Thomas Hammers’ short-lived and ill-conceived Ladies Event raises only ‘martini’ money

Monday was a strange day at the 2021 World Series of Poker. Besides Phil Hellmuth’s inglorious F-bomb blowup at the final table of the Seven Card Championship going viral, there was another strange tale going on simultaneously. A middle-aged man from Minnesota, Thomas Hammers, entered the Ladies Event. There are direct reports on this as …

Week 1 at the 2021 WSOP: Long lines but festive mood

It’s taken nearly two and a half years, but a live-action World Series of Poker has returned at last. Action began on September 30 with the traditional Casino Employees event and the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. Since then, and through a few early days with challenging technical hurdles, the 2021 WSOP has already hit full stride. …

Mike Postle Seeks Dismissal of Involuntary-Bankruptcy Petition

It’s time again for the latest from the Mike Postle saga, where the accused poker cheat and failed libel-case litigant has finally filed a motion to dismiss the involuntary-bankruptcy petition filed against his a couple of months back by Veronica Brill and Todd Witteles. Brill and Witteles were the only two of the 12 defendants …

WSOP Mask Mandate Lifted… Partially

The situation involving the World Series of Poker’s plans for running the 2021 WSOP amid a still-raging COVID-19 pandemic remains fluid. Among the most recent developments is the WSOP’s recent announcement that masks will not be required to be worn at the poker tables by players who have been vaccinated and who are asymptomatic. As …

Uncharted but not unvaccined territory as WSOP approaches

It’s been over two years since a full, live World Series of Poker has taken place, and while the 2021 edition of the WSOP remains a full-go, it’s going to be a World Series like no other. A short while back, Caesars and the WSOP mandated that all visitors to this year’s series must be …

WSOP Covid Rules Cause Furor, Clarification Ensues

The World Series of Poker endured a healthy dose of online controversy in recent days that had little to do with the actual playing of poker. Instead, the WSOP created a middling furor when it released a new rule governing how people with (or who have been exposed to) COVID-19 will be treated. It didn’t …

Players Behaving Badly, Part 3: Salman Behbehani Pinched in Ibiza for Drug Smuggling

An interesting tale comes to us in recent days from the Mediterranean Sea, where high-stakes pro Salman Behbehani was arrested for drug smuggling after flying to the Spanish island of Ibiza, a touristy resort destination. There are so many curious aspects to his tale it’s hard to know where to start. Behbehani, 33, was one …

World Series of Poker Might Head to Bally’s / Paris Casinos in 2022

As rumors go, this is a good one, coming from a well-placed but unconnected-to-poker source with little reason to make something up: The World Series of Poker may be headed for the Las Vegas Strip in 2022, to be split between adjoining Caesars properties, Bally’s and Paris. News of the presumptive change comes from a …

Welcome to the ‘Short Deck High Roller Bowl’ Europe

There’s an old poker saw about elite pros playing a different poker game than everyone else, but it’s somewhat rare to see the proof in the cards, so to speak. Yet that’s what’s happening to the Super High Roller Bowl as it announces its “Europe” series debut, to be held at the ritzy-ritzy Merit Royal …

Landon Tice v Bill Perkins: One-Sided Intangibles Decide It

I’m not a big fan of the heads-up duels that have again seem to become a flavor du jour in the poker world of late. It’s actually the second time around for heads-up duels to receive a ton of attention; the first wave occurred a few years, then ended abruptly when the infamous Durrrr Challenge …