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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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September 28  2012: A flush in the daily 5 card stud tournament.
September 28, 2012: A flush in the daily 5 card stud tournament.
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.
September 7  2012: A Depositor Freeroll on PokerStars. After being dealt some good hands and making ...
September 7, 2012: A Depositor Freeroll on PokerStars. After being dealt some good hands and making some hard folds, 1 hour 48 minutes of labour is rewarded with 42c for finishing in 1,531st place. The moral of this story is threefold: NEVER rebuy in a freeroll, ever; multitask - so your time at the tables is not entirely wasted. And don't give up the day job.
The daily $50 limit hold  em freeroll on Party Poker  September 3  2012. Not such a bad beat because...
The daily $50 limit hold 'em freeroll on Party Poker, September 3, 2012. Not such a bad beat because of the flush draw. Our hero finished 88th of 3,234 runners, and with 400 places paid, he won 7c. Don't give up the day job.
A head hunter on William Hill  February 3  2008.
A head hunter on William Hill, February 3, 2008.
August 12  2012:  A flopped set holds up in a freeroll.
August 12, 2012: A flopped set holds up in a freeroll.
September 21  2012: Scooping after flopping a set.
September 21, 2012: Scooping after flopping a set.
September 3  2012: Idiot v idiot. I stayed out of this one.
September 3, 2012: Idiot v idiot. I stayed out of this one.
September 9  2012: A flopped house in the William Hill Sunday Facebook Freeroll.
September 9, 2012: A flopped house in the William Hill Sunday Facebook Freeroll.
October 15  2012: Going  going  almost gone  then a lucky river.
October 15, 2012: Going, going, almost gone, then a lucky river.
September 26  2012: Another magic river.
September 26, 2012: Another magic river.
September 3  2012: No  they can never fold an ace  and this time the sucker was duly rewarded. I cas...
September 3, 2012: No, they can never fold an ace, and this time the sucker was duly rewarded. I cashed, winning $4.32 for a $1.00 total buy-in. And I didn't spend it all at once.
September 4  2012: Congratulations  you have won a ticket for a sit  n  go. For all the good it did ...
September 4, 2012: Congratulations, you have won a ticket for a sit 'n' go. For all the good it did me.
Auntie wins the lion s share of the pot with a straight flush at Omaha hi  lo on William Hill  May10...
Auntie wins the lion's share of the pot with a straight flush at Omaha hi lo on William Hill, May10, 2008.
October 15  2012: Aces are cracked by a lucky river.
October 15, 2012: Aces are cracked by a lucky river.
A Juha Santa head hunter on InterPoker  December 3  2007. $1000 prize pool  half for places  half fo...
A Juha Santa head hunter on InterPoker, December 3, 2007. $1000 prize pool, half for places, half for heads. 85 runners, 12 places paid. Our hero wins first prize.
A scan of a card reminding RakeTheRake members of the Juha Santa series of Christmas freerolls. Thos...
A scan of a card reminding RakeTheRake members of the Juha Santa series of Christmas freerolls. Those were the days!
January 11  2012: Auntie wins the $5 + 50c limit Omaha hi lo on William Hill. There were 31 runners ...
January 11, 2012: Auntie wins the $5 + 50c limit Omaha hi lo on William Hill. There were 31 runners and 6 places paid.
October 10  2012: He got lucky playing this loose and cashed winning $12.05 for 9th place. I told hi...
October 10, 2012: He got lucky playing this loose and cashed winning $12.05 for 9th place. I told him not to give up the day job.
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.