Friday July 3, 2020 at 2:05 pm

The USA is drastically spiking with coronavirus cases rising in 40 out of 50 states. Governors have been scaling back reopenings. In Los Angeles, card rooms and poker rooms were shut down when Governor Gavin Newsom ordered casinos to be closed. At the start of June, several of the most popular card rooms in LA reopened such as Commerce, the Bike, and Hustler. They've all shut their doors indefinitely while the pandemic peaks in SoCal during the Fourth of July holiday.

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Fitting that America, the nut-low in the fight against coronavirus, will celebrate its birthday while 80% of the states are seeing a big spike in coronavirus cases. The growing sentiment is that states opened up way too early while the pandemic still ravished parties of the country while the President raged at his critics via Twitter meltdowns, but at this point local leaders stepped in and quickly shutdown any public places that had reopened for business, such as casinos and card rooms.

Meanwhile in Las Vegas, they made slight tweaks and changes, but it's business as usual on the gaming floor and in the pits. You can still gamble it up and run it twice in Vegas... fade the bug and roll the dice.

The City of Angels... aka Hollywood... aka LA... is now a disaster movie waiting to happen. The city has been spiking over the last two weeks. The Mayor finally shut down bars and restaurants that finally reopened after almost three months of lockdown.

According to the LA Times, the state of California has 246,814 confirmed cases with 6,264 confirmed deaths as of July 3, 2020. LA County reported 105K cases and 3,457 deaths.

Governor Newsom put forth new orders for 19 counties in California that were spiking with new cases. LA County by far has the worst number of cases. Poker rooms are on the long list of places that are not deemed safe right now.

Who knows when Newsom with lift the new shut down order? But that means Commerce, the Bike, Gardens, and Hustler will shut its doors. The Bike had been open for just two weeks before it got shuttered a second time.

"Due to the revised Governor's order, The Commerce Casino is currently closed," tweeted out Commerce Casino. "Cage transactions may be conducted next Tues & Wed, July 7 & 8, 2020 between 11am and 4pm. Continue to follow us on social media for updates. We cannot wait to welcome you back to our beloved Casino."

And it totally sucks to be a resident of California and not have the ability to gamble online. Yes, one of the greatest and strongest economies in the world does not have online gambling, online poker, or legalized sports betting.

Gov. Newsom thinks that legal sports betting would be a good idea in order to help boost much-needed state revenue. But lawmaking in California is a tedious task, especially when it comes to gambling-related industries. One estimate suggested it would be as early as 2023 before Californians could legally places sports bets.

And online poker? Bwhahahahahah. Yeah, that's not happening any time soon. If sports betting is still three years off, then online poker is at least five or more? 2025? 2030 if we're lucky. Sad!

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Friday August 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm
Doug Polk vs. Daniel Negreanu: Heads-up Grudge Match

The weirdness of 2020 continues with the 'Million Dollar Grudge Match' and the latest bit of drama driving the news cycle in the poker world. Doug Polk confirmed that he will battle Daniel Negreanu in an online heads-up match playing NL poker at $200/$400 stakes. The two will joust at two tables anywhere between 10K and 25k hands. Once the 2020 WSOP Online concludes, KidPoker and Polk will have their duel.

Thursday August 6, 2020 at 3:33 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Eoghan 'DrRoche' O'Dea wins first bracelet

The O'Dea clan, the first family of poker in Ireland, includes the legendary Donnacha O'Dea who became the first Irish player to win a WSOP bracelet back in 1998. And 22 years later, Eoghan 'DrRoche' O'Dea, won his first WSOP bracelet with a victory in WSOP Online Event #51 $400 PLO to become the fifth player from Ireland to win a bracelet. Meanwhile, Italy's Enrico 'GTOExploiter' Camosci binked WSOP Online Event #50 $2,100 Bounty Championship for $327,319.

Wednesday August 5, 2020 at 3:25 pm
Brazil's Caio 'Pessagno' Pessagno and Fernando 'fviana' Viana Ship Stadium Series Grand Final

The first-ever PokerStars Stadium Series came to an end with the Grand Final. The three-tiered buy-in event had buy-ins ranging from $55 to $530 to $5,200 and Brazilian players won two of the three. Best of all, the Grand Final was an old-school freeze out. In the Stadium Series Grand Final - $530 buy-in Medium, Caio 'Pessagno' Pessagno outlasted 4,234 runners and secured a three-way deal to win $266K. In the Stadium Series Grand Final - $5,200 buy-in High, Fernando 'fviana' Viana faded 971 runners to take down first place and $721,235 (also via a three-way deal).

