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World Series of Poker Player Leaves $7K in Uber

And driver comes through for him

(Newser) - A World Series of Poker player says he hit an "emotional jackpot" thanks to an Uber driver who returned his $7,000 ante. Jacob Brundage, of Lakeland, Fla., told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he lost a tote filled with cash and playing chips June 1. The 39-year-old says... More »

Attempt to Ditch Fake Poker Chips Backfires Hilariously

He flushes them, clogs casino pipes, is going to prison

(Newser) - A poker player is going to prison for bringing millions of dollars in counterfeit chips to a tournament and then breaking the plumbing when he flushed them down a toilet to hide the evidence. A judge on Thursday sentenced Christian Lusardi to five years in prison. Lusardi also must pay... More »

MIT Might Make You a Poker Expert—for Free

Or at least better than your friends

(Newser) - Now you, too, can be an MIT student—and maybe a card hustler to boot. The school is offering a free online class on how to play poker, reports Motherboard . You can dig into videos , the syllabus , and class notes for the course, which is taught by Kevin Desmond, a... More »

Guy Enters Pro Poker Event by Mistake, Wins $81K

Panicked newbie Christian Pham managed to outplay the pros

(Newser) - It's one thing to outlast hundreds or thousands of poker players to win one of the World Series of Poker's 68 events and the Las Vegas tournament's coveted gold bracelet. It's another thing entirely to win a game you've never played before. Christian Pham of... More »

New Bot Plays Perfect Poker: Researchers

Its strategy involves the ability to 'regret' past moves

(Newser) - The world's greatest poker players have a formidable new foe. Scientists have developed a computer program they say plays an effectively perfect game of Fixed-limit Heads-up Texas Hold 'em, the BBC reports. The Cepheus system "can't be beaten with statistical significance within a lifetime of human... More »

Poker Pro Cheated to Win $12.4M: Judge

Phil Ivey says his way of playing baccarat is legit, but a London court disagreed

(Newser) - A London judge ruled yesterday that a professional poker player used a croupier "as his innocent agent or tool" to cheat a London casino out of $12.4 million, Bloomberg reports. Phil Ivey—described on the World Series of Poker website as "arguably the best poker player in... More »

Poker Hostess: Celeb Told Me to 'Bark Like a Seal'

In tell-all, Molly Bloom calls Tobey Maguire the 'worst loser'

(Newser) - The hostess of a high-stakes Hollywood poker game is dishing on her celebrity players in a new book, and Tobey Maguire, of all people, comes out the meanie. Molly Bloom says she's given up high living since the feds busted up her game, MyFox New York reports, but an... More »

Judge: Poker Is a Game of Skill, Not Chance

And therefore, 'it is not gambling'

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled today that poker is more a game of skill than chance, a ruling embraced by advocates who want to legalize Internet poker in the United States. Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn relied extensively on the findings of a defense expert who analyzed online poker games. The... More »

Poker Legend Amarillo Slim Dead at 83

Texan was game's first superstar

(Newser) - Amarillo Slim, a poker Hall of Famer who was instrumental in bringing the game into the national limelight, died Sunday at 83 of colon cancer, his son tells the Los Angeles Times . Slim, born Thomas Austin Preston, Jr., "brought poker out of the back alleys," says a historian... More »

Poker's Big Gamble —Dropping Gambling

Poker federation wants to change image into that of a 'mind sport'

(Newser) - The International Federation of Poker is making its biggest gamble yet—that poker can become a bigger game by getting rid of the gambling. “The fact is there are all these people who are attracted to poker but have stayed away from it because they didn’t want to... More »

A-Rod Faces Suspension Over Poker Games

League to interview Yankees' Rodriguez about alleged gambling

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez may have wagered more than he thought. The Yankees slugger is facing possible suspension over alleged involvement in high-stakes poker games, reports ESPN . The third baseman is accused of playing in at least two games—one at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record producer that included open... More »

Tobey Maguire Sued Over Poker Winnings

'Spider-Man' star caught in poker game ponzi scheme

(Newser) - Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire and other celebrities have been caught in a web of lawsuits seeking to reclaim more than $4 million won during unlicensed poker matches at upscale Beverly Hills hotels, court records show. The lawsuits were filed by a bankruptcy trustee attempting to recoup money for investors who... More »

Freakonomics: Poker Is Skill, Not Luck

Pros have drastically better return on investment

(Newser) - With the US cracking down on online poker , Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt has published a study demonstrating that it’s a game of skill, not a game of chance. That’s a major distinction, because games of chance are forbidden as gambling under state and federal laws, whereas games of... More »

The New Gambler: Poker Bots

But they still can't beat the best humans

(Newser) - Online poker’s not just for humans anymore: Robots have entered the game, and they’re winning tens of thousands, the New York Times reports. Such bots have existed for a while—but only recently have they gotten good at the game, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence. Top game... More »

Reid Proposes Legalizing Online Poker

...But only for big casinos like the ones that donated to his campaign

(Newser) - Harry Reid’s staff is circulating a bill that would legalize online poker sites, the Wall Street Journal reports, in a none-too-subtle attempt to repay the big casinos that donated to his reelection campaign. The casinos argue that the bill would provide players with consumer protections, while tossing some tax... More »

Why Physicists Clean Up at Poker

To start, they understand numbers

(Newser) - What's the not-so-simple secret of playing poker? Quantum physics, finds NPR . It turns out that several top players are physicists—and that's no fluke. Physicists understand probability, statistics, and modeling. "I mean—when you think about it—they build models of the world," says Jennifer Ouellette, author of... More »

Online Poker Creates Real-Life Teen Champs

Players can participate in thousands of hands a day

(Newser) - The last winner of the World Series of Poker, 22-year-old Joe Cada, had been legally able to play poker in a casino for less than a year. Yet by the time he blew away the competition at the WSOP, Cada had played millions of hands—by his reckoning, 2,000... More »

Stock Fraudster Sentenced to... Play Poker?

Judge orders gambling addict to play to pay off his victims

(Newser) - A New Mexico stockbroker who confessed to stealing money from his clients so he could gamble has been ordered to… continue gambling. Samuel McMaster allegedly stole $400,000 from his elderly victims, but a judge has allowed him to go free, provided he can win it all back in poker... More »

German Cops Hunt 'Dumb' Gang in $340K Poker Heist

Robbers left 'mountains of clues' after raid on Berlin tourney

(Newser) - German police say it will be only a matter of time before they catch up with the gang who made off with $340,000 in jackpot money after storming a Berlin poker tournament over the weekend. The masked, machete- and gun-wielding thugs carried out the robbery "chaotically and amateurishly"... More »

Poker Crowns New Champ, 21

Joe Cada beats Darvin Moon with pocket nines in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Earlier this year, Joe Cada couldn’t legally gamble in Las Vegas—but early this morning, the 21-year-old was crowned the youngest-ever winner of the World Series of Poker in Sin City. “It’s a dream come true,” Cada, who won $8.5 million, tells the Sun . Pocket... More »

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