Top Poker Pros and Most Outstanding Player Performances of 2016

Top Poker Pros and Most Outstanding Player Performances of 2016

Jon Sofen - December 31st, 2016

What a year 2016 was in the poker universe. A few pros did something so incredible this year that we’ll all be talking about it for years to come. One […]

Mid-States Poker Tour 2016 Season Seven Breaks All Kinds of Records

Mid-States Poker Tour 2016 Season Seven Breaks All Kinds of Records

Chad Holloway - December 30th, 2016

For the 2016 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT), Season 7 proved to be a performance-setting series. It set state records throughout the Midwest, held one of the summer’s biggest events in […]

Most Scandalous International Poker Player Crimes of 2016: A Tale of Three Cities

Most Scandalous International Poker Player Crimes of 2016: A Tale of Three Cities

Philip Conneller - December 30th, 2016

In 2016, poker player crimes around the world peppered the industry across several fronts. For all that poker has done to improve its public perception over the past decade, each […]

California Online Poker, Here We (Don’t) Come Again: A Year in the Life of a Reporter Covering Legislation that Never, Ever Happens

California Online Poker, Here We (Don’t) Come Again: A Year in the Life of a Reporter Covering Legislation that Never, Ever Happens

Philip Conneller - December 29th, 2016

Ah, California online poker, in 2016, we came so close, and yet no closer, to seeing you become legal. But covering this nearly not-quite-there story almost drove me to drink. […]

Craziest Poker Prop Bets of 2016: Hold It, Ride It, Risk It, and Get a Stiff Upper Lip

Craziest Poker Prop Bets of 2016: Hold It, Ride It, Risk It, and Get a Stiff Upper Lip

Philip Conneller - December 29th, 2016

If there’s anything that poker players love almost as much as hold’em, it’s a really crazy prop bet. And this year, the bets were bigger, crazier, and in some cases, […]

Bitcoin Gets (More) Respect in 2016: What’s Changed?

Bitcoin Gets (More) Respect in 2016: What’s Changed?

Philip Conneller - December 28th, 2016

Cryptocurrency bitcoin moved a few paces forward towards mainstream respectability in 2016, but its use as a payment method for online poker in the regulated markets remains fraught with complexity. […]

Biggest Pre-WSOP Poker Tournament Highlights of 2016

Biggest Pre-WSOP Poker Tournament Highlights of 2016

Chad Holloway - December 28th, 2016

Every year, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the crème de la crème of poker tournaments. But outside of the WSOP’s seven weeks of activity in the summer, there […]

How US Online Poker Picked Itself Up and Got Back on Its Feet in 2016

How US Online Poker Picked Itself Up and Got Back on Its Feet in 2016

Chad Holloway - December 27th, 2016

It was a mixed bag for US online poker in 2016, but there were some bright spots among the dark shadows. Despite California, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all considering […]

Online Poker in the EU in 2016: What Soared and What Sizzled

Online Poker in the EU in 2016: What Soared and What Sizzled

Philip Conneller - December 27th, 2016

It wasn’t the best year ever for online poker in the European Union in 2016. But how much of that could be blamed on the political upheavals is up for […]

Online Poker Sites Make the Move Towards Recreational Players in 2016

Online Poker Sites Make the Move Towards Recreational Players in 2016

Jon Sofen - December 26th, 2016

Once upon a time, online poker sites catered almost exclusively to grinders and pros. But in 2016, all that began to shift, as the ongoing loss of recreational players on […]

“Sportifying” Poker in 2016:  How the Global Poker League and eSports Have Changed the Game

“Sportifying” Poker in 2016:  How the Global Poker League and eSports Have Changed the Game

Jon Sofen - December 26th, 2016

In 2016, the term “sportification” became linked to poker irrevocably. As the general popularity of eSports continued to escalate, the pragmatic move to conjoin the increasingly popular concept to the […]