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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.

Sexton Leaves WPT, Will Join Duthie at Partypoker to Form Friendly Juggernaut

Mike Sexton and John Duthie at partypoker

Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, the voice of the World Poker Tour and for many the voice of poker, is leaving the WPT to take up a new role as chairman of partypoker. Sexton has been with the WPT since Season 1, Episode 1, which aired in 2003. In many ways, he taught the world…Read More

World Series of Poker Abandons November Nine Concept

WSOP ditches November Nine

The World Series of Poker is ditching the “November Nine” format. It’s an acknowledgment that today people are consuming and engaging with poker in very different ways than they were nine years ago, when the concept was introduced.    The November Nine first appeared in 2008, designed to give the World Series a reality show…Read More

UK Soccer Star Wayne Rooney Reportedly Kicks Away $645,000 in Two-Hour Gambling Spree

Wayne Rooney gambling

If soccer player Wayne Rooney’s goal was to lose a large amount of money in a short time in a casino he seems to have succeeded. The Sun newspaper reported Monday the UK sports star surrendered £500,000 ($645,000) in two hours playing blackjack and roulette. The Manchester United player, who holds the team record for most…Read More

Poker Player Bets He Can Eat $1,000 of McDonald’s Food in 36 Hours 

Mike Noori Matt Savage McDonald's Bet

Poker player Mike Noori is a man who likes to put his money where his mouth is. But the real million-dollar question is, can he put $1,000 of McDonald’s food in his mouth, then chew it, and swallow it, and start digesting it, all within 36-hours? Many people think it’s impossible. Almost everyone agrees that…Read More

Sports Bettor Billy Walters’ Legal Team Files Appeal on Insider Trading Conviction

Billy Walters insider trading case appeal

It was a bet noted sports gambler Billy Walters said he was surprised he lost, but on Friday he doubled down, instructing his lawyers to file an appeal on his insider trading conviction. His attorneys believe they have a compelling argument for a new trial, saying in court papers that a device authorities called the…Read More

Steve Wynn Looks Back and Moves Forward, Always With an Eye for What Works

Steve Wynn Las Vegas design

Steve Wynn is no spring chicken, and the 75-year-old is slowly beginning to talk more openly about his storied career developing and running casinos, and his impact on Las Vegas. This week, the billionaire sat down for the keynote conversation at the Hospitality Design Exposition and Conference at Mandalay Bay. His longtime business partner Roger…Read More

Musician Brandon Flowers Hoping to Make Killer Profit on Old Las Vegas Howard Hughes Home

Brandon Flowers home

Las Vegas native and lead singer of The Killers, Brandon Flowers, has decided to sell his upscale home that was once owned by casino magnate and millionaire, Howard Hughes. The rock band’s front man has apparently made the decision to move out of state with his wife and three sons, and is asking $4.95 million,…Read More

Bay Area Native Tom Hanks Upset Over Oakland Raiders’ Move to Las Vegas

Tom Hanks Oakland Raiders Las Vegas

Celebrated A-lister Tom Hanks is one of America’s most cherished Hollywood talents. He’s entertained moviegoers for decades, but when it comes to his own entertainment, Hanks says he won’t be tuning in for Raiders football games once the franchise relocates to Las Vegas. There’s no crying in baseball, as Hanks’ character Jimmy Dugan so memorably said in…Read More

Elvis Memorabilia Retained by Westgate Las Vegas Despite Lawsuit From Icon’s Estate

Elvis memorabilia Westgate International Las Vegas

The Elvis memorabilia that was part of an exhibit at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort isn’t being returned to the late icon’s estate in Memphis, Tennessee. “Graceland Presents Elvis” was a short-lived attraction inside the former International Hotel, an off-strip resort that hosted hundreds of performances by the legend. The exhibit opened in April of…Read More

Woods Gets Fourth Surgery on Back, Return in Question

Tiger Woods back

The back that Tiger Woods carried the PGA Tour on for two decades got its fourth surgery, and his return this season and beyond is in serious doubt. The 14-time major championship winner announced on his website that he had the procedure done just two days after he divulged plans to design a public golf…Read More

Late Las Vegas Pioneer Kirk Kerkorian Fulfills “Promise” to Expose Armenian Genocide

Kirk Kerkorian The Promise Armenian genocide

The estate of late billionaire Kirk Kerkorian is staying true to the businessman and philanthropist’s promise to bring the disputed Armenian genocide to the big screen. Kerkorian, one of the most important figures in developing Las Vegas as it’s known today, died in 2015 at the age of 98 with an estimated net worth of $4…Read More

Billy Walters’ Winning Streak Ends, Famed Sports Bettor Found Guilty on Insider Trading Counts

Billy Walters sports betting Phil Mickelson

Billy Walters has been found guilty on all 10 charges he was facing in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Friday. A swift-acting jury took little time earlier today to return guilty verdicts on the accusations that the famed sports bettor used insider trading information to make $43 million in the stock market. Considered the most…Read More

Billy Walters Trial Star Witness Embezzled from Battered Women’s Charity to Fund Gambling, Hookers 

Billy Walters leaves court

Gambling, soliciting prostitutes, ripping off a women’s charity and leaking sensitive company information, it’s all just another day at the office, apparently, for the former chairman of one of America’s biggest milk-processing companies. Tom Davis, the former chairman of Dean Foods, of Dallas, continued his testimony in the trial of his one-time friend, the legendary gambler…Read More

Illusionist Criss Angel Straightjacket Stunt Gone Wrong Underlines Dangerous Life of Las Vegas Performers

Criss Angel blackout Foxwoods

Criss Angel is today’s Harry Houdini, and like the man who inspired his work, the 49-year-old Las Vegas entertainer is no stranger to a straightjacket. But during a performance of his signature show “Mindfreak Live!” late last week at the Luxor, Angel blacked out during a straightjacket escape that took place just 15 minutes into the…Read More

Manny Pacquiao Announces April Fight, Floyd Mayweather Speculation Lingers

Manny Pacquiao Floyd Mayweather boxing odds

Manny Pacquiao is in the business of making money, and he’s set to collect after agreeing to terms with lightweight boxer Amir Khan and giving the fans what they want. The 38-year-old boxer was initially in talks to fight Jeff Horn of Australia, but the response was less than enthusiastic in the boxing community. Pacquiao…Read More