Tobey Maguire has settled a lawsuit that sought repayment of hundreds of thousands of dollars the "Spider-Man" actor allegedly won in secret high-stakes poker games at Beverly Hills luxury hotels, according to court documents filed last week.
Alex Rodriguez reportedly played in a couple card games at rich guys' houses in or near Beverly Hills. The stakes were said to be high.
Celebrities who played in secret poker games were paid with funds linked to an illegal Ponzi scheme, a lawsuit contends.
Celebrities who won big money in secret high-stakes poker games at Beverly Hills luxury hotels were paid with funds stolen from investors who had been lured into an illegal Ponzi scheme, a series of federal lawsuits contends.
Supporters of online poker are trying to sell the games as a potential source of tax revenue.
Phil Ivey, one of the world's best poker players, is boycotting this week's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and is suing his sponsor.
Shaun Poland is 25 years old, he wears a lip ring, and he lives in southern Maine.
Online poker players will be able to withdraw money from accounts at two of the three Internet poker companies recently indicted for bank fraud and money laundering.
Waylon 'Blackjack' Albert was born Thursday and joins big sister Alabama Gypsyrose
The 33 miners trapped in a mine in Chile sing their national anthem in a video message to their families.
It was unlike Stephany Flores Ramirez not to come home on time. An avid poker player, the Peruvian 21-year-old lived with her father and knew he was expecting her after a night at a Texas Hold 'em tournament on May 30 in Lima.
Sadly, the down economy has put a lot of workers over age 50 in the unenviable position of needing to find a new profession. Don't believe that old cliché about middle-aged dogs and new tricks, though; lots of wildly successful people found big success in careers they began after their fiftieth birthdays.
At least four masked and armed men robbed an international poker tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, making off with an undisclosed sum of money, police said.
When Mark Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks, one of his first moves was to upgrade the team plane. So it was that he laid out nearly $50 million for a Boeing 757, flush with a weight room and facility for trainers to provide medical treatment. But the Mavericks' previous team plane had a unique feature as well: The front tire was painted in the manner of a roulette wheel. Why, you ask?
There is something new to do in Sin City: Follow the trail of "The Amazing Race" finalists who sprinted through Las Vegas, Nevada, in a quest to win a $1 million grand prize.
It takes one hour to fly from Los Angeles, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, but why take the easy route when you can squeeze in stops in Asia, the Middle East and Europe along the way?
He may not be a household name, but to poker followers, Phil Ivey is a god. The 33-year-old pro player is widely considered the best in the world, a rare consensus for the sport.
"Hotel Rwanda" star Don Cheadle got a first-hand view of horror when he traveled to the devastated Darfur region of Sudan in 2005.
Tito Ortiz has a game plan and he's sticking to it.
Poker's one-time leader has just folded its hand.
LAS VEGAS -- By day, I talk poker; by night, I play poker. This came as quite a surprise to Toni -- a.k.a. She Is The One (And Then Some) -- who assumed I just impersonated a poker player on TV to allow us to eat at Outback Steakhouse once a month.
Most adults still think you have to go to Target for a deck of trading cards if you want to play a hit game like "Magic: The Gathering." Their kids know better.
In the early morning hours last Sept. 11, a black Town Car pulled up to the entrance of New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Inside the sedan Jimmy Cayne, the CEO of Bear Stearns, was close to death. At dawn Cayne's wife had placed an emergency call to his physician, Dr. Jay Meltzer, and when Meltzer arrived at the couple's Park Avenue apartment, Cayne, then 73, was drowsy and desperately weak and had no appetite. His blood pressure was dangerously low. He was breathing very rapidly and deeply. Meltzer suspected sepsis. Rather than call an ambulance, Cayne asked for a car, in part because he feared that a public disclosure about his health could further damage the firm - a firm whose stock price had already dropped close to 27% (from $143 to $105 a share) since two of its highly leveraged hedge funds had imploded in June.
It's all for charity, of course, as the Oscar winner settles in for a week of parties and forums
While inmates in jails across New York pass the time by playing card games -- poker, gin rummy and solitaire -- they may also be helping crack cold cases.
Prison playing cards seek cold case clues. CNN's Kelli Arena reports.
For over a decade, chess and bridge enthusiasts have lobbied the IOC to allow them to compete in the Games. Will they ever succeed?
In the early morning hours last Sept. 11, a black Town Car pulled up to the entrance of New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Inside the sedan Jimmy Cayne, the CEO of Bear Stearns, was close to death.
iReporter David Alvarez created a mosaic of Jimi Hendrix out of playing cards.
Some call him "the Post-it Note Boy," after the 10-foot tall Ray Charles mosaic he made out of those sticky colored squares last summer.
