Poker’s In and Out List: Ivey Impresses, Galfond Confesses

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Phil Galfond is out this week for admitting he's human.

It's curtains for the first month of 2012 and we're calling it like we see it, cheering and jeering the things that caught our attention this week in poker.

A tip of the hat goes to one very brainy poker dealer, Phil Ivey’s Crown Casino conquest and Pokerati’s Dave Ferrara while our finger wags in the direction of Phil Galfond and the great state of Hawaii.

This is Poker's In and Out List.

Poker’s In List: January 23-29, 2012

Kirby Burnett for Flexing on Jeopardy: IN

Minnesota poker dealer Kirby Burnett snatches a spot on this week’s In List thanks to racking up almost $60k in winnings over two days on the television show Jeopardy.

Winning roughly $30k on both shows, Burnett described the win as, “Not life-changing but a nice shot in the arm.”

Burnett, 57, deals poker at the Canterbury Park in Shakopee. He’s even got a few Hendon Mob results, the biggest of which being an $11,000 second-place score in a $500 event at his home casino.

Click here for more from the Star Tribune.

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Phil Ivey is alive with 12 left at the 2012 Aussie Millions.

Phil Ivey: IN

Maybe it would be easier to just reserve a spot on the In List for Phil Ivey, since he qualifies simply by definition of being Phil Ivey.

This week we have a legitimate reason to include him, however, as he narrowly missed the final table of the Aussie Millions main event in Melbourne.

It's funny how finishing 12th out of 659 players and winning $100k barely qualified as an accomplishment for Ivey.

Regardless, Ivey's incredible journey in Australia wasn't over as he quickly signed up for the $250,000 Challenge and promptly won the contest for $2 million - more than he would have recieved for first in the Main Event.

The lesson is to never, ever, count Phil Ivey out.

Dave Ferrara for Exploring Low-Limit Vegas Tourneys: IN

Dave Ferrara over at is blogging a week of Las Vegas’s most affordable poker tournaments, earning himself the third spot on this week’s In List.

Take it from us, there’s nothing better than schooling the kind of fish that play $40 daytime tournaments in Vegas. It’s truly one of the most satisfying feelings in poker.

Ferrara will be reporting on structure, playing conditions, difficulty, basically everything you need to know to navigate your way around the plethora of poor-man’s tournament poker in Sin City.

Check the post here.

Poker’s Out List: January 23-29, 2012

Phil Galfond for Admitting He Sometimes Loses: OUT

Things went about as bad as they could have for Phil Galfond this week thanks to a big downswing playing $100/$200 on PokerStars. Galfond lost over $700,000 and admitted in the video blog below that, just like regular poker players, he sometimes loses.

In our opinion if you’re playing for that kind of money you can’t even give the word lose a spot in your vocabulary.

Galfond has dropped down in stakes and vowed not to sit in the big game until he’s built his PokerStars account back to $250k. Until then he’s out.

In the meantime check out his latest blog for a very honest look at big poker downswings.

Hawaii for Not Already Hosting Poker Events: OUT

We’ve been covering poker tournaments for a long time and we’ve always lamented the fact that Hawaii doesn’t allow gambling.

One of just two states that has still managed to keep casinos out, Hawaii has long been screwing over the poker media by not giving us professional access to their sandy beaches and clear ocean waters.

On the bright side they’ve just enacted a bill that could see Hawaii introduce gambling, at least on the Internet.

One step at a time but seriously Hawaii, we expect more progress on hosting some sort of major poker tournament.

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Cal Shipken Jr. 2012-01-30 14:05:09

@Paul thanks for making sure no one takes this article literally

Matt Showell 2012-01-30 14:04:04

Hank is correct. I wrote this as a joke. Our official stance is unflinchingly pro-Galfond and we absolutely recognize how important it is for readers to see honest feedback from the greats.

Hank 2012-01-30 13:46:41

Pretty sure it was tongue-in-cheek Paul, but I could be wrong.

Paul 2012-01-30 10:20:56

I say Galfond is in this week and Pokerlistings is out this week. Galfond has given a very honest portrayal for the life of a high stakes poker player. Pokerlistings is out for not recognizing how important it is for their readers to see honest feedback from the greats.

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