Thursday July 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm

The 2019 World Series of Poker announced the newest class of inductees into the Hall of Fame. Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim got nods this year. They were the only two recognized on a ballot of ten possible candidates that also included Antonio Esfandiari, Huck Seed, David Chiu, Eli Elezra, Jesus Ferguson, Ted Forrest, and Mike Matusow.

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Congrats to Chris Moneymaker for getting inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. I would not be writing this without Chris Moneymaker's epic run during the 2003 World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe. There's no way I would have moved to Las Vegas in 2005 to become a poker reporter. This site probably would not exist in its current form. I would not have flown all over the planet covering the glorious online poker boom and met some of the coolest people (many of which are still among my closest freinds) without that mild-mannered account from Tennessee who won a satellite on PokerStars and help ignite the boom.

All hail, Chris Moneymaker! If anyone is deserving, it's Chris. He's been promoting poker as a perpetual ambassador for the last 16 years.

This year's ballot included an interesting list of names that included several former Main Event champions including Moneymaker, Jesus, and Huck Seed. Also in the mix were Antonio Esfandiari, David Chiu, Eli Elezra, Ted Forrest, and Mike Matusow.

Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim will be among the 58 players currently in the Hall of Fame.

David Oppenheim is a pro's pro. He's one of those players that casual fans or people who only watch televised poker know about. Oppenheim was one of the young bucks who took Vegas by storm around the turn of the century. He cut his teeth before the boom and has his battle scars to prove it.

Oppenheim won less than $2 million in tournaments. He's never won a bracelet and the closest he came was a third-place finish in the 2010 Poker Players Championship for a $603K score.

Oppenheim is a mixed game player who frequented big stakes in cash games and held his own in tournaments. He swam with the big sharks pre-boom and fended off the waves and waves of donks during the boom.

If there were a Prop Betting Hall of Fame, Ted Forrest would be on my first ballot because he's been a part of some of the craziest prop bets over the last 20-plus years in both poker and Vegas circles.

Who doesn't love Antonio Esfandiari? But he's one of those players that is too young to get into the Hall of Fame. I mean, he's probably still in his peak years... which is why 40 years old is a terrible age requirement. The WSOP suits shot themselves in the foot with that one. I firmly believe it should be at least 55 or even higher. How about 65 (that's the retirement age)?

In regular sports, players reach their prime in their late 20s or early 30s depending on the sport. In the major pro sports in America, you do not see too many players 40+ lacing up the sneakers or cleats. Aside from Tom Brady and a couple of kickers or really old lefties in the MLB, you don't see 40-something dudes. The pro league have a grace period of several years in between a final season and becoming eligible for the Hall of Fame.

In poker, there's zero grace period. Just a milestone. Turn 40 and you can be eligible, so long as you meet the "requirements". Because players can play into their late years (heck Doyle was still effective into his 70s), the 40-year marker seemed like a horrible idea from the start. At this point, it's a total marketing scheme so I doubt the integrity of the Hall of Fame will outweigh the logic of it all.

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Wednesday August 14, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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Wednesday August 7, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London continued with the £100,000 NL Main Event championship. The Main Event attracted a record-smashing 130 runners. The tough final table included Jungleman, Stephen Chidwick, Michael Chi Zhang, Sam Greenwood, Mike Soyza, Ben Heath, Paul Phua, and Wai Kin Wong. The top two chopped, but Wai Kin Yong eventually defeated Phua heads up for the title and the cash for £2,591,695 or approximately $3.15 million USD.

Sunday August 4, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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Saturday August 3, 2019 at 12:27 pm
Vivek Rajkumar leads final table at 2019 Triton Million London

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Thursday August 1, 2019 at 4:41 pm
Triton Million London live stream

The 2019 Triton High Roller Series in London features the Million for Charity, a £1,050,000 million buy-in event with portion of the pool set aside for charity. Day 1 is underway in this invite only event with a mix of high-stake rec players and high-stakes ballers. This event had 54 players with only the top 11 places getting paid out and £19,000,000 to first place. At least £2.7 million got raised for charity.

Monday July 29, 2019 at 4:24 pm
RIP Mad Marty Wilson

The poker community, especially in Great Britain and Europe, is saddened at the loss of one of the biggest characters in the game. Mad Marty Wilson made a splash on television poker in the UK around the turn of the century, which helped usher in a British poker boom. Wilson passed away on Friday after a six-month bout with cancer.

Friday July 26, 2019 at 2:09 pm
Roger Teska wins 2019 WPT Gardens Poker Festival

The new season of the World Poker Tour kicked off with the WPT Gardens Poker Fest at the Gardens Casino outside of Los Angeles. This year's $5K buy-in event attracted 373 runners and a prize pool worth $1.75 million. The final table included Cord Garcia, Andy Wisdom, Roger Teska, Lior Orel, Lars Kamphues, and Laszlo Molnar. Maria Ho missed the final table by a couple of spots when she busted in eighth place. Roger Teska rallied from a huge heads-up deficit to defeat Laszlo Molnar and win the WPT Gardens. Teska banked $368K.

Thursday July 25, 2019 at 12:51 am
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Monday July 22, 2019 at 9:11 pm
2019 WSOP Player of Year: Robert Campbell Leads, Shaun Deeb in Second

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Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 9:18 am
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Germany's Hossein Ensan wins 2019 WSOP Main Event and $10 million

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship concluded at the Rio Casino when Germany's Hossein Ensan defeated Italy's Dario Sammartino heads up to win $10,000,000 and the coveted Main Event bracelet. Three players began Day 10 with Ensan holding a sizable lead. Canada's Alex Livingston busted in third place for a $4 million score. After 101 hands of heads-up action, Sammartino banked $6 million for a runner-up consolation prize. Ensan, 55, became the oldest Main Event Champ since Noel Furlong in 1999.

Tuesday July 16, 2019 at 6:55 am
2019 WSOP Main Event: Hossein Ensan leads final three with 326M

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Monday July 15, 2019 at 6:07 am
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Sunday July 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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