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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.
Wedding Day for Daniel and Amanda
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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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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For many poker fans, PokerGo is an indispensable subscription service (for $10 per month) that delivers direct-to-consumer content via the internet rather than through a traditional broadcast provider. You know, like Netflix, only for poker lovers! If you’re smart, you’ve probably watched some of your favorite live events on PokerGo, like “Poker After Dark,” “Poker Masters,” “The World Series of Poker,” “The World Poker Tour,” various “Super High Roller Bowls” and much more.

It’s really a veritable feast for poker fans. You can watch live poker action streaming in your living room or lying in bed. . . or on your favorite browser while sitting at your PC or laptop. And you can also catch any live events you missed On-Demand. But how many of you have realized how good the original content is?

Recently Poker Central, a major content provider, announced its newest original production, a six-part series shot in 4K, entitled  “Legends of the Game.” Each episode will provide an in-depth look at some of gambling’s biggest legends, including many of poker’s most defining characters and moments. It began on Sept. 28 with its first episode: Benny Binion – The Story of the World Series of Poker.

The remaining episodes will cover the birth and rise of poker in the U.S., the roots of the first casino stemming back to 17th century Italy, through to the Mob roots and rise of Las Vegas. Two more undeniable legends of the game, both with plenty of lore and mystery, are also being featured,: Stu Ungar and David “Chip” Reese.

“The history of poker has birthed some incredible stories that have shaped the world of gambling today,” said Sampson Simmons, President of Poker Central. “Our goal is to share these compelling stories to an audience of poker fans and beyond in a way that has never been done before.”

Produced independently by Poker Central, “Legends of the Game” is the latest original series available exclusively through the PokerGO streaming service. From behind-the-scenes stories and interviews told on “Hand Histories” and “Stories from the Felt,” to the acclaimed docuseries “INSIDERS: Super High Roller Bowl 2018,” PokerGO’s original productions provide unmatched access to the world of poker.

“Legends of the Game” Episodes and Air Dates

DateEpisode
Sept. 28Benny Binion – The Story of the World Series of Poker
Oct. 5Stu Ungar – The Tragic Hero
Oct. 12The Poker Trail – The Birth and Rise of Poker
Oct. 19Il Ridotto – The Story of the First CasinoPoker
Oct. 26Mob Vegas
Nov. 2The Incomparable “Chip” Reese

Watch this series and you might learn enough to help you at the poker tables!

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