Tuesday January 12, 2021 at 3:47 pm

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire who helped shaped modern-day Las Vegas, passed away at age 87 due to complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Adelson was the CEO of Las Vegas Sands corporation that operated the Venetian and Palazzo Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, in addition to the Sands Convention Center. He also owned casinos in Macau including the Sands and Macau Venetian. Forbes estimated his fortune at $35 billion and they listed him as the #19 richest person in the world according to their 2020 ankings.

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Sheldon Adelson at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

Sheldon Adelson didn't get his start in the casino business until he turned 55, but in the last 30-plus years, he became one of the wealthiest and most influential people on the planet. Sheldon Adelson grew up in Boston as the son of immigrants. He started his first business, selling newspapers, and parlayed that ambition into becoming one of the richest men in the world. Once he caught a glimpse of Las Vegas and the allure of conventions in Sin City, his ambition and drive coupled with his vision for the future helped turned Las Vegas into the big business, adult playland of today. He made his fortune with Comdex, one of the world's largest computer trade shows, which he'd sell for over $900 million and earned a cut worth a half-billion dollars.

Adelson bought the Las Vegas Sands in the late 1980s for $128 million, which he imploded in 1996 to build the Venetian and expand the convention center. Adelson also had his eyes on China when Hong Kong returned to China in 1999 after the reign of British rule ended. He wanted to get into Macau, which many insiders thought would never happen because his ambition was too high and Stanley Ho, who controlled all the gaming in Macau, was too powerful. Somehow and someway (wink, wink), Adelson was able to build megaresorts in Macau in order to service high rollers in Asia. He had the foresight to realize that the new China had a growing market of high-end gamblers that would rather make an easier trek to Macau than an arduous journey to the USA and the middle of the Nevada desert. One financial publication estimated that Adelson's personal wealth multiplied by 14 times when his Macau properties were up and running. Forbes listed Adelson as #19 on their 2020 richest people in the world list with a fortune worth $35 billion.

As Adelson rose to power over the previous three decades, Adelson made numerous enemies, especially in Las Vegas and along the political trail as a GOP super-mega-donor, where he funded the campaigns of numerous Republican politicians that were partial to strengthening ties with Israel. Beltway insiders referred to him as the Republican kingmaker, because modern day politics became more about a hefty war chest than actual policies. Adelson donked off $20-plus million into Newt Gingrich's losing bid for the White House. He also backed a losing candidate in Mitt Romney in 2012. Over the last two years, one publication estimated Adelson donated over $200 million to various GOP candidates, politicians, and Super PACs. According to Pen Secrets, he donated $172 million to the 2020 election cycle, including Trump's losing bid for reelection. The Guardian estimated he donated more than a half a billion bucks to political campaigns over his lifetime.

Many members of the online poker community had a strong disdain for Adelson due to his anti-online gambling stance, especially when it came to online poker. Adelson had his fingerprints all over the UIEGA, Black Friday, and the DOJ's expansion of the Wire Act.

Online poker blossomed in the USA at the start of the 21st Century and fueled by the Moneymaker effect, hole-card cameras, and poker on TV. However, Adelson's anti-online gambling stance facilitated the clamp down of online poker in America. As a result of Black Friday in April 2011, small business owners in the poker community were left out in the cold and numerous poker media publications were wiped out over night. Online poker pros were forced to become brick and mortar pros, or if they became online poker exiles and forced to move to Mexico, Canada, or other countries overseas.

Online gambling became a state-by-state legality issue and as more states legalized it, Adelson made sure that online poker companies in individual states could not share player pools and liquidity as more states eventually legalized online gaming and online poker. That's where the expansion of the Wire Act came into play. Cockblocked once again.

During the pandemic when casinos shuttered its doors in March 2020, Adelson paid his employees in full. He took care of everyone that worked at his casinos in Las Vegas. He also worked diligently to provide PPE to hospital workers in New York and Nevada.

In 2015, the Adelson family secretly bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which had been intensely critical of his dealings in Sin City since the early 1990s.

Adelson also helped open the doors for pro football to come to Las Vegas. Although the deal fell apart with the Las Vegas Raiders, the stadium never would have come to fruition and the Oakland Raiders never would have moved to Sin City if Adelson was not involved at the earliest stages.

