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Eric Drache and Brian Robets 2012 Poker Hall of Fame Inductees

by | Published: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Eric Drache and Brian ‘Sailor’ Roberts have been announced as the 43rd and 44th inductees to the Poker Hall of Fame.

Twelve nominees were nominated by the public and the two inductees were voted in by a thirty-six person panel that was made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and members of the poker media.

The induction of Drache is extremely fitting as he was one of the people who originally came up with the idea to create a Poker Hall of Fame.

Drache is also considered the brainchild of satellite events that are considered one of the reasons for the poker boom; with World Series of Poker Main Event Champions like Chris Moneymaker qualifying for the event through smaller satellites.

Drache was extremely humbled and thankful to have been selected over such a strong group of nominees.

“I’m not only surprised and honored to have been selected, I’m also a bit embarrassed considering the other nominees,” Drache said.

“When Jack Binion and myself worked on creating the Hall of Fame, I never considered myself a potential candidate.  I’m particularly happy for the family of Sailor Roberts.  Sailor by everyone’s account, including my own personal observations, was a great player and played many games very well.”

Sailor Roberts passed away in 1995 but left his mark on the poker landscape as part of the Texas Road Gamblers with Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim.

The trio were well ahead of their time and together are considered the grandfathers of poker.

Current Hall of Fame Crandell Addington accepted on behalf of Roberts and was delighted that his friend would finally join him in the exclusive group.

“In a time fifty years ago when poker players relied on luck, Sailor was developing sophisticated strategies that would enable him to make his own luck,” Addington said.

“At a time in which professional poker players were viewed as outlaws and poker was illegal, he formed a partnership with Doyle and Slim and they traveled across the country from poker game to poker game.

“They deployed advanced strategies unknown at the time that featured playing their opponents hands on many occasions rather than their own hands. More often than not, they got the money.”

Drache and Roberts will be inducted officially on October 30th in a special ceremony prior to the final table of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

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Massey Claims Breakthrough Victory

by | Published: Friday, September 7th, 2012

Poker Professional Aaron Massey has claimed the biggest victory of his poker career by winning the WinStar World Casino River Poker Series Main Event.

Massey defeated a field of 1396 entries, including former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions Grey Raymer and Chris Moneymaker, to take the first prize of $651,559.

The victory was easily the biggest of Massey’s career, whose biggest previous win was in the $ 300 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry event at last year’s Indiana State Poker Championship.

The breakthrough win clearly meant a lot to the grinding poker professional who broke into tears of joy after the final hand was dealt.

“It’s the most amazing feeling in my life. I’ve been working through this for so long that’s why I was crying. I’ve been through so many heartbreaks and I’ve had spots like ripped away from me by the turn of the river card. I just kept showing up and showing up and I finally broke through,” an emotional Massey said.

The American believes that the six figure pay-day will change his life significantly.

“I don’t even know how to put it into words. A lot of things are going to be different. My family is going to be alright and I’ve got validation with this first place, I earned it,” Massey said.

The turning point for Massey came in a hand with Matt Newcombe when only three players remained in the tournament.

Newcombe had been chip-leader for the majority of the final table but had his stack crippled by Massey, who doubled-up and took the chip lead.

“Matt Newcombe is a tough cookie. He has been giving me the business for three days now. I had to deal with him all of day two and he was really really tough. I put a strategy together and I thought that his aggression was going to get the best of him and I made a set and he didn’t get there for once,” Massey laughed.

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