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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.

2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table: All You Need to Know

World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table

The final table of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event was set in the early hours of Tuesday morning. In the third largest WSOP main event in history, four Americans, two Brits, two Frenchmen and an Argentinian survived from a field of 7,221 and will return on Thursday to the Rio in Las Vegas,…Read More

Man on Bail for Manslaughter Wins $101K in WSOP Main Event

Paul Senat at the WSOP

Paul Senat, a 37-year-old Floridian who won $101,444 for his 70th place finish in the Main Event of the 2017 World Series of Poker on Sunday, was on bail for killing the father of a Florida State football player with an AK47 at the time. Senat was arrested on a charge of manslaughter on April…Read More

Poker Pro Phil Ivey Misses World Series of Poker to Have His Day in UK Court

Phil Ivey Crockfords UK edge sorting case

Poker legend Phil Ivey would normally have been ensconced in Las Vegas this week, battling it out at the World Series of Poker Main Event (WSOP). Instead, Ivey is in London, fighting his legal battle to claim £7.7 million ($10 million) in punto banco winnings from London’s tony Crockfords Casino, which he contests has been…Read More

World Series of Poker Main Event Players Clash Over Texting, Earning Both Suspensions

WSOP Main Event 2017 player fight

The fireworks at the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event were still going on Sunday, July 8th, even with Independence Day well past, when two of the more than 7,200 ultimate players to enter went at it with a verbal joust that landed them both some time outs. Players Tony Bracy and Lazaro…Read More

Legionnaires’ Disease Continues to Make Headlines at Resort Casinos From Las Vegas to Macau

Legionnaires' disease Las Vegas Macau

Legionnaires’ disease still hasn’t checked out of The Parisian, Las Vegas Sands’ $2.7 billion lavish resort that opened just last fall. Legionnaires’ is a potentially serious bacterial infection that contaminates the lungs and often comes with symptoms resembling pneumonia. Though most healthy adults won’t develop severe illness from the disease, as the body is typically…Read More

World Series of Poker Host Rio in Las Vegas Disinfects Water System After Legionnaires’ Breakout

Rio Legionnaires breakout WSOP 2017

The water systems at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have been disinfected following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a spokeswoman for the casino confirmed this week. Two former guests who stayed separately at the casino, one in March and one in April, later contracted the disease, which initially alerted health authorities…Read More

Bacterial Disease Legionnaires Infects Guests at World Series of Poker Host Resort

bacteria disease Legionnaires Rio WSOP

The bacterial disease Legionnaires has been discovered inside a hot water heating system at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Currently hosting the 48th World Series of Poker (WSOP), health officials tested water heaters at the Caesars-owned property after two guests who stayed at the resort on different occasions reported infections. One system was found…Read More

World Series of Poker 2017 Kicks Off as Masses Descend on Las Vegas

Entry to the 2017 World Series of Poker

The 48th running of the World Series of Poker got underway this week. Though the popularity of poker has waned in recent years, the WSOP continues to be a huge annual draw to Las Vegas every summer. A series of 74 major tournaments in June and July are expected to draw huge crowds to Las Vegas…Read More

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

United Airlines Passenger David Dao’s Turbulent Past Includes Frequent WSOP Cashes

United Airlines David Dao poker gambling

United Airlines passenger Dr. David Dao, who was violently removed from an overbooked flight after refusing to give up his seat on Monday, was catapulted into instant worldwide fame after the incident’s phone cam video went viral, causing public outcry over his rough manhandling. Dao, it appears, is a pretty good poker player, with over…Read More

PokerStars New Jersey Turns $10 into $100,000 for Lucky Spin & Go Winner

PokerStars New Jersey Spin & Go

PokerStars New Jersey recently made one online poker player a lot wealthier. Back on January 29, James Piccolo, a 28-year-old resident of Nevada, was back east visiting his family in Bergen County. The self-described poker professional decided to test his talent on the PokerStars New Jersey platform and sat down at the $10 Sit &…Read More

Brains vs AI: Humans Taking a Pounding By Libratus

Jimmy Chou says pokerbot Libratus is better than humans

The Brains vs AI poker contest has reached its halfway point at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and it doesn’t make pretty reading for humankind. With 60,000 hands played in the match-up between four of poker’s finest and the latest in artificial intelligence from the Carnegie Mellon University, Libratus, the computer, is up $800,000.   …Read More

World Series of Poker 2016 Main Event Sees Qui Nguyen Sweep Top Prize

World Series of Poker Main Event

Las Vegas resident Qui Nguyen won the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas in the early hours of Wednesday morning, following a grueling eight-hour heads-up battle against Gordon Vayo. Nguyen proved himself to be a gutsy passionate player, whose flamboyant dress sense is reminiscent of that other Vietnamese-American poker…Read More

Plaintiffs in Borgata Winter Poker Open “Bogus Chip” Case See Appeal Dismissed

Borgata counterfeit poker chip case appeal dismissed

Poker tournament players who sued the Borgata and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) over the cancellation of the tainted 2014 Borgata Winter Open Big Stack event had their appeals case dismissed this week. The $560 buyin event, which had a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million, was suspended with 27 players left…Read More