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What would gambling be without tournaments? Whether it’s the glitz and glamour of the WSOP, or the grind of the SCOOP we bring you word of it here.

We look at the final tables, talk about the action and generally report on tabletop happenings to let you know who might be the next king (or queen) of the hill.

Talking Stick Casino Appeals for Patience After Monsoon Causes Evacuation of Players with Cash Stuck in Slots

Talking Stick Casino

The Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona will remain shuttered until August 19, management have said, after a monsoon in the early hours of Saturday morning caused the complete evacuation of the casino. Around 600 casino players, hotel guests, and employees were ushered out of the casino at about 2am after water from multiple storms flooded…Read More

UK Poker Champ Ordered to Turn Prize Over to Taxman to Atone for Past Crimes

Adam Lulat

In March, British poker player Adam Lulat won the Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT) main event for £70,000. This week, he was ordered to surrender all his winnings to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or face prison time. In 2015, Lulat was sentenced to 28 months for his role in a £40 million…Read More

John Cynn Wins $8.8 Million World Series of Poker Main Event, Final Heads-Up Match Longest in Tournament’s History

John Cynn

The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event wound to a lengthy end in the wee hours on Sunday morning, and Indianapolis poker pro John Cynn was the victor of the $8.8 million dollar first prize. Cynn also received the accompanying 18-carat white gold, 120 diamond-encrusted champion’s bracelet worth an estimated half-million on its own,…Read More

Magic City Casino’s Proposed Poker Room Has Not Been Welcomed In Miami

Magic City

Local business luminaries and residents of Miami’s burgeoning Edgewater district are losing their minds over plans by the Magic City Casino to build a poker room and jai alai facility in their up-and-coming neighborhood, the Miami Herald reports. On July 3, the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering approved an application for a “summer jai lai…Read More

World Series of Poker Main Event Attracts Second-Largest Field in History

World Series of Poker

World Series of Poker officials announced Wednesday night that 7,874 hopefuls had entered the 2018 Main Event, the second-biggest field ever. You’d have to go back to 2006 – when Jamie Gold trash-talked his way through 8,772 players – to find one bigger. But that was at the absolute pinnacle of the poker boom, a…Read More

Online Sportsbooks Pick World Series of Poker Main Event Favorites, as Iconic Doyle Brunson Calls It a Day

WSOP Main Event betting and Doyle Brunson’s big farewell

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is well underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and with the Main Event just 2 1/2 weeks away, several offshore internet sportsbooks have set the lines on poker’s next world champion. Leading the pack at BetOnline.com are Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey, each at…Read More

Zestless Chris Ferguson Posts Video ‘Apology’ for Full Tilt Scandal: Too Little, Too Late, Says Poker Community

Chris Ferguson apology video

Notorious poker pro and persona non grata Chris Ferguson — co-founder and former director of Full Tilt Poker — has posted what appears to be a hostage-style apology video for his role in the events that surrounded online poker’s Black Friday on April 15, 2011. The former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion posted a…Read More

PokerStars Tosses Hong Kong Real-Money Players into the Muck

Hong Kong PokerStars

For Hong Kong PokerStars players, real-money play is off limits. The online poker giant without warning announced the cessation of real-money options on Wednesday. In an email sent to players based in the special administrative region, it offered no specific reason for the move other than that it “frequently reviews commercial and regulatory developments around…Read More

PokerStars Seals Deal with Hong Kong-Listed Casino-Hotel Group to Expand Asian Tournament Footprint

Stanley Choi, chairman of International Entertainment Corp

PokerStars’ parent The Stars Group has inked a deal with Hong-Kong-listed International Entertainment Corp to operate land-based poker tournaments in “certain Asian counties” under the PokerStars brand, according to a filing by International to the Hong Stock Exchange. International Entertainment is the owner-operator of the five-star AG New World Manila Bay Hotel and Casino in…Read More

WSOP Runner-Up Gordon Vayo Sues PokerStars Over Tournament Win Nonpayment, Operator Claims Player’s Geolocation in Question

Gordon Vayo 2016 WSOP Main Event

2016 World Series of Poker Main Event second-place finisher Gordon Vayo is suing PokerStars for withholding nearly $700,000, which he says he won legitimately in its SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) internet tournament series last year. Vayo placed first in SCOOP Event #1, a $1,050 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $692,000 first…Read More

China Bans Play-Money Social Poker Apps, Squashes Chinese Poker Boom

China Social Poker Ban

China is to ban social play-money poker apps and will also announce the game will no longer be viewed a competitive sport, a designation that allowed live poker tournaments to be tolerated in certain regions. The move effectively eradicates a previously burgeoning social poker industry and is likely to cut short the recent growth of…Read More

PokerStars Blocks Play Money Games in Washington State, Federal Judgment Unnerves Social Gaming Industry

PokerStars blocks play-money in Washington

PokerStars has blocked free-to-play games in Washington State. According to the State Gambling Commission, the online poker giant is one of several providers of “freemium” social casino-style games that opted to withdraw services to state residents last week, following a federal court judgment on the legality of the Big Fish social casino app. On March…Read More

Poker Player Jake Cody Wins Tournament, Puts It All on Black: Guess What Happens Next?

Jake Cody plays roulette

Poker player Jake Cody won just shy of $60,000 when he took down the partypoker UK Poker Championships “high roller” event on Monday night at England’s Dusk Till Dawn Casino. Nothing too remarkable about that – a prolific tournament player, Cody has over $4.5 million in tournament winnings and is Britain’s tenth most successful poker…Read More

Poker’s Top Female Pro Vanessa Selbst Steps Back from PokerStars Endorsement Deal and the Game Itself

Vanessa Selbst leaving poker

Vanessa Selbst, who’s won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and made nearly $12 million as one of the top poker tournament players in the world, surprised fans and fellow players by announcing on New Year’s Eve that she’s retiring from the game. The most successful women’s player gave several reasons on an in-depth…Read More

Researchers Reveal Secrets of Libratus Poker AI

Libratus poker AI

Back in January, the Libratus poker AI defeated four top heads-up no limit hold’em specialists, marking the first time that a computer showed it could defeat high-level professional players. Now, the team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University that created the silicon shark have revealed just how they pulled off that feat. In a paper…Read More