Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This Was the WPT Malta in Pictures [Royal Flush Girls!]

This Was the WPT Malta in Pictures [Royal Flush Girls!]
The WPT Malta has come to a close, so we thought we'd take a look back on some of the highlight pictures from the destination. Malta is sure to become a mainstay of the WPT schedule in future years.

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EPT London Preview: The EPT - a Portrait

EPT London Preview: The EPT - a Portrait
2004 was an exciting year for poker. September 18 was a key date, with the first "shuffle up and deal" in Barcelona marking the birth of the European Poker Tour. A brief look back on how things have gone since then.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

WCOOP Roundup - VojtaR Takes 2nd Place in Main Event

WCOOP Roundup - VojtaR Takes 2nd Place in Main Event
After another exhilarating WCOOP, the Canadians have just pipped the Russians and the British for the most money won per country. Kallllle shipped the Main Event, but we're more excited about the 2nd place finisher- PokerStrategy.com coach...

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Barry Carter: Should The Red Pros Pay Their Earnings Back?

Barry Carter: Should The Red Pros Pay Their Earnings Back?
With a lot of anger directed at Full Tilt sponsored players this week, Barry Carter asks, should the Red Pros pay their earnings back?

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American Poker Pros Fleeing The Country To Have Freedom Of Choice

Professional US poker players are leaving the country by the thousands in the hopes of finding the freedom necessary to carry on the occupation that they chose back in the states.

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Massachusetts Set To Take Advantage Of Federal Online Poker Laws

Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House have passed a bill that not only will bring casino resorts to the state, but also set up a commission to explore the possibility of online gambling in Massachusetts.

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California Residents Want Online Poker Regulated

A new poll released indicates that California voters are in line with residents of other states when it comes to online poker. Fifty-three percent of voters claim they want online gambling regulations in California.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

WPT Malta Day 3: Final Table Reached

WPT Malta Day 3: Final Table Reached
The final table at the WPT Malta has been reached, and it includes November 9 member Matt Giannetti and blonde Italian Cecilia Pescaglini. The remainder of play will be streaming live with commentary from Phil Hellmuth.

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Top 5 Most Embarrassing TV Poker Hands

Top 5 Most Embarrassing TV Poker Hands
We take a look at some of the biggest poker bloopers ever caught on screen.

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WSOP Main Event on ESPN: Two New Episodes Aired

WSOP Main Event on ESPN: Two New Episodes Aired
The World Series of Poker Main Event continues on ESPN with two fresh episodes. See how the action on Day 5 went and who managed to advance by watching the episodes below.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Interview with Grant Williams, COO at PokerHeaven.com

Interview with Grant Williams, COO at PokerHeaven.com
To celebrate the upcoming PokerStrategy.com TV World Championship, we conducted an extensive interview with Grant Williams, Chief of Operations at PokerHeaven.com. We ask about what our qualifiers can expect in London, and discuss the perks of...

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Breakthrough in EPT Berlin robbery trial? One robber is now talking

Breakthrough in EPT Berlin robbery trial? One robber is now talking
In the trial against the suspected masterminds behind the robbery at the EPT Berlin, one of the convicted robbers has spoken out. The 22 year old offered damning evidence against the accused. He says that the accused provided instructions to him...

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The Daily Rewind: AGA video, WPT, Howard's Way, WCOOP, High Stakes

The Daily Rewind: AGA video, WPT, Howard's Way, WCOOP, High Stakes
Today we have a couple of videos for you. One is from the American Gaming Association, the other stars man under the spotlight, Howard Lederer. We also catch up with the WPT and WCOOP and get a quick recap of the high stakes action.

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Full Tilt Receives Letter of Intent + Investor Identity Rumor [UPDATE #2]

Full Tilt Receives Letter of Intent + Investor Identity Rumor [UPDATE #2]
Full Tilt Poker has received a letter of intent from an investor who has put significant effort towards a potential deal with the company. Additionally, a French news site is reporting that Laurent Tapie is part of the investment group.

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Discussing Red Pro Deals with Poker Agent Nick Ferro

Discussing Red Pro Deals with Poker Agent Nick Ferro
We haven't heard much at all from the Red Pros at Full Tilt Poker this week, so we caught up with a poker agent who negotiated a lot of sponsorship deals with Full Tilt Poker to discuss this week's developments.

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Free Online Poker Coming To California From Barona Resort Casino

Barona Resort & Casino wants to be prepared if the California laws change regarding online gambling, which is why the casino resort is launching a free play online poker site in beta mode.

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Public Online Poker Companies Becoming More Attractive To Players

Now that Full Tilt Poker has been accused by the US government of running a Ponzi scheme, online poker players are turning their trust over to publicly traded companies such as 888 Poker and Party Poker.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Barry Carter: The Future is Mid-Stakes

Barry Carter: The Future is Mid-Stakes
In his third column, Barry Carter discusses the rise of mid-stakes poker tournaments on the live circuit.

