The Story of the 1972 WSOP Main Event In 1972, after two years of Johnny Moss winning the World Championship, a controversial deal was struck in the WSOP Main Event. Going down in history as the first ‘ICM’ deal at a final table, the winner was a controversial figure in his own right as one […]

The Story of the 1971 WSOP Main Event In 1971, the best poker players in the world again gathered in Las Vegas to play in the second-ever World Series of Poker. Sin City hosted its first-ever WSOP Main Event, a freezeout tournament that would produce a world champion. In 1970, a player vote had handed […]

Are you a poker aficionado who thrills in the artistry of a perfectly executed bluff? Or perhaps you’re an aspiring player seeking to improve your game with a bit of historical perspective? Either way, grab your chips, pour your favorite drink, and settle in. Today, we’re delving into some of the most iconic poker bluffs […]

The Story of the 1970 WSOP Main Event The first-ever World Series of Poker’s ‘Main Event’ was very different from all those that have followed in the years since. Over half a century ago, the atmosphere was far from the sprawling mass of poker tables, over 100 bracelet events and other festival frolics that each […]

Chapter One: The Birth of a Legend Born in 1951, a post-World War II era of transformation, Jack McClelland’s entry into the poker world was gradual, accidental, and immensely impactful. His early interest in poker was fueled by curiosity and social interactions, rather than immediate immersion into high-stakes play. Over time, his understanding of the […]

In the world of poker, there is one move that’s as cunning as it is effective – the check-raise. At first glance, it seems straightforward: you check when it’s your turn to bet, and then, when an opponent bets, you come in with a raise. It’s the poker equivalent of playing possum, then striking when […]

When it comes to the game of poker, Edmond Hoyle’s influence is as unmistakable as a royal flush. Though poker as we know it today evolved after Hoyle’s time, his principles and philosophies laid the groundwork for the game’s development. Let’s dive into the world of poker and uncover how Hoyle’s touch shaped this iconic […]

Oh, the creative pulse of Grand Rapids, Michigan! This city, known for its thriving arts scene, is also where one of poker’s most distinguished players, Tom McEvoy, first saw the light of day in November, 1944. Tom was predestined to etch his name in poker’s hall of fame. But what exactly cemented Tom McEvoy’s status […]

Oh, what a world it is in the high-stakes, heart-pounding realm of professional poker! And who better to guide us through this exhilarating landscape than the one and only John Hennigan, affectionately known in the poker circles as “Johnny World”? Now, you might be wondering, “Who is this Johnny World, and what makes him the […]

Lester Ben Binion, known more famously as Benny Binion, was a pivotal figure in the world of gambling. And his story is as rich and complex as the games he mastered. Born on November 20, 1904, in Pilot Grove, Texas, Binion’s early life laid the foundation for a legendary journey in the gambling world. /*! […]

Picture this: A poker table in a cloudy room with glasses clinking, and in the midst of it all, a towering figure with a presence so commanding, it’s as if he’s grown roots right there at the table. That, my friends, was Jack “Treetop” Straus, a poker legend whose tales are as tall as his […]