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Fire Fan a Winner

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

A 37-year-old fire department groupie originally from South Carolina and playing in his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament has won it–and now vows to give 25% of his winnings to his hometown firefighters.

Jimmy Shultz, who now lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA, but who is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, USA, wore a Charleston Fire Department cap as his headwear of choice as he competed in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, in WSOP Event #12, a $1,500 buy-in, limit Texas hold ‘em tourney that had 883 entrants and a total prize pool of $1.2 million.

The lucky cap paid off, and paid off well, as Shultz, who is not a firefighter himself but who knows many in the department, won the event and the $257,105 top prize. (more…)

Tom Wins

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

His claim to fame up until now was that he is a neighbor of Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman.

But now, 55-year-old Philip Tom of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, has his own notoriety, after winning Event #11 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Vegas. (more…)

WSOP Good Medicine

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

A 44-year-old immigrant from Iran who came to the USA to learn medicine, but instead learned poker, has won Event #10 at the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Farzad “Freddy” Rouhani, now of Germantown, Maryland, USA, came to the USA 23 years ago to attend medical school. (more…)

Porters Impress Reporters

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

It was a night for the Porters, and we’re not talking about the guys that carry luggage.

Poker players named Porter have finished first and third at Event #9 of the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (more…)

Drop This!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

A 22-year-old college dropout from Missouri has dropped in to Las Vegas and won Event #8 of the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

The event, a $10,000 buy-in, mixed games tournament that drew 192 players and had a total prize pool of about $1.8 million, was won by Anthony Rivera. (more…)

Tran-tastic!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

No need to Tran-slate: the Trans are big winners!

Three Vietnamese poker players all with the last name of Tran have ended up among the top dozen finishers at Event #7 of the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (more…)

2nd Time a Charm

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

A 33-year-old Vietnamese immigrant who finished in second place in a similar event at last year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) has won it this year.

Thang Luu, who emigrated to the USA in 1992 at age 17 and who now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, has won Event #6 of the 2008 WSOP in Las Vegas, a $1,500 buy-in, Omaha hi-lo 8 or better tournament that had 833 entrants and a total prize pool of about $1.1 million. (more…)

‘Net Helps Canuck Win

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

A 23-year-old Canadian who honed his poker skills playing online is the winner of Event #5 of the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The event, a $1,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas hold ‘em tournament with rebuys, drew 766 entrants and had a total prize pool of about $3 million. (more…)

Poker Player Fined

Friday, June 6th, 2008

A Michigan woman who was arrested in April for leaving her children alone in a parked car for hours while she played poker in a nearby bar has been fined $450 and ordered to take so-called parenting classes.

According to media reports, Diem Thi Tran, a 36-year-old Vietnamese immigrant who speaks no English and resides in Grandville, Michigan, USA, was told by Judge Steven Timmers on Thursday that if she paid the fines and met other conditions within six months, her criminal charges would be dismissed. (more…)

Dog Has His Day

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Top poker pro Erick “E-Dog” Lindgren, who has won more than $5.6 million lifetime playing tournament poker and was considered one of the best players never to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) championship gold bracelet, can bark for joy.

The dog days are finally over. (more…)

Singer Does Victory Dance

Friday, June 6th, 2008

In the home of the some of the greatest entertainment in the world–Las Vegas–it’s only appropriate that a Singer has won a poker tournament.

He is David Singer, a Vegas resident no less, and he is the winner of Event #3 at the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, a $1,500 buy-in, pot-limit Texas hold ‘em tourney that had 713 entrants and a total prize pool of just over $1 million. (more…)

Duke Shelved

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Top poker pro Annie Duke is missing the first week of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas due to a broken pelvis she suffered in a running accident.

According to her blog on her website,=A0 www.annieduke.com, she suffered a triple pelvic fracture while jogging. (more…)

‘Jesus’ Third at WSOP

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

It didn’t take long for “Jesus” to cash in.

The 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas has completed just two of its 55 tournaments and already, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, one of the top poker players in the world, has finished in the money. (more…)

Room Admits Cheat Scam

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Online poker room Ultimate Bet (www.ultimatebet.com) has confirmed that cheating occurred in the room, and it vowed to do everything it can to prevent a recurrence of the incident.

Several months ago, reports surfaced on poker posting forums and elsewhere about the suspected cheating. The news rocked the online poker world because just months earlier, another online room, Absolute Poker (www.absolutepoker.com), had admitted that cheating took place in its room, and was fined by a regulatory agency for allowing it. (more…)

Oh, Doctor! Medic Wins

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Nenad “Serb” Medic is the winner of the first tournament of the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The Serbian poker pro beat out American poker pro Andy Bloch in final heads-up play to win WSOP Event #1, a $10,000 buy-in, pot-limit Texas hold ‘em tourney that had 352 entrants and a total prize pool of about $3.3 million. (more…)


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