LAS VEGAS -- Traveling with Jamie Gold has its perks. A flight to Las Vegas, for example, isn't simply a one-hour trip from San Francisco to Sin City; it's a theatrical production worthy of a casino showroom.
Bryan Berg spends much of his life in a house of cards. Literally. Berg, the Guinness World Record-honored "Cardstacker," has devoted his career to building houses of playing cards -- and skyscrapers, domes, cathedrals and stadiums, too.
Professional cardstacker Bryan Berg attacks his card city and his world record-setting card tower with a leaf blower.
Bear Stearns CEO James Cayne fired back Thursday at criticism of his leadership and allegations of inappropriate behavior published in the Wall Street Journal.
Sen. Barack Obama, in Atlanta, Georgia, recounts a story about an inspiring woman he met on the campaign trail.
Fresh from their Father's Day vacation in Hawaii, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reunited in Las Vegas for some grownups-only fun - for a good cause.
You don't have to be a high roller to travel to Vegas in style. Here, Travel + Leisure's tips for playing your cards right -- and saving a bundle -- in Sin City.
In the latest salvo in Anne Heche's bitter divorce battle, her estranged husband Coley Laffoon questions Heche's parenting skills and accuses the actress of resorting to lies to win custody of - and destroy his relationship with - their 5-year-old son Homer.
Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Eric Bana (Munich) for the magazine's Q&A. The Australian actor plays a professional poker player in Lucky You. Here are additional excerpts from their conversation:
The Internet has made poker into an international phenomenon played by millions around the world. By the nature of the game, most will be losers, but "Texas hold 'em" and the other variations of poker has a professional face, too, not just that of pasty-faced gamblers staring passively at computer screens.
Poker may not seem as hip as it was just a few years ago. And nobody's feeling that more than shareholders of WPT Enterprises, operator of the World Poker Tour.
Reggie Bush's role in Ciara's new music video Like A Boy have intensified rumors that the duo are an item. In the video, which was shot in Los Angeles, Bush is quietly sitting in a chair while Ciara seductively moves around him; whispering in his ear, hitting him on the head, laying between his legs and kissing him on the cheek.
Paul Wasicka is sitting in front of a pair of computers in the corner of his quaint hotel room searching for a pen. It wouldn't be so hard to find if he wasn't sharing the room with two of his friends and there weren't suitcases and clothes sprawled everywhere, but he is and it's making it hard to find anything in these cramped quarters.
Cingular appears to be grabbing the lion's share of smart phones. In the last few months, the carrier has stocked its lineup with the Nokia E62, the HP iPaq hw6925, and the 3G-enabled Cingular 8525.
SI.com's Arash Markazi traveled to Park City, Utah to chronicle the slate of never-ending parties and events surrounding the Sundance Film Festival. Here's his diary of the scene.
Know when to press - and when to pull back.
We talked to everyone from an NFL kicker to a tech CEO to find out what goes into the secret sauce of excellence.
When he won $12 million in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this month, Jamie Gold, a television producer, pumped his first in the air, hoisted stacks of cash over his head, and wrapped his mother in an embrace.
Often referred to as "America's new national pastime," poker has exploded over the past couple of years -- specifically Texas Hold 'Em games, a popular poker variant that has spawned TV shows, online competitions and even poker chips sold at local convenience stores.
Rather than spend up to $60 on the latest computer game and study a 200-page manual to learn how to play it -- a growing number of desktop gamers prefer inexpensive and easy-to-play "casual games."
Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel is in the old part of Las Vegas, far from the glitz of the Strip. Just a few miles from the legendary Caesars Palace and the swanky Bellagio, it sits on a forlorn stretch of downtown that's about as sexy as a Walgreens--subpar hotels, cheesy casinos and not-so-famous stage shows (two tickets to see Hellbent 4 Humor, anyone? Anyone?). But when Steve Dannenmann strides across the bland wine-colored carpet in the upstairs ballroom after downing a $12.50 T-bone in the coffee shop, he doesn't see the leaky ceiling and the deserted expanse full of stale air. He sees television cameras, bright lights and hordes of poker fans stomping their feet on steel bleachers. He hears them chanting his name. That's what it was like in this room six months ago, when his life changed forever.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Investors in WPT Enterprises, operator of the popular World Poker Tour television series on the Travel Channel, have to be wondering if they've been dealt a losing hand.
Paul McCartney sometimes gets a little help from a friend.
Getting it right
Until Bill Miller did it, nobody ever called 76-year-old Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson a giant of the investing world. Pearson's formal education stopped in fifth grade. He's a professional gambler....
Generally speaking, poker players can be divided into four types, or personalities, only one of which consistently ends up the big winner.
