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

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

Former World Series Of Poker Champion Busted In Bullshit Male…

Back when the World Series of Poker was a thing, one of the game's biggest stars was Greg "Fossil Man" Raymer. You probably spent at least one lonely night in front of your television, watching Raymer tear his way through the 2004 WSOP main event while wearing his signature holographic sunglasses. Things aren't going… » 3/15/13 1:33pm 3/15/13 1:33pm

ESPN Creates Poker Drama, Then Spoils It For Everyone

ESPN has spent months building up to tonight's broadcast of the final table of the World Series of Poker. They even convinced organizers to take an unprecedented 117-day break before settling the final table so that they could broadcast a "plausibly live" show tonight, just hours after the champion was decided. It was… » 11/11/08 12:30pm 11/11/08 12:30pm

World Series of Poker Resuscitated by ESPN Cameras

ESPN's gambit to shut down the World Series of Poker for four months to give them time to pump up the nine participants at the final table (and position the final table action in a better time slot and month for them) seems to have paid off, with ratings up on the shows leading up to the main event's final table. That… » 11/09/08 5:30pm 11/09/08 5:30pm