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Each year the World Series of Poker (WSOP) crowns a Player of the Year (POY). I must admit that in the past, I haven’t paid much attention to who won, but this year was different. I knew my all-time favorite poker player, “Kid Poker” himself, was in the running; he entered the WSOP Europe in third place for the coveted title.

Daniel Negranu WSOP Player of the Year 2019Going into the Colossus, the final event of WSOP-E, the title was still up for grabs with four players vying for the POY title:  Daniel Negreanu, Robert Campbell, Shaun Deeb and Anthony Zinno.  In the end, however, with no one able to surpass his point total, Negreanu was crowned the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year.

The 2019 Player of the Year race included all open bracelet events of the 2019 calendar year, including events at the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (May 28 – July 16) and WSOP Europe at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic (Oct 15-Nov 4).

One could say that Negreanu had himself a helluva good year.He cashed six times at WSOP Europe prior to the Colossus event and cashed an amazing 17 times at the WSOP in Vegas. But perhaps his favorite event of 2019 had little to do with poker.
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On May 17, 2019, Kid Poker married the love of his life, Amanda Leatherman, in Palos Verdes, California, surrounded by family, friends and numerous poker stars. What an incredible year!

Hope to see you soon at the Poker Tables, maybe you can be next year’s POY!

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Imagine our surprise this past weekend when presidential candidate Andrew Yang Tweeted his support for nationwide legalization of online poker.

Andrew Yang Online Poker Support

Within roughly 12 hours of his Tweet, it had registered more than 31,000 likes and was retweeted more than 5000 times. And many of the biggest names in the poker community jumped in to support Yang’s position.

Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) was one of the first to jump on Yang’s Twitter policy statement, Tweeting, “Ummmm YES!!! Poker players who want the freedom to play poker from home, this just might be your guy.” He went on to Tweet his support for Yang on a variety of issues.

Phil Galfond agreed with Yang and chimed in on Twitter, “What most outside of poker don’t realize is that MANY sites still operate in the U. S. but, because it is outlawed, the ones remaining are those who ignore all regulations including responsible gaming, security, anti-money laundering, etc. Legal poker makes Americans safer!”

Liv Boeree, who can’t vote in our election as a British citizen, still tweeted that she “really wanted” Yang to win the nomination. Rob Yong, the boss of partypoker, sent up prayer emojis in response to Yang’s tweet. Poker
vlogger Joey Ingram invited the candidate to appear on his YouTube show,
an offer which Yang accepted.

There were thousands of additional responses to Yang’s Tweet on Oct. 26, such as “Just got my vote” or “There’s no longer any doubt who I’ll be voting for in the next election” and “I’d be all in for that”. Perhaps the most hopeful response was this Tweet from @FunnyGuy6: “Breaking news: American poker players collectively donate $10 million to Yang in one
day.”

Will Yang’s stance on legalizing online poker persuade more voters to join the #YangGang? Perhaps a few.After all, many poker players are attracted to his campaign slogan: Make America Think Harder (MATH). So, will it help him win the nomination? Not a chance. But he’s certainly won a place in the hearts of poker fans.

Let us know what you think about this?

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Okay, the last Texas Hold’em home poker game I
participated in was, for the most part, lots of fun and often exciting, at least until the river crept up on me and drowned me as my head- to-head opponent pulled a straight royal flush, destroying my full house.

Here’s how it went down. I picked up  pocket jacks and bet the pot pre-flop; everyone folded except my arch enemy who snap called me.

The flop was J, Q  and 9 of hearts, giving me trip Jacks. Feeling pretty damn confident, I bet half the pot . . . and once again he snap called.

The turn was the Q giving me a full boat… Jacks over Queens. I maintained my poker face and bet the minimum. He raised it, and this time I was the one snap calling.

I knew this was shipping my way and played it cool. The river was the K. I immediately figured he was probably sitting on a flush but my Full House would crush him so I shoved ALL IN. To my amazement he did it again… he snap called!

I turned over my boat and watched him smile as he turned the 10 and Agiving him the dreaded Straight Royal Flush.

Texas Poker ChipsI grimaced, and wiped the smile off my face as I watched the dealer ship all the chips his way. He laughed and simply said, “Better luck next time buddy.”

What would you have done? How would you have played this hand?

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A new documentary entitled Poker Queens, from director Sandra Mohr and executive producer Christine Beatty, traces the history of women in the game of poker, from the days of “Poker Alice” Ivers, to MuskanSethi, who made waves at this year’s World Series of Poker Championship Event and is one of India’s top professional poker players.

Featured in the documentary are Poker Hall of Fame members Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson and Jennifer Harman, Women in Poker Hall of Fame members Jan Fisher and Maria Ho, and current Female Player of the Year Kristen Bicknell, (who notes in the trailer that “boys don’t like to be beat by girls!”) among others, as they all seek their place at the poker table in what remains, even in the 21st century, a heavily male-dominated game.

Stories and anecdotes are also contributed by players such as Liv Boeree, Kelly Minkin, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Loni Harwood, Esther Taylor and the World Poker Tour’s Angelica Hael. They are all extremely entertaining, but what is still left unclear is what direction the documentary will take.

Will it be bold and have a point of view with regard to why there are so few female poker players? (approximately 10% of the participants in the game and, even worse, at the WSOP Championship Event this year, 4.1%, or 350 women out of the 8569-player field). If this documentary addresses the disparity issue head on, it will be far more provocative than simply a series of highly enjoyable anecdotes.

Poker Queens will premiere on Amazon Prime Video, but there is no information if there will be a charge for outside viewers or if it will be included with the Amazon Prime subscription for members and offered for free. It could be a worthy addition to the list of poker documentaries that have been presented, but we’ll have to wait for a look at the finished product before we can be sure.

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