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.
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.
Celebration injuries have happened before, of course. I recall Kansas City's Mike Sweeney wrenching his back when picking up Carlos Beltran during a celebration. I don't know if this story is true, but you can read that the poker player Justin Smith blew out his knee celebrating an ace-high straight at a World Poker Tour Event. In Spain, Real Betis striker Sergio Garcia twisted his left knee while celebrating a goal.
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.
It plays second fiddle to Las Vegas and ugly duckling to Lake Tahoe, but it's my kind of town. The biggest little city in the world is Reno, Nev., and if you've never been there, you've never been anywhere.
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.
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.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Mark Ewing, a 31-year-old entrepreneur and day trader who quit his job two months ago to "take some risks in life," parlayed a $10,000 buy-in into $250,000 by winning the World Series of Golf on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
True story: As part of its social-studies curriculum, my daughter's fourth-grade class was planning a field trip to the Lower East Side in Manhattan to get a sense of what life was like for immigrants in the early 20th century.
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.
Stocks surged Friday as a strong -- but not too strong -- June jobs report reassured investors that the economy is hopping, but not so fast as to force the Federal Reserve to speed up its interest rate-hiking campaign.
F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." For poker players and investors, maybe we should make it three ideas.
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.
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.
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.