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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

It seems almost impossible to believe that it was a year ago when we had to write about the postponement or cancellation of the majority of World Series of Poker circuit events around the world due to the Coronavirus. At the end of March, we still weren’t sure whether or not the flagship event, the summer’s 51st annual WSOP tournament would be held. Ultimately, of course, the world-famous tournament was played completely online, satisfying some, but disappointing the vast majority of poker fans.

So fast forward through a dismal year unlike any other, including an embarrassing hybrid WSOP “World Championship” event held online in December and here we are at the end of March again, wondering if there will be a LIVE 2021 WSOP. The powers that be at the World Series know that the biggest event in the poker world HAS to be live so they are spending most of their time figuring it all out.

Vaccines will definitely be the key to all major live events, and the tremendous success of the vaccine rollout is extremely encouraging. Still, it’s likely that the tables will continue with the Plexiglas and only allow 8 players per table. And, it’s very possible that everyone, including players, staff, dealers etc. will need to wear masks the entire time.

It seems likely that the WSOP might require a valid COVID-19 vaccination upon registering for events, although that may preclude many foreign players. How the vaccination question will be dealt with is yet to be determined, but at this point we can be relatively certain that there will be a live, but definitely not back to normal, 2021 WSOP.

Lumen Poker TableLet’s all hope for the best, in the mean time dust off your poker table or order a new one from the Texas Poker Store and have fun while we all wait for further news.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

We brought the heads-up Poker grudge match between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu to your attention in our early November blog. It’s still going on!

It was clear that online poker was not DNegs’ strong suit, since his amazing accomplishments include six time WSOP bracelet winner, two-time WPT champion and years of cash game success. He was also not known for his heads-up play, although he says he’s been practicing.

Polk, on the other hand, has been the dominant force in high stakes heads-up play, earning props as an online legend, while also earning over $9 million in live poker tournaments. He retired from an active career in 2018 but he couldn’t resist challenging Negreanu to play at least 12,500 hands of $200/$400 HU Texas Hold’em (with the losing player having the option to extend the match to 25,000)

Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu

Both players have shown incredible fortitude, with Polk close to ending the match several times, but Kid Poker continued to fight back. Polk, as the favorite, definitely had the edge in the poker world, with numerous side bets on him, making his win financially imperative. But don’t count Negreanu out, who admits that he would love to win, if only for bragging rights.

The end of this match is fast approaching. Yesterday, the players reached 23,306 hands with Polk up, overall $945,804. The remainder of the match (plus all prior hands) can be caught live streaming on Doug’s YouTube channel and Upswing Poker’s Twitch channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLygXH3vIAU

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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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