The largest poker site in the world: PokerStars? Full Tilt Poker? Despite what their advertising says, neither of them are actually even close… It’s Zynga!
In what was supposed to be the next stop of the PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT), the renamed “Big Event” at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles still attracted hundreds of players and plenty of poker’s biggest names, among them former World Series of Poker Champion Joe Hachem.
Here at the Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog we usually cover the more major issues going on in the poker world. Needless to say, there’s plenty of other poker action going on that doesn’t always make it into our headlines. That being said, here’s a summary of some of the other “smaller stuff” that’s been going on recently in the poker world.
In 2010, Erik Seidel won over $530,000 playing poker. To most normal humans, this would be life-changing money, or at the very least it would represent their best-ever year in poker earnings, probably never to be repeated. Erik Seidel, on the other hand, is no normal human – with over $4.3 million won so far this year, his total half-million-plus earnings from last year represent just about 9 days of 2011 “work”.
Over the last few months, countless thousands of words have been written and dedicated to the current legal status of online poker in the United States. We haven’t said too much about these topics here at the Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog, as, simply put, there’s been a lot of talk but nothing has actually happened. Well, that was all about to radically change a couple days ago until New Jersey Governor Chris Christie struck down a bill to legalize online poker with a last-minute veto.
Over the last few days, I’ve been debating how to best recap the action on High Stakes Poker season 7. Last season’s recaps went into great detail about each hand, and that was the plan for this season as well. The problem with this season though, as mentioned in my last poker blog post about HSP, is that it simply won’t stack up well to seasons past. With Gabe Kaplan and all the Full Tilt Poker players out, the game can only be SO good.
Over the past couple years, Sunday has become the most important day of the week for tournament poker players, with the largest (and most lucrative) Texas hold ’em tournaments being spread by top poker sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker on that day each week. Today, PokerStars ups the ante with a $5 million guaranteed Sunday Million tournament, celebrating the fifth anniversary of their marquee weekly event.
You read that title correctly. At just 19 years of age, John Riordan was able to make a $200,000+ score and win the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida. Unlike most states in the U.S. with a minimum gambling age of 21, in Florida it is legal for anyone over the age of 18 to gamble.
This poker blogger’s favorite poker TV show, High Stakes Poker, is finally back for its 7th season! The producers of the show have decided to “shuffle the deck” as it were, and have made some changes, most notably in replacing host Gabe Kotter Kaplan with Saturday Night Live alumnus Norm MacDonald.
Just a mere 7 months ago, Peter Eastgate, the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, stunned the poker world when he declared that he was retiring from poker. Shortly thereafter, as if to emphasize that he was serious about his retirement, Eastgate put his WSOP bracelet up for auction, donating the approximately $150,000 in proceeds to UNICEF, a very generous, benevolent, and highly commendable act. Lo and behold, a mere few months since then and Eastgate goes ahead and publicly announces his return to poker.