2013 BLUFF Reader’s Choice: Top Off the Felt Moment

The poker landscape has seen a litany of changes in 2012, and as the year winds toward a close it’s once again time for the BLUFF Reader’s Choice Awards. Your votes will decide the winners in 14 unique categories covering all of the players, personalities, locations and content the poker world has to offer.

This is a new category for this year’s voting. We’ve seen plenty of good moments away from the tables this year, but not without our fair share of not so positive moments.

The collapse and subsequent controversy of the Epic Poker League gave plenty of players a reason to gripe. But the Partouche Poker Tour’s “guarantee” came under fire as well, ultimately leaving the organizers in  a standoff against their players.

The poker public may not have been satisfied with Howard Lederer’s answers concerning his role in Full Tilt Poker’s demise but his coming forward marked an important chapter in the continuing drama around Full Tilt. When PokerStars announced they would buy Full Tilt Poker and make good on players’ deposits, players celebrated world-wide.

The final event for voting proved to be a silver lining in the dark cloud of online poker and US players. Nevada began issuing online poker licenses clearing the way for legitimate, intrastate online poker.

This year’s nominees include:

  • Epic Poker League collapses
  • Howard Lederer breaks his silence about Full Tilt Poker
  • Nevada offers first online poker licenses
  • Partouche Poker Tour ends in controversy
  • PokerStars buys Full Tilt Poker, pays back Rest of World players

Voting for the 2013 BLUFF Reader’s Choice Awards opens on November 28 at BLUFF.com.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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