Monday August 3, 2020 at 5:51 pm
2020 WSOP Online: 2Rivers ships NL Championship for $310K

The final bracelet event at WSOP.com, the 2020 WSOP Online Event #31 $1,000 NL Championship, attracted 1,455 original runners and 671 additional entries to create a prize pool worth in excess of $2 million. '2Rivers' defeated Norman 'abnormality' Michalek heads-up for the bracelet and $310,832 in cash. Meanwhile, over at GGPoker, Patrick 'Muddington' Kennedy won Event #45 $840 NL Bounty for a $140,768 score plus $104K in bounties. In addition, Sung Joo 'ArtePokerTV' Hyun won Event #46 $500 Deep Stack NL for $161,898, and Paul Teoh took down Event #47 $1,000 Short Deck NL for $82,202 and the bracelet.

Friday July 31, 2020 at 4:27 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb, Nick 'shadowjacker' Guagenti, Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin new winners

Three more bracelets were doled out at the 2020 WSOP Online. Nick 'shadowjacker' Guagenti took down WSOP Online Event #29 $2,000 NL Deep Stack afterhe outlasted a field of 747 entrants to ship the bracelet and $305,433. In WSOP Online Event #30, Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin won the $500 buy-in Seniors event after he faded a field of 720. Over at GGPoker, Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb outlasted a difficult field and final table to win Event #43 $10,000 Short Deck NL Championship for a score worth $276,393.

Wednesday July 29, 2020 at 3:24 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Ian 'ApokerJoker2' Steinman, William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine winners

Two more bracelets were awarded at WSOP.com. 2020 WSOP Online Event #27 $400 NL Freezeout attracted 1,940 runners, and Ian 'ApokerJoker2' Steinman outlasted everyone to win $110,557 and his first bracelet. Meanwhile, in WSOP Online Event #28 $1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max, William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine faded a field of 525 entrants to win $110,673 and his first bracelet.

Monday July 27, 2020 at 4:44 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Nick Binger, Nicholas Kiley, Ethan Yau ship bracelets

Nick 'samadhi' Binger secured his second career-bracelet with a victory in 2020 WSOP Online Event #24 $400 NL 8-Handed. Binger outlasted 2,408 runners to swoop up the blinf and $133,412 in cash. On Saturday, Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley outlasted a field of 2,155 entrants to win WSOP Online Event #25 $500 Summer Super Saver for a score worth $149,245. During a Sunday night grind, Ethan 'RampageP' Yau streamed his way to the winner's circle in WSOP Online Event #26 $500 NL Grand Finale. Yau banked $164,494 for fading a field of 2,502 entrants.

Friday July 24, 2020 at 5:14 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Allan 'Treeoflife' Cheung, avant9201, and Juha Helppi ship bracelets

The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continued with bracelets awarded to Americans and international players. Allan 'Treeoflife' Cheung faded a field of 1,579 entries to win WSOP Online Event #22 $500 NL Turbo Deep Stack for a score worth $120,083. 'avant9201' outlasted a field of 1,452 players in Event #23 $500 NL Knockout to win the bracelet and $93,776 in cash. Finnish pro, Juha Helppi, added a second bracelet to his collection when he shipped WSOP Online Event #35 $5,000 PLO Championship on GGPoker.

Wednesday July 22, 2020 at 3:54 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Kevin Gerhart and Tony Dunst win bracelets

The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continued at WSOP.com and they awarded out bracelets to players who previously won one. Both Kevin Gerhart and Tony Dunst became second-time winners. Gerhart, playing under 'therealkg', outlasted a field of 1,137 runners to win WSOP Online Event #20 $500 PLO 6-Max for a score worth $97,571. Over in WSOP Online Event #21 $777 NL 6-Handed, WPT's Tony 'Panoramic' Dunst outlasted 1,361 entrants to win $168,342 and his second career bracelet.

Monday July 20, 2020 at 4:16 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Scott 'BudLightLime' Hempel and Kenny 'Chopuh' Huynh big winners

Over the weekend, the 2020 World Series of Poker Online handed out two more bracelets at WSOP.com. Scott 'BudLightLime' Hempel outlasted 987 entries to ship 2020 WSOP Online Event #18 $1,000 NL Turbo Deep Stack for $181,060. Kenny 'Chopuh' Huynh outlasted 2,545 Sunday grinders to win Event #19 $400 NL for a score worth $113,857. Both players won their first career bracelets.

Saturday July 18, 2020 at 4:35 pm
Guy 'PhilLaak' Dunlap, Terrell 'Heezahustla' Cheatham, Pat 'IchiiKawawa' Lyons winners at 2020 WSOP Online

At the 2020 WSOP Online, three more bracelets were awarded. Guy 'PhilLaak' Dunlap outlasted a field of 663 entries to win Event #15 $1,000 PLO High Roller for a score worth $133,780. Terrell 'Heezahustla' Cheatham faded a field of 1,528 runners to ship a bracelet in Event #16 $500 NL Turbo for $116,204. Pat 'IchiiKawawa' Lyons won $173,551 in cash and added a bracelet with a victory in Event #17 $777 NL.

