Poker Op-Eds

Phil Ivey

Cheating vs. Morality: On Poker, Casinos, and Phil Ivey’s Bad Beat

Poker Hall of Famer Phil Ivey took a bad beat in court yesterday, when his lawsuit against Genting Casinos UK was dismissed by the UK Supreme Court. He will thus never be able to get his hands on the £7.8 million he won while playing Punto Banco at Crockfords Casino.

While the court of public opinion might be divided on Ivey’s actions, I believe that a closer look at said actions as well as the language being used during the legal proceedings gives Ivey’s case merit.

PokerStars Power Up

In Appreciation of PokerStars Power Up

The poker world is buzzing with the news that PokerStars has launched the long-awaited real-money version of their newest product, Power Up.

Rather than debate the merits of the game, as so many other poker media outlets and players are doing, this op-ed piece is instead all about recognizing and appreciating the initiative itself. Here’s a company that’s putting it’s money where its mouth is: they’ve invested heavily in trying to grow the game of poker, and that ought to be applauded.

mobile poker

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Gambling on Mobile Devices

Whether for money or not, you’ll find legions of people who enjoy playing online poker on their mobile devices. Considering they have the choice to also play on a PC or laptop, one might wonder what the advantages and disadvantages are of playing on a mobile device.

In this article, we list a few of the main pros and cons of playing online poker on your mobile. With arguments in favor and against, there’s usually one factor which tips the scales in favor of mobile. Read on to see what we mean.

bad publicity

3 Types of Publicity That Poker Does Not Need Right Now

Poker has been on the upswing in recent years. With so much going for it, there’s been a lot of talk in the poker community about what’s good for poker. With that said, we’re pretty sure there’s universal agreement on the types of things that would be classified as bad for poker.

Here’s a list of three hypothetical situations that would undeniably set poker back in its quest for mainstream recognition and acceptance. Let’s hope they can be avoided!

Igor and Liv Barcelona

My First Time Watching Someone Win a Million

Bradley Chalupski had never attended a professional poker tournament series before. His first experience was covering the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona.

In this post, he explains to us what it was like, including watching Igor Kurganov win a million and all the emotions that accompany that.

We hope you enjoy this unique perspective on what has become quite a commonplace occurrence.