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]
Daniel Negreanu Brings Hockey to Vegas
It's not official yet, but as far as Daniel Negreanu is concerned, it's a done deal – the NHL is coming to Las Vegas. Negreanu joined Jason Somerville on Twitch this past Wednesday and said there will be hockey in Vegas starting in 2017. “It's not official, the commissioner hasn't said so, but I did,” Negreanu told the thousands of viewers who tuned in. Prospective owner Bill Foley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday that he didn't think an official announcement would be made at next week's league meetings, where Foley will be on hand to answer questions about the team. However, Negreanu has been very active in making the Las Vegas franchise a reality. As long as he wasn't making... [read-more]
Mike “Timex” McDonald: The 12 Million Dollar Man
About five years ago, Mike McDonald decided to retire from poker. The man they call “Timex” was only 20 years old, but he had already won the 2008 EPT Main Event in Dortmund for a cool $1.3 million, along with several six-figure paydays. McDonald was thinking about going back to school at the University of Waterloo, and maybe pursuing some business interests. His retirement didn't last very long. McDonald was right back on the circuit in no time, and it's hard to argue with that decision. Timex passed the $10-million mark in live earnings last year, and after a successful showing at this year's EPT opener in Barcelona, McDonald is up to $11.9 million lifetime, third among Canadians behind... [read-more]
The True Story of Aces and Eights
By Paul Hewson   Back in the Wild West days, there was a gentleman named “Wild Bill” Hickok who caused quite a stir. The famous lawman/gunslinger enjoyed playing poker, up until one day in 1876 when he was shot in the back while playing at a saloon in Deadwood. The hand Hickok held at the time he was killed: Aces and Eights. The Dead Man's Hand.   Or was it? Poker blogs didn't exist at the time, so we don't have a first-hand account of what cards Hickok was holding. Nor is there any mention of Hickok holding Aces and Eights until 1926, when Frank J. Wilstach's Wild Bill Hickok: The Prince of Pistoleers was published. Why did it take 50 years for the world to discover the Dead Man's Hand?... [read-more]
Five Things You Need to Host a Poker Game
By Paul Hewson   Poker is a lot of fun, but hosting a poker game is serious business. Even if you and all your buddies know poker inside and out, it still takes organization, planning and effort to make sure the game goes off without a hitch. A series of financial transactions are taking place, even if there's beer in the fridge. By hosting the game, not only are you in charge of the chips and dip, you are the treasurer for the night as well. Still willing to take the plunge? Excellent. You're going to need some things, though. Here are the first five items on your shopping list.  A Poker Table (or Two) It's probably best to start with six to eight players for your first game, but if... [read-more]
Daniel Negreanu's To-Do List
By Paul Hewson   Daniel Negreanu has done just about everything there is to do in poker – except win the Main Event at the World Series of Poker. Sadly, he won't be winning it this year, either. Negreanu came tantalizingly close to reaching the final table before crashing out in 11th place, earning himself another $526,778 USD in the process. “Kid Poker” has now eclipsed the $30-million mark in live tournament winnings. That's a hefty consolation prize, but finishing 11th left Negreanu well behind when it comes to filling out his checklist for 2015. The affable Canadian posted a list of 10 goals on his blog at the start of the New Year, and now that the World Series of Poker has concluded... [read-more]