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

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

The 2014 WSOP Main Event begins airing this weekend. Here's an account of the tournament that started the poker boom, from the people who were there. Excerpted from the full oral history, The Moneymaker Effect: The Inside Story Of The Tournament That Forever Changed Poker. » 9/26/14 1:08pm 9/26/14 1:08pm

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 2:13pm 2/19/14 2:13pm

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 4:01pm 1/13/14 4:01pm

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. And… » 11/18/13 4:36pm 11/18/13 4:36pm

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

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

Is The Justice Department Responsible For Online Poker's Ponzi Scheme?

The Justice Department dropped another bombshell in their assault on online poker, alleging that Full Tilt Poker ran a Ponzi Scheme that saw owners being paid nearly half a billion dollars, while player accounts were filled with "phantom money" to the tune of more than $300 million. The original Black Friday complaint » 9/20/11 3:30pm 9/20/11 3:30pm