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. …

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 …

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 …

The Las Vegas Poker Summer With a Hole in the Middle

While things are slowly returning to a more normal state of affairs, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its massive effect on live-poker events around the globe, it’ll be some time yet before the poker world returns to as it was pre-pandemic. Case in point: Las Vegas, Nevada, where it’ll be a busy summer, but perhaps …

Larry Flynt Passes at 78, Leaves Checkered Poker Legacy

On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, Hustler Magazine founder and Hustler Casino owner Larry Flynt died, aged 78. Flynt was far and away one of the most controversial figures of American life in the 1970s and ’80s, and we’ll touch on that a bit as we focus more closely on his connections and role in the …

WSOP Trades on Goodwill With 2020 $10,000 World Championship Main Event

There’s a major twist afoot in the saga of the pandemic-impacted 2020 World Series of Poker. Just a couple of months after a financially successful 2020 WSOP Online series, split between WSOP.com (for the US) and GGPoker (for the rest of the world), the WSOP has announced another Main Event, to conclude in late December. …

The Mouth and the Chat

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow again made headlines in the wrong way this week when he tilted wildly during a recent 2020 WSOP Online bracelet event, accusing an opponent of slowrolling him and threatening violence against the opponent while he was podcasting his own play in the event on his own Twitch channel. Matusow even went …