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Their highs, their lows, their triumphs and their criminal convictions. Here we look at those colorful characters that keep the gambling world turning and make it as interesting as it is.

We follow their tournament track records, as well as look into their backgrounds to see what made them they way they are. We also keep our ears close to the ground for the many rumors that spring up about them.

Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson Breaks Three Ribs in Fall, Misses Venetian Macau Anniversary Celebration

Sheldon Adelson, the top dog at Las Vegas Sands Corp., is recovering after a fall that resulted in three broken ribs for the 84-year-old gaming mogul. The incident occurred while Adelson was riding a ferry from Hong Kong to Macau, while in town to celebrate the anniversary of his own Venetian Macau property. The injury…Read More

Dominik Nitsche Wins $4 Million in WSOPE High Roller for One Drop

Dominik Nitsche One Drop

Dominik Nitsche overcame a strong field that included many of his German countrymen to win the 2017 High Roller for One Drop at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The victory earned Nitsche not only €3,487,463 ($4.04 million), but also his fourth career WSOP bracelet. The High Roller attracted a…Read More

Chris Ferguson Wins Sixth Bracelet at WSOP Europe, Sparking Bitter Poker Player Backlash

Chris Ferguson WSOP Europe

Chris “Jesus” Ferguson won the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event at the World Series of Poker Europe on Wednesday, earning the long-time professional poker player his sixth career WSOP bracelet and a whole lot of public grief. As one of the founders of Full Tilt Poker, Ferguson fell out of favor with…Read More

Queen Elizabeth Knows How to Pick Horse Racing Winners, and She Has £6.7M to Prove It

Queen Elizabeth, champion horse breeder

Who knew the 91-year-old Queen of England, Elizabeth II, was so into gambling? According to a recent data dive by the horse race betting website MyRacing.com, the British monarch has amassed quite the stable of winning thoroughbreds over the decades. Her lucrative hobby has done particularly well of late, earning the Queen £558,000 ($736,000) in…Read More

Phil Ivey Loses Edge-Sorting Case in UK Supreme Court

Phil Ivey edge-sorting

Phil Ivey has lost his bid in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to recover more than $10 million that he won at the Crockfords Club in London back in 2012, ending a saga that has now seen him lose cases on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The professional poker player was attempting…Read More

Tom Davis Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison, Former Dean Foods Chairman Gave Insider Trading Tips to Billy Walters

Billy Walters sports gambling Tom Davis

Tom Davis, the former chairman of America’s largest dairy producer Dean Foods, was sentenced to two years in prison this week for giving convicted sports gambler Billy Walters confidential information on the company’s activities. The insider trading tips allowed Walters to profit $43 million, some of which was achieved by knowing exactly when to buy…Read More

George Foreman Challenges Actor Stephan Seagal to Fight

George Foreman, Steven Seagal

Let’s get ready to stumble! Or bumble, because 68-year-old George Foreman challenged 65-year-old actor and martial artist Steven Seagal to a 10-round senior citizen boxing match in Las Vegas. The former heavyweight champion issued the proposition on his Twitter account Monday. While Foreman’s idea was quickly mocked on social media, he appeared serious. His first…Read More

Floyd Mayweather Boxing Club Volunteer Arrested for Murder of Sometimes Las Vegas Roomate

Abdul Musawwir Mohammed Floyd Mayweather

A man with ties to Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing Club in Las Vegas stands accused of murdering a fellow volunteer at the facility, police said. Abdul Musawwir Mohammed, also known as Carlton Burnett, has been charged in the shooting death of Randall “Baldy” Smith that allegedly took place the weekend of the champion’s bout with Conor…Read More

OJ Simpson Out on Parole, Staying in Nevada at Undisclosed Las Vegas Location For Now

OJ Simpson released from Lovelock

OJ Simpson is a free man once more, albeit not without caveats, after he was released from a Nevada prison just after midnight Sunday morning. The controversial former sports hero was serving nine years of a 33-year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery, but was approved for parole in July. The one-time NFL and movie…Read More

Borgata Causes Card-Maker Gemaco to Shuffle Nervously Over $10 Million Edge Sorting Case

Phil Ivey and Kelly Sun

The Borgata, Atlantic City, doubled down on its lawsuit against Kansas-based playing card manufacturer Gemaco as it attempts to claw back $10 million “won” by edge-sorting Phil Ivey and Kelly Sun at the casino’s mini-baccarat tables in 2012. The casino has accused Ivey and Sun of cheating, and Gemaco of breach of contract because it…Read More

Key Information Left Out of OJ Simpson Parole Hearing Spurs Gloria Allred to Push for Change to Nevada Law

OJ Simpson odds parole board law

Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred is seeing red over OJ Simpson’s imminent release from a Nevada prison, and she’s put in motion legislation to see to it that the state’s laws change going forward as a result. OJ Simpson could be released from Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center as early as this Sunday, October 1, but had…Read More

Boxer Jake LaMotta, Subject of ‘Raging Bull,’ Dies at 95

Jake LaMotta, 1922-2017

Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta’s battles outside the boxing ring were almost as vicious as his fights that raged in it. The subject of the movie “Raging Bull,” LaMotta died Tuesday at age 95, of complications from pneumonia, at a nursing home near Miami, Florida. The famed middleweight fought from 1941-1954 and compiled a record of 83-19-4…Read More

Cardmaker Gemaco Refutes Borgata’s Claim That Design Flaw Led to Phil Ivey’s $10M Edge-Sorting Win

Phil Ivey and Kelly Sun on trial

In poker pro Phil Ivey’s ongoing battle with the Borgata casino in Atlantic City over $10 million “won” at the mini-baccarat tables in 2012, it’s become a three-way blame game. In a statement filed in a New Jersey court on Monday, playing card manufacturer Gemaco answered the Borgata’s claim that flawed decks allowed Ivey and…Read More

OJ Simpson Signed Photo From Botched Palace Station Robbery Attempt Now for Sale

OJ Simpson memoribilia for sale

Even as former football hero OJ Simpson waits for his parole date in October, a Planet Hollywood memorabilia store owner on the Las Vegas Strip says it has a signed collectible picture of Simpson that the Hall of Famer tried to reclaim in the infamous 2007 robbery at Palace Station. The 8-x-10 inch photo of…Read More

Tiger Woods Practicing Again, But No Timetable for Betting on His Return

Tiger Woods chipping video

Tiger Woods teased golf fans on Thursday when he posted on Twitter a short video of him practicing his chipping, but gave no information on when he might return to the PGA Tour. It appears through earlier comments that April 2018 and the Masters is the goal. Under the 28-second slow motion video, he wrote,…Read More