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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

We‘re almost positive none of us could wait to say goodbye to 2020. It was a horrendous, miserable, life-changing (in a bad way) year. If you’re able to come back in 2021, start the year off with positivity. Forget whatever happened last year and bring your “A” game.

Prepare well, whether it’s for poker or life. Whatever you commit to, keep scrupulous track of what you make happen. Be honest about what you’ve achieved. Better yet, under promise and over achieve.

When it comes to building yourself as a poker player, don’t forget about all the burgeoning techniques and innovative ways for communicating we’ve all learned. Plunge into connecting with poker players from other countries, learn something about their cultures and along the way play some poker.

Don’t forget to get enthused about training. You know you could use more, and you can learn from online courses to master classes to poker strategy videos. Just don’t let up and you’ll never know when it’s exactly what you’ll need when life gets back to normal.

Above all, 2021 is still going to be a tough one for most people. We have the vaccine, which brings us all hope, but we have lost so much. Try to be the kind of person you would want around you, and try to treat others with kindness and a smile. Eventually you’ll feel better and notice that those around you are feeling better too; In the meantime play well, be authentic, and dream big.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

If you act quickly, you can still go to WSOP.com/PHOF and nominate someone for the Poker Hall of Fame. The poker stars nominated in 2019 are all still eligible, and they are, in alphabetical order: Chris Bjorn; David Chiu; Eli Elezra; Antonio Esfandiari; Chris Ferguson; Ted Forrest; Mike Matusow; and Huckleberry Seed.

The final ballot will be unveiled by Caesars Entertainment on Wednesday, Dec. 16th, at which point it will be sent to the 32 living Hall of Fame members to cast their votes. The sole 2020 inductee will be revealed and honored during the WSOP Main Event heads-up finale on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Whoever is selected will become the 56th individual inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and follow in the footsteps of Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim, who comprised the class of 2019. There are currently 25 living PHOF members.

In order to be eligible for the PHOF, the candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Be a minimum of 40-years-old at time of nomination
  • Played for high stakes
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results

Our preferred choice is Antonio Esfandiari. Not only is he a great poker player who has amassed a fortune of more than $20,000,000.00, but he is also an actor, having appeared in the “Entourage” TV series. He also appeared as an undercover officer in the movie Freelancers starring Robert De Niro. Plus, he is a professional magician. But most of all he seems to be a very cool dude at the poker tables.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down live poker events for most of 2020, poker fans quickly realized that the WSOP Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas wasn’t going to happen, at least not the way it always had in the past. Over the summer, the WSOP held a special “Season Finale” Online Circuit Event from June 3-14. It was very successful, since many more players could compete online without the expenses associated with the usual 101- live event.

2020 World Series of Poker Main Event

Now, it seems that WSOP executives are planning to try a mix of live and online tournaments in a 2020 Main Event. Of course, the thousands of players who competed in the Season Finale this summer thought that was the Main Event, but now there is another one. It is officially called the 51st WSOP 2020 Man Event and will combine online and live poker in the US and internationally. It will be a more traditional event, more closely mimicking the one in Las Vegas each year. It will require a $10K buy-in ($9,600 + $400) and offer no reentries. Players will receive 60K chips and play 30-minute levels.

Unfortunately, players in the United States must be located in either Nevada or New Jersey in order to participate in the tournament on WSOP.com. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, December 13, noon PST:  Day 1 with 20 levels of play (6 hours of late registration)

Monday, December 14, noon PST:  Day 2 to play down to 9 at the final table

Monday, December 28:  Final table play to a winner

The US final table will play out live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel &Casino in Las Vegas and be filmed by ESPN. However, if any player tests positive for Covid-19 prior to play, it will disqualify that person from competing at the final table. That person will receive ninth-place money.

For more details, check out the Player’s Guide at wsop.com/online-players-guide/?sf239998309=1

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Animosity has been growing steadily between heads-up pro Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu, who has spent the majority of his career playing mixed games and tournaments.

Poker Hall of FamerNegreanubrings his long list of poker accomplishments to the tables, including a six time World Series of Poker bracelet winner , a two-time champion on the World Poker Tour and a long term cash game success; DNegs has earned his way to the pinnacle of the poker world and has been a full-fledged poker star for close to 30 years. Online poker is not Negreanu’sfavorite place to do battle , although he’s been sponsored by PokerStars and now GGPoker, and Heads up is not his preferred game either. (they say he’s been practicing)

Doug Polk is one of the online legends of poker. He was a dominant force in high stakes heads up play for the better part of a decade, playing under the moniker ‘WGCRider.’ He also held his own in the live tournament arena, winning three WSOP bracelets (including the “High Roller for One Drop” in 2017) and amassing over $9 million in live career earnings. He created Upswing Poker, a training site, in 2018 and had retired from an active career in playing poker, but he couldn’t resist taking on Negreanu.

After months of haggling over the terms of the match, the highly anticipated grudge match got underway on Nov. 5, 2020. It was an extremely cordial first session. Check out the five best hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KzBaHFNq8Y

Watch the grudge match and study their moves then practice on your own table from the Texas Poker Store.

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