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WSOP Good Medicine

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Porters Impress Reporters

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Drop This!

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Tran-tastic!

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. Read the rest of this entry »

2nd Time a Charm

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. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Net Helps Canuck Win

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Poker Player Fined

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Dog Has His Day

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Singer Does Victory Dance

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Duke Shelved

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. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Jesus’ Third at WSOP

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Room Admits Cheat Scam

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh, Doctor! Medic Wins

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. Read the rest of this entry »

WSOP Opens

May 31st, 2008

The 39th annual World Series of Poker got underway Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, as the first of 55 separate poker tournaments began at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

As opening ceremonies go, it was all Vegas kitsch, and then some. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Brat’ Going for 12

May 29th, 2008

Poker legends Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson and Johnny “The Orient Express” Chan will try to catch another poker legend–Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth Jr.–in the race for most World Series of Poker (WSOP) championship gold bracelets won in a lifetime, when the 39th annual WSOP begins tomorrow in Las Vegas.

Hellmuth won his 11th WSOP bracelet at last year’s WSOP, making him the career leader and giving him bragging rights to claim he’s the best player in the history of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

WSOPE Winner Banned

May 29th, 2008

The winner of last year’s inaugural World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in London won’t be welcome at this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.

Annette Obrestad, from Sandnes, Norway, won the Main Event of the 2007 WSOPE on the day before her 19th birthday. Read the rest of this entry »

WSOP Slate

May 28th, 2008

The 39th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) gets underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on Friday, May 30, 2008.

That’s just two days away, so if you’re planning to enter the world’s most prestigious poker competition, you better hurry! Read the rest of this entry »

Poker Diplomacy

May 27th, 2008

Pandas and ping pong have previously helped thaw the freeze between communist China and the Free World.

Now another “P”–poker–will give it a go. Read the rest of this entry »

You ‘Can’ Win

May 27th, 2008

The appearance of poker pro Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth Jr.’s image on millions of beer cans this summer is part of a massive advertising campaign and sweepstakes that will award a free seat to the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.

Word was revealed last week that starting next month, the Miller Brewing Company, a Milwaukee-based beer-maker, will begin nationally distributing special edition beer cans featuring images of and quotes from Wisconsin favorite son and 11-time WSOP bracelet-winner Hellmuth. Read the rest of this entry »

WSOP Odds Set

May 20th, 2008

Irish online gambling site Paddy Power (www.paddypower.com) is among the many betting sites offering betting odds on the upcoming World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.

In the past, betting sites offering WSOP odds generally offered odds on who would win the Main Event of the WSOP, the $10,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas hold ‘em tournament whose winner is considered the overall winner of the WSOP. Read the rest of this entry »

Learn to Earn

May 20th, 2008

Coming soon to a college campus near you: Should you ever fold pocket aces, when do you try to fill an inside straight, and while we’re at it, what the hell is a check-raise anyway?

Reflecting a nationwide trend among institutions of higher learning in the USA, a college in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, is going to start offering a class in playing poker. Read the rest of this entry »

Poker Ban Upheld

May 20th, 2008

A King County judge in the State of Washington Thursday upheld a state law that bans online poker and other forms of Internet gambling.

According to media reports, poker player Lee Rousso had argued that the 2006 law, which made online poker and other forms of Internet gambling a felony, violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause and is cruel and unusual punishment. Read the rest of this entry »

Poker Parlor Pilfered

May 20th, 2008

No one was injured when when a gun-toting woman robbed a video poker parlor Friday in Beckley, West Virginia, USA.

According to media reports, the robber, an overweight white woman about five-feet-five-inches tall, entered Lucy’s, a Beckley video poker parlor, at around 9 a.m. Friday, showed a gun and ordered two employees to give her all the parlor’s cash. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Brat’ Canned

May 20th, 2008

Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth Jr. has won 11 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, more than anyone else in history.

Between his poker winnings and commercial endorsements, he’s a millionaire many times over. Read the rest of this entry »

WSOP is Mush

May 17th, 2008

Veteran New York Post sportswriter and resident curmudgeon Phil Mushnick has a bone to pick with the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Or more specifially, with the folks who make the rules for the WSOP. Read the rest of this entry »

Wallin All-in on Change

May 17th, 2008

Add Los Angeles sportscaster and poker expert Fred Wallin to the list of poker pundits who are in favor of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) changing its format for the Main Event, so there will be a four-month lag between the final table being set and being played.

In an exclusive interview with www.PokerHelper.com, Wallin, who has hosted numerous radio shows about poker on the Business Talk Radio Network and elsewhere, said the format change will bring added publicity to the Main Event, and that’s all that matters. Read the rest of this entry »

1B Hands for Brits

May 17th, 2008

Ladbrokes’ (www.ladbrokes.com) poker room is the latest online poker room celebrating one billion hands of poker dealt.

The British online site, which features not just poker but also casino games and sports betting, announced it will soon deal its one billionth hand of poker, and to commemorate (read that: promote) the event, is running a special tournament. Dubbed the Billionth Hand Freeroll, the tourney is to give away World Series of Poker (WSOP) packages to the top 20 finishers in the tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

Canuck Flushed

May 15th, 2008

A Canadian plumber has traded toilet flushes for royal flushes, winning a million bucks in a poker tournament.

Jack Hinchey, a plumber from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, earlier this week won something called the World Poker Crown, a poker tournament run by online poker room 888.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Negs: Let’s Go to Tape

May 15th, 2008

In his first extended remarks about the recently-announced changes for the next World Series of Poker (WSOP), Canadian poker pro Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu says the WSOP Main Event will now be like the Super Bowl, with participants poring over videotape of opponents in an effort to gain an edge.

The WSOP announced several weeks ago that starting this year, there will be a four-month break between the time the Main Event final table is set and when it will be played. The WSOP starts May 30, and the Main Event will pare down to a nine-person final table by July. Then, after a 117-day delay, intended to gain publicity for the WSOP and sponsors for the finalists, the final table will play down in November until there is a winner. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s the Deal? To Play!

May 15th, 2008

What Facebook and My Space are to pimply-faced teens is what Deal to Play hopes to be to online poker players.

The new website, at www.dealtoplay.com and based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, describes itself in a just-issued press release as, “an online social-networking community designed for online poker and casino players (that) offers amateur and professional online poker and casino players the opportunity to have fun, learn, interact and socialize with their wagering buddies.” Read the rest of this entry »


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