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The Year in Review: A Trip Through Poker’s Biggest Stories of 2011

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jan 11, 2012

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Tournament numbers were down, the poker world continued to feel the effects of a struggling U.S. economy … and we haven’t even begun to talk about Black Friday yet. 2011 was a difficult year for poker. There’s no denying that. But it’s also a year that may prove to be an important transitional leap for the growth of poker and an expansion of the game’s mainstream appeal. For years, U.S. poker players and many poker room operators have begged the government to license and regulate the game we all love. With states such as Nevada, California, Florida, New Jersey and Iowa all introducing proposals to launch state run poker sites in 2011 and the U.S. government holding hearings and kicking around poker bills, many steps were taken this year to transform the poker industry. One thing is for sure… this year has proven that poker isn’t going anywhere in the ...


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