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Different Rake Allocation Models

Different Rake Allocation Models
No matter at which poker room you play, rake is always taken in the same way. At the end of the hand, before the pot goes to a winner, a small percentage is taken as rake. Yet depending on the rake allocation system which the room used, this taken...

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American Poker Pros Fleeing The Country To Have Freedom Of Choice

Professional US poker players are leaving the country by the thousands in the hopes of finding the freedom necessary to carry on the occupation that they chose back in the states.

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Massachusetts Set To Take Advantage Of Federal Online Poker Laws

Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House have passed a bill that not only will bring casino resorts to the state, but also set up a commission to explore the possibility of online gambling in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Set To Take Advantage Of Federal Online Poker Laws

Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House have passed a bill that not only will bring casino resorts to the state, but also set up a commission to explore the possibility of online gambling in Massachusetts.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Barry Carter: All Tournaments Should Be Re-Entry

Barry Carter: All Tournaments Should Be Re-Entry
PokerStrategy.com columnist Barry Carter released his latest article and this time he focuses on this new buy-in concept: the re-entry. See why our columnist considers the re-entry tournaments to be good for poker.

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The Daily Rewind: New Micros & WSOP Episodes, Law in Poker and Queen of Hearts

The Daily Rewind: New Micros & WSOP Episodes, Law in Poker and Queen of Hearts
Find out how life without poker looks like for the most beloved psychotic poker shark out there in the latest episode of Micros featuring Rose. New episodes of WSOP Main Event have been released as well. Also, don't miss out on...

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Interview with Grinders Documentary Director Matt Gallagher

Interview with Grinders Documentary Director Matt Gallagher
"Grinders" is a documentary in which film maker Matt Gallagher shows viewers his journey into the world of illegal poker rooms in Toronto. He follows players at different stages of their careers and shines a light on what it's like...

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WCOOP Rankings: Which Country Will Succeed the US?

WCOOP Rankings: Which Country Will Succeed the US?
A FIFA World Cup without Brazil? No way. The best-known tournament series in online poker without the most successful nation to date? Not quite. How are the nations performing? Why could a US player still become "Player of the Series"?...

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Barry Carter: A Debate Poker Didn't Need

Barry Carter: A Debate Poker Didn't Need
Poker journalist and author Barry Carter officially joins PokerStrategy.com with a brand new column. This week he discusses the latest controversy surrounding the Epic Poker League.

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The Daily Rewind: "Olorion" Wins WCOOP Event, Seidel Tops GPI, High Stakes

The Daily Rewind: "Olorion" Wins WCOOP Event, Seidel Tops GPI, High Stakes
Today, we bring you news of our Polish PokerStrategy.com coach "Olorion" taking down Event #30 of the WCOOP. We also welcome back Finnish pro "Lrslzk" into the high stakes fold, and report on Erik Seidel's rise to the top...

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Tony G Announces a Meeting of the Phil Hellmuth Appreciation Society

Tony G Announces a Meeting of the Phil Hellmuth Appreciation Society
Phil Hellmuth doesn't travel the European tournament circuit as much as he used to, but he will be appearing at the WPT Malta next week. Tony G has dubbed the event a meeting of the "Phil Hellmuth Appreciation Society."

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Everest Poker Representative: Black Friday Did Not Affect Our Operations

Everest Poker Representative: Black Friday Did Not Affect Our Operations
Mariken Hogenhout, Everest Gaming Global PR Manager, talked in an exclusive interview for PokerStrategy.com about several topics, including Black Friday, the Full Tilt Poker issue and Everest Poker's future plans.

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Did You Know? - WPT and Malta Interesting Facts

Did You Know? - WPT and Malta Interesting Facts
The World Poker Tour is in its 10th season, and we're rapidly approaching one of their most anticipated stops- Malta. We thought it would be fun to take a look at some interesting facts about the WPT as a tour and Malta as a location.

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Free Online Poker Coming To California From Barona Resort Casino

Barona Resort & Casino wants to be prepared if the California laws change regarding online gambling, which is why the casino resort is launching a free play online poker site in beta mode.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

All About Betfair: What Current and Future Customers Want to Know

All About Betfair: What Current and Future Customers Want to Know
Learn about Betfair's history, their move to the Ongame Network, how the company has reacted to Black Friday, and their plans for the future.

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Partouche Poker Tour Main Event - Oleksii Kovalchuk Crushing

Partouche Poker Tour Main Event - Oleksii Kovalchuk Crushing
The second day of the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event is in the books. Oleksii Kovalchuk is crushing the tournament, and PokerStrategist Giuseppe 'LeChiffre19' Pantaleo sits in 3rd place.

