January 2014

New Year Brings New Hope, Or Does It?

Around the time you started butchering the lyrics for “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve you probably began to come up with your list for 2014. All the things you’re going to do to make 2014 “your year.” So what should be on poker’s list? Regulation, clearly. Three weeks before you pinned up a [...]

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Riess The Beast

Ryan Riess finishes his fairytale ride by besting a pro-laden final table and winning the 2013 WSOP Main Event “This is beyond fairytale — it’s inconceivable!” Norman Chad’s description of Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event victory is one of the most iconic phrases ever spoken in poker. Even 10 years later, [...]

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Betting on India

“Fucking Bitti man,” Aditya “Adi” Agarwal looked at his phone and tried to call his friend again. Busy. It was past 3 p.m. and Adi had been pacing in front of his parents’ house for 15 minutes. “I should’ve started calling him at one,” Adi recalled that the two agreed to meet at 2 p.m. [...]

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Tony Dunst and the Real Bond18

Life imitates art as the ‘Raw Deal’ host captures WPT title The plot could not have been more perfectly penned: A six-figure win for Tony Dunst, the man who carries himself with the charismatic class and dresses with the mature style of 007 and is known throughout the poker world as Bond18, at a place [...]

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Rounders, Relationships and Mulligans

I saw “Rounders” in an actual movie theater. Fifteen years ago. Fall of 1998. At the time, it seemed like an unknown film that came out of nowhere. Didn’t see a trailer or a single movie poster plastered around Seattle. I heard regulars at a weekly home game in Fremont insist we all see “Rounders,” [...]

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Vegas: December

Las Vegas is bright and cold. The icy weather hits me like a wall when I leave the airport. I am here for the WPT Five Diamond tournament at the Bellagio. I always like this tournament. Christmas is a great time to be in Vegas. All the casinos are lavished with extravagant decorations, and the [...]

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Customs: Houston

Once again, the man is trying to catch our hero up to no good Just leaving the edge of Texas approaching the ocean that lies ahead. We have been in the air for less than 30 minutes yet I cannot stop thinking about what just happened on the ground. The five of us boarded our [...]

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