In poker there are no sure things. Even the best starting hands can be beaten.
Until Bill Miller did it, nobody ever called 76-year-old Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson a giant of the investing world.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Admit it. You've succumbed to the poker craze. You want to be the next Chris Moneymaker or Annie Duke. You fantasize about bluffing your way to a big pot against Hollywood poker aficionados like Ben Affleck.
History is littered with odd tax schemes. William Pitt the Younger introduced a tax on windows in Britain. Peter the Great taxed souls, and Nero, urine.
Two "Dogs Playing Poker" paintings cleaned house at Doyle New York's annual Dogs in Art Auction, fetching a staggering $590,400, the auction house said.
Your cell phone rings to the tune of "The Gambler." You think Ben Affleck's best performance wasn't in a movie but in his winning hand at the last celebrity poker event. You couldn't care less about politics, but you can argue for hours whether you should play or fold an unsuited Ace/6.
In the immortal words of Kenny Rogers: "You've got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em." And, if you're the founders of the World Poker Tour, knowing when to take the company public is ...
It's a sport where the major stars often aren't around for the biggest games. Its games are shown weeks, if not months, after they're played. And the viewers exert almost as much energy as the competitors, which is to say, not much at all.
Annie Duke is the mother of four children under the age of 9 and a former Ph.D. candidate in psycholinguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, which makes her, she claims, ideally suited to play...
Beating out the more than 2,500 others who entered the 35th annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Greg Raymer scooped the final pot Friday night for a take of $5 million.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - You know taxes are a fact of life, or, as Oliver Wendell Holmes put it, "the price we pay for civilization."
Don't rush, Paul Phillips tells himself. Even when you're burning up under the television lights, $1.5 million in poker chips is at stake, and you're facing one of the most feared players in the w...
--DEATH BY BOREDOM A University of Texas study found that people who don't use decision-making abilities in their jobs have a 43% higher mortality rate than those who do.
Last year wasn't bad news for investors everywhere. In some countries, stocks offered solid gains. But before you go putting your money in last year's top-performing global markets, take a closer l...
A small quiz, if you don't mind: Kindly describe what each of the companies in the top ten of the Most Admired does.
And you think your taxes are tough? The IRS doesn't mind if you collect clocks--or do anything else it considers unusual. It just wants you to fill out a few little forms.
I've fallen in love again. After a fling with Napster, I took a friend's recommendation and tried Scour.com--a spiffy-looking Website that searches for media files ranging from MP3s to full-length ...
The Lucky Chances casino in Colma, Calif., a town just south of San Francisco known mostly for its endless cemeteries, has none of the glitz of a Vegas gambling palace. With its scruffy carpeting a...
You've probably never heard of a Polish mathematician named Stanislow Ulam. But if you are saving for retirement or a child's college education, you'd be wise to get to know one of the concepts he ...
BUY THE WINES OF THE FUTURE(S)
While casinos will warmly welcome busloads of blue-haired old ladies aching to play the one-armed bandits, they lavish most of their attention on a handful of high rollers. And no wonder. Nicknamed...
Worried about coming face to face with a carjacker, as more than 25,000 Americans have since 1991? Then you might be a candidate for the latest in automobile antitheft devices (suggested retail pri...
GOOD MORNING. What do we have for me to look at today?'' Linda Joy Wachner, the chief executive of Warnaco, breezes through the small ''stitch room'' on the 12th floor of her headquarters at 90 Par...
Casino regulation in Atlantic City being one of the subjects on which Keeping Up readers receive timely reports no matter what they say, we return herewith to the seaside with an exclusive analysis...
Bear Stearns President James Cayne has won national tournaments in bridge, but when a men's magazine interviewed him about his passion for the game, the blunt Wall Streeter didn't know when to pass...
Inspired by a FORTUNE cover story that featured billionaire investor and bridge player Warren Buffett (April 11, 1988), the American Contract Bridge League put together a match that pitted Buffett ...
For eight years Jack Keller, 44, made an enviable living as a professional poker player. All told, he earned $1.1 million and this year was ranked the second leading money winner in the World Serie...
Gin rummy ace Richard Morrow, chairman of Amoco, just chose a new, high-stakes game: mergers and acquisitions. He has bid for Dome Petroleum, the troubled Canadian oil company. If Morrow wins, he w...
William Maxwell believes that anyone can learn to be smart by playing cards. Based on this controversial theory, he has designed a deck and a series of 40 card games that five-to-10-year-olds can p...
Only in America (cont'd) A woman who lost $350,000 gambling at Nevada casinos wants a federal court to cancel the debt because she played blackjack so badly. Toshi Van Blitter of El Macero, Calif.,...