Poker Inspired Novels

Poker has inspired many literary writers, often as fictional themes or even with the events that have taken place in the competitive world of poker.


If you are looking for good reads related to poker, there are two poker novels based in the nineties, King of Small World by Rick Bennett and Shut Up and Deal by Jesse May. These might have been published way back, but they provide great insights into the world of poker. California and Las Vegas are two hubs of poker and have been so for a long time in the US. Regulated and legal poker started off in the nineties when the two novels are based.

For those who might not be aware of the history of poker and its legalization, it was in June 1993 when legal poker came to be in Atlantic City. (more…)

Four Amateur Welshmen Heading For Las Vegas

Four amateur poker players from Wales are getting ready to head to Las Vegas to play in a premier tournament and to win big.


These four men are ordinary men with a love for the poker game. They are from various walks of life. One is a car park attendant, the second one is a retiree, the third one is a steelworker and the fourth one is a scaffolding firm manager.

These four Welshmen are one among the top 100 out of the 200,000 amateurs who got a chance to enter the final competition in Las Vegas after putting U Pa Stupendous showing the VEGAS100 tournament held all over the UK.

The 31-year-old steelworker Richard Webb is excited to make it to Las Vegas and started playing poker in the local pubs. He says that he is happy to have qualified for Las Vegas as this shows that he knows a thing or two about the game. To play in Las Vegas was high on his bucket list and his dream is turning into a reality soon. (more…)

Scotty Nguyen Talks About His Legacy

Scotty Nguyen is a very popular poker player and has one of the best careers in this game.


He has won lots of money and bracelets, playing poker, but he is not one who boasts of this achievement. What he is looking to leave behind is his legacy. He is thrilled to bits when he wants to give talks about the legacy.

Scotty made the world’s attention turn towards him at the 1999 WSOP Main Event when he got the better of Kevin McBride to purse $1million in prize money and the coveted bracelet. He has amassed a total of 5 bracelets in his career and his name would be etched in the best poker players list.

Nguyen was also looking to win a 6th bracelet at the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship in 2015 when he got a chance to enter the final table in the 6th position. There is no doubt that he is very hungry despite all his achievements and is looking at all opportunities to win another bracelet. (more…)

2016, Progress Year For US Poker

The United States Poker industry was hopeful that something positive will come out in their favor.


But, to their disappointment, no states of US were given the green signal to hold online gambling games in their borders. Means, no state got the permission to legalize poker or other online gambling game.

However, it is not like 2016 was a dry year for the poker industry. On the contrary, many things happened, the topics were discussed and progress was done. In several states, discussion on the matter of legalizing the poker game was made reached to the level of acceptance.

In California, people were trying to legalize poker in the state, but the efforts got failed. However, in late July, the online poker bill of California AB 2863 passed the Committee state on Appropriations. The bill reached the floor of the full Assembly for the first time. Nevertheless, the measured did not bring any fruitful result in the year. But, it will not be wrong to say that, momentum in legalization of poker in the state happened. (more…)

Poker Scene In New Jersey

The online poker scene is vibrant in New Jersey.


As the Thanksgiving season came by, many avid online poker players such as David Coleman, Daniel Lupo and Daniel Buzgon were getting chances to make big wins in the online poker scene. Lupo, also known by the nickname “centrfieldr”, was able to bag the first prize, which was about the amount of $13,500. It was part of the Ultimate Warrior series that was played out. Coleman, on the other hand, plays with the code name of coles93. He was able to make big wins in the Sunday Special. Daniel Buzgon on the other hand, as able to get to third position on the final table.

These were major tournaments that PokerStars had on their NJ web site. There was a discount offered on the entry fee as well, which was fifty percent, while the guaranteed prize pool was kept the same. The Half Price Week was indeed exciting for the different players who participated. (more…)

Poker In Pennsylvania Raked $4.9m

In the month of August, the Poker Rooms in Pennsylvania State raked $4.0 million as per the figures stated by the Gaming Control Board of the state.


About 226 poker tables were present across states between 10 poker rooms. The state has brick and mortar casinos that were 12 in numbers and 2 of they do not have traditional poker games. The casinos altogether paid $691000 towards state taxes on the rake of 4.9 million. This rake remained unchanged starting from July and slightly down from $5 million raked in 2015. There was the inclusion of 2 tables in the state every year.

The poker market in the state of Pennsylvania has experienced good growth. This is mainly because the casinos accounted $58.4 million in the revenue of poker towards the end of fiscal year of 2015/16 in June. The figures were a bit high from $56.5million in rake accumulated in fiscal year 2014/15 for poker. The poker revenue in Pennsylvania in the month of August was relatively better in comparison with New Jersey as it raked $4.5 million. New Jersey had earned $2 million through online poker and the lawmakers of Pennsylvania are focusing on the legalization of online poker this year. (more…)