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In what he says will be his FINAL tournament appearance, poker legend Doyle Brunson – aka Texas Dolly – returned to the World Series of Poker on Day 14 to play in Event #23:  $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. After an amazing 62-year career as a professional poker player, no doubt his millions of fans were hoping for an 11th bracelet.

James Alexander and Doyle BrunsonIronically, it was another Texas poker player, our friend James Alexander, who dashed that hope. With seven players left, Brunson drew to an eight-six against the ten-nine draw of Alexander. The icon was outdrawn for the final time at the Rio when he pulled a king and Alexander made his hand with a deuce. (Brunson finished 6th for $43,963 and Alexander finished 4th for $81, 986). Alexander paid his respects with a Fist Bump and stated “It was my great honor to play with Texas Dolly, Doyle Brunson, Poker’s truest legend and an absolute joy to play with.”

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A tip of his cap and a standing ovation for Doyle Brunson. Living legend ends WSOP career with a final table run in the $10K NL 2-7 Lowball Championship.

Posted by PokerGO on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

James Alexander with Jim ParisMy husband, Jim Paris, met professional poker player James Alexander, along with his poker player brother, Duane and his lovely mother, Tina, about six years ago when attending the 44th WSOP in Vegas. Alexander finished in 19th place in the Main Event (cashing out at $285,408) Jim cheered him on from the rails and they’ve been friends ever since.

Of course, if it weren’t for the irony of that final match-up, this would simply be a blog to pay our respects to Doyle Brunson. Considered the “Godfather of Poker,” the almost 85-year-old can still compete in high-level games at the poker tables with the best poker players in the world, all of whom hold him in the highest regard.

But it’s time, he says. “My wife is not in very good health, and I will stay with her for the duration of either her life or mine.” Brunson and his beloved wife, Louise, have been married for 62 years.

Doyle "Texas Dolly" BrunsonIn 2013, Brunson–recognizing the inevitable end of his career–paraphrased Dr. Suess, saying “You don’t cry because it’s over. You smile because it happened.”When he says his final good-bye to poker, Brunson will be leaving the game that brought him fame, fortune and a legacy that no one in the poker world will ever match, or ever forget.

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Daniel Negreanu’s VlogDaniel Negreanu with Marissa Rachelle (video/blog) is back which means it’s WSOP time again! With Bazanji’s “The Life I Chose” setting the hot hip hop beat for the vlog , @realkidpoker tells his fans he’s ready for action. He’s definitely displaying some high energy as he makes his green smoothie, teases his super-hot girlfriend Marisa, and heads off to the gym to sweat – after four days playing the Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria he says he definitely needs a workout. According to Dnegs, he lost six pounds during the SHR, but it sounds to me like he came out ahead anyway (actually, he came in 2nd and added another $3 million to his bank account).

Negreanu’s Vlogs are fun to watch, and I always look forward to them. His enthusiasm and love of the game are infectious, and his walks through the casino can be highly entertaining as we pick up the Rio atmosphere and try to spot who’s at the different poker tables. Nevertheless, there are times when his high voltage personality can be somewhat grating (like when he spots a very mellow Phil Ivey at the poker table and shines his spotlight on him). Clearly, the attention was not welcome.Daniel Negreanu's Vlog

The engaging parts are when he takes us behind-the-scenes, which during the first three Vlogs included watching him be “Pool Daddy” as he cleaned his swimming pool before his viewing party for the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals (his beloved Vegas Knights are in the finals in their first year!). Daniel knows how to throw a party; his house is perfectly set up for partying and watching sports and he seems so comfortable just hanging out with Marisa, his friends, family, and 20 pizzas, cuddling with his two adorable dogs, and even taking on a buddy to play chess.

But then, after the Knight’s loss (they were down 2-1 as of this writing) he “has to go to work,” which is not a bad gig if you’re a superstar poker player. During breaks in the action, Daniel walks the corridors of the Rio and explains why he is currently down $212,500 K after three days at the tables. So far he’s played in the $2500 Mixed Draw, the $10K Omaha 8 Championship and the $100K NLE High Roller. He’s pretty casual talking about hands he lost, misplayed or just didn’t get the cards and takes us through several of the more interesting ones.  I find it refreshing to hear him be so open when’s not playing well, or when he bluffs or how his mind works against better players vs. unknowns.

He didn’t do anything in the Omaha 8, which happens to be one of his favorite poker variations. Still, Negreanu is ready and eager for more action. As he put it at the end of Vlog 3, “There’s plenty of poker left kids. Don’t get discouraged; I’m not.”

