With apologies to Phil Hellmuth, this year may not be the year of the “brat” after all, but rather the year of the “lamb”, Ben Lamb. Already having won a WSOP bracelet this year in the $10,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Championship, and with an additional 2nd place finish and 2 other big cashes to his credit, Ben Lamb has literally has his way at the 2011 World Series of Poker. This poker blog has given plenty of space to the accomplishments of Hellmuth, the all-time leader in WSOP bracelets won with 11, but Lamb has in fact done him one better and is the current leader in the WSOP Player of the Year race.

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Phil Hellmuth's new bling

With the possible exception of his 1st WSOP bracelet, the famous 1989 Main Event victory of Johnny Chan, a bracelet win today at the $50,000 Player’ s Championship surely would’ve counted for Phil Hellmuth’s sweetest win ever. Made of white and yellow gold, diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, even the bracelet itself clearly stands out as unique. Unfortunately, Brian Rast has other plans for the Poker Brat.

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The dynamics of no limit Texas Holdem ring games means that buying in for the absolute maximum may not always be your best option. Forget what the so called experts tell you about always buying in for the maximum; this only applies if several factors are in place. Firstly you need to have an advantage and a significant advantage over some of your opponents for your big stack to do you any good. If you haven’t and you are –EV against the entire table then what is the point in buying in for the maximum?

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Full Tilt Poker Suspended

In a shocking development, Full Tilt Poker has had its eGambling license suspended indefinitely by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC). Ordering them to cease operations immediately, all activity on Full Tilt Poker did just that; it just stopped! Whether they were in the middle of a big hand or on the verge of winning a tournament, Full Tilt Poker players worldwide witnessed the end of the site in real time.

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U.S. Representative Joe Barton

Since April 15th, most of the news that has come out about online poker has been negative. With the Department of Justice effectively unilaterally blocking Americans from playing poker online, pent up demand for legalized online poker in the U.S. makes it only a matter of time before it becomes legalized and regulated. While a number of attempts have been made to enact laws on the state level, a new bill to legalize online poker on the federal level has just been introduced to the House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas.

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Phil Hellmuth

Making his 2nd deep run in as many weeks at yet another $10,000 Championship event at the World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth must have felt that it was his destiny to finally break through for another bracelet 4 years after his last win. This time Hellmuth was facing Eric Rodawig in 7-Card-Stud Hi-Lo, but after outlasting a host of other former bracelet winners, Rodawig ultimately proved too much of a roadblock for Hellmuth to overcome.

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Phil Ivey

As the biggest event on the poker calendar kicked off yesterday, you’d think it would be impossible for any other poker story to overshadow the World Series of Poker. Lo and behold, Phil Ivey, arguably the biggest name and best player in the game, accomplished just that with a simple press release. Poker’s biggest star has announced that he will be boycotting the WSOP this year!

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Doyle Brunson

First PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker/UB; and now DoylesRoom. Like a set of dominoes, online poker’s biggest rooms continue to falter in the face of the US Department of Justice. DoylesRoom.com was among 10 additional domain names seized recently by the DOJ, which seems hell-bent on preventing Americans from playing poker or any other online casino games, even from the privacy of their own homes.

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