August 2014

Editor’s Letter … In honor of a good man

August Poker is a game of decisions. Often times those decisions are tough ones. We’ve all seen hands play out on TV where one player is left with a decision and takes several minutes to act. Sometimes however the decisions are easy ones. When Chad Brown lost his fight with cancer on July 2 we [...]

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A Friendship Born in Battle

Brandon Shack-Harris and George Danzer bond in the tightly contested 2014 race for WSOP Player of the Year A year ago, if Brandon Shack-Harris and George Danzer crossed paths in the hallway of the Rio, they probably wouldn’t even have made eye contact. In 2014, they would stop and hug and chat about life and [...]

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One Drop 2014

When Guy Laliberte announced the first edition of the Big One for One Drop in 2011, anticipation for the event could not have been higher. As the event neared in 2012, players jockeyed to grab one of the 48 seats, and numerous players were eventually turned away from putting up the $1 million buy-in – [...]

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Melissa Burr

Her ’14 WSOP is only the latest in a good run Melissa Burr had a breakout 2014 World Series of Poker, but her “rungood” started well before the first tournament she entered. Burr was originally born in South Korea, but was put up for adoption by her biological parents. She was adopted by Cheryl and [...]

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2014 WSOP Wrap’em Up

The 2014 World Series of Poker is all wrapped up – at least until November. The 64 bracelets awarded over the course of 49 days produced a number of first-time winners, a 10th bracelet for the player considered to be the best in the world and a WSOP POY race to be followed all the [...]

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Chad Brown, Star of Gold

Playboy Mansion. 2006. I leaned over to Chad Brown and said, “Can you believe this? Two Bronx guys hanging out in Hugh Hefner’s backyard? When you were a kid, you ever think that would ever happen?” “It’s like a dream,” smirked Chad Brown. Although separated in age by a decade, Chad Brown and I grew [...]

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Being Phil Laak … The big picture is under water

A few years ago, I flooded six apartments by being a total space cadet. It all started simple enough. I decided to take a bubble bath. Really Phil, a bubble bath? Is that really you? Well, no, actually it isn’t. In fact, my last one was over a decade ago. However, I had the urge, [...]

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