Republicans Take Aim At Internet Poker And Fantasy Sports

It is pretty damn good to be a Republican right now. The GOP controls both the House and the Senate, it owns more than half of the gubernatorial seats in the nation, Obama is close to a zero percent approval rating, and 9/11 truther Pete Carroll kept Marshawn Lynch from being the Super Bowl MVP. » 2/09/15 12:26pm 2/09/15 12:26pm

How To Survive At The Poker Table

Poker used to be cool. From Wild Bill Hickok getting shot up over aces and eights to Paul Newman and Robert Shaw eyefucking each other in The Sting, it has always held a place in American culture as the game you'd find grown-ass men playing in the smoke-filled back rooms of grown-ass places. Blame Norm Chad and the… » 1/21/15 4:24pm 1/21/15 4:24pm

Can You Beat This Virtually Unbeatable Poker Algorithm? 

The challenge is on. Computer scientists say they've created an algorithm that has essentially solved a version of Texas hold 'em, and it's guaranteed to beat every single puny human competitor in the long run. Don't believe it? Why, you can play against the program yourself. » 1/08/15 6:10pm 1/08/15 6:10pm

Confessed Gambling Addict Arrested For More Alleged Airport Scamming 

Earlier this year, we were introduced to the strange, sad case of Michael Borovetz, who shared his life story on a poker forum. A chemical engineer who found himself addicted to poker, pai gow, and baccarat, Borovetz found himself reduced to scamming strangers at the Las Vegas airport. He was aware enough to know he… » 12/11/14 4:39pm 12/11/14 4:39pm

Jose Canseco's Gross-Smelling Finger Fell Off [Graphic Update]

When I sit down to play poker—or do anything really—a lot of things cross my mind, but none of those things is whether or not my finger is about to fall off. I implicitly trust that all ten of my fingers will stay where they have been for my 26 years on this planet. Alas, this is something that Jose Canseco needs to… » 11/15/14 10:59am 11/15/14 10:59am

Martin Jacobson Wins 2014 WSOP Main Event By Flopping A Set

Swede Martin Jacobson took poker's biggest prize with his first World Series of Poker bracelet in this year's Main Event, dispatching Norway's Felix Stephensen on the final table's 328th hand with trips 10s, a fitting hand to match his $10,000,000 prize. » 11/12/14 1:29am 11/12/14 1:29am

Inconceivable: How Ball-Bustin' Norman Chad Became The Voice Of Poker

The funniest man working for ESPN is most famous for a line that wasn't funny at all. Is that the punchline here? Nobody in newspapering over the past few decades has delivered as many morning-coffee-through-the-nose laugh lines as Norman Chad has in his media and football-betting columns. An unsentimental smart-ass… » 11/11/14 5:55pm 11/11/14 5:55pm

The Foosball Champ Who Almost Won The World Series Of Poker

Billy Pappas, the last true amateur of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event and one of the best foosball players in the world, was eliminated early this morning in fifth place, taking home $2,143,794. It's a damn shame, because Billy was living the dream. » 11/11/14 12:42pm 11/11/14 12:42pm

The Oral History Of The 2003 World Series Of Poker Main Event, Day One

Dude Wins $15 Million In Poker, Does Not Seem All That Jazzed About It

Daniel Colman won the final table of the The Big One for One Drop—the same poker tournament that featured this gut-punch of a bad beat—and he came away with more than $15 million in prize money. Despite this, Colman did not seem all that excited about his victory! » 8/13/14 1:19pm 8/13/14 1:19pm

Guy Loses $1 Million Buy-In On Pocket Aces Vs. Pocket Aces Bad Beat

Oh god, we've all seen this happen, but you probably haven't seen it in a $1 million buy-in tournament. But with 18 out of 42 entrants remaining, and a $15 million prize sitting at the end, Connor Drinan saw his aces cracked by Cary Katz's. » 7/30/14 11:33am 7/30/14 11:33am

Gambling Addict/Airport Scammer Spills His Life Story On Message Board

There is a fascinating thread over at the Two Plus Two poker forums that starts off as an everyday tale of an attempted scam at Las Vegas's McCarran Airport, but spirals into something else entirely. » 6/30/14 3:26pm 6/30/14 3:26pm

Why You'll Never Make A Living Playing Live Poker Tournaments

In a recent Card Player article on the importance of keeping costs down while playing on the tournament circuit, Bryan Devonshire runs down how hard it's become to make money playing high stakes tournament poker. He's right, but maybe even more than he knows for the average player. » 2/19/14 2:11pm 2/19/14 2:11pm

Five Of The Most Obvious Poker Tells Ever Televised

The poker tell is one of the most romanticized ideas in gambling, the notion that there is a code that will tell you everything about your opponent's hand just waiting to be unlocked. In reality, tells are usually more subtle than they are in the movies, but that doesn't mean there aren't some big, honkin' obvious… » 1/13/14 4:00pm 1/13/14 4:00pm

What A Billion Poker Hands Can Tell Us About Luck

Remember the final table of the 2009 World Series of Poker's Main Event? Phil Ivey, the consensus best player in poker, put his tournament on the line with Ace-King. His opponent—Darvin Moon, the consensus best logger in the Western Maryland panhandle—held a dominated Ace-Queen. Ivey was the overwhelming favorite.… » 11/18/13 4:35pm 11/18/13 4:35pm

Bad Beat Turns Pro Poker Player Into The World's Saddest Man

Here's a bit of action from this year's World Series of Poker. As you can see on the screen, Carter Gill had a 93 percent chance of winning the hand when his opponent called his bet. Now sit back and let the agony wash over you. » 9/03/13 11:00am 9/03/13 11:00am

Paul Pierce Gets Massage, Busts Out At World Series Of Poker

New Brooklyn Net Paul Pierce decided to spend part of his summer vacation competing in this year's World Series of Poker this weekend, taking part in the $10,000 pot limit Omaha tournament. Good idea, right? We know he's good for the entry fee, and it sounds like a fun, exciting event to take part in. With a little… » 7/07/13 5:15pm 7/07/13 5:15pm

There was the Underground Railroad and the Vietnam War. Then, in 2011, Poker Black Friday. Seems America sent a wave of "poker refugees" north to Canada when it cracked down on Internet poker two years ago Monday. [Torontoist] » 4/13/13 9:14pm 4/13/13 9:14pm

Greg Merson Is WSOP Main Event Champion After 12-Hour Marathon Session

A record-breaking final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas finally came to an end this morning as 24-year-old Greg Merson put Jesse Sylvia all-in and took home the $8.53 million title. » 10/31/12 10:06am 10/31/12 10:06am

Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Fondly Recalls The Time A Moonshiner Almost…

There was a time in poker—and it really wasn't all that long ago—when men played cards like men, goddammit. A time before sponsorship deals and under-the-table cameras and sanitized modern-day casinos. In this earlier era, poker players honed their skills and filled their pockets working illegal games that could… » 2/07/12 4:40pm 2/07/12 4:40pm