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Priest Blames Child Porn on God Making Him Lose at Poker

Fr. Kevin Gugliotta says he wanted to get back at God

(Newser) - A New Jersey priest was sentenced to up to two years in prison Thursday for uploading child pornography to his computer, the New York Daily News reports. But don't worry—he says he only did it to punish God for making him lose at poker. According to WNEP , Fr.... More »

Poker-Playing Bot Hands Us 'Crushing Defeat for Humanity'

Libratus wins big for artificial intelligence

(Newser) - Four of the world's best poker players are hanging their heads after recently losing $1.8 million in chips to Libratus. But Libratus isn't some card shark with a one-name brand: It's a computer that's been soundly trouncing humans—specifically, Dong Kim, Jason Les, Jimmy Chou,... More »

Poker Pro Pushed Legal Edge of Gambling, Lost Big

Phil Ivey, companion have to pay $10.1M back to the Borgota

(Newser) - Phil Ivey is a poker pro, but in 2012 he was on a baccarat hot streak, winning $9.6 million over four visits to Atlantic City's Borgota. It's not money he'll keep. A federal judge last week ordered Ivey and companion player Cheng Yin Sun to return... More »

Pro Poker Player Calls Out Opponent for Bullying

'You're just an abusive person, man'

(Newser) - What happens when you push a Canadian professional poker player too far? Apparently you get a stern talking-to. For the Win reports Canadian player Griffin Benger squared off with English player William Kassouf in this year's World Series of Poker. According to Fox Sports , Kassouf is a "very... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Logger Earns World Series of Poker Final

Darvin Moon will take on 21-year-old Joe Cada

(Newser) - A logger and a community college dropout have outlasted 6,492 other competitors and will go head-to-head in Monday's final of the World Series of Poker. Joe Cada, 21, flirted with elimination in the round that ended today in Las Vegas but holds 136 million chips and a substantial lead... More »

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