July 2014

Adelson gets what Adelson wants

To be clear, PokerNews and BLUFF are competitors. It’s more or less a friendly competition though — it isn’t Yankees/Red Sox by any stretch. We share a lot of things, and a passion for poker is one of them. A bigger organization than BLUFF, PokerNews is, in some respects, the current standard by which other [...]

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Hellmuth Turns 50

Later this month Phil Hellmuth will turn 50. That’s right. The poker player who has had more temper tantrums on ESPN than every Scripps Spelling Bee contestant ever will enter his own personal Golden Age. As the milestone birthday approaches, Hellmuth’s place in poker history is secure. He holds all the WSOP records that matter [...]

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Making a Name

Doug Polk Works on Building His Poker Brand Last year, during the NBC “National Heads Up Championship,” Huck Seed and would-be 2014 WSOP bracelet winner Doug Polk shook hands inside the Caesars Palace poker room. Seed appeared somewhat surprised that Polk, an elite heads up No Limit Hold’em grinder at the time, was not invited [...]

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Big News … Game Changer

Online Poker Industry Turned on Its Head Following Sale of PokerStars In the 16-year history of online poker, there are only a handful of events that have been significant enough that they are worthy enough of being written down in the annals of online poker history. That short-list has now grown by one after the [...]

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The Tao of Poker … The Duality of Phil Hellmuth

The other man in black is a man of parts “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” is one of the most famous lines from John Ford’s western “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” At this point in his career, Hellmuth is more of a legend than a myth. Few strands of mystery and [...]

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Trust

How many people can you count on? A very interesting topic came to light recently during a game of LoddenThinks. Trust. We all know poker players are actually quite trustworthy. For instance, I can meet a guy at a table and in no time I would feel completely comfortable doing financial poker business with him [...]

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Laak’s 2014 WSOP so far …

As I write this article we are about one third of the way through WSOP 2014. Here is a quick recap … I bet the river with quad fours in razz and showed after he folded. Tom McEvoy witnessed it. Said it was the first “fully hidden, bet on the river, get the fold, show [...]

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