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Thursday February 25, 2021 at 9:28 pm
ESPN2 to air WSOP Main Event Final Table and Heads-Up

Get ready for the return of the World Series of Poker on ESPN. The WSOP returns with the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event to be aired on ESPN 2 starting at 8pm ET, or 5pm Vegas time. The broadcast includes action from the Rio Casino in Las Vega from both the WSOP Main Event final table and the ensuing heads-up match between the winner of the domestic final table and international final table. ESPN's audience will get to see how Argentina's Damien Salas won the 2020 WSOP Main Event bracelet.

Wednesday February 24, 2021 at 12:31 am
RIP Full Tilt Poker, ceases operation this week

Full Tilt Poker is nevermore. The brand, owned by PokerStars, will cease operations this week on February 25. Full Tilt Poker began in 2004 and the online poker site was co-founded by Ray Bitar, Jesus Ferguson, and Howard Lederer. It was shut down on Black Friday in 2011 by the feds and acquired by PokerStars and relaunched in 2012. But now it's time to say goodbye to one of the relics from the poker boom.

Friday February 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm
PokerStars introduces Tetris branded Spin and Go with $1.5 million prize pool

Getting ready to start dreaming about online poker and Tetris! The popular video game is a part of the latest promotion from PokerStars where they continue to combine popular video games and online poker. Get ready for a Tetris Spin & Go and a special Tetris Spin & Go Leader Board running thru March 28 with $1.5 million in prizes up for grabs including a juicy daily prize pool worth $33,000. Play for as little as a quarter, yes $0.25!

Wednesday February 17, 2021 at 2:18 am
Tony G challenges Phil Hellmuth to a heads-up battle

While the poker world craves for a heads-up grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, the one and only Tony G wants to get in on the fun. The G wants to have a high-stake heads-up showdown against his buddy and former nemesis Phil Hellmuth. Tony G is ready to go any time, and PokerStars wants to host it, but even though Hellmuth has yet to even acknowledge, this will be hilarious hijinks if it ever happens.

Tuesday February 16, 2021 at 9:38 pm
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Carnival Series returns to Southern Europe on February 21 with 272 events

Carnival Series returns to PokerStars in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal starting February 21 and running through March 11. There will be 272 events with more than €10 million in guaranteed prize pools. The Main Event has only a €250 buy-in but also has a 500K guaranteed prize pool. You can qualify for as low as €12.50 through the Spin & Go Carnival Series. There's also a new deposit freeroll. For more details head over to the French version of Club Poker.

Thursday February 11, 2021 at 7:09 pm
Speed Freak Alert! Turbo Series returns to PokerStars with 134 tournaments

If you're a fan of single-day tournaments, or have a thirst for turbo-charged tournaments, then you'll be in for a treat with the 2021 Turbo Series on PokerStars. There will be 134 tournaments and $25 million in guaranteed prize pools starting Sunday, February 21 through March 7. The marquee Turbo Series Main Event has a $1,050 buy-in and a $2 million guarantee.

Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 1:00 am
Michigan awaiting first PokerStars championship series with MICOOP

PokerStars Michigan will host Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP), their first major online poker festival and COOP-branded tournament series that includes 60 events starting February 20 and running through March 8 during this $1 million guaranteed prize pool. Buy-ins are as low as $10 and there's even a $500 High Roller. The $300 NL Main Event has a $175K guaranteed prize pool. Satellites are running now for as low as $2.

Tuesday February 9, 2021 at 12:01 am
Chris Moneymaker becomes pitchman for America's Card Room

Chris Moneymaker, the fellow with the best name in poker, recently signed a deal to become a pitchman for America's Card Room (ACR). This happened a month after Moneymaker announced that he and PokerStars parted ways after a relationship that dated back to 2003 when he first made a name for himself by winning the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event and helping usher in the glorious online poker boom.

Thursday February 4, 2021 at 5:24 am
Doug Polk defeats Daniel Negreanu in High Stakes Feud, Wins $1.2 million

The High Stakes Feud between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk reached 25,000 hands and Polk came out on top to the tune of $1.2 million after 36 rounds of two-tabling heads-up $200/$00 NL. In the final session, Negreanu lost $256K. The battle lasted a couple of months and despite the pre-challenge venom, the two gained mutual respect for each other by the end.

Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 10:27 pm
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Watch potential final session of High Stakes Feud Between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu

Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu played 23,272 hands of their 25K heads-up challenge at $200/$400 NL. They hope they can finish the last 1,718 hands with a lengthy session on Wednesday. Kid Poker trails by nearly $946K. Can he put a dent in his deficit? Or will Polk pad his lead? GGPoker has a live stream up and running for Negreanu-stans. Joey Ingram will have Bill Perkins on his live stream here. If you want to see Polk's cards up with commentary from Nick Schulman and Jamie Kerstetter, then head over here.

Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 5:53 pm
Video: Hank Azaria's home game including Don Cheadle, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, Josh Charles

Several of the biggest names in Hollywood played in Hank's Home Game charity event on PokerStars over the weekend. Actor Hank Azaria, mostly known for doing multiple voices on 'The Simpsons', hosted a special virtual home game to help raise money for various charities. Some of his poker-playing thespian friends included Don Cheadle (Oceans's 11), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Michael Cera (Arrested Development), Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer) and Josh Charles (Dead Poets Society). Michael Cera won $20,000 for First Responders First, a charity for frontline health care workers.

Tuesday February 2, 2021 at 2:18 pm
Polk and Negreanu play longest session to date, Kid Poker stuck $946K

Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu played the longest session to date in an effort to finish off this battle later this week. After a 7-plus hour session in Round 35, Kid Poker dropped $209K after nearly 2,000 hands. He was stuck early on and stormed back to dig himself out of a $200K hole, but Polk won two huge hands late in the session to post a big win. They have approximately 1,700 hands to go and Polk is up $946K.

Thursday January 28, 2021 at 3:33 am
Jack Hardcastle wins WPT Montreal Online, Dan Shak 3rd Place

The 2021 WPT Montreal Online played out at partypoker due to the pandemic forcing the event to the virtual tables. The $3,200 buy-in WPT Montreal Online attracted 888 players and the top 133 places paid out. Dan Shak was the chip leader heading into the final table but he busted in third place. Jack Hardcastle knocked out Rayan Chamas heads-up for the WPT title, $447,859 in cash, and the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup Event.

Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 2:51 pm
Ilyas Muradi wins WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $809K

Down at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, the World Poker Tour finished out a live tournament. Ilyas Muradi outlasted a field of 1,573 players to take down the $3,500 buy-in 2021 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. When the dust settled, Ilyas Muradi edged out Robel Andemichael heads-up to win the first place prize worth over $809,515. Ronnie Bardah busted in third place. The final table also included Francis Margaglione, Jesse Lonis, Tsz Shing, and Andy Hwang.

Monday January 25, 2021 at 9:01 pm
Phil Galfond wins another challenge after Chance Kornuth resigns

Phil Galfond won another Galfond Challenge at Run It Once Poker. With less than 10,000 hands remaining in a 35,000-hand heads-up PLO battle, Chance Kornuth threw in the towel against Phil Galfond. Galfond banked $726,500 through 25,400 hands of $100/$200 PLO. Kornuth lost $250,000 in the side bet with Galfond at 4 to 1 odds. Galfond has now won three out of seven scheduled challenges.

Sunday January 24, 2021 at 6:37 pm
Daniel Negreanu storms back with $390K win in biggest session to date

One session after he lost over $300K and found himself down a cool million in the High Stakes Feud against Doug Polk, Daniel Negreanu stormed back to win $390K in a single session for the highest score to date during their 25,000-hand heads-up challenge at $200/$400 NL. Polk dropped nearly 10 buy-ins during his worst-session. After 31 rounds, Polk still leads by $612K with 6,000 hands remaining.

Friday January 22, 2021 at 3:22 am
Doug Polk heater with $299K score, Negreanu stuck $1 million

The high-stakes feud between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu is now at 17,878 hands, but for the first time since the two began their highly-anticipated joust, Negreanu officially fell below the $1 million mark. Negreanu was stuck almost a million last month, but he chipped away and won half of that back. However, Polk won four session in a row and during Round 30 he banked $298,984.93 over 770 hands. Polk currently leads with $1,002,595 with a little more than 7000 hands to go.

Tuesday January 19, 2021 at 10:20 pm
World Poker Tour sold for $78 million to Element Partners

The World Poker Tour will have a new owner and news of the WPT sale broke today. Allied eSports Entertainment sold the World Poker Tour to a private group called Element Partners, LLC for $78,250,000. The deal will finalize in the upcoming weeks. Lyle Berman and Steve Lipscomb started the WPT 2002 and it's amazing to see the company grow into a multi-million dollar and global entity.

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