- Regulated online poker in three USA states
- Best poker operator of the Year
- WSOP & WSOPE
- Player of the Year
- Poker Hall of Fame 2013.
Certainly an interesting year for poker with a brighter outlook for 2014 especially for online poker in the USA.
Donkey of the Year award goes to Sheldon Adelson for his hypocritical anti-gambling campaign, the award is passed on from Howard Lederer who held the position for two consecutive years.
Player of the Year was none other than PokerStars legend Daniel Negreanu.
Poker News 2013
The top poker news stories of the year with a brief summary of 2013 highlights of poker, click on the headline links to read the full story.
Legal regulated online poker was welcomed in three USA states this year: Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey. Land based casinos teamed up with software operators to offer US players the best online experience.
It was not glitch free to begin with as there are a few banking options which prevented players from depositing.
Stats are increasing with New Jersey poker leading the way with PartyPoker and 888poker as the software providers.
USA Poker Sites: Party Poker NJ, WSOP New Jersey, WSOP Nevada, Ultimate Poker Nevada, All American Poker Network (NJ), Ultimate Poker New Jersey and Delaware Poker.
- Caesars Interactive Entertainment teamed up with 888Poker to provide players with WSOP New Jersey.
- Borgata Casino teamed up with PartyPoker for two poker sites: PartyPoker NJ & Borgata Poker
- Trump Taj Mahal teamed up with Ultimate Poker to offer legal NJ poker games to residents.
New Jersey will be a good example and aid to getting online poker regulated in the rest of the United States.
There seems to be an issue with PokerStars CEO, Isai Scheinberg having a pending federal indictment against him for violating the UIGEA of 2006.
The biggest poker site PokerStars maybe suspended for up to two years while the accused executives are still affiliated with the company.
The 888poker have jumped up to 2nd place for poker traffic this December and are just below PokerStars.
EGR awards: 888 won overall Operator of the year 2013, Best Poker Operator 2013 as well as Best Casino Operator 2013.
World Series of Poker coverage was shown by ESPN2 and WSOP Live Streaming was sponsored by 888Poker worldwide and Slotmania in US.
2013 WSOP Main Event winner Ryan Riess took home a 1st place prize of $8,361,570 and his first WSOP bracelet.
Adrian Mateos is added to Team 888 Poker to represent Spanish players on 888poker.es
Mateos defeated french player Fabrice Soulier heads-up, the 2013 WSOPE took place at the Casino Barriere in Enghien-les-Bains, France (11-25 October 2013).
Both players are worthy additions for their accomplishments in poker. Other nominations included: Mike Matusow, Huck Seed and Jennifer Harman.
Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy were inducted just before the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table.
The Poker Hall of Fame consists of 40 members, only 18 of those members are living legends.
Making the final table of the High roller event put Negreanu in first place on the 2013 WSOP POY leaderboard.
Daniel Negreanu 2013 earnings include $3.2 million in tournament cashes.
The process began two and a half years after Black Friday when players funds were seized.
USA players were able to submit their Petition for Remission on the Full Tilt Poker Claims Administration website.
27,000 claims were submitted online, eligible players will be paid out before 31 March 2013.