• 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 Player of the Year award has been claimed by Dan Smith (2012), Ole Schemion (2013) and Daniel Colman (2014). Who will win this year's POY award? Here's how the 2015 GPI Top 10 looks at press time:   1. Byron Kaverman                 4736.90 points 2. Anthony Zinno                     4649.05 3. Nicholas Petrangelo... [read-more]
  • By Paul Hewson   It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This piece of wisdom can be traced back to the English author Charles Caleb Colton – who, as it turned out, was an avid gambler. Colton kept a residence in Paris and frequented the Palais Royale, where he was said to have earned a small fortune – before losing it all and spending his last years supported by his family. If Joe McKeehen ends up squandering the fortune he just made at the World Series of Poker, he's got his family to fall back on, too. That's about where the similarities end between McKeehen and Colton. While Colton was something of a bon vivant, with a nasty habit of leaving his creditors high... [read-more]
  • McKeehen Bosses Final Table, Wins 2015 WSOP Main Event
    By Paul Hewson   Joe McKeehen wasn't supposed to win the Main Event. He may have had the biggest stack by far at this year's November Nine final table, but McKeehen was “only” the +175 favourite to outlast the other eight players and earn that coveted gold bracelet – and the $7.68 million that went with it. Somebody else in the field was more likely to win. So McKeehen started knocking them out. On the second hand of the final table, the Pennsylvania native eliminated Patrick Chan. About three hours later, McKeehen did the same to the other remaining short stack, Federico Butteroni. And he completed the hat trick late in the evening by getting lucky on an all-in versus Pierre Neuville,... [read-more]
  • Meet the November Nine
    By Paul Hewson   Are we about to witness another WSOP-inspired poker boom? This year's “November Nine” final table at the Main Event features players from four countries, ranging in age from 23 to 72. No women again this year, sadly, and no Daniel Negreanu; he busted out in 11th place. But there are enough personalities at this final table to give every poker fan a reason to tune in Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) when the cards start flying. Here's a quick look at this year's November Nine, listed in order of seat number, with their chip counts (M = 1 million) and their odds at press time to win the Main Event.  1. Ofer Zvi Stern (29.8M; +450) Stern is the second Israeli player to make... [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]