Posted by Steve Ruddock on Nov 05, 2013 Posted in Op-Ed, WSOP News | No Comments »
WSOP Nov 9

Hot Take #1: Live poker still has a disgustingly slow pace of play All-in-all, the pace of play by the November Nine was pretty good, but it still demonstrates how unwatchable live poker is for your average viewer at home. As much as I LOVE the live stream,Read Full Article

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Oct 15, 2013 Posted in Op-Ed | No Comments »
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For the third time in the past decade, the tournament poker world is definitely changing. In the early years of the “poker Boom” it was an influx of talented young players that changed the demographics of poker tournaments around the globe; then in the mid-2000’s we saw anRead Full Article

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 26, 2013 Posted in Op-Ed, WSOP News | No Comments »
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Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, David Chiu, Thor Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Tom McEvoy, Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen, and Huckleberry Seed. Those are the 10 names that were announced by the WSOP on Wednesday as finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2013. 40 Is Too YoungRead Full Article

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 14, 2013 Posted in Op-Ed, Tournament News | No Comments »
TDA

Earlier this week I penned an article that began with a quick overview of the newly implemented “First Card Off the Deck” rule that evolved into an editorial regarding the role of the Tournament Directors Association (TDA) and how the organization had become increasingly hands-on in recent years.Read Full Article

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 11, 2013 Posted in Op-Ed | No Comments »
Rounders

The movie that helped usher in the poker boom, Rounders, was released 15 years ago today, and while Chris Moneymaker and the 2003 World Series of Poker coverage on ESPN gets most of the credit for the poker explosion of the last decade, Rounders role in the PokerRead Full Article

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 10, 2013 Posted in Online Poker News, Op-Ed | No Comments »
Party

The merger between gaming giants bwin and Party Poker was supposed to create the iGaming world’s first “Super Brand” but has instead left the company reeling, facing backlash from poker players over recent decisions, and at the same time dealing with poor P&L reports. All along the companyRead Full Article

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 09, 2013 Posted in Op-Ed, Poker Gossip | No Comments »
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This past week PokerNews.com published their exclusive interview with author Ben Mezrich, whose latest book Straight Flush (in the genre of narrative nonfiction) rankled the poker community with its portrayal of Absolute Poker founders as victims of an overzealous US government. The interview was announced back in JuneRead Full Article

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 08, 2013 Posted in Op-Ed, Poker Gossip | No Comments »
TDA

During the early stages of the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona High-Roller tournament Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu created a brouhaha when he challenged the “First Card off the Deck”rule that states any player not “at their seat” when the first card is dealt will have theirRead Full Article

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 04, 2013 Posted in Op-Ed | No Comments »
Senate Holds Hearing On The State Of Video

So apparently John McCain likes to play a little poker, even if it’s only a play-money game on his iPhone during a Senate hearing about possible military action in Syria. And I have to be honest, this really pisses me off, but not for the reason you mightRead Full Article

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Aug 23, 2013 Posted in Op-Ed, Tournament News | No Comments »
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Back in 2006, at the height of the poker boom, the Aussie Millions decided to try something new. Among the events offered that year was a $100,000 buy-in tournament, dubbed the $100k Challenge, which was to my knowledge the first Super-High-Roller tournament in poker history. After sparse turnoutsRead Full Article