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Year in Review, Part 2

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

The year 2007 was a momentous and newsworthy one in the world of poker, and was there every step of the way to cover it.

Here is a recap of the biggest poker stories of the second half of 2007, as covered by (more…)

Year in Review, Part 1

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

The year 2007 was a momentous and newsworthy one in the world of poker, and was there every step of the way to cover it.

Here is a recap of the biggest poker stories of the first half of 2007, as covered by (more…)

Ad Probed

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Twenty years after he sprang onto the scene, Bart Simpson is still making trouble.

This time, it’s in the world of poker. (more…)

Poker Rotten in Denmark

Monday, December 24th, 2007

A Danish court has ruled that private poker tournaments are illegal in Denmark because poker is a game of luck, not skill, making it gambling and against the law.

The Copenhagen Post, a Danish newspaper, reported last week that Denmark’s Eastern High Court ruled that poker tournaments run by the Danish Poker Federation, a private organization, are illegal. (more…)

Start Your Poker Engines

Monday, December 24th, 2007

One would think that poker would be enough of a theme for an online poker room, but, hey, this is the era of cross-promotion and mega-marketing.

A new online poker room that debuted earlier this month has as its theme not poker but auto racing. (more…)

$400K Seized

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

In a land where illegal moonshine whiskey was once the king of contraband, the new kings on the block are the kings of clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades.

Authorities in the State of South Carolina last week raided a popular restaurant, arrested its 81-year-old owner and two employees and seized 34 illegal video poker machines and almost $400,000 in cash. (more…)

Poker Site Boss Killed

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

A Canadian resident who ran an online gambling site that featured poker and other games was found shot to death Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

According to media reports, James Po Ho Cheung, 45, of Vancouver, the president and chief executive officer of 777 Sports Entertainment Group, was found by police at around 2 a.m. shot to death and slumped over in a blood-splattered late-model Cadillac that was parked behind his residence. (more…)

Man Fined $28K

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

The owner of a New Hampshire bar has been fined almost $28,000 for paying out $332 in illegal video poker winnings.

According to media reports, Eli Sokorelis, 61, of Portsmouth, N.H., pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of gambling, in connection with his having an illegal video poker machine at his State Street Saloon, also in Portsmouth. (more…)

Brit Wins 1st Tourney

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

A British man playing in his first online poker tournament at online poker room Titan Poker ( won the tourney–and $220,000!

According to Titan Poker, Luke Cahill of Manchester, England, captured first place and the top prize of $220,000 last week in the online poker room’s European Championship of Online Poker. (more…)

4 Lawmen Busted

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

An ex-North Carolina sheriff and three ex-deputies, whose job included keeping their county clean of unlawful gambling, have been indicted on extortion charges for accepting bribes from illegal video poker operators to look the other way.

According to news reports out of Ashville, N.C., indicted were former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford and former Buncombe County Deputies Lt. Ronnie Eugene “Butch” Davis, Capt. Guy Penland and Lt. John Harrison. (more…)

WSOP Dates Set

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., owner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), announced this week that the 2008 WSOP will for the first time begin and end with $10,000 buy-in world championship events and feature a total of eight $10,000 championships.=A0

In addition, Harrah’s said, the 55-event schedule for 2008 includes a total of eight $1,500 buy-in no-limit Texas hold ‘em tournaments, which usually draw the largest fields except for the main event. (more…)

Poker Viking Wins Again

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Annette Obrestad, the Norwegian teen who became the youngest person ever to win a World Series of Poker championship gold bracelet when she won the main event this year of the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe, has shattered another youth-oriented record.

Last week, at the European Poker Awards in Paris, France, she became the youngest person ever to win the coveted Tournament Performance of the Year Award. (more…)

Poker Snow Job

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

To celebrate new license plates in the State of Utah that picture snow scenes and skiing, a ski group is awarding prizes to state residents based on poker hands derived from their license plates.

The new ski-themed license plate in the state was recently issued by the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles. (more…)

Poker Top Search

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

For those who may think interest in the game of poker has peaked and is now on the wane, think again.

The game has never been more popular, at least according to those who search the Internet for information about poker. (more…)

Jokers Snub Poker

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Political correctness has officially run amok in Sacramento, California, USA. Government officials there want to change the name of a steet–because it has the word “poker” in it.

According to news reports out of the California capital city, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is considering changing the name of a street near a new high school because of what the Board considers a “negative message.” (more…)

Editor Ousted

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

The managing editor of a popular poker magazine has been fired for his role in the latest cheating scandal to rock the online poker world.

Bluff Magazine, which has both print and online editions, announced Monday that it had canned its 24-year-old managing editor, Chris Vaughn. (more…)

Prez Poker

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Throughout history, various U.S. presidents have been known to participate in a poker game or two.

Probably best known for their poker-playing prowess were chief executives Harry Truman and Richard Nixon. (more…)

Negs Dumps Wife

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Poker pro Daniel Negreanu announced he is splitting from his wife–on his blog!

One of the top poker players in the world, the 33-year-old Canadian, who has earned almost $10 million in poker tournament winnings and won three World Series of Poker championship gold bracelets, recently broke the news on the blog (web log) he regularly updates at the online poker room Full Contact Poker ( (more…)

Vid Poker Bust

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Authorities in the Chicago area announced Thursday that they had busted 11 local businesses for illegal gambling and had seized 32 illegal video poker marchines.

According to a news release by the Cook County Sherriff’s Office: “A crackdown on illegal gambling culminated Wednesday night with the seizure of nearly three dozen video poker machines and more than $5,200 in cash from businesses throughout the west and south suburbs, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said Thursday. (more…)

N.J. Poker Den Busted

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

The nationwide crackdown on illegal poker continues.

Police broke up an illegal poker game in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., USA, on Friday and arrested four people. (more…)

Reese Dead

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Professional poker player David Edward “Chip” Reese, who won almost $3 million in career tournament earnings and three World Series of Poker (WSOP) championship gold bracelets, died Monday in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia.

He was 56. (more…)

Another Billion Dealt

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

A second online poker room is laying claim to having dealt one billion hands of poker.

Absolute Poker ( has announced that its one billionth poker hand was dealt over the weekend. (more…)

New Poker Room

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

A new online poker room has opened and it’s not one in a million or even one in a billion: it’s one in a trillion!

The new room is called Poker Trillion ( and is based in London, England. (more…)

Poker Bust in Colorado

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Officials in the U.S. continue to crack down on illegal poker playing throughout the country, with the latest bust occurring in the State of Colorado.

Law enforcement authorities announced Monday in Fort Collins, Colo., that three people have been arrested for running an illegal high-stakes poker game in which the house received a percentage of the money wagered. (more…)

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