'High Stakes Poker is a good bet to become poker's most popular tv programg

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Jamie Gold, gabby as ever, was up to his old tricks this week in Las Vegas, jawing and jiving and conniving against his opponents in a poker game with literally millions of dollars at stake. Gold, who became the gambling world's most renowned motormouth on the way to winning the $12 million top prize in the World Series of Poker last summer, calls his incessant jabbering a psychological weapon, fair play at the table. Don't like it? Shut up and deal with it, Gold says. This time around, instead

The Big Laydown

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Poker professionals pride themselves on their ability to make big laydowns. A big laydown is a situation where you actually have a strong hand but fear your opponent has an even stronger one. So, you decide to fold your cards. Here’s a big laydown I made in a tournament in Atlantic City. Big might be an understatement.The pot was raised before the flop, called, and then reraised to me. Sitting in the big blind, I was holding pocket kings. I wasn't about to mess around with the hand, so I decided

House rejects bill allowing Texas Hold 'Em poker tournaments

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The House narrowly rejected a bill today that would allow bars and restaurants to hold the popular Texas Hold 'Em poker tournaments -- the second year in a row the measure has failed in the House amid opposition by Governor Kathleen Blanco.The House voted 48 to 46 for the bill by Representative Warren Triche, but it needed 53 votes -- a majority of the full House -- for it to pass. Triche can bring the bill up again.The tournaments have been the subject of dispute because the state's top liquor

Hachem gambles on film career

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HE'S perfected his poker face, but card playing champion Joe Hachem is taking another gamble with his latest career move as a big-screen star.The former world poker champion will make his film debut in the Australian flick Prey.While he's unlikely to earn the $10 million prize pool he reaped in the 2005 World Series Poker title, Hachem is laying his talent on the table after signing for a small, but pivotal role in the film.The poker ace will star alongside Rogue Traders babe Natalie Bassingthwa

Poker's main event closes probe on 2.4M chip error

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LAS VEGAS — All the chips were on the table in last year's World Series of Poker — and then some. The final count was 2.41 million more than was supposed to be in play.A Nevada state gaming investigator says it looks like an unintentional mistake in a fast-paced tournament with thousands of players and tens of millions of chips. Harrah's Entertainment, which operates the tournament, said it has investigated. So has the Nevada Gaming Commission. Neither is specifying what it found, though the com

Bluffing at Paired Flops

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Flop texture isn’t discussed much, but it's an extremely important topic, especially when you’re deciding whether to bluff at a pot. In this column, I’ll focus on bluffing at paired flops. Flop texture isn’t discussed much, but it's an extremely important topic, especially when you’re deciding whether to bluff at a pot. In this column, I’ll focus on bluffing at paired flops.When a pair comes out on the flop, you’re in good bluffing position. If you actually had what you’re representing -- you m

NATIONAL HEADS-UP POKER CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWCASES THE UNDERDOGS IN THE FINAL 8

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NEW YORK – May 9, 2007 – NBC will present taped coverage of the sixth installment of its ultimate big-stakes poker showdown, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship presented by Outback Steakhouse, from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Sunday at Noon ET/ 4 p.m. PT. This season's most talked about underdog, American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth, wiped out the high profile veteran Barry Greenstein last week, and will take on Costa Rica's poker heavyweight Humberto Brenes this Sunday. The other featur

World Poker Tour(R) Announces Official Season VI Tour Schedule

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WPT Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WPTE - News) today announced its official tournament schedule for Season VI of its highly popular TV show, the World Poker Tour® (WPT). The schedule includes 19 regular-season WPT tour stops and the annual ladies-only event, Ladies Night V. Several "WPT specials"--or themed invitation events--will be announced at a later date.WPT introduced several new stops and venues, including new tournaments in the Caribbean's Turks & Caicos Islands

Poker tourneys canceled

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The Bluegrass Texas Hold ‘Em Tour and the Louisville Poker Tour will no longer host Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments in Oldham County restaurants after a crackdown by state and local law enforcement officials.Owners of two local restaurants - Ray’s Corner in La Grange and Fast Break Pizza in Crestwood - have paid for outside companies to host poker tournaments in their establishments in what seemed like a win-win situation for businesses and customers alike. Customers played a free game of poker, earn

Full Tilt player wins WTP Five Star World Poker Classic

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DUBLIN, Ireland – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Full Tilt Poker pro Carlos "The Matador" Mortensen, rallied through three hours of grueling heads-up play against Kirk Morrison to win the 2007 WPT Five Star World Poker Classic. The $3.9 million victory makes him the first player to ever win both a WPT World Championship and a WSOP* Main Event. Mortensen started heads-up play as a two-thirds underdog, with 12.8 million in chips to Morrison's 19.45 million, and within 15 minutes lost even more ground by losin