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Fox Poker Club closes; WSOP champ stays sober for whole year; Hansen admires the art of the slow-roll

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poker news round upLondon’s Fox Poker Club has shut ahead of an extensive rebrand that will see the name scrapped in favor of a new one. They reported the news via their Facebook page, with a statement reading: “It is with regret that Genting UK plc today announces that the Fox Poker Club will cease operation.The Management and Staff of Fox Poker Club would like to thank all of it’s customers for supporting the venture over the past two years. Further information will be released shortly.”

They weren’t messing around either as the next news delivered via their Twitter feed confirmed it “will be refurbished and reborn in Spring 2013 as an exciting new Genting venue”. It was also confirmed that funds, including player deposits, tournament tokens and cash chips will be redeemable at the Mint in Kensington. Genting acquired the club back in November 2011 and the refurbishment is part of their plans to make the brand more visible in the UK.

Current World Series of Poker champion Greg Merson has been sober for an entire year after going on a self-imposed detox. Merson announced via Twitter that it’s now been a year since he exited a worrying spiral of addictions to a number of drugs that left him “lucky to be alive”. He tweeted: “Clean and Serene for one year today #abovetheinfluence”. Merson told Card Player that his detoxification took place in a Las Vegas hotel room last year and he even had to turn down the obvious litany of drinks on offer when he won the bracelet at the end of October.

Danish poker pro Gus Hansen has made it clear that he has no problem with his fellow players slow-rolling. Card Player report that Hansen was asked a series of questions on Twitter from casual players with the best selected by Full Tilt Poker. One of them regarded table etiquette with Hansen stating that “dealer abuse” annoys him the most whereas the art of slow-rolling doesn’t bother him at all.

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