A controversial signing, a shock lawsuit and the passing of a poker legend get us began on maybe the craziest yr poker has seen.
2020 was a loopy yr, a lot in order that we may have simply made this a Top 30 stories. We needed to miss off tons of huge stories together with Negreanu getting banned from Twitch, Mike McDonald’s basketball wager, the passing of Kenny Rogers, the Daniel Cates ghosting story and the match that paid out in treasured metals. Here are the ten biggest stories of 2020 as we noticed it:
10. The Real-Time Assistance controversy
As lengthy as there was on-line poker there was anxiousness about bots destroying the sport, however 2020 introduced an actual existential disaster for poker.
The prevalence of Real Time Assistance software program (RTAs) was delivered to gentle in 2020 when Fedor Kruse was alleged to have used a ‘dream machine’ of presolved arms.
RTAs don’t unfairly affect the motion itself however they do present a detailed approximation of what the GTO line may very well be in some spots.
How poker offers with one thing like this continues to be debated, with the whole lot from monitoring mouse actions to banning preflop charts being proposed.
GGPoker brought on headlines on this space after they banned 40 accounts they believed had been utilizing RTAs.
9. Mike Sexton passing
Sadly we lose fashionable poker gamers yearly, such is life, however poker was dealt an actual blow in 2020 when Mike Sexton handed away.
He was thought of universally as the best ambassador the sport has ever seen in addition to a high participant.
Indeed he performed a pivotal position in each televised poker and the rise of on-line poker, a key determine behind the scenes at each partypoker and the World Poker Tour.
He will principally be remembered for being a sort a lot beloved man, as the various tributes to him have proven.
8. Galfond’s comeback
One of the feelgood stories of the yr (in case you are not VeniVidi1993) was the Rocky-esque comeback staged by Phil Galfond in his first excessive stakes PLO problem.
At no level was he forward within the problem, and he nearly purchased out, till the ultimate 73 arms of the 25,000 hand problem. He ended up up by €1,671 after being down over €900,000 at one level.
He additionally gained a €100,000 facet wager and over 22,000 folks tuned in to observe the ultimate arms of the problem – a rarity for PLO.
— Run It Once Poker (@RunItOncePoker) April 2, 2020
7. Mike Postle sues the poker world
Nobody actually thought we’d hear a lot from Mike Postle in 2020, particularly after the courtroom case towards him was dismissed.
First Stones Gambling Hall TD Justin Kuraitis didn’t win any associates when he broke his silence on the case then Postle shocked the world by suing each excessive profile participant who accused him of dishonest.
That included Veronica Brill, Joe Ingram, Haralabos Voulgaris, Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk, Bart Hanson, Jonathan Little, Phil Galfond, Todd Witteles, PokerNews and ESPN.
More eyebrows had been raised when a documentary was greenlit to enter manufacturing that seems to be sympathetic to Postle.
At the time of writing it appears just like the story will fizzle out as Postle’s personal authorized staff have tried to drop their consumer, however who is aware of what 2021 will deliver?
6. GGPoker signal Dan Bilzerian
GGPoker have completed quite a bit of unbelievable issues which you will notice within the subsequent version of this 2020 round-up however the appointment of Dan Bilzerian as an envoy was not fashionable in poker circles.
He has a attain of tens of thousands and thousands on Instagram however his previous conduct with girls, which it’s no stretch to say is poisonous, left most poker gamers feeling the location had been alienating the biggest untapped market within the recreation.
Indeed, his first social media submit associated to GGPoker noticed him abuse feminine poker participant Vanessa Kade, thus compounding the issue.
Bilzerian has attain, there isn’t any doubt, however this author thinks that the deal will show expensive for GGPoker a technique or one other in 2021.
Stay tuned for extra of the biggest poker stories of 2020.