What a year it has been for poker. With huge stories such as Doug Polk vs. Daniel Negreanu, and the Galfond Challenge making all the headlines, there are some stories that you might have missed in the craziness of 2020.
Here PokerNews looks at some of the stories that you might have forgotten, or stories that you didn’t even remember happened this year!
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Doyle Taking No Chances with Coronavirus
Poker legend Doyle Brunson remains one of the most famous and revered players on the planet.
Back in March, Brunson said that despite being robbed at gun point five times, been stabbed, beaten cancer three times and survived three car wrecks “the Corona can’t touch me.”
just setting up my twttr
— jack (@jack)
Bay 101 Shooting Star Ends in 10-Way Chop Due to Coronavirus
March was a crazy time for poker, with cancellations and postponements galore. One tournament that did take place was the Bay 101 Shooting Star $5,200 Main Event. However, with a field of ten returning for Day 3, the remaining players agreed to a ten-way chop.
That result meant Craig Varnell was crowned the winner, adding $159,710 along with the Bay 101 trophy to his WSOP bracelet and his WPT500 title.
Find Out Who Tops King’s Resort’s All-Time Money List
Live poker was in short supply this year, including at the largest card room in Europe located at King’s Resort, Rozvadov. Home of the recent World Series of Poker Main Event final table won by Damian Salas, it’s been the site of other festivals including the WPT and partypoker MILLIONS.
PokerNews took a look at the King’s Resort all-time money list, counting down some of the top players who have played at the venue.
Crandell Addington Reveals Secrets from Early Days of WSOP
Hall of Famer Crandell Addington needs no introduction, and he wastes no time explaining all about the origins of the World Series of Poker, his history of playing alongside the legendary Doyle Brunson and how the WSOP evolve into the huge festival of poker it is today.
Trust us, this is an interview you must not miss this year!
Big Names Among Global Poker Award Winners
Joey Ingram, Stephen Chidwick and Jamie Kerstetter all picked up awards at the 2nd Annual Global Poker Awards held in March 2020. The swanky ceremony was held to recognize players, media and industry professionals for their accomplishments in 2019.
From Breakout Player Robert Campbell to Phil Hui’s Final Table Performance in the WSOP Poker Players Championship, there were plenty of on-field talent recognized.
Check out the full results and reaction from this year’s awards!
Phil Hellmuth ‘Marks Up’ Las Vegas Home for Sale
just setting up my twttr
— jack (@jack)
For $430,000 you could live in the luxurious surroundings of Las Vegas Country Club.
How Does PokerStars Deal With Bots?
In April, PokerStars released a video explaining how they dealt with bots and other artificial intelligence (AI).
According to its Game Integrity department, PokerStars has a dedicated team whose sole job is to combat them, with sophisticated detection methods. The site believes it has the best bot detection in the industry.
Watch the video and see for yourself.
‘It Would Have Changed the Game’ — An Oral History of ChipTic
One of the most in-depth article series that PokerNews published this year is the Oral History of ChipTic. Launched at the 2012 World Series of Poker, it was supposed to revolutionize live poker, with players and fans able to interact with the chip counts and seat draws.
However, it proved to be a colossal failure. With first-hand accounts from ChipTic employees and WSOP tournament directors, read the shocking story for yourself!
The Return of High Stakes Poker
An early Christmas present this month was the relaunch of High Stakes Poker, almost a decade after it last aired.
Now recorded at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino, the show still retained its original producer and Poker Hall of Famer Mori Eskandani, with the show’s original hosts Gabe Kaplan and AJ Benza also returning to fulfil commentary duties.