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 …

Brent Carter Indicted Over Mailing Substances to New York Gaming Officials

One of the stranger stories in recent months arrives from the offices of the Attorney General for the Northern District of New York, involving two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brent Carter and a series of threatening phone calls and letters sent to New York State’s Gaming Commission. Carter, 72, was indicted last week on a criminal …

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 …

Huck Seed Named to Poker Hall of Fame as Voting Paradigm Shifts

This week, Huckleberry “Huck” Seed became the 59th inductee of the Caesars-owned and WSOP-affiliated Poker Hall of Fame. The very worthy Seed has logged over $7.6 in recorded tournament earnings, unspecified millions more in cash games, and has claimed four WSOP bracelets and a 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. Add in Seed’s …

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 …

Phil Ivey and Borgata Reach Unofficial Settlement as Edge-Sorting Case Nears Conclusion

After a news void of more than nine months, recent court filings show that the long-running court battle between Phil Ivey and New Jersey’s Borgata casino is finally nearing its conclusion. Last week, lawyers for the two sides jointly notified the US’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals that they had reached a preliminary agreement to …

Online WSOP Series Reignites “Real Bracelet” Debate

This week, with pandemic-related “social distancing” rules continuing to significantly impact the live-poker world, the Caesars-owned World Series of Poker officially announced an 85-event Online 2020 WSOP to be held beginning July 1st. The electrons had barely been sent across the intertubes before poker players far and wide began offering their takes on the WSOP’s …