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As part of our 2016 retrospective, we decided to look back at the best articles of 2016. The writers at PokerUpdate have put together hundreds of pieces each this year covering industry topics from around the world.

Below are a “Baker’s Dozen” of the best articles from the last year. Which ones were your favorites or was there a different piece you feel should be on this list? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

9 Women that Deserve to Be in the Women in Poker Hall of Fame

Since 2016 was an induction year for the WIPHOF, I put up a list of the women that I believed deserved consideration for the honor. When I wrote this piece in January, I didn’t expect the amount of positive reception that it would receive. I thank everyone that has sent positive comments my way about the piece.

I’ll also remind you that this list is by no means comprehensive. We have several high profile women in poker that are becoming eligible over the next couple of years and I will be adding to this list.

Read: 9 Women that Deserve to Be in the Women in Poker Hall of Fame

A Champion Does Not An Ambassador Make

In April, Jennifer penned a piece about how she felt that 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen was NOT a poker ambassador based on statements made since winning the WSOP Main Event.

The majority of controversy surrounding McKeehen at this time was over comments he made against the media in connection with the World Series of Poker. This was before his high profile feud with now former PokerNews contributor Marty Derbyshire. Do you agree with her take?

Read: A Champion Does Not an Ambassador Make

13 Biggest Poker Scandals of the Last Decade

A couple of weeks following the 5-year anniversary of Black Friday, I posted this piece about the 13 biggest poker scandals of the last decade. Those of you that are new to the game or the industry would be wise to review the list for future reference. This list includes all the scandals you’d expect, including one involving a pro who had a career year in 2016.

Read: 13 Biggest Poker Scandals of the Last Decade

5 Ways to Broaden Poker Audiences

A popular topic among poker fans and media is how to increase poker’s audience. Jennifer decided to tackle this issue in March and presented 5 great ways to increase poker’s popularity.

Read: 5 Ways to Broaden Poker Audiences

What Will a Chris Ferguson Apology Accomplish?

The biggest controversy of the 2016 WSOP was the return of Chris Ferguson to tournament poker. Players and fans across the globe began demanding apologies of the former World Champion and his silence equated to a proverbial “f*** you” to the poker community.

I wanted to know what an apology from Ferguson would accomplish, and I frankly still want to know. Read more for more of my thoughts and for my calls to curb the threats of violence against Ferguson.

Read: What Will a Chris Ferguson Apology Accomplish?

US-Europe Online Poker Liquidity as Likely as Unicorns

This October piece by Jennifer is awesome just for the title alone. The piece looks into the concept of shared online poker player pools between Europe and the United States. She takes a common sense approach to this topic and doesn’t put the naive spin that you hear from many in our industry.

Read: US-Europe Online Poker Liquidity as Likely as Unicorns

Huffington Post Writer Has No Clue About TV Poker

There were few articles that I took more pleasure in writing than this July piece regarding a Huffington Post article about TV Poker. The writer had absolutely no clue about televised poker and I spent the entire article bashing his misguided views. That piece is a prime example why most people consider Huffington Post a joke.

Read: Huffington Post Writer Has No Clue About TV Poker

For Matt Stout, CSOP Charitable Work is Personal

In August, Jennifer conducted a great interview with Charity Series of Poker founder and poker pro Matt Stout. While we’ve conducted dozens of interviews this year at PokerUpdate, this one stood out to me due to not just the message but just how much that Matt was willing to share about his charity, its roots and what it means to him.

I’ve personally known Matt since 2009 and am proud of the work he’s done with the CSOP. I encourage you to read this interview.

Read: For Matt Stout, CSOP Charitable Work is Personal

7 Snubbed Players Who Should Be in the Poker Hall of Fame

The 2016 list of finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame is considered one of the weakest in recent memory. There were numerous complaints over players who were snubbed, including complaints from one very “vocal” poker pro. I crafted a list of snubbed players that should be in the Hall of Fame. It will be interesting to see if any get consideration next year.

Read: 7 Snubbed Players Who Should Be in the Poker Hall of Fame

Changing the Face of Poker

This recent series of articles by Jennifer explores the evolution of poker from multiple aspects. The first piece looks at the players that have changed the face of the game. Part 2 looks at the contributors that have changed the course of poker while Part 3 looks at the poker events that have changed poker’s landscape.

Read Part 1: The Poker Players

Read Part 2: The Contributors

Read Part 3: The Events

Derbyshire’s Claim About Poker Players Contributions is Ludicrous

After PokerNews pulled the infamous Thanksgiving Day post featuring anti-poker pro comments from Marty Derbyshire, I made a quick list of poker pros that made positive contributions through charity work. I also added a couple of initiatives put out by the WSOP.

The list that I reported on in this piece I put together in a mere matter of minutes was more than enough to counter the ludicrous argument put forth by Derbyshire. If you’re going to post clickbait comments, make sure you have facts to back them up.

Read: Derbyshire’s Claim About Poker Players Contributions is Ludicrous

Hey WSOP, We Have 10 Sponsors You Need to Consider!

A couple of months prior to the start of the 2015 World Series of Poker, Jennifer put together a list of 10 sponsors that the WSOP should consider. This is a fun list that contains a couple of sponsors that you might not consider candidates.

Read: Hey WSOP, We Have 10 Sponsors You Need to Consider!

What Poker Media Can Learn from the Derbyshire Debacle?

The last piece on this list was a piece that I penned for the general poker media regarding lessons we can learn from the Marty Derbyshire firing. We are all going to make mistakes or write something controversial. However, we need to be aware of when we’re going too far and jeopardizing our integrity and our careers.

Read: What Poker Media Can Learn from the Derbyshire Debacle?

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.

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