Wednesday July 15, 2020 at 4:23 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Michael 'miguelfiesta' Lech and Joe McKeehen ship High Rollers

The 2020 WSOP Online handed out two bracelets in High Roller events over the last two evenings. Michael 'miguelfiesta' Lech outlasted a field of 649 players to snag a bracelet and $164,248.92 in cash by winning Event #13 $1500 NL High Roller Freezeout. Joe McKeehen won his third-career bracelet with a victory in Event #14 $3,200 High Roller by fading a field of 496 entrants to win $352,985. The 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion added online bling to his growing collections of WSOP bracelets and rings.

Monday July 13, 2020 at 4:13 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Raman 'Acrogum' Afanasenka, Ryan 'joeyisamush' Depaulo winners

Two more players took down bracelets at the 2020 World Series of Poker Online at WSOP.com over the weekend. Raman 'Acrogum' Afanasenka outlasted a field of 1,691 runners to win WSOP Online Event #11 $500 NL Turbo Deepstack 6-Max for $128,601. Vlogger Ryan 'joeyisamush' DePaulo, playing from his car in New Jersey, outlasted 2,427 runners to win WSOP Online Event #12 BIG 500 for a score worth $159,563.

Saturday July 11, 2020 at 7:18 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Ron 'MacDaddy15' McMillen and Ryan 'Im.sorry' Torgerson New bracelet winners

Ron 'MacDaddy15' McMillen played in his first online poker event and won a bracelet for binking 2020 WSOP Online Event #9 $1,000 NL 6-Max. McMillen outlasted a field of 1,026 runners to win the bling and $188,214. Ryan 'Im.Sorry' Torgersen finished in second place in Event #9, but the next day, he faded 2,074 runners to ship Event #10 $600 NL Monster Stack for a $172,361 score and a bracelet.

Friday July 10, 2020 at 4:09 pm
BAM! Poker fight video from the King's Casino in RozVegas

The King's Casino in RozVegas hosted the Balkan Poker Tour and a fight broke out at the tables during the Main Event and a quick brawl ensued that happened to be captured in a video by someone on the rail. The King's in RozVegas has been one of the few poker rooms on the planet running tournaments while the coronavirus pandemic rages around the world and caused major tours like the WSOP to postpone or cancel out right like the EPT.

Thursday July 9, 2020 at 8:39 pm
2020 WSOP Online: Joon Kim and Alan Goehring ship bracelets

The 2020 WSOP Online awarded two more bracelets to Joon 'jykpoker' Kim and Alan 'GladiusIII' Goehring. Kim won WSOP Online Event #7 $800 NL Knockout Deepstack for $103,127, after fading a field of 989 runners. Over in WSOP Online Event #8 $500 NL Freezeout, Goehring outlasted a field of 1,479 players to win $119,399. The two-time WPT champ won his first bracelet and outlasted a final table that already included Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn.

Wednesday July 8, 2020 at 2:39 am
2020 WSOP Online: Nathan Gamble, Louis Lynch, Jonathan Dokler, Rob Kuhn, Matt Bode, and Allen Chang win bracelets

Nathan 'surfbum' Gamble won 2020 WSOP Online Event #6 Omaha Hi/Lo for his second-career bracelet for a score worth $89,424. Back in 2017, Gamble binked a PLO8 event for $233K to win his first WSOP bracelet. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler won the first bracelet of the 2020 WSOP Online in the Kick-Off event. Other winners through the first week of action include... Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch, Robert 'BustinBalls' Kuhn, Matt 'Bodeyster' Bode, and Allen 'Acnyc718' Chang.

Wednesday July 1, 2020 at 3:06 am
Buy Phil Hellmuth's house in Las Vegas for $420K

If you have $420,000 or so, you can purchase a home in Las Vegas owned by Phil Hellmuth. Yes, the Poker Brat's humble abode is up for sale. The 15-time WSOP bracelet winner confirmed his home, located in the Las Vegas County Club gated community, is available for sale. You can own a piece of Hellmuthian poker history along with 3 bedrooms, a pool, 2-car garage, and the infamous shirtless balcony.

Monday June 29, 2020 at 9:36 pm
The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova

Journalist and author, Maria Konnikova, recently published a new book about her experiences learning poker and taking down a big event in the Bahamas. Erik Seidel took Maria Konnikova under his wing and a short time, she became a decent poker player en route to a victory in a side event at the 2018 PCA for $84K. She chronicled her experiences in a non-fiction book published by Penguin titled 'The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win'.

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