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WPT Malta Preview

WPT Malta Preview
The WPT Malta is one of the most anticipated tournaments stops of the year. An amazing location, a great casino, and a well-run tournament make it a prime destination for poker players.

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Hold'em Manager 2 Postponed Until End of September

Hold'em Manager 2 Postponed Until End of September
While we await the launch of Hold'em Manager 2, you can already enter your details to your profile page which will set you on your way to get the bonus 500 StrategyPoints. Find out how inside.

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PartyPoker STT Rake Reductions

PartyPoker STT Rake Reductions
PartyPoker has made several changes to their rake structures lately, and now they've decided to make some changes to what they rake on Sit & Go's. Several changes will be instituted on Monday.

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Full Tilt Poker In More Legal Trouble After Class Action Suit Filed

Full Tilt Poker cannot escape the legal troubles associated with shutting down their operations. The latest problems for the company came Friday when another class-action lawsuit was filed, this time in Quebec.

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Caesars Cup Becoming An International Poker Phenomenon

The Caesars Cup has become for poker what the Davis Cup has done for tennis and the Ryder Cup has done for golf. The best players in the US square off against the best International players, and this year the US poker team is looking for revenge.

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American Poker Pros Fleeing The Country To Have Freedom Of Choice

Professional US poker players are leaving the country by the thousands in the hopes of finding the freedom necessary to carry on the occupation that they chose back in the states.

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WPT Paris in Pictures [Royal Flush Girls], Next European Stop: Malta

WPT Paris in Pictures [Royal Flush Girls], Next European Stop: Malta
The WPT Grand Prix de Paris came to a close last week. Check out some of the highlight photos from that stop. Their next European destination is a player favourite - Malta. Will you be there?

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ElkY: The Triple Crown Feels Like a Huge Accomplishment

ElkY: The Triple Crown Feels Like a Huge Accomplishment
Bertrand "ElkY" has had a hot WSOP this year, culminating with his first bracelet and the completion of the coveted Triple Crown. We caught up with him to hear about his successes so far, as well as his upcoming kickboxing match against...

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Gambling Law Passed in German Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein

Gambling Law Passed in German Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
The time has finally come: effective immediately, companies can apply for a gaming licence. This means the poker market in Germany is now regulated and the country is no longer cut off compared to other countries.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Daily Rewind: Merge Responds to Indictment Rumours, McDonald Wins EPL

The Daily Rewind: Merge Responds to Indictment Rumours, McDonald Wins EPL
Today, we cover the Merge Gaming Network's response to recent indictment rumours, and toast Mike "Timex" McDonald's victory in the EPL Main Event #2.

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EPL Proves to be Anything But Epic

EPL Proves to be Anything But Epic
Initially touted as the most prestigious poker circuit on the planet, the Epic Poker League already seems to be on the wain. Less than 100 players turned out for Main Event #2. We discuss its current failure here in this opinion piece.

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Interview With Crispin Nieboer, CEO of PokerHeaven

Interview With Crispin Nieboer, CEO of PokerHeaven
To celebrate our partnership with PokerHeaven and the upcoming TV World Championship, we conducted an interview with Crispin Nieboer - CEO of Gaming Media Group (the company that owns PokerHeaven). Find out more here.

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The Rise (And Fall) of Poker in America

The Rise (And Fall) of Poker in America
In the next installment of our "Rise of Poker" series, we look at how the game developed in America. The current climate of government crackdown and anti-gambling legislation may paint a bleak picture, but it wasn't always like...

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The Daily Rewind: EPL Discusses Divita and Rheem, WCOOP and High Stakes Updates

The Daily Rewind: EPL Discusses Divita and Rheem, WCOOP and High Stakes Updates
Today, we report on Bluff Magazine's interview with Stephen Martin from the Epic Poker League. We recap on the weekend's high stakes action, and bring you yesterday's WCOOP results. We also reveal a new Team PokerStars Online...

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South Carolina Law Enforcement Set To Break Up Video Poker Party

South Carolina law enforcement officials have gotten increased complaints about video poker machines in the state and they are preparing to combat the illegal activity. Plans are in the works to stop the illegal gambling.

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Epic Poker Struggles With Attendance In Second Main Event

The Epic Poker League was supposed to be just that, epic. Instead, the low attendance at the second event of the league season showed that players are still looking to go where the largest payouts are available.

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Soulier Leads Epic Poker League Main Event Final Table

Fabrice Soulier has taken the chip lead to the dinner break at the final table of the Epic Poker League main event. Soulier is battling David Paul Steicke, Mike McDonald, and Erik Seidel for the title.

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Full Tilt Poker In More Legal Trouble After Class Action Suit Filed

Full Tilt Poker cannot escape the legal troubles associated with shutting down their operations. The latest problems for the company came Friday when another class-action lawsuit was filed, this time in Quebec.

