Celebrities who played in secret poker games were paid with funds linked to an illegal Ponzi scheme, a lawsuit contends.
Celebrities who won big money in secret high-stakes poker games at Beverly Hills luxury hotels were paid with funds stolen from investors who had been lured into an illegal Ponzi scheme, a series of federal lawsuits contends.
Supporters of online poker are trying to sell the games as a potential source of tax revenue.
Phil Ivey, one of the world's best poker players, is boycotting this week's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and is suing his sponsor.
Shaun Poland is 25 years old, he wears a lip ring, and he lives in southern Maine.
Online poker players will be able to withdraw money from accounts at two of the three Internet poker companies recently indicted for bank fraud and money laundering.
The young actor fattened his wallet on the set of his new movie, only to lose it in the casino
It was unlike Stephany Flores Ramirez not to come home on time. An avid poker player, the Peruvian 21-year-old lived with her father and knew he was expecting her after a night at a Texas Hold 'em tournament on May 30 in Lima.
Celebration injuries have happened before, of course. I recall Kansas City's Mike Sweeney wrenching his back when picking up Carlos Beltran during a celebration. I don't know if this story is true, but you can read that the poker player Justin Smith blew out his knee celebrating an ace-high straight at a World Poker Tour Event. In Spain, Real Betis striker Sergio Garcia twisted his left knee while celebrating a goal.
At least four masked and armed men robbed an international poker tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, making off with an undisclosed sum of money, police said.
There is something new to do in Sin City: Follow the trail of "The Amazing Race" finalists who sprinted through Las Vegas, Nevada, in a quest to win a $1 million grand prize.
It takes one hour to fly from Los Angeles, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, but why take the easy route when you can squeeze in stops in Asia, the Middle East and Europe along the way?
He may not be a household name, but to poker followers, Phil Ivey is a god. The 33-year-old pro player is widely considered the best in the world, a rare consensus for the sport.
"Hotel Rwanda" star Don Cheadle got a first-hand view of horror when he traveled to the devastated Darfur region of Sudan in 2005.
Tito Ortiz has a game plan and he's sticking to it.
Poker's one-time leader has just folded its hand.
LAS VEGAS -- By day, I talk poker; by night, I play poker. This came as quite a surprise to Toni -- a.k.a. She Is The One (And Then Some) -- who assumed I just impersonated a poker player on TV to allow us to eat at Outback Steakhouse once a month.
In anticipation of tonight's NHL Awards show, here are some sights and sounds from the sunny Sin City.
It plays second fiddle to Las Vegas and ugly duckling to Lake Tahoe, but it's my kind of town. The biggest little city in the world is Reno, Nev., and if you've never been there, you've never been anywhere.
She's also taught boyfriend Jim Carrey to play poker, and is working on yoga
It's all for charity, of course, as the Oscar winner settles in for a week of parties and forums
LAS VEGAS -- Traveling with Jamie Gold has its perks. A flight to Las Vegas, for example, isn't simply a one-hour trip from San Francisco to Sin City; it's a theatrical production worthy of a casino showroom.
Sen. Barack Obama, in Atlanta, Georgia, recounts a story about an inspiring woman he met on the campaign trail.
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Fresh from their Father's Day vacation in Hawaii, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reunited in Las Vegas for some grownups-only fun - for a good cause.
In the latest salvo in Anne Heche's bitter divorce battle, her estranged husband Coley Laffoon questions Heche's parenting skills and accuses the actress of resorting to lies to win custody of - and destroy his relationship with - their 5-year-old son Homer.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Mark Ewing, a 31-year-old entrepreneur and day trader who quit his job two months ago to "take some risks in life," parlayed a $10,000 buy-in into $250,000 by winning the World Series of Golf on Wednesday.
Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Eric Bana (Munich) for the magazine's Q&A. The Australian actor plays a professional poker player in Lucky You. Here are additional excerpts from their conversation:
The Internet has made poker into an international phenomenon played by millions around the world. By the nature of the game, most will be losers, but "Texas hold 'em" and the other variations of poker has a professional face, too, not just that of pasty-faced gamblers staring passively at computer screens.
Poker may not seem as hip as it was just a few years ago. And nobody's feeling that more than shareholders of WPT Enterprises, operator of the World Poker Tour.
Reggie Bush's role in Ciara's new music video Like A Boy have intensified rumors that the duo are an item. In the video, which was shot in Los Angeles, Bush is quietly sitting in a chair while Ciara seductively moves around him; whispering in his ear, hitting him on the head, laying between his legs and kissing him on the cheek.
Paul Wasicka is sitting in front of a pair of computers in the corner of his quaint hotel room searching for a pen. It wouldn't be so hard to find if he wasn't sharing the room with two of his friends and there weren't suitcases and clothes sprawled everywhere, but he is and it's making it hard to find anything in these cramped quarters.
SI.com's Arash Markazi traveled to Park City, Utah to chronicle the slate of never-ending parties and events surrounding the Sundance Film Festival. Here's his diary of the scene.
