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Hossein Ensan of Germany Wins World Series of Poker and $10 Million First Prize

Hossein Ensan

Hossein Ensan is the new WSOP Champion. At around 1:29 am PT Wednesday morning, the Iranian-born German’s pocket kings survived a check-raise river jam from his opponent, “Super” Dario Sammartino, who held a flush draw and inside straight draw, and the Rio erupted. Ensan becomes only the second German WSOP Champion, after Puis Heinz in…Read More

WSOP Final Table: Three Remain as Americans Crash Out, Champion Crowned in Las Vegas Tonight

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German poker pro Hossein Ensan will begin Tuesday night’s WSOP finale with the commanding chip lead he has managed to preserve since the cards went in the air on the final table on Sunday night. Tonight, the three remaining players will become one, a new world champion will be crowned, and Ensan — as ever…Read More

WSOP Main Event Reaches Final Table, Nine to Play for $10 Million Top Prize

WSOP final table

From 8,568, just nine remain. The final table at the World Series of Poker’s Main Event gets underway on Sunday in Las Vegas, as four Americans, a Canadian, a German, an Italian, a Serbian, and one short-stacked Brit will play for poker’s biggest title over the next three days. Each has endured a grueling schedule…Read More

WSOP Main Event Officially Biggest Since 2006 at Height of Poker Boom


The numbers are in for the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas — and reports of the game’s demise have been wildly exaggerated. In fact, with the WSOP celebrating its half-century, this is the second biggest field of all time, with 8,569 runners ponying up the $10,000 buy-in —…Read More

Poker Pro Brandon Steven Forfeits $1M to Feds as Part of Plea Deal in Illegal Gaming Case

Brandon Steven, a Kansas businessman and noted poker player, folded his hand earlier this week when he agreed to plead guilty in a US district court to a single gambling count. While the 45-year-old escaped jail time, Steven agreed to forfeit more than $1 million to authorities. Last week, the US Attorney’s Office in Kansas…Read More

‘Russia’s Most Beautiful Poker Player’ Liliya Novikova Found Dead from Suspected Electrocution

Liliya Novikova

Russia’s Channel 5 has reported the death of poker player and esports star Liliya Novikova, aka “Liay5,” who was found dead in her bathroom in Moscow on Wednesday, apparently from a massive electric shock. The 26-year-old, dubbed “Russia’s most beautiful poker player” by Russian media, was a former PokerStars Pro and avid Twitch streamer, with…Read More

Cristiano Ronaldo Palms Casino Rape-Claim Case Moves to Federal Court

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A Nevada lawsuit that accuses Cristiano Ronaldo of raping a woman in the Penthouse suite of the Palms Hotel & Casino 10 years ago has moved to a federal court, the woman’s legal representatives said Wednesday. News that the state-level civil case had been dropped on Tuesday prompted speculation that the soccer superstar had settled…Read More

Video Purportedly Shows Sports Bettor Holzhauer Losing on ‘Jeopardy!’

In news that has various social media platforms buzzing Monday, leaked footage from the day’s scheduled episode of “Jeopardy!” appears to show professional sports bettor James Holzhauer losing, thus ending the run of one of the show’s most dominant players. Leaked footage of the episode appeared on Twitter on Sunday via an account known as…Read More

Las Vegas Sport Bettor and Jeopardy! Phenom James Holzhauer Makes It 24 in a Row

James Holzhauer

Professional sports bettor turned record-smashing Jeopardy! phenomenon James Holzhauer booked his 24th consecutive win on the long-running game show Tuesday, taking his total winnings to an extraordinary $1,867,142. That’s the second largest winning streak ever in the show’s 55-year history — and by a long chalk. Holzhauer has surpassed the previously second-placed guy — computer…Read More

Champion League Betting: Liverpool Stuns Barcelona with Miracle Semifinal Comeback

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Liverpool needed a miracle to overturn a three-goal first-leg deficit against Barcelona in its Champions League semifinal on Tuesday night, and guess what? The EPL team staged arguably its most stunning comeback on the European stage, beating the world’s top-ranked club side, Barcelona, to advance into the final for the second year in a row….Read More

Champions League Favorite Man City Crashes Out in Crazy Quarter Final vs Spurs

Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur progressed to the semifinals of the Champions league at the expense of former favorite Manchester City on Wednesday night in a breathtaking seven-goal thriller in which VAR (video-assistant referee) played a starring role. It’s hard to recall a game of soccer so heart-stoppingly dramatic and with so much at stake. Trailing 1-0 after…Read More

PointsBet U.S. Announces New Sports Betting Policy to Attract Sharps, Seeks to Expand

PointsBet U.S. announced on Wednesday it would enforce a new policy aimed at attracting professional and other high dollar bettors to make their sports betting wagers in an American market. Effective immediately, the New Jersey online sportsbook said it will accept bets to win on games where the “minimum bet-to-win amount” is $10,000 from any…Read More

‘Pacman’ Jones Takes Plea Deal Over Indiana Casino Cheating, Disorderly Conduct Rap

'Pacman' Jones

Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and current free agent Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones has accepted a plea deal in relation to charges that included cheating and disorderly conduct at an Indiana casino. The defender turned defendant was arrested at the Rising Star Casino in Indiana in the early hours of February 27 after Indiana Gaming Commission agents responded to…Read More

Former NFLer ‘Pacman’ Jones Arrested in Indiana Casino, Suspected of Cheating

'Pacman' Jones

Ex-NFL All Pro Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones is facing multiple charges stemming from his arrest at an Indiana casino early Wednesday morning. According to a report from the Eagle Country 99.3 radio station, agents from the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) were alerted to a patron who may have been cheating at a table game at the…Read More

Paul Phua Beats Illegal Gambling Rap in Macau

Paul Phua

High-stakes poker player Paul Phua has been acquitted by a court in Macau on charges of running an illegal World Cup betting ring, just as he was four years ago in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, the Macau Court of First Instance cleared the Malaysian billionaire and former junket operator, along with 14 others, of operating…Read More