GPI Player of the Year Race in Overdrive
By Paul Hewson   How do you decide who the best poker player in the world is? Since 2011, the Global Poker Index has been tracking tournament results and crowning its Player of the Year. Tournaments aren't the be-all and end-all of poker, but they are the most competitive form of the game – and therefore ideal for a Player of the Year competition. Since its inception, the GPI... [read-more]
Poker-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas
Paul Hewson   Poker players – especially the big winners – are some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet. Many of them are introverts, rarely leaving the warm glow of their computer screens. Others are extremely outgoing, even flamboyant. Go to any live poker tournament, and you're likely to see some bold fashion choices bobbing around that sea of hoodies. Things get even more interesting when prop bets and television are involved. Many top players have appeared on TV wearing the strangest things – often because they've lost a prop bet to their poker buddies. Looking for some last-minute Halloween costume ideas? Here are three examples of how you can stand out from the crowd,... [read-more]
NFL and Poker – More Than Meets the Eye
By Paul Hewson   Back in June, three members of the Miami Dolphins – defensive tackle AJ Francis, offensive tackle Jason Fox and tight end Jordan Cameron – were booked to play in a poker tournament at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, but the NFL stepped in and told the players they weren't allowed to participate, citing rules against promoting casino events. It shouldn't have been a surprise; back in 2011, 30 players were barred from entering a charity event in Vegas hosted by Phil Hellmuth. It's a shame that the NFL has held onto these rules, even while promoting daily fantasy sports. Poker is a big hit among athletes across all sports, and football is a big hit with poker players.... [read-more]
Card Games That Double as Drinking Games
By Paul Hewson   If you want to make money at poker, alcohol is a pretty bad idea. You might feel like you make better decisions after some lubrication, but unless you're Jackie Chan in Drunken Master, it's not going to help your game. However, if you're hosting a friendly night of cards, and you want to keep everything convivial, booze is your friend. Here are three classic card/drinking games you can mix in with your poker to bring some more life to the table. Be a good host and break out the quality bottles for your guests.  President It's probably the most famous of the card-based drinking games; you might know it by another name that sounds a bit like foxhole. This is a version of a... [read-more]
Hockey's Love Affair with Poker
By Paul Hewson   Here we are at the start of another NHL season – one of the more anticipated seasons in a while, thanks to some new young players like Connor McDavid, and some new rules like 3-on-3 overtime. The poker community is paying very close attention this year. Daniel Negreanu is on the verge of bringing an NHL team to Las Vegas, and the New Jersey Devils have hired pro player Sunny Mehta to lead their analytics department. Negreanu and Mehta are two rare people who have gotten into hockey through poker. Usually, it's the other way around. Athletes across all sports are drawn to poker, especially tournament poker, but hockey players seem to bring that extra level of competitive... [read-more]
The Rise of E-Sports
It's amazing how much time some poker pros spend playing games other than poker. Some of them are in the pit playing blackjack or craps. Others enjoy card games like Magic: The Gathering, which has its own poker-like ecosystem of tournaments and star players. But the biggest diversion of them all might be video games – more specifically, competitive video gaming, or E-Sports. How big has E-Sports become? You can bet on it at Bodog Sports. The 2015 League of Legends World Championship is underway in Europe, with 16 teams competing in the Group Stage. Odds are available for all the matches. More than $2.1 million in prize money is up for grabs, with over 50,000 people watching live on Twitch... [read-more]