From practical advice to diversions into the downright surreal, The Briefing Room's Shortcuts have offered helpful guidance, fashion tips and random observations on a range of topics from getting out of the office early to winning a Nobel Prize and from landing planes to landing jobs. Here's a selection of some of our favorites.
Know when to press - and when to pull back.
If your poker face generally involves looking glum as someone takes away your life savings in a wheelbarrow, you need the Briefing Room's Texas hold 'em survival guide.
We talked to everyone from an NFL kicker to a tech CEO to find out what goes into the secret sauce of excellence.
When he won $12 million in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this month, Jamie Gold, a television producer, pumped his first in the air, hoisted stacks of cash over his head, and wrapped his mother in an embrace.
A hedge fund manager was a big winner in another type of high-stakes gamble -- the World Series of Poker.
Often referred to as "America's new national pastime," poker has exploded over the past couple of years -- specifically Texas Hold 'Em games, a popular poker variant that has spawned TV shows, online competitions and even poker chips sold at local convenience stores.
True story: As part of its social-studies curriculum, my daughter's fourth-grade class was planning a field trip to the Lower East Side in Manhattan to get a sense of what life was like for immigrants in the early 20th century.
Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel is in the old part of Las Vegas, far from the glitz of the Strip. Just a few miles from the legendary Caesars Palace and the swanky Bellagio, it sits on a forlorn stretch of downtown that's about as sexy as a Walgreens--subpar hotels, cheesy casinos and not-so-famous stage shows (two tickets to see Hellbent 4 Humor, anyone? Anyone?). But when Steve Dannenmann strides across the bland wine-colored carpet in the upstairs ballroom after downing a $12.50 T-bone in the coffee shop, he doesn't see the leaky ceiling and the deserted expanse full of stale air. He sees television cameras, bright lights and hordes of poker fans stomping their feet on steel bleachers. He hears them chanting his name. That's what it was like in this room six months ago, when his life changed forever.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Investors in WPT Enterprises, operator of the popular World Poker Tour television series on the Travel Channel, have to be wondering if they've been dealt a losing hand.
Paul McCartney sometimes gets a little help from a friend.
Stocks surged Friday as a strong -- but not too strong -- June jobs report reassured investors that the economy is hopping, but not so fast as to force the Federal Reserve to speed up its interest rate-hiking campaign.
A year ago Dave Knauff dreamed of turning his modest landscaping business in suburban Chicago into a $10-million-a-year gardening behemoth. He sat down with three consultants in the hope that a Sma...
Until Bill Miller did it, nobody ever called 76-year-old Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson a giant of the investing world. Pearson's formal education stopped in fifth grade. He's a professional gambler....
Generally speaking, poker players can be divided into four types, or personalities, only one of which consistently ends up the big winner.
The first rule of successful gambling, says Pearson, is to not gamble (in the strictest sense of the word) at all.
F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." For poker players and investors, maybe we should make it three ideas.
In poker there are no sure things. Even the best starting hands can be beaten.
Until Bill Miller did it, nobody ever called 76-year-old Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson a giant of the investing world.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Admit it. You've succumbed to the poker craze. You want to be the next Chris Moneymaker or Annie Duke. You fantasize about bluffing your way to a big pot against Hollywood poker aficionados like Ben Affleck.
Two "Dogs Playing Poker" paintings cleaned house at Doyle New York's annual Dogs in Art Auction, fetching a staggering $590,400, the auction house said.
Former men's tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov has said that it is highly unlikely he will ever play professional tennis again.
Your cell phone rings to the tune of "The Gambler." You think Ben Affleck's best performance wasn't in a movie but in his winning hand at the last celebrity poker event. You couldn't care less about politics, but you can argue for hours whether you should play or fold an unsuited Ace/6.
In the immortal words of Kenny Rogers: "You've got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em." And, if you're the founders of the World Poker Tour, knowing when to take the company public is ...
It's a sport where the major stars often aren't around for the biggest games. Its games are shown weeks, if not months, after they're played. And the viewers exert almost as much energy as the competitors, which is to say, not much at all.
Annie Duke is the mother of four children under the age of 9 and a former Ph.D. candidate in psycholinguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, which makes her, she claims, ideally suited to play...
Beating out the more than 2,500 others who entered the 35th annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Greg Raymer scooped the final pot Friday night for a take of $5 million.
Don't rush, Paul Phillips tells himself. Even when you're burning up under the television lights, $1.5 million in poker chips is at stake, and you're facing one of the most feared players in the w...
And you think your taxes are tough? The IRS doesn't mind if you collect clocks--or do anything else it considers unusual. It just wants you to fill out a few little forms.
The Lucky Chances casino in Colma, Calif., a town just south of San Francisco known mostly for its endless cemeteries, has none of the glitz of a Vegas gambling palace. With its scruffy carpeting a...
For eight years Jack Keller, 44, made an enviable living as a professional poker player. All told, he earned $1.1 million and this year was ranked the second leading money winner in the World Serie...
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