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Chris Ferguson Seizes Control of WSOP Player of the Year Race

Continuing what has been arguably his most successful tournament poker span and the most controversial period of his career at the same time, Chris Ferguson has all but seized control of the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race. Ferguson won Event #7, the €1500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Eights or Better, defeating 92 players and taking away a €39,289 payday along the way. Other than being his sixth bracelet win, the more important thing for Ferguson with the win is the points that he added to his total. For the entirety of the 2017 WSOP (counting the summer Las Vegas version), Ferguson has been able to rack up 216 points in Event #7 and bring his total to 1178.53 points. With only four events remaining on the WSOP schedule, it leaves little time for those trailing him to catch up. Having arguably the best tournament poker

Editorial: Should Chris Ferguson Be Able to Accept WSOP POY Award?

With the close of the Las Vegas leg of the World Series of Poker last week, the WSOP Player of the Year race became a flashpoint for the poker community. While it has created a great deal of controversy over its scoring, the person who emerged on top after all the events were finished in Sin City – former World Champion and Full Tilt pariah Chris Ferguson – seemed to incite another round of outrage. That outrage was simple – should Ferguson, for his sins in the poker community, be able to accept the POY award, let alone play in the WSOP? Let’s start with the second statement in that question first. As far as playing in a publicly available event, series or even simply a cash game, Ferguson has the right to participate.  Short of convictions for offenses such as murder, a person should be allowed to take part

Oh God, Chris Ferguson is in Contention for 2017 WSOP POY

I know everybody is looking forward to the start of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event this weekend and might not really be focused on the present. I know lots of people in the United States are a bit hungover from the Independence Day revelry yesterday or simply exhausted from battling traffic and crowds and spending four hours to watch two minutes worth of fireworks. But it’s time to pay attention. Chris Ferguson is second in the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year rankings. I implore all of you playing in WSOP events the rest of this summer and later this fall at WSOP Europe in Rozvadov, Czech Republic: please don’t let Chris Ferguson win the Player of the Year award. I will admit, it is not an easy thing to target someone at a poker table and in virtually any other circumstance, I wouldn’t really even condone

Chris Moneymaker: “I’ve Worked Hard” Promoting Poker Over the Years

If you don’t remember that day back in May 2003 (yes, you young ones, the World Series of Poker was once played in the springtime instead of the summer), it was something that anyone who considers themselves a fan of the game will ever forget. In the Championship Event, a young accountant in his first live tournament ever with the unlikely moniker of Chris Moneymaker stared down some of the greatest poker players in the game (including a tough professional in Sammy Farha) to win poker’s greatest prize. With that win, Moneymaker ushered in a “new era” of poker sometimes referred to as poker’s “Golden Age.” It also changed Moneymaker’s life. He went from just being a mild-mannered Tennessee accountant to suddenly the face of the game of poker and it was a lifestyle that he actively embraced. For more than the last decade since that win, Moneymaker has traveled

Poker Pro Confronts Chris Ferguson During Play at WSOP

If you play poker, you will inevitably play against some unsavory characters. I suppose in everything we do in life, we have dealings with people we love and people we would rather see trip on the sidewalk and chip a tooth. But poker seems to bring out the creeps sometimes. Enter Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer. As we all know by now, the once high-flying poker celebrities were former board members and founders of Full Tilt Poker and were both responsible for the loss of millions of dollars in player funds on Black Friday. The two, amongst others, were hit with civil suits by the U.S. Department of Justice and both settled with the government in order to avoid jail time. Wisely, they largely stayed out of the spotlight since 2011, as they certainly would not have been welcome back into the poker community. Lederer sat down for an interview