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World Series of Poker match ends in astonishing loss

Even when you know when to hold 'em and fold 'em, an excellent poker hand doesn't necessarily guarantee a win. One professional at a recent World Series of Poker tournament learned that lesson the hard way.

Op-Ed: Upping the ante in the 2014 WSOP

For some it's an addiction, for others it's pure passion. It brings miseries and joy, but it doesn't matter in what end of the spectrum we are: there's no doubt that poker gets our hearts racing, for better or worse.

Pokerstars website raising funds for the Philippines

The world's biggest poker site is running a series of special tournaments to raise money for humanitarian relief in the Philippines.

A poker face is not enough, the arms do the talking

In high-stakes matches, a poker face may not be good enough. Players may have to develop “poker arms” as well, according to a new study.

How Poker Skills Help Entrepreneurs

Texas Hold’em has gained the reputation as one of the most complex games in the world. Why? Because humans, endowed with logic, emotions, and irrationality, are themselves sophisticated and sentient beings.

Op-Ed: McCain fiddles while Syria burns

Washington - The Twitter-sphere was ablaze with the news that Senator John McCain was caught playing poker during a hearing to decide if the US should attack Syria. One picture is worth a thousand words.

Op-Ed: Full Tilt Poker pros set for UKIPT tournament

This week, Full Tilt Poker announced its tour ambassadors to represent the site at all stops of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT).

Op-Ed: Poker sees high growth in Europe and Asia

A new study commissioned by PokerStars.com shows that Internet poker has grown in popularity in Eastern Europe and Asia since the mid-2000s.

Op-Ed: Click your mouse and lose your house, says gambling supremo

Ever heard of Wyatt Earp? Sure you have, he was the horse thief who became a sheriff. If you haven't heard of Sheldon Adelson, he is doing the same thing.

Op-Ed: Financiers playing poker with chips and with the economy

Las Vegas - In the World Series of Poker, a hedge fund manager has been eliminated by another hedge fund manager. What does that tell us about the economy?

Forums helping online poker players learn the $7 billion industry

San Francisco - Online poker has become one of the biggest industries on the Internet. Since its introduction in 1998, online poker has turned into a $7 billion industry with an enormous amount of players. Is it a better investment strategy than playing the stock market?

PokerStars readying for repayment, relaunch of Full Tilt Poker

Online poker giant PokerStars is following through on its promise to repay customers of former competitor Full Tilt Poker, which was shut down in 2011 - leaving millions of players without access to their bankrolls.

The PokerStars Depositor Freerolls

The world's top poker sites are offering bundles of free money, but sometimes you have to use your wits to get you hands on it.

The World Sit ‘n’ Go Masters in Prague

Prague - The World Sit ‘n’ Go Masters is being held this year in Prague. Many poker sites, including Ladbrokes, are offering the chance to qualify for free.

Op-Ed: Is 'investing' skill or luck?

A recent paper published by researchers in Germany concluded that poker is largely a game of chance. So is "investing" when you hand over your money to other people.

Poker website UltimateBet is dead

The affair of the Black Friday domain seizures is said to be nearing closure, but while some poker sites have survived and even prospered, others have not been so lucky.

Op-Ed: Is poker skill or luck?

Bremen - A recent study by a German academic has concluded that successful poker players owe more to good luck than good judgment. So do financial traders.

PokerStars aiming for 85 billionth hand

PokerStars, the world's largest poker site, will soon be dealing its 85 billionth hand. The person who wins this hand will receive at least $20,000.

Poker websites to pay $731 million in US settlement

On Tuesday officials in the US announced that two poker websites will be paying over seven million dollars in a US settlement.

Recap of PokerStars Micromillions II

London - The PokerStars Micromillions series is over, with SoyDelGlobo from Argentina walking away with a cool $157,218.68 from the main event.

Op-Ed: Some poker advice for Rafael Nadal

Just before Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal was signed up by PokerStars as one of its celebrity players. This is a different game from the one he is used to; here is some advice for him.

Girl dies playing water poker

A 12-year-old girl has tragically died in Sweden after playing 'water poker'. The death was due to brain damage as a result of consuming too much water.

Video: Buddhist monks filmed smoking, drinking, playing poker

Seoul - Eight monks of the Korean Buddhist Jogye sect were secretly filmed drinking, smoking and gambling in their hotel suite. The hidden surveillance camera recorded them playing a game of high stakes poker in which $875,000 was won.

The latest poker promotions

The world's largest poker site has a new on-line championship at three levels, and Europe's largest poker site has a few promotions of its own.