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*(The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that made sports betting illegal)

The big question following the US Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision is; now that PAPSA is dead, will online poker reap the benefits? The answer is; it depends on who you ask.

Phil HellmuthMany who learned of the new ruling were highly optimistic, among them “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth. In fact, he quickly tweeted: Every Major sport (NBA, NFL, MLB) is behind the legalization of sports betting, and all of them will profit by it. But how can Sports Betting online be legalized w/out online poker being legalized (clearly more skill than sports betting)? The time is NOW to legalize online poker!”

PokerStars ambassador Jason Somerville also joined in the tweetfest: Great news to wake up to! we’ll see just how much this helps US online poker but the financial incentives for states to pass gaming legislation just got a whole lot more attractive. let’s go!

Mark CubanAnd Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks  seemed confident that the Supreme Court decision will help the game of poker. In an interview with CNBC, Cuban predicted that the gaming industry at large will be able to capitalize on new business opportunities thanks to the ruling. According to Cuban, online poker could be a beneficiary.“I’m not a constitutional lawyer,” Cuban said in a phone call, “but, you can see online poker all of a sudden…Someone is going to start up online poker again.”

Kevin Iacofano, a 2018 WSOP Circuit Main Event winner, understands that the two aren’t necessarily linked, so he’s urging fans and players alike to push lawmakers into introducing legislation that would combine online poker with sports wagering. He stated, “If you are a poker player and you haven’t made a call or email to your representative, especially now your state representative, make your voice heard. Tag online poker along with the sports betting wave and this Black Friday to now nightmare will be over.”

The brilliant poker reporter, Lee Davy, writing for CalvinAyre.com, had a very different take on the court ruling, asking, “How is this whole PASPA deal going to affect online poker?”

According to Davy, the short answer is that it probably won’t, at least in the short term. He explains that PASPA is a sports betting law that has nothing to do with poker, online or otherwise. Therefore, PASPA’s death is not going to launch online poker industries in dozens of states. Besides, he reasons, if states were going to legalize online poker, they would have done so already.

Davy also reminds his readers that despite the enthusiastic tweets from members of the poker elite, he doesn’t really buy the notion that they are dying to see online poker legalized. He points out the fact that the PPA (Poker Players Alliance), the supposed conduit between the players and the politicians, was unable to raise a paltry $25,000 to support their efforts.

Nevertheless, the Poker Players Alliance issued the following press release from PPA president Rich Muny:

This is a great decision for consumers who for years have had no alternative to wager on sports other than the black market. It presents states with the perfect opportunity to establish sensible policies not only to regulate sports wagering, but also other forms of gaming, including internet poker. Whether you are betting on sports or playing poker, lawmakers must make it a priority to protect consumers. The states that have already regulated internet poker have proven that it can be done in a way that benefits consumers and governments. It makes sense for states that are eyeing sports betting to also realize the benefit of regulated iPoker and iGaming.

“Today marks an important date for the future of gaming in the United States,” Muny added. “The future of sports betting will continue to rely on internet and mobile technologies, and this is also true for all gaming. Now more than ever, states should take control of unregulated internet poker and sports betting and create systems that protect adult consumers and provide governments with new streams of revenue.”

So the bottom line is that we’ll see. What do you think? Send me your thoughts or comments!

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Has anyone seen Phil Ivey lately? If you have, it certainly wasn’t in the U.S. where he’d been embroiled in legal battles that finally ended in 2017. Instead, Ivey has played mostly in Asia, including frequenting casinos in Macau and attending the Triton Super High Roller tournament in Manila last year.

But, you can expect to see Ivey, the ten-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, back in the spotlight very soon. He recently won the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro short deck ante-only event*. Ivey outlasted a field of 61 total entries, including finally going head-to-head with poker star Dan “Jungleman” Cates, to win $617,396, bringing his career live earnings to $24,083,744. It was his first live tournament cash in more than two years!

When asked by pokernews.com about what his plans were, Ivey said, “I plan on playing the in the 2018 WSOP in Vegas this year.” That should make a lot of poker fans extremely happy!

Since Ivey has always been one of our favorites we can’t wait to see him at the 2018 WSOP poker tables.

* For those of you who have never heard of Short Deck Hold’em, it is similar to the traditional no-limit hold’em known around the world, with the exception that it’s played with just 36 instead of 52 cards. The deuces, threes, fours, and fives are omitted, making for rankings that are rare in traditional hold’em, now a lot more common. The game is incredibly popular in the Asian high stakes poker scene.

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