October 2014

Maria’s Mind … The Value of a Friend

Friends come and go, figure out which ones to keep Nobody tells you, when you sign up for a career as a poker player (like any of us “sign up” for this occupation or could have ever predicted we’d end up here) that your life will basically become a 24/7 party. Not that you want [...]

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Wicked Chops Poker … Fixing the Poker Hall of Fame Process

If it’s going to stay relevant, things have to change First, let’s start off with this: We generally like the Poker Hall of Fame process. It’s flawed. So it stirs discussion. And people discussing poker is Good for PokerTM. However, flawed processes only work for a time before the “discussion” that’s good for public interest [...]

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Poker Headlines: October 2014

10 Finalists for Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Revealed After months of speculation, the 10 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2014 were revealed in early September. Despite the foreknowledge of Daniel Negreanu’s almost certain inclusion, that list of 10 players features a number of surprises. Joining prior nominees Huck [...]

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October 2014 Player of the Year Rankings

In any given year in the world of poker, one tournament tends to stick out as the turning point in the BLUFF Player of the Year race. In 2013, it was the World Series of Poker Europe High Roller in October, won by Daniel Negreanu that all but sealed the eventual winner. In 2012, it [...]

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Stapes Colors Up the News – The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

I’m back, baby. My first-ever paid live-commentary gig was at NAPT Mohegan Sun in 2010. It was also my last. And somehow, it had nothing to do with my performance. Black Friday happened shortly thereafter and PokerStars left America like the morning after a bad case of beer goggles. It was quick. It was silent. [...]

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By the Numbers: Overlays and Guarantees

Sometimes the house loses 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, [...]

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How 888 and CEO Brian Mattingley Found Success While Rivals Struggled

In 2010, poker’s star was fading. The Poker Boom’s peak had come and gone and with very few exceptions, online poker profits and markets were on the decline around the globe. Then in April of 2011 things got even worse. The Department of Justice’s crackdown on online poker sites, dubbed Black Friday, effectively stamped out [...]

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