Amarillo Slim dies at 83

Amarillo - One of the legends of the pre-Internet poker age has died. Amarillo Slim Preston has gone to meet the Great Dealer in the sky at the age of 83.

Op-Ed: Poker promotions and a free app

A round up of some of the latest offers for those foolish people - including you - who think there are easy ways to make money on the Internet.

Op-Ed: The obscenity of high stakes poker

Just in case you forgot, there is a recession on. Not that the players on these tables noticed; they can lose more in a minute than you earn in a month, and not bat an eyelid.

That old Razz magic — Poker on Ladbrokes

No Limit Hold 'Em may be the biggest game in town but it is far from the only one, although there appears to be only one site on the web where you can play Pot Limit Razz.

Op-Ed: Bookmakers can put the banks in their place

The City of London and 'Wall Streets' the world over are one big casino; instead of allowing the banks to gamble with their customers' money then bailing them out with the taxpayers', governments should call in William Hill.

Op-Ed: The poker bad beat — In fiction and in fact

Last week, the British soap opera 'Coronation Street' featured a poker game in which a man staked the money for his wedding reception on a straight flush, and lost to a Royal Flush. That never happens for real. Or does it?
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The E5.00 + E.50 limited rebuy Pot Limit Razz on Labrokes  May 28  2012. Our hero goes one better th...
The E5.00 + E.50 limited rebuy Pot Limit Razz on Labrokes, May 28, 2012. Our hero goes one better than the previous night.
August 11  2012: Spot the deliberate mistake. This isn t a bad beat at all!
August 11, 2012: Spot the deliberate mistake. This isn't a bad beat at all!
The first of four hands from September 23  2012. I m not sure of the order these were played  but it...
The first of four hands from September 23, 2012. I'm not sure of the order these were played, but it doesn't matter. The jacks were beaten here by a cruel (or for me, kind) river, but in the grand scheme of things it did me no good. Nor in this tournament, come to think of it.
October 5  2012: A depositor freeroll on PokerStars. Three all in before the flop  jacks are beaten ...
October 5, 2012: A depositor freeroll on PokerStars. Three all in before the flop, jacks are beaten but come good on the river.
September 9  2012: Three all-in pre-flop  and the moron with the ace wins.
September 9, 2012: Three all-in pre-flop, and the moron with the ace wins.
September 3  2012: Idiot v idiot. I stayed out of this one.
September 3, 2012: Idiot v idiot. I stayed out of this one.
A razz tournament on Ladbrokes  September 2012. At least we were playing razz; the other bloke was p...
A razz tournament on Ladbrokes, September 2012. At least we were playing razz; the other bloke was playing stud!
October 27  2012: A wheel on the river scoops.
October 27, 2012: A wheel on the river scoops.
September 3  2012: Quads in an Omaha hi lo freeroll.
September 3, 2012: Quads in an Omaha hi lo freeroll.
A cruel suck out in the William Hill Sunday Facebook Freeroll  October 7  2012.
A cruel suck out in the William Hill Sunday Facebook Freeroll, October 7, 2012.
September 17  2012: Cashing in the limit Omaha hi lo.
September 17, 2012: Cashing in the limit Omaha hi lo.
December 10  2009: Aces trail in third behind two garbage hands in an Omaha Hi Lo tournament on Full...
December 10, 2009: Aces trail in third behind two garbage hands in an Omaha Hi Lo tournament on Full Tilt.
October 5  2012: Suited connectors hit a gutshot on the turn and improve to a flush on the river.
October 5, 2012: Suited connectors hit a gutshot on the turn and improve to a flush on the river.
Production still from set of Poker Night
Production still from set of Poker Night
David Bukach Photography
January 11  2012: Auntie wins the $5 + 50c limit Omaha hi lo tournament on William Hill; there were ...
January 11, 2012: Auntie wins the $5 + 50c limit Omaha hi lo tournament on William Hill; there were 31 runners and 5 places paid. (See also screengrab above).
From the same tournament as above. He got away with slow playing kings.
From the same tournament as above. He got away with slow playing kings.
A screengrab from a second stage freeroll qualifier played September 10  2012.
A screengrab from a second stage freeroll qualifier played September 10, 2012.
August 26  2012: I am informed this was AK v AQ. Big slick sucks out.
August 26, 2012: I am informed this was AK v AQ. Big slick sucks out.
March 2  2008: a £5 + 50p head hunter  about as large a buy-in as you will ever find me playing for...
March 2, 2008: a £5 + 50p head hunter, about as large a buy-in as you will ever find me playing for any form of hold 'em. 120 runners, 20 places paid, and guess who won it!
October 15  2012: I cashed  after a fashion.
October 15, 2012: I cashed, after a fashion.