The Year That Was: February 2013

BLUFF_2013_Feb(400)Another calendar year is in the books and when the poker world looks back at 2013, they’ll see the first steps taken towards the return of online poker in the U.S, a dominating performance from Daniel Negreanu and the dominance of German players in High Roller events around the world. Every day until the end of the year BLUFF will take a look back at 2013, one month at time.


Aussie Millions: Malaysian Amateur Mervin Chan Wins Main Event

It’s every poker players dream to enter their first major tournament and walk away with millions.  Twenty-nine-year-old Mervin Chan lived that dream, winning the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event, $1.3 Million, a gold bracelet and a brand new car.

“I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless,” said Chan, who started playing poker casually with his friends back in Malaysia. “This is great.”

Chan, playing only his sixth tournament ever, was one of three players to return to the final table on Sunday afternoon after play was stopped early Sunday morning after play had been going for 15 hours. At the time the momentum belonged to Patrik Antonius. When play resumed the Finnish superstar was unable to continue pushing around Chan and Joe Cabret around.

Aussie Millions: Sam Trickett Cruises to $250K Challenge Title

It was just two years ago that the legend of Sam Trickett began to grow. On Friday Trickett added to that legend by taking down the 2013 Aussie Millions LK Jewelry $250,000 Challenge and adding $2,000,000 to his lifetime earnings.

In late 2010 Trickett cleaned up in the huge cash games in Macau. Then came the 2011 Aussie Millions where he put himself on the map for good. The English poker pro finished second in the inaugural $250,000 Challenge and followed that up by winning the $100,000 Challenge just a week later. Since then he’s gone on to win millions in some of the world’s most expensive tournaments.

Christie Gives Conditional Nod of Approval to New Jersey Internet Gaming

After 49 days, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) finally gave his answer on Internet gaming in New Jersey. It’s a conditional “yes”.

Christie conditionally vetoed A-2578, the intrastate online gaming bill that was overwhelmingly approved by the State Legislature in December. But the governor cited the importance of the tourism and gaming industries to New Jersey and said that he will sign the bill into law if the Legislature makes certain amendments to it.

“I have concluded that now is the time for our State to move forward, again leading the way for the nation, by becoming one of the first States to permit Internet gaming,” Christie wrote. “I authorize this step towards modernizing Atlantic City’s entertainment attractions cautiously, with carefully constructed limitations that will ensure the highest integrity and the most robust oversight.”

Lakers Owner, Poker Player Dr. Jerry Buss Dies at 80

Dr. Jerry Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and a poker player who frequented the biggest cash games in California and Las Vegas, lost his battle with cancer Monday at the age of 80.

Buss is most well-known as one of the most successful owners in professional sports, with the Lakers winning 10 NBA titles since he purchased them in 1979. He has also been a staple in the game of poker, playing in high stakes cash games with the biggest names and stakes in the world, as well as tournaments, throughout the state of California over the last several decades.

Chris Ferguson Submits Civil Forfeiture Settlement to DOJ

Nearly two years after Black Friday shook the poker industry to its core, Chris Ferguson is finally set to see his legal issues come to an end. Ferguson submitted a settlement offer to the DOJ for the forfeiture of assets related to Full Tilt Poker in order for the civil charges against him to be dropped.


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 and forth battles and intrigue, though, it boiled down to two players in the end: Marvin Rettenmaier and Dan Smith.

Smith, the 24-year-old American pro who was almost exclusively known for his online exploits coming into the year, absolutely obliterated his competition in earning more than $3.5 million in 2012, including two seven-figure purses in High Roller events. Rettenmaier, a 26-year-old from Germany, quietly put together a strong 2011 by winning every side event under the sun, ultimately finishing seventh in the BLUFF POY standings that year. He, too, would announce his presence in a monumental way in 2012, making history on the WPT and battling Smith through the later stages of the year.

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 lad as the latest addition to Team PokerStars Pro, its stable of sponsored players.

Daniel Negreanu stuck the patch to Cody’s chest ahead of the main event of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, and true to form Cody marked his debut in the PokerStars livery with a deep run in the $10,000 main event, finishing 47th for $32,000.

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.


Paul Klann – From out of nowhere Paul Klann won the 2013 World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic Main Event. The $10,000 event attracted 517 players and built a $4.9 million prize pool. Klann bested a final table that included Paul Volpe, Daniel Fuhs, Toby Lewis, Garrett Greer and David Tuthill. Klann earned 382.5 POY points and $1 million for the win.


  1. Sam Trickett – $2,111,397
  2. Tobias Reinkemeier – $1,250,000
  3. Remi Castaignon – $1,050,220
  4. Paul Klann – $1,004,090
  5. Igor Kurganov – $818,166
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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 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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