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2009 Year in Review Part I

Court Battles, a Poker Challenge, and Historic Tournaments Dominate Headlines

by Stephen A. Murphy |  Published: Jan 22, 2010


On the felt, 2009 was a stunning year for poker. Five players won multiple World Series of Poker bracelets, Jeffrey Lisandro took down three WSOP events himself, Phil Ivey reached the final table of the main event after winning two World Series events, Cornel Cimpan proved that he is a force to be reckoned with, as he took down two World Poker Tour events, 21-year-old Joe Cada became the youngest-ever WSOP main-event champion, and countless new stars emerged as multimillion-dollar tournaments were hosted around the globe. But off the felt, it was a transformative year for the industry. The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) assisted poker players around the country as they fought in the courts to identify poker as a game of skill, and thus not “illegal gambling,” according to the definition of most state constitutions. There was also finally some headway in Congress in the battle for online poker ...

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