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Caesars Cup Becoming An International Poker Phenomenon

The Caesars Cup has become for poker what the Davis Cup has done for tennis and the Ryder Cup has done for golf. The best players in the US square off against the best International players, and this year the US poker team is looking for revenge.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

PokerStars Starts WCOOP Radio - Interview inside

PokerStars Starts WCOOP Radio - Interview inside
The World Championship of Online Poker is well underway and PokerStars is about to kick off their WCOOP Radio show with Joe Stapleton and Nick Wealthall as hosts for their English-language show. Find the stream and interview with Joe Stapleton...

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The Daily Rewind: Coaching Costs, WPT, Brian Hastings, GSOP Greece

The Daily Rewind: Coaching Costs, WPT, Brian Hastings, GSOP Greece
Today we found out just how much it really costs for lessons from durrrr. There's a quick WPT update as well as news from the high stakes tables. We find out today about another major tournament coming to Greece and we meet a reality TV hot...

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WPT Grand Prix de Paris Day 2: Darcourt and Karr Still Strong

WPT Grand Prix de Paris Day 2: Darcourt and Karr Still Strong
The 2nd day of the World Poker Tour's Grand Prix de Paris is complete, and now just 61 players remain in the field. They'll all return tomorrow with their eyes on one goal- the $729,886 first place prize.

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Merge Network Targeted by Department of Justice?

Merge Network Targeted by Department of Justice?
Subject:Poker reports that the Merge Network could also be a target of the US Department of Justice and that seizures are planned, affecting payment processors that processed deposits and withdrawals of US players.

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Full Tilt Poker Lawyers Claims Company Wants To Pay Players Back

Full Tiult Poker has been going through a rough financial stretch since Black Friday, but over the weekend attorney Jeff Ifrah claimed that the company is working dilligently to pay back former customers.

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South Carolina Law Enforcement Set To Break Up Video Poker Party

South Carolina law enforcement officials have gotten increased complaints about video poker machines in the state and they are preparing to combat the illegal activity. Plans are in the works to stop the illegal gambling.

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Epic Poker Struggles With Attendance In Second Main Event

The Epic Poker League was supposed to be just that, epic. Instead, the low attendance at the second event of the league season showed that players are still looking to go where the largest payouts are available.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Classic WPT Moments [VIDEOS]

Classic WPT Moments [VIDEOS]
The World Poker Tour has given us some great television moments over the years. And as our countdown to WPT Paris continues, we would like to rehash some of them. Here, we pick out some of the best. Enjoy!

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DC Council Members Getting Cold Feet Over Online Poker Operation

Washington D.C.'s city council was prepared to allow the lottery to launch an online poker site this fall. Instead, it appears that the council is going to examine the plan further before giving the go ahead.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

An Unlikely Winner: from Third Place to the WPT in Paris

An Unlikely Winner: from Third Place to the WPT in Paris
The World Poker Tour in Paris is just round the corner and PokerStrategist HeLLutek is really looking forward to it. After making a small deposit, he won a $15,000 package for Paris in our $10,000 depositor freeroll. We spoke to him about his win...

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EPT Barcelona: PokerStrategist Martin Schleich Wins!

EPT Barcelona: PokerStrategist Martin Schleich Wins!
The 2011 PokerStars EPT Barcelona has come to a close, and PokerStrategist Martin Schleich has been crowned champion. Through 5 days of play, Schleich maintained intense focus and will take home €850,000 for his efforts.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Two New WSOP Main Event Episodes Aired on ESPN

Two New WSOP Main Event Episodes Aired on ESPN
We have collected the two latest episodes from the ESPN coverage of the WSOP Main Event. Yet again the coverage features community favorite Daniel Negreanu and several other known faces.

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The Daily Rewind: Bwin.Party Glances At USA, High Stakes August, WCOOP is coming

The Daily Rewind: Bwin.Party Glances At USA, High Stakes August, WCOOP is coming
Today we reveal big news concerning Bwin.Party and plans for the US. We've got a traffic report and a rundown of the big winners and losers in August. There's news of some WCOOP shows as well as a very popular hot shot...

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Rodriguez Grilled BY MLB Officials Regarding Illegal Poker Games

Alex Rodriguez finally got his day in court on Friday after weeks of speculation. The Yankees slugger met with MLB officials and was grilled about his possible involvement in an illegal high stakes poker game.

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World Poker Tour Legends Of Poker Tourney Down To Three Players

The World Poker Tour's Legends of Poker tournament has reached the final stages, with only three players remaining. Ken Aldridge is the current chip leader as the players will battle for top billing through the night.

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Royal Flush Girls Really are the Nuts

Royal Flush Girls Really are the Nuts
If the raspy voice of Mike Sexton down the mic wasn't sexy enough for you, then surely the Royal Flush Girls will fill that void. Qualify for the WPT and you could be standing alongside these lovely ladies.

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