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Celebs in high-stakes poker suitupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 10:08:00

Celebrities who played in secret poker games were paid with funds linked to an illegal Ponzi scheme, a lawsuit contends.

Celebs play high-stakes poker in Beverly Hills hotels, lawsuits sayupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 10:08:00

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.

Congress ready to play poker?updated: Thu Jun 02 2011 06:13:00

Supporters of online poker are trying to sell the games as a potential source of tax revenue.

Phil Ivey files lawsuit, boycotts World Series of Pokerupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 06:13:00

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.

Poker players protest government seizureupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 12:33:00

Shaun Poland is 25 years old, he wears a lip ring, and he lives in southern Maine.

CNNMoney: Online poker players get their cash backupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 16:55:00

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.

People.com: Michael Cera Plays Poker Like a Sharkupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 07:47:00

The young actor fattened his wallet on the set of his new movie, only to lose it in the casino

'Van der Sloot' Google search stuns slain woman's brotherupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 19:20:00

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.

SI.com: Joe Posnanski: An injury suffered in celebration is no less painful than any otherupdated: Sun May 30 2010 14:32:00

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.

Police: Raiders rob international poker tournamentupdated: Sun Mar 07 2010 04:55:00

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.

On 'The Amazing Race' trail in Las Vegasupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 15:35:00

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.

'Amazing Race' heads for Vegas finaleupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 12:48:00

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?

Fortune: Meet poker's Tiger Woodsupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 10:58:00

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.

Don Cheadle's poker playing has benefitsupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 22:08:00

"Hotel Rwanda" star Don Cheadle got a first-hand view of horror when he traveled to the devastated Darfur region of Sudan in 2005.

SI.com: Josh Gross: Ortiz brings new plan of attackupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 21:48:00

Tito Ortiz has a game plan and he's sticking to it.

CNNMoney: A lousy hand for poker's top promoterupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 11:11:00

Poker's one-time leader has just folded its hand.

SI.com: Norman Chad: Playing a poker expert on TV doesn't make you one in real lifeupdated: Sun Jun 28 2009 13:04:00

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.

SI.com: Sarah Kwak: Ovechkin stars in Sin City, more NHL awards notes from Las Vegasupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 17:06:00

In anticipation of tonight's NHL Awards show, here are some sights and sounds from the sunny Sin City.

SI.com: Norman Chad: If you've never been to Reno, you've never been anywhereupdated: Mon May 18 2009 17:03:00

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.

People.com: Jenny McCarthy Reveals Body-After-Baby Secretsupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 12:37:00

She's also taught boyfriend Jim Carrey to play poker, and is working on yoga

People.com: Ben Affleck's Democratic Convention Plan: Poker!updated: Mon Aug 25 2008 10:57:00

It's all for charity, of course, as the Oscar winner settles in for a week of parties and forums

SI.com: Arash Markazi: Poker player Gold searching for the Vegas dreamupdated: Tue Nov 20 2007 16:37:00

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.

Obama: 'Fired up'updated: Mon Sep 24 2007 08:48:00

Sen. Barack Obama, in Atlanta, Georgia, recounts a story about an inspiring woman he met on the campaign trail.

People.com: Pam Anderson on Kid Rock vs. Tommy Lee: 'I'm Staying Out of It'updated: Thu Sep 13 2007 17:23:00

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People.com: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Play Poker for Africaupdated: Sat Jul 07 2007 11:22:00

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.

People.com: Anne Heche's Ex Claims She's 'Mentally Unstable'updated: Fri Jun 08 2007 13:32:00

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.

SI.com: Day trader wins $250,000 at World Seriesupdated: Wed May 16 2007 21:00:00

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.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Q&A: Eric Banaupdated: Wed May 09 2007 23:10:00

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:

High flyers who gamble it allupdated: Wed Apr 04 2007 07:20:00

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.

CNNMoney: Wall Street's poker gamble: All-in with WPTupdated: Mon Mar 12 2007 11:41:00

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.

SI.com: Latest sports and celeb newsupdated: Wed Mar 07 2007 11:01:00

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.

