Phil Ivey’s joint files for bankruptcy protection

If it’s a legal story of any sort involving Phil Ivey, you know it’s going to be complex and likely to span several years. That’s the case with Ivey’s investment into one of the many Las Vegas cannabis-dispensary startups that hit the ground running in 2014, but encountered several business difficulties over the ensuing years. …

Deconstructing the Bryn Kenney situation

It’s been a whirlwind of late in the ultra-high-stakes poker world, where the allegations of cheating both live and online have been thick and woolly and the bad blood has quickly risen to the surface. There’s no deeper a bucket of said bad blood than between one of the world’s most accomplished players, Bryn Kenney, …

ACR acknowledges handful of player accounts were hacked, funds stolen

Americas Cardroom has confirmed that an unknown but purportedly small number of its online players had their accounts accessed and the majority of their existing account balances withdrawn and transferred to third parties via cryptocurrency transactions, often Bitcoin-based. The exact number of accounts affected by the hacking, which ACR has stated was done externally (and …

Michigan joins MSIGA, player pooling in near future

There’s some good news on the U.S. regulated online-poker scene, where the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association, LLC (MSIGA), has announced that Michigan has been accepted into the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (also MSIGA). Though a hard join date was not announced, adding Michigan to the three existing MSIGA states — Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey …

Dan Bilzerian still employed by GGPoker (at least technically…)

Surprise, surprise! Among one of the stories that emerged earlier this month — on March 8th, International Women’s Day, to be precise — was that notorious mysogynist Dan Bilzerian had been disappeared from GGPoker’s online site. Bilzerian’s seeming departure from GGPoker wasn’t really unexpected. He’d been such an utter disgrace as a brand ambassador, literally …

A dealer shortage at the WSOP? Borgata blunder shows demand for labor remains high

There have been a couple of stories recently involving the need for poker dealers that illustrate that the pandemic-induced dealer shortage that at times hampered last year’s World Series of Poker may be still be in effect. It’s hard to find good workers for specialized tasks, and when the entire industry is shelved for an …

Veronica Brill, Todd Witteles agree to drop Mike Postle involuntary bankruptcy case

Whether or not alleged poker cheat and failed libel-suit litigant Mike Postle will ever be forced to pay the combined $55,000 in legal fees he owes former defendants Veronica Brill and Todd Witteles has become somewhat more doubtful after Brill and Witteles agreed to drop their own involuntary-bankruptcy petition against Postle. The California-based federal case …

Run It Once Online Poker Site, 2019-2022

Once in a while a well-meaning experiment just doesn’t work out. That’s the case with the Run It Once Poker online-poker site that RIO founder Phil Galfond launched in 2019, after a couple of years of plodding development. Galfond announced in recent days that the non-US site would be closing its doors to its small …

Global Poker Awards to Return in February 2022

One of the special functions of the poker world that went away as the Covid-19 pandemic emerged in early 2020 is set to return this February. The 2022 edition of the Global Poker Awards, honoring the best and brightest of the poker world in 2021, will be held on February 18, 2022, at the PokerGO …

Eli Elezra’s PHOF Election Highlights Issues with Current Hall Voting Process

If you tracked recent happenings regarding the Poker Hall of Fame, it was an interesting, intriguing year. The topline story is that Eli Elezra was the 2021 PHOF inductee. Elezra has been a finalist in several previous years, so seeing him get the nod this time around was unsurprising. It’s how Elezra received the honor …