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A Triumvirate of Poker Stories From 2012

I like 2 things when I'm not working as a waitress in the Chicago Flaventino night club: internet and poker. And it's became obvious to me that I should combine them together and with a little help of my boyfriend Jack I have created this site. Here I shall teach you how not be a complete loser when playing poker. You should know at least the basic rules and hints to play with your friends or in the neighbourhood poker rooms.

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2012 will shortly be consigned to the record books and a new era will dawn. In the meantime lets get a little nostalgic and have a look back through three of the most talked about poker stories of 2012.

Story #1: Phil Hellmuth Walks The Walk

Nobody questions Phil Hellmuth’s ability to talk the talk, but the odds are that everyone questions his ability to walk the walk. The vast majority of his poker peers can’t fathom how he does win what he does, so they put it down to blind luck and perseverance. Well 2012 was another one of those lucky years for Phil Hellmuth. Over $4.3 million in live tournament earnings, a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in a non-Hold’em event, a fourth place finish in the Big One for One Drop and the first-ever player to win both WSOP and WSOPE main events after his triumph in Cannes.

Story #2: The Epic Poker League Collapses

The year hadn’t even grown a pair of legs when Federated Sports & Gaming announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. That decision ended the short lifespan of the Epic Poker League and nearly crushed the soul of the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT). Even more interesting was the news that FS&G wanted to use the profits of the HPT to pay of executive salaries instead of paying of its considerable debt.

Story #3: The Biggest Prize in Sports

Guy Laliberte, and the WSOP, created the biggest prize pool in the history of poker, and the single biggest winning payout given in sports, when the Big One for One Drop was born. A $1 million buy-in event that attracted 48-players was won by Antonio Esfandiari. His prize was a cool $18,346,673.

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