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For those of you who haven’t heard the big news yet (think WSOP, not DJT) let me be the first to clue you in.

Do you remember the November Nine? Well, it’s about to be only a memory. Starting now, the World Series of Poker Main Event Champion will be determined in July! No more waiting three months for the players to resume playing for the coveted bracelet. Instead, from day 1 of the main event, ESPN and Poker Central will provide live coverage (on a 30-minute delay per gaming regulations).

This year, the final table will resume after only one day off, which will allow for a Final Table Preview Show to bring fans up to speed and, one assumes, to imbue the requisite hype to the event. Then, the final nine will play down to a champion over the span of three days, from July 20-22. Wow!

ESPN and Poker Central have formed a new partnership regarding the WSOP and have so far agreed to a four-year deal for this updated coverage.The WSOP also noted that any coverage not aired by ESPN will be streamed exclusively through Poker Central’s digital distribution channels.

I don’t know about you, but I am very excited by this news! …

Tell me what you think. Send me your thoughts!!

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As a self-confessed poker “newbie” I find myself getting totally confused about the numerous tournaments seemingly going on at the same time all over the world. There are days when I decide I’ll just write a quick and dirty blog about the big winners of the week and my eyes cross while my mind goes foggy. The problem: I see big winners everywhere!

As far as I knew, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) was the Mother of All Poker (MOAP) tournaments and the one that everyone seemed to be laser-focused on every year. So how do all these tournies attract big-name poker players and how the hell do those players get from one to another so quickly?

The majority of the tournaments seem to be part of the World Poker Tour (WPT). At least that makes sense to me, since it does imply a tournament that covers the world. So, just taking a random look at a variety of poker sites I see the WPT LA Poker Classic, the WPT DeepStacks Amsterdam, the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing (because at some point PokerStars teamed up with the WPT to further confuse me), the PokerStars National Championship Monte Carlo, the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event, the 2017 Crown Poker Championships (in Melbourne, Australia), the 2017 APT Championships (in the Philippines), the 2017 Hollywood Open, the WSOP International Circuit (Czech Republic), the 2017 GUKPT (in Edinburgh),the 2017 PokerStars Championship (in Macau) and the list goes on and on ad nauseam.

In fact, there are more than 120 tournaments listed on CardPlayer.com for the months of April and May! Not counting the thousands of others I didn’t mention and not counting the hugely popular online tournaments that also attract big-name poker players.

I guess it’s no surprise that with poker tournaments being played just about everywhere, it’s impossible for me to keep track of who the big winners are in any given week. So I won’t even try. Instead, I’ll leave it all to the Global Poker Index (GPI) that ranks poker players weekly based on their performance (ie. finishing in cash positions in qualifying tournaments) occurring over the previous 36 month period. It’s all a highly complicated formula that is above my pay grade, but it seems to make sense in the poker world, which is really all that matters.

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Every year at this time we practice our poker skills prior to heading to Las Vegas to rake in all the excitement of the yearly World Series of Poker . This year is no different, we’ve been grinding online non-stop, fast and furious for what seems like forever, just trying to perfect our skills in a non-perfectible game of (mostly) luck.

We have tried all the usual “Free-Roll Games,”  from the WSOP’s own free online game to the WPT’s game, to Facebook’s Zynga and several others. You can find dozens, if not hundreds, of free-roll sites online as well as many free-roll games around your local communities, including the many restaurants and bars that also offer free-roll games.

Free-roll games, whether online or live, are a great way to practice your game without risking the family’s jewels. Once you feel confident with your game skills and you think you might be ready for the big time , then why not head for Vegas by the end of May and sign up for the 2017 World Series of Poker? The 48th running of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) officially opens its doors Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Start off slowly and carefully. Sign up for the$565.00 Colossus III on June 2, and if you reach cash then continue working your way through as many events as you dare to try. Then maybe, just maybe, if Lady Luck, and your learned skills hold up for you and you win enough cash, you might wanna try dropping 10 GRAND for the Main Event and possibly change your life forever, especially if you make it to the final table.

Send us your thoughts and keep on grinding!!

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Some time ago I wrote a blog titled “The Next Great Poker Movie.”  In which I talked about some of my favorite poker-related films. The actual point of my blog, however, was to write about what I anticipated would be the next great poker movie, with a release date scheduled for 2017. Its title was “Molly’s Game” and its director was one of my absolute favorite writers, Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, who was choosing this movie to make his directorial debut.

Since then, I haven’t really heard anything about it, but that’s probably because I search through poker news when trying to write a blog rather than entertainment news. Turns out, if I’d been reading “The Hollywood Reporter” I would have noticed this headline on 3/28/17: ‘Molly’s Game’: Aaron Sorkin Brings Stylish First Look to CinemaCon.

For those of you who don’t know anything about Molly Bloom, she was an avid skier who became a successful entrepreneur when she established a high-stakes, international poker game. She made millions of dollars before everything came crashing down when 17 FBI agents armed with automatic weapons rang her doorbell. Turns out they had been investigating her for eight years.

The movie stars Jessica Chastain (Now starring in “The Zookeeper’s Wife”), the hot and handsome Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Sera (an actor/ real-life poker player). That’s one heckuva cast! And if you don’t know Sorkin, his writing credits include “A Few Good Men, “The Social Network,” and “Steve Jobs,” as well as the renowned television show, “The West Wing.” Now he can add “Molly’s Game” to his credits since he coauthored the movie based on Bloom’s eponymous book.

“It isn’t often you come across a story that is both cool and has a lot of heart, and this one does,” Sorkin said after the first trailer for his directorial debut screened.

Poker players will more than likely judge the film based on its authenticity in the scenes shot at the poker tables, but I also expect it to be a typical Sorkin screenplay with lots of interaction and fast-paced dialog between the characters.

There’s nothing like combining my love of good movies and my fascination with poker. I am eagerly awaiting its opening later this summer.

Hey, poker fans; it’s definitely time for another great poker movie!

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