently failing to make a discernible dent, at least on the site’s traffic figures. Around 1,600 players signed up for the protest, according to organizers. Per industry number-cruncher, while traffic dipped on January 1st, the first day of the strike, it actually rose on…Read More

Biggest European and UK Crimes of 2015

Darren Woods and the top five European gambling crimes of 2015

From French playboys to teenage bedroom cyber-attackers, and from online poker cheats to the Ndrangheta Mafia, here’s a whirlwind tour of the gambling world’s seedy underbelly. “Dooshy” Behavior One-time poster boy for 888poker Darren Woods received the dubious honor this year of being the first person to be prosecuted in the UK for cheating at…Read More

The Top Five Hottest Gambling Trends of 2015

DFS top gambling trends 2015

Looking back at 2015’s hottest gambling trends, we saw a gaming landscape in a state of flux, with new innovations driven largely by market challenges. Here are our top 5 gaming trends of the year. Bitcoin Gaming Gambling with Bitcoins came of age in 2015. The number of gambling sites accepting the cryptocurrency grew, while a…Read More

Global Poker Index and USA TODAY Sports Partner to “Sportify” Game

Alexandre Dreyfus Global Poker League

The Global Poker Index (GPI) and USA TODAY Sports Media Group are joining strengths in a shared mission to “sportify” the game of poker and revolutionize how it’s played. Acquired by Internet entrepreneur Alexandre Dreyfus in 2012 under his Mediarex sports and entertainment company, the GPI runs, poker’s largest database in the world, and…Read More

Caesars Reports Mixed Third Quarter Results, WSOP TV Ratings Also Mixed

WSOP Caesars Joe McKeehen

Caesars Acquisition Company (CAC), the investment arm in Caesars Growth Partners (CGP), released its third quarter revenues for 2015 and the results are mixed. The parent company to Caesars Interactive Entertainment, the World Series of Poker and several casinos including Planet Hollywood, Harrah’s New Orleans, and the Horseshoe Baltimore, CAC reported total new revenues jumped…Read More

Joe McKeehen Takes Down WSOP Main Event Final Table in Dominant Fashion, Wins $7.6 Million as New Poker Champ

Joe McKeehen Wins WSOP 2015 Main Event

Joe McKeehen is the last man standing. 6,420 players ponied up $10,000 in cash back in July to enter the 2015 WSOP Main Event. After 10 days of competition, McKeehen had every last chip in play and is now officially the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. The 24-year old poker pro finished…Read More

WSOP November Nine Day Two Recap: Stern, Cannuli, Steinberg Out the Door

Thomas Cannuli November Nine WSOP 2015

For the second consecutive day, the WSOP November Nine final table started off with a bang, and then became a bit dull. There were some fireworks throughout the three hours of otherwise mostly unexciting play. The first bust out came on the second hand of the day, yet again. Tom Cannuli, the youngest player and…Read More