After a 2020 of quarantine, confinement, protocols and remote entertainment, this 2021 remained in history as the year in which presence returned to many areas and industries. Poker was definitely one of them, and it recovered from that pale image of empty table cloths and stored decks. With a season already closed, professionals and amateurs could enjoy a year with all the cards on the table and ambition on the surface. Thus, we choose five articles that reflect the evolution of this discipline in 2021.
1) Hinojosa: “There is little left for a woman to win the WSOP Main Event”. We talked with Brenda Hinojosa, Mexican poker player, journalist and ambassador for the renowned Poker League of Nations. She tells about her experience, describes the advances of women in this cards sport and advices those who want to start practicing this exciting game.
2) Brat beats the Kid: Hellmuth turns game around and wins over Negreanu in historic poker duel. After more than six hours of an engaging battle between two card game giants, Daniel Negreanu squandered his lead and his rival, Phil Hellmuth, claimed the final victory in PokerGO’s High Stakes Duel II series, in a heads-up of No Limit Hold’em.
3) BetKings offers a top grade poker experience, with new promotions and lots of fun. From a buy-in starting at only USD 50, the online poker room of popular GGNetwork invites players to know more and participate at the WSOP Online International Series 2021.
4) Koray Aldemir was the Poker World Champion on emotional final in the 2021 WSOP Main Event. On the 223rd hand of the final table of this live tournament, he finished off his unrelenting heads-up opponent George Holmes. He sits atop the poker mountain until July 2022, joining an exclusive club with last year’s champion, Damian Salas (Argentina), as well as legends of the game such as Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, and Johnny Chan.
5) Josh Arieh won WSOP ‘Player of the Year’ title. After the end of the 2021 season, this poker professional finished with 4,194.59 points and surprised living legends Phil Hellmuth, who was second, with 3,720.01, and Daniel Negreanu, who ended up in third place at 3,531.03.