High Stakes Poker turns 10. Paddy Power and Betfair merger is a go, will begin trading in February. An online poker bill is introduced in Washington State.  And more.

High Stakes Poker turns 10

PokerNews has decided to honor the 10 year anniversary of the launch of High Stakes Poker on the Game Show Network, with an excellent column by Julian Rodgers titled: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker: Celebrating the Iconic Cash-Game TV Show.

High Stakes Poker revolutionized poker broadcasts, proving that cash games could be just as exciting as tournaments. HSP also cemented the legendary status of a number of the poker boom’s biggest stars, giving their personalities a chance to shine through in a more relaxed setting.

Aussie Millions update

After several weeks in the Bahamas, the poker world has now moved on to Melbourne, Australia and the Aussie Millions. One of the longest running tournament series in poker, the Aussie Million is always a popular stop (the weather helps too) for poker pros, and with the two Super-High-Roller events and the Aussie Millions Main Event, the biggest stars are always present.

The preliminary events have just gotten started, and as always, if you need live tournament reporting, head on over to PokerNews.com.

Quick Hitters

– PokerUpdate’s Robbie Strazynski was apparently the hardest working man in poker during his trip to the PCA as he just posted his 345th and 346th interview (I didn’t really count so it might not be this many; but it sure does feel like it) where he sits down with Alex Dreyfus and Lee Jones respectively.

– PokerStrategy takes a stroll down memory lane (via YouTube videos) and examines the biggest breaches of poker etiquette the cameras have caught during the poker boom. Everything from swearing, to slowrolling, to a header simply titled Being Tony G caught PokerStrategy’s eye.

– The mega merger of Paddy Power and Betfair is now officially green lighted, as Irish regulators have signed off on the merger that was first negotiated in December for the whopping sum of $7.6 billion.

– For the second consecutive year, a grass roots campaign spearheaded by poker player Curtis Woodard has seen some results, as an online poker bill has once again been introduced in the Washington State legislature. Last year’s bill did it make it passed the introduction, so the hope is 2016 will see a bit more progress.