All Posts By David K Lappin

Ebony Kenney Shines, but Sam Grafton Wins Triton Super High Roller for $5.5m

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When all you’ve got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail “You’re learning about tournament poker” said Sam Grafton to Karl Chappe-Gatien after the French day trader prematurely celebrated spiking a 3-outer on the flop, only for PokerStars ambassador to smash his own 3-outer on the turn. They exchanged fist bumps and Chappe-Gatien gave ...

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PokerStars and GGPoker Escalate the War on Cheaters

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Putting villains on pedestals The founding myth of the Olympics is the story of Pelops, grandson of Zeus, hosting the first edition of the games as a funeral celebration for his vanquished father-in-law King Oinomaos of Pisa. Pelops fell in love with Oinomaos’ daughter Hippodamia, but in order to win her hand in marriage, he ...

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Dan Zack Wins 2022 WSOP Player of the Year

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Deeb taught Zack all the tricks A couple of weeks ago, I was playing the 2022 World Series of Poker Mini Main Event, drawing an unusually tough table for such a soft tournament that included Shaun Deeb and top Irish player/professional mystery bounty envelope-opener Padraig O’Neill. Deeb exquisitely “reversed slowrolled” me Deeb exquisitely “reversed slowrolled” me in ...

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Espen Jørstad Wins the WSOP 2022 Main Event

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Norwegian granite Staring down at a Jack and a Four for the second time during the heads-up contest, a visibly rattled Adrian Attenborough wanted to make the call. A high-level-thinking, combination-counting savant, he knew it would be, in all likelihood, a bad call. He knew that to do so would be leaving the game tree ...

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The Lighthouse – A Nautical Lesson in Humility

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Sometimes even the mightiest must move There is a famous story, often co-opted by speech writers, which describes an encounter between a large naval ship and what appears to be another vessel on a collision course. It usually goes something like this: Released by the Chief of Naval Operations, the following is a transcript of the ...

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WSOP Roundup: The World Series of Positive Results

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Hashtag positivity Covid-19 may not be front-page news anymore but the extremely contagious virus that ground the planet to a halt for almost two years has not gone anywhere. With the BA-4 and BA-5 variants, both sub-lineages of the highly transmissible Omicron, likely to become the dominant strains in the coming months, a summer surge ...

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