March 11, 1991 |
Phillies centerfielder Len Dykstra, who testifies tomorrow in the trial of a man accused of running high-stakes poker games, is not suspected - as Pete Rose was - of betting on baseball games. That does not mean, however, that Dykstra is exempt from disciplinary action by the commissioner. Baseball's concern with gambling goes back more than 100 years, and has been focused chiefly on players and officials who wagered on games or fixed contests. But there is precedent for suspending men just for an association with known gamblers.
April 8, 2004 |
Shade is about the art of the deal. As in dealing cards. And in his jazzy debut feature about lowlifes drawn to high-stakes poker, which opens the 13th annual Philadelphia Film Festival tonight, director Damian Nieman draws a full house. Nieman's three-of-a-kind: L.A. cardsharps Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton and Stuart Townsend, grifters with eyes for the big game and one another. His pair: legendary poker hustler Sylvester Stallone and his lost love, Melanie Griffith. The acting is of a higher order than Nieman's loaded-deck screenplay and direction.
May 10, 1991 |
His teammates are 3,000 miles away, but Lenny Dykstra is with them in spirit, his radio tuned to WOGL so he can listen to the games from