The top poker stories of 2018
It’s been a wild year for poker, online and live. As we get ready to say goodbye to 2018, it’s time to reflect back on the year that was. Here are ACR’s picks for the top poker stories of the year.
Doyle Brunson plays his last poker tournament
The legend is officially retired from the poker tournament circuit, with his last tourney played in 2018. It was a $10,000 2-7 Lowball Championship. While the tournament title went to Brian Rast, Doyle grabbed all the major headlines, finishing in 6th place for $43,963. And while Doyle is retired from poker tourneys, he’s still very much involved in cash games.
Short Deck Poker gains in popularity
It became popular on the live tournament circuit in 2018, and some online poker sites like us at Americas Cardroom brought the game to the masses with an online version. You can play 6+ Hold’em right now at ACR.
The shortest apology in poker history
No, it wasn’t by Phil Hellmuth for one of his famous rants. We’re talking about Chris Ferguson reaching out to the poker community to apologize for his role in the Full Tilt scandal, namely delayed payments to players who were rightfully owed their money. The apology was anything but heartfelt.
The Gordon Vayo vs. PokerStars rollercoaster
In case you missed it, Gordon Vayo won $692,000 on PokerStars back in 2017 for conquering the 201 SCOOP #1-H $1,050 NLHE event. A huge score, but PokerStars said no dice, arguing that Vayo played the event from the United States using a VPN. Vayo claimed he had evidence that showed he was playing from Canada, including documents with ATM transactions. PokerStars contested that those documents were forged. Vayo dropped his lawsuit, and now Stars has filed a countersuit for $280,000 for legal fees and court costs. Yikes.
Regulation heats up
It might seem as though poker regulation is on the backburner as states focus their efforts on reacting to the squashing of PASPA, the act that prohibited betting on sports. As soon as the Supreme Court struck down the law, individual states got to work regulating sports betting, and now you can legally bet on sports in several states. But online poker is still very much on the radar. Pennsylvania legalized online gaming in 2017 and individual casinos are hard at work putting together their sites. And earlier this month, Michigan passed legislation to regulate online gambling.
It’s always an interesting time in online poker. Follow our blog and get breaking news as 2019 starts to unfold.