November 2014

Maria’s Mind … Carefree in Hawaii

Relax. It’s OK. You have my permission Immediately following this year’s WSOP, I set aside time and made travel arrangements to take a proper vacation. This probably sound ridiculous to those of you who think my life appears to be one big vacation. Paris, Monte Carlo, Bahamas, Vegas, China, New York, the list of desirable [...]

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Wicked Chops Poker … Ranking the November Nines

Is a little intrigue too much to ask? Among industry circles, there has been a lot of talk that this may be the worst World Series of Poker November Nine in history. It’s certainly lacking in the luster department. But is it the worst ever? When WSOP head honcho Ty Stewart first came up with [...]

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Headlines: November 2014

Ivey Loses $12.4M Crockford’s Judgement, Appears on ‘60 Minutes’ The High Court of Justice in England ruled against Phil Ivey in his $12.4 million lawsuit against Crockford’s Casino, with Judge John Mitting equating Ivey’s edge sorting technique to cheating in civil law. “He gave himself an advantage which the game precludes,” said Mitting in his [...]

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Player of the Year: November 2014

The results from the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific aren’t quite in yet, but with the majority of bracelets already awarded there and EPT London in the books, the opportunities to accumulate big point totals are quickly dwindling. It’ll be a tough task for anyone to challenge Dan Colman’s absolute dominance in this race, but [...]

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Stapes Colors Up the News – My Crack at the 2014 November 9

He’s got jokes. Sort of … Let’s be honest. I’m never going to do commentary for the World Series of Poker. Even if Lon and Norm abdicated, I’m more steps from the throne than Queen Elizabeth’s shih-tzu.  I’m ranked just behind Robert Williamson III and a soundboard loaded up with quotes from “Rounders.” No, it’s [...]

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By The Numbers: Mark Newhouse

New Year, Newhouse The poker world is full of facts, figures, stats and records. With so many numbers being crunched day in and day out, sometimes it is tough to see what they all add up to. That is why BLUFF brings you some of the more interesting numbers related to the big tournaments, big stories, and [...]

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The Fight: How the AGA Let Down the Online Gaming Industry

‘No position’ is a bad position The American Gaming Association is the voice of the casino and gaming industry. They rely on the AGA to present legislators and the general public with a unified message detailing the benefits of the gaming industry. As its mission statement reads, the AGA has the “fundamental goal of creating [...]

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