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He Was Called the Godfather of Poker
He Was Called the
Godfather of Poker

He Was Called the Godfather of Poker

Doyle Brunson was a two-time world champ, inducted into Poker Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Doyle Brunson, one of the most influential poker players of all time and a two-time world champion, died Sunday, according to his agent. Brunson was 89, the AP reports. Brian Balsbaugh, Brunson's agent, posted a statement on Twitter from the family. “It is with a heavy heart we...

A.I. Has Changed Poker, and Maybe Killed Its 'Soul'

'New York Times Magazine' explores the advance of algorithms in the game

(Newser) - Some of the top poker players today make moves that would have been seen as foolish even 15 years ago. Back then, they would been seen as "fish," or weak players, and invited to games every night. Today, those unorthodox moves are a good sign that the player...

His Poker Wins Defied Logic. Rivals Think They Know Why
His Poker Wins Defied Logic.
Rivals Think They Know Why
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His Poker Wins Defied Logic. Rivals Think They Know Why

Allegations of cheating against Mike Postle roil the world of poker

(Newser) - He was a decent but unspectacular poker player, but then Mike Postle went on an epic hot streak. The problem? As Brendan I. Koerner reports in a fascinating story at Wired , Postle's Texas Hold 'Em strategy defied logic. He folded when he shouldn't, stayed in when it...

Cops Make Arrest in Poker Player's Death

Susie Zhao's remains were found badly burned in July

(Newser) - Professional poker player Susie Zhao was found dead in July. Now, an arrest. Police in White Lake Township, Michigan, say they took a 60-year-old Pontiac man into custody after pulling him over near the I-275 and Michigan Avenue, ClickonDetroit reports. Little else is known—including the man's name—but...

Death of High-Stakes Female Poker Player Is a Mystery
Death of High-Stakes Female
Poker Player Is a Mystery
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Death of High-Stakes Female Poker Player Is a Mystery

FBI investigating killing of Susie 'Q' Zhao in Michigan

(Newser) - Her name was Susie Zhou, but those who follow high-stakes poker would know her better as "Susie Q." The body of the 33-year-old was found outside a Michigan park last month, and now the FBI has joined the homicide investigation. Coverage:
  • Discovery: Zhou's burned body was found

Poker Star Likely Electrocuted in Bath: Reports

Russia's Lilya Novikova was big on the Twitch streaming platform

(Newser) - A young poker star is dead in Russia, apparently after accidentally electrocuting herself while using a hair dryer in the bathtub. Local media report the body of Lilya Novikova was found by an elderly neighbor in the bathroom of her family's Moscow apartment days before her 27th birthday after...

Buddhist Poker Player Makes Enlightened Move

He's giving $671K in winnings to charity

(Newser) - Buddha wasn't talking about high-stakes poker when he said "Develop the mind of equilibrium," but it's advice that seems to be working out pretty well for Scott Wellenbach. The 67-year-old Canadian, who converted to Buddhism as a young man, won $671,240 at a poker tournament...

$5 Bet, 1-in-20M Odds, and Now He's a Millionaire

New Jersey man pulls a 6-card royal flush at Borgata casino

(Newser) - A man playing poker at an Atlantic City casino has won $1 million on a $5 bet. The man, identified only as Lakewood resident "Harold M.," made the three-card poker "6 Card Bonus" bet Saturday afternoon at the Borgata Hotel Casino, per the AP and the Press ...

Poker Player Is Now $8.8M Richer
Poker Player Is
Now $8.8M Richer 

Poker Player Is Now $8.8M Richer

John Cynn of Indiana wins the big game at World Series of Poker

(Newser) - John Cynn of Indiana is the 2018 World Series of Poker champion, winning the series' marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event Sunday in Las Vegas. The 33-year-old Cynn eliminated Tony Miles on the 442nd hand of the final table, reports the AP , after playing almost 200 hands just...

She Decided to Learn Poker for a Book, Started Winning Big

Amid successes, Maria Konnikova's book is pushed back

(Newser) - New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova was a "total poker outsider" when she decided to spend a year learning the game with the purpose of writing a book. Now, she might be considering a career change. Konnikova, under the wing of professional poker player Erik Seidel, has gotten so good...

Cops: Woman Cheated With Radioactive Cards

Police in Germany bust a restaurant owner

(Newser) - There's using marked deck of cards, and then there's this. Police in Germany say a woman dabbed playing cards with a radioactive substance as part of an elaborate scheme to cheat, reports the BBC . The 41-year-old restaurant owner in Berlin marked the cards with Iodine-125, allowing her or...

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....

New Poker World Champ Is a Rookie, 'Pretty Tired of Poker'

Scott Blumstein is $8.1M richer after winning grueling World Series of Poker

(Newser) - A New Jersey man with an accounting degree is this year's World Series of Poker champion. Scott Blumstein won the series' marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event early Sunday in Las Vegas surrounded by dozens of relatives and college friends. He is now more than $8.1...

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,...

Purple Decks of Cards Led to $10M Win. He Has to Return It
Poker Pro Pushed Legal Edge
of Gambling, Lost Big
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Poker Pro Pushed Legal Edge of Gambling, Lost Big

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

(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 Borgata. It's not money he'll keep. A federal judge last week ordered Ivey and companion player Cheng Yin Sun to return...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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