SI.com: Back to schoolupdated: Mon Feb 26 2007 13:28:00

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: Live from Sundanceupdated: Tue Jan 23 2007 14:35:00

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.

Shortcuts: Editor's choiceupdated: Wed Dec 27 2006 10:59:00

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.

Fortune: Gamblerupdated: Wed Nov 08 2006 16:29:00

Know when to press - and when to pull back.

Shortcuts: How to win at pokerupdated: Mon Oct 30 2006 07:37:00

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.

Fortune: 9 Peak Performersupdated: Thu Oct 19 2006 07:53:00

We talked to everyone from an NFL kicker to a tech CEO to find out what goes into the secret sauce of excellence.

Suit: Poker World Series winner promised to split record pot updated: Mon Aug 28 2006 11:48:00

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.

CNNMoney: Hedge fund manager holds the right cardsupdated: Fri Aug 11 2006 06:07:00

A hedge fund manager was a big winner in another type of high-stakes gamble -- the World Series of Poker.

Review: 'Stacked' deals out mediocre poker playupdated: Fri Jun 30 2006 12:45:00

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.

Essay: The American dream, supersizedupdated: Mon May 22 2006 10:11:00

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.

Money Magazine: Know When to Hold 'Emupdated: Wed Feb 01 2006 00:01:00

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.

CNNMoney: Time to go all-in?updated: Wed Oct 05 2005 12:10:00

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.

showbuzzupdated: Mon Sep 05 2005 13:52:00

Paul McCartney sometimes gets a little help from a friend.

CNNMoney: The Goldilocks rallyupdated: Fri Jul 08 2005 09:49:00

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.

FSB: One That Got Awayupdated: Wed Jun 01 2005 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: The Great Investment Guru Poker Showdownupdated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

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....

Money Magazine: Rule 3: Know yourselfupdated: Fri Apr 29 2005 11:43:00

Generally speaking, poker players can be divided into four types, or personalities, only one of which consistently ends up the big winner.

Money Magazine: Rule 1: Know the 60-40 ruleupdated: Fri Apr 29 2005 11:11:00

The first rule of successful gambling, says Pearson, is to not gamble (in the strictest sense of the word) at all.

CNNMoney: Rule 4: Know your opponentsupdated: Wed Apr 27 2005 17:10:00

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.

CNNMoney: Rule 2: Manage your moneyupdated: Wed Apr 27 2005 17:09:00

In poker there are no sure things. Even the best starting hands can be beaten.

CNNMoney: The great investment guru poker showdownupdated: Wed Apr 27 2005 16:48:00

Until Bill Miller did it, nobody ever called 76-year-old Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson a giant of the investing world.

CNNMoney: Take me to the river?updated: Wed Apr 13 2005 10:29:00

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.

CNNMoney: 'Dogs Playing Poker' sell for $590Kupdated: Wed Feb 16 2005 06:02:00

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.

Kafelnikov says it is time to quitupdated: Tue Nov 16 2004 04:15:00

Former men's tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov has said that it is highly unlikely he will ever play professional tennis again.

Online poker: A whole new card gameupdated: Wed Aug 04 2004 11:01:00

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.

Fortune: A Poker IPO Is In The Cardsupdated: Mon Jul 12 2004 00:01:00

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 ...

CNNMoney: America's hottest sport: Pokerupdated: Fri Jul 09 2004 10:33:00

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.

FSB: It's All in the Cards With every hand she plays, Annie Duke ups the ante on her unconventional career. But is her gamble paying updated: Tue Jun 01 2004 00:01:00

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...

CNNMoney: Attorney crowned $5 million poker champupdated: Sat May 29 2004 09:51:00

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.

Business 2.0: The Card Sharks from Silicon Valley An unlikely collection of computer jocks and math whizzes have been coming up aces in high-supdated: Sat Nov 01 2003 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Burden Of Proofupdated: Mon Oct 30 2000 00:01:00

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.

Fortune: Seven-Card Stud, And Other Feats of Natural Computationupdated: Mon Apr 03 2000 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: Trading tips from a poker player turned options pro updated: Sun Nov 01 1987 00:01:00

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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