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February 28, 2007

World Series of Poker News

by Luckbox

NASCAR, meet WSOP.

Starting this year, it sounds like you'll be able to wear 32 different patches during the World Series of Poker if your heart desires. Harrah's has significantly reduced the restrictions when it comes to personal advertising. Here's what you can and can't wear:

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Permalink | 2007 World Series of Poker

February 26, 2007

South Carolina Legislator makes it to first base

by Otis

South Carolina state represenative Willian Scarborough, previously mentioned here for being the first Palmetto State legislator of 2007 to willingly beat his head against the poker wall, has cleared his first and likely last hurdle in his attempt to make South Carolina home poker games legal.

Scarborough, a Republican, introduced a bill this year that would make un-raked poker games a lawful activity. According to CardPlayer, that bill has made it out of subcommittee and will be presented to the House Judiciary Committee this week.

Text of Scarborough's poker bill

I'll refrain from all snark for the time being.

For the time being.

Permalink | Poker in the News

February 25, 2007

Horn Tooting

by Luckbox

In case you haven't noticed, the "Up For" franchise has expanded once again. First, it was the world of poker. Then, it was the world of sports. Now, it is the world of entertainment.

Up For Hollywood delves into everything from movies to music and from television to pop culture. And you'll probably recognize a couple of the writers, too!

Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

February 22, 2007

Ball boy

by Otis

I don't think this is too subtle...

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

February 20, 2007

Poker in the Pit

by Luckbox

Since the Wicked Chops guys seem to love alliteration so much, I decided to let the staff intern write the headline for this post. The post is inspired by a short trip to the Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, LA. To be honest, there ain't much to see. Most importantly, there's no poker room. However, that doesn't mean there wasn't "poker" being played...

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Permalink | Other Gambling

February 13, 2007

The 2 Million Chip Mystery

by Luckbox

Two million chips magically appeared at the tail end of the 2007 World Series of Poker and, for awhile, it seemed like not a whole lot would be said about it. That's until Amy Calistri and Tim Lavalli did their best Sherlock Holmes and shined a bright light on either an unfortunate mistake or a horrible case of cheating.

It's been six months since they first blew the lid off this case and now they're back with a great update. It's a must-read.

Two Million Chips: Six Months After by Amy Calistri and Tim Lavalli

Permalink | 2007 World Series of Poker

February 12, 2007

Deconstructing Doyle

by Staff

In silence, there is fear.

As players and veterans of the news business, we've never been ones to accept the old adage, "No news is good news." In the current online poker climate, players and industry types spend inordinate amounts of their waking hours waiting for something--anything!--that will lead them to some conclusion about what's really happening out there. What are the sites doing? What is the government doing? Something has to be happening.

We once had a boss who said, "There is no such thing as good news or bad news. There's just news."

And that's what everybody needs right now. They need something to think about. They need something to get their minds off the fact that they have way too much money tied up in NETeller. They need something to distract them from the possibility that their online games are going to dry up. They need something to make them feel like if they wait just long enough, everything will go back to normal and the bad dream will be over.

And thus began the rampant rumor that poker's godfather, Doyle Brunson, had been arrested.

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Permalink | Poker Players

February 8, 2007

Feds seize U.S. NETeller money

by Otis

No matter where we play, the conversation always turns to NETeller. Like showing war wounds, players each talk about how much they have stuck in the one-time payment processing giant.

Though articles in U.S.A Today and less reputable sources had hinted at the possibility the United States government had seized NETeller's U.S. customers' money, we had yet to see anything definitive.

Until this morning.

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Permalink | Internet Gambling Bill

February 7, 2007

Happy Hammer Day

by Luckbox

February 7, 2007

2/7/2007

Hammer Day!

On this day, I think back fondly on my favorite HAMMER. Here's just a taste:

So I calmly flip my HAMMER and lay it down right beside the three 7's on the board. Suddenly, half the table erupts. My fellow bloggers are out of there seats with exclamations of "Hammer!!!!" and "Oh my God!!" I raise my arms in victory.

You can read about my Hammer quads here.

And here are some other tales of the most powerful hand in poker:

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Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

February 6, 2007

The Syndicate

by Otis

Cigarette smoke hung like a see-through magic carpet over the room. The were no desks, no partitions, and no phones. In the 40 X 40 foot windowless space were eight bare banquet tables. Four people, bleary-eyed and smelling of two showerless days, sat at each table.

Half the room was on C&P duty. The other half, the more experienced and educated of the group, were on RP.

Mikail stood on an elevated platform at the end of the office with a filterless cigarette dangling from his lips.

Speaking in English, as all workers were required to do, Mikail shouted. "It's 3pm Eastern. Ten dollar time!"

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Permalink | Online Poker