Nobody liked 2007. In some ways, 2007 was the Daniel LaRusso of poker. You just kind of wanted to beat it up and make it go away.
That's what makes 2008 so remarkable. After the UIGEA hit at the end of 2006, the air was really sucked out of the poker balloon.
Then came 2008.
January started off with Pam Anderson/Rick Solomon baby drama, a Brandi Hawbaker (RIP) huge 2+2 dramabomb, and it never really let up from there.
Here's our huge 2008 poker news link dump.
Pamela Anderson Pregnant, Not to Play Aussie Millions Rick Salomon Not Going to Be a Dad Jason Potter Robbed David Sklansky Did Not Have Sex With Three Goats + Brandi Hawbaker Dramabomb Phil Ivey Finally Wins a WPT Title Glum Girl Smiled!!! The Poker Rap Was Underrated Shannon Elizabeth Was On Dancing With the Stars?
Monte Carlo Caught on Fire (VIDEO)
Don Cheadle Doesn't Have A Sense of Humor
Eliot Spitzer Sucks Chris "Jesus" Ferguson Wins National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Daniel Negreanu To Be In Wolverine Movie?
Lacey Jones = Hottest Girl In Poker
The WPT Settles Its Lawsuit, Retracts Middle Finger to Lederer, Ferguson, et. al. Gus Hansen Does Not Win WPT World Championship Breaking The Tragedy of Brandi Hawbaker's Death We Tracked Down Paul Phillips Best Poker Strategy Video Ever Breaking Layla Kayleigh Out as WPT Host Weirdest Video of the Year? Devilfish Sings Chocolate Rain. Official 2008 WSOP Monster Link Dump Breaking that FTP Was Dropping Clonie Gowen…Five Months Before It Officially Happened 2008 WSOP Girls On The Rail Official Photo Thread T.J. Cookier!
Fucking Erick Lindgren
Padraig Harrington > Dan Harrington Poker Player Michael Phelps Wins 8 Gold Medals Breaking Why The Sports Guy Really Didn't Write for ESPN.com This Summer
The Hard Rock Opens a Cool New Poker Lounge
Jennifer Tilly…Hottest 50 Year-Old Ever? Barney Frank Pushes UIGEA Carve-Out Through? Greatest BLUFF Photo Shoot Ever? Screw You, Russ Hamilton A Woman Does Not Win WSOPE This Year Seriously WTF
The Real Deal Opens
Evy Ng Wins Best Halloween Costume Annie Duke to Leave UB, Win Celebrity Apprentice? Tiffany Michelle Strikes Back Peter Eastgate Wins WSOP Main Event After Four Months in Captivity
Chino Rheem, Not So Happy
Bush Pushes Through Midnight Rules, Enforces UIGEA Clonie Gowen Sues FTP for $40M 60 Minutes Airs Not So Hatchety Online Poker Expose Michael Phelps Girlfriend Likes to Pose Semi-Nude Wtf Happened in Mexico? Full Tilt Gets MMAy A. Dikshit Forks Over $300M to Feds The Real Deal Closes Chino Rheem Wins Last Major of the Year