February 2013

Editor’s Letter – Photo Finish

Photo Finish I first met Marvin Rettenmaier at the Aussie Millions in early 2012. He’d written on Facebook how disappointed he was with his finish in the 2011 BLUFF Player of the Year race (he came in seventh) and was lamenting the fact that we had significantly changed the scoring system for 2011. Fast forward [...]

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Down to the wire

Marvin Rettenmaier wins BLUFF 2012 Player of the Year The 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year race had everything you could want from a yearlong competition. Seven different players led at various points of the year, including one 24-hour period in which three different people claimed the top spot. For all of the competition, back [...]

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Jake Cody: Star Signing

Poker’s newest triple crown winner In June 2011, at the age of 22, Jake Cody became the youngest player to complete poker’s triple crown, winning an EPT title, a WPT tournament and a World Series bracelet in fewer than 500 days. This January, with Cody now 24, PokerStars surprised nobody when it unveiled the Rochdale [...]

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BLUFF’s Top 12 Newsmakers of 2012

Hard to believe 2012 has come and gone. The poker world saw all kinds of craziness from million dollar tournaments to the world’s biggest online poker company buying their biggest rival. Here we break down the 12 biggest stories of 2012. Whether you agree with the list or think we made a major mistake leaving [...]

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2012 … the best year of my life

… and 2013 looks better 2012 is gone. I have to say that 2012 was, without a doubt, the best year of my life. A number of really incredible things happened to me. The one thing that most of you probably know about is winning the One Drop. Yes, that was a fantastic and a [...]

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Forward motion

Big things in store for 2013 It’s 2013 and I’m off and runnin’! Thankfully, the holidays provided me some down time, as much as traditional American holiday craziness in my very traditional and crazy Chinese family can provide. After a whirlwind travel schedule — Tijuana, Canada, New York, Cabo, Oklahoma, Albuquerque and San Diego — I spent Thanksgiving at home in Los Angeles. My sister and I did our best [...]

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Busting up the rumor mill

Laak wrecks the gambler grapevine Sometime during 2003, I was playing a long session at Lucky Chances. (About 30 minutes south of San Francisco.) I think it was either a 10/20 or 10/20/40 nlh game, not sure. It was about 3:30 a.m. and the game was on its last leg. This was fine for me. [...]

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