June 2013

Editor’s Letter: Wondering about poker’s ‘What if’s’

We are all thankful that Moneymaker won in 2003 A few months back, ESPN’s Andrew Feldman asked on Twitter what poker’s biggest “What If” moments were.  I immediately thought of the 2003 WSOP Main Event heads-up battle between Sam Farha and Chris Moneymaker and the insane bluff Moneymaker ran on Farha on the tournament’s penultimate [...]

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The Man that Changed the World

10 years ago, he ignited poker’s big bang. Now Chris Moneymaker tells us how it almost didn’t happen The flop is [Js] [5s] [4c]. Chris Moneymaker checks. Sam Farha bets 175,000. Moneymaker looks skyward and contemplates his next move. “I’m gonna raise,” said Moneymaker, putting out a bet of 475,000. Farha takes some time with [...]

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Bet, Raise, Fold

When they set out to make a documentary about online poker more than three years ago, Jay Rosenkrantz, Taylor Caby and Ryan Firpo could not have known what was in store for them. What began as a way to show the world what the online poker industry was all about and the unbelievable lives that [...]

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Straight Flush: Book Excerpt

CHAPTER 24 AUGUST 2006 Pete read through the fax on his desk for the third time, but still the numbers didn’t change. His gold-plated Cross pen— etched with the SAE insignia, a gift from the house when he’d handed over presidential duties to the president before Brent— danced in the air, rising and dipping precipitously [...]

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The Great Bracelet Hunt

A Preview of the 2013 WSOP The 2013 World Series of Poker will open its doors for the 44th time with 62 gold bracelets up for grabs at the Rio. Event No. 1 kicks off Wednesday, May 29 and will run until Monday, July 15 when the Main Event is down to the final nine [...]

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The Man Behind the Machine

The World Series of Poker as we know it would not exist as it does today without Jack Effel. One of the world’s foremost tournament directors has helped shape the WSOP into what it is today. The past few years, more than 70,000 players have played in his events each year, the largest buy-in tournament [...]

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The Top 20 WSOP Accomplishments

20. 2006 — Jamie Gold wins the largest WSOP Main Event in history to the tune of $12 million. Gold may be the most unpopular champ in history, but he deserves some credit for talking his opponents into calling when he had the goods and getting players to fold when they held the best hand. [...]

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