Poker’s In and Out List: Senator Snubbed, Ivey in the Club

Towel Ivey
Ivey Wasted in Montreal receives Thread of the Year honors from our friends at Wicked Chops Poker.

This week’s In and Out List features a $12 million Sunday Million, free Christmas presents from PokerListings, a snub for one of our absolute least favorite US State Senators and an award for an epic Ivey photoshop thread.

Another week is upon us which means five more morning water-cooler convos and at least one weekly home game.

Get schooled on who’s cool and who’s a fool with’s In and Out List.

Poker’s In List: December 12-18, 2011

$12,423,200 Online Poker Prize Pools: IN

Today was the finale of PokerStars’ 10th Anniversary Celebration and they capped things off with a monstrous $10 million guarantee Sunday Million. When registration closed 62,116 had bought in. That’s nearly twice the population of Monaco.

$2 million is waiting for the player who can run this gauntlet but expect a deal to be cut sometime during the final table. That’s because the difference between first and second is almost $1 million.

Check our Poker News section tomorrow for an update on the results.

Free Signed Poker Books: IN

We had a chance to talk with Tri “SlowHabit” Nguyen about his new book that dropped this week How I Made My First Million from Poker.

How I Made My First Million Tri Nguyen
We're giving away five signed copies of Tri Nguyen's latest book.

In addition to a great interview, he also gave us five signed copies of the book.

We’re giving them away in a draw so click through here and use the link in the story to sign up.

Ivey Wasted in Montreal Two Plus Two Thread: IN

At some point in early 2011 Phil Ivey was caught on camera partying in Montreal. What followed was 51 pages and 1,273 posts of some of the best content Two Plus Two has ever created.

WickedChopsPoker tipped their hats with a “Thread of the Year” nod earlier this week and we’ve got to back that up with our wholehearted agreement.

Check out the actual thread here.

Poker’s Out List: December 12-18, 2011

Washington State Senator Margarita Prentice: OUT

Hating on a Senator from Washington might seem thin but you may be forgetting what Margarita Prentice said when interviewed about a law passed in her state that made online poker for money a felony.

"I just think some of these arguments are utter nonsense," Prentice told

"You mean you're going to move so you can play poker? Gee, lots of luck in your life. … I have nothing against card playing. That's fine. If you want to do that, but I'm sure not going to worry about someone … you know. Let them go pump gas."

According to a story from the Seattle Times, legislative redistricting could squeeze her out of office for at least two years. We know it’s petty to celebrate her misfortune but she seems just awful.

Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson's lifetime EPL card: Cheap promotion or caring sentiment?

Epic Poker League: OUT

Epic Poker is out this week thanks to what many might interpret to be a warm and caring move: Giving Doyle Brunson a lifetime card to EPT events.

For one the EPL can’t say enough about their own legitimacy and auto-qualifying someone for the rest of their lives isn’t exactly in line with that.

Number two, Brunson barely plays live events anymore. We don’t see him playing a whole lot of these $20k buy-ins.

Get the full story here.

Joe Hachem: OUT

The love affair that was Joe Hachem’s PokerStars endorsement deal came to a quiet end as the 2005 world champion parted ways with the world’s biggest online poker room earlier this week.

Since Black Friday we’ve watched Team PokerStars pro lose two more former world champions in Tom McEvoy and Greg Raymer, as well as 2008 November Niner Dennis Phillips.

Hachem said the move was to “pursue other career opportunities” and “have some down time to spend with my family” but it seems unlikely that the termination was his idea.

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