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2015 – The Year in Poker, Part 1: Poker and Politics

As we approach the final week of the year 2015, it is time to take a look back at some of the great moments of the year and some of the less popular times. Arguably the dominant story throughout the calendar year was the continued fight in the political spectrum over online poker. The fight was carried out not only on the state front but on the federal one as players for billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson refused to back away from their threats to ban online gaming of any kind, including poker. For once, however, the news by the end of the year turned out in the pro-gaming personnel’s favor. After the 114th U. S. Congress was seated in early January, the slate was clean for online gaming and poker. A late threat in the throes of the conclusion of the previous Congressional session to insert anti-online gaming legislation

Phil Ivey’s 2015 Online Poker Losses Were Absurd

Phil Ivey may be a Poker Hall of Famer in waiting, but that doesn’t mean he can’t fail miserably at the poker tables. In the online poker world, this year has been one spectacular failure for the ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner. According to, Ivey is far and away the biggest internet cash game loser of 2015. At this point, you may be saying out loud, “But 2015 isn’t over yet. He still has more than a week to win some money.” True, but Ivey has left his opponents so far in the dust on the wrong side of the income statement that it would take an obscene week for both him and one of the other top losers for Ivey not to finish the year at the bottom of the money list. Ivey, playing under the screenname “RaiseOnce” on PokerStars, is down an astounding $ 2,481,266

Kevin Eyster Wins 2015 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Kevin “1sickdisease” Eyster won the 2015 World Poker Tour (WPT) Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio over the weekend, notching the second WPT title of his career. For the win, Eyster pocketed over $ 1.5 million, and a trio of gaudy prizes: a Hublot Oceanographic 4000 watch, a pair of Monster 24K headphones and – get this – an Aurae Solid Gold MasterCard. Eyster has been one of the most successful poker tournament players in the last several years. On the live tournament side, he has now won over $ 4 million, thanks in no small part to this most recent victory. As mentioned, he now has two WPT titles – the other was in 2013 at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown – to go along with another five WPT cashes. He also has eleven World Series of Poker cashes and one WSOP bracelet. On the internet

2015 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 2: Glantz, Volpe in Close Race for Top Spot

Day 2 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Five Diamond World Poker Classic saw a healthy flock of new players enter before the deadline, creating the second largest Five Diamond of all time. There were about 430 players or thereabouts who participated on Monday’s Day 1, but by the time registration closed prior to Level 9 of Day 2, the total field added up to 639 players. The total prize pool is $ 6,198,300 with $ 1,587,382 going to the winner. The final 63 players will make at least the minimum cash of $ 21,074. With 244 players remaining, it is a neck-and-neck battle between poker pros Matt Glantz and Paul Volpe for the top spot. Glantz has the tiniest of leads with 239,700 chips compared to Volpe’s 239,100. A number of players with extensive poker success are at the top of the leader board, including Curt Kohlberg, Keven Stammen,

2015 WPT Prague Main Event Day 3: Pavel Plesuv Zooms To the Top with Two Tables Left

The third day of the World Poker Tour stop in Prague, the Czech Republic is in the books. After a furious final few moments of action during the day, Pavel Plesuv emerged as the leader with only 18 players (two tables) remaining in contention. 60 players stepped back to the tables in the King’s Casino on Friday, looking to whittle the field down massively. Their first challenge was getting to the final 27 players, who would earn a line on their Hendon Mob resume for their efforts. As the day began, Brian Senie was the massive chip leader with his 759,000 in chips, but Steve O’Dwyer, Byron Kaverman, Yann Dion, Ole Schemion and Dimitar Danchev all lurked behind him, with O’Dwyer and Kaverman in the hunt for one of the Player of the Year awards handed out in tournament poker. Within a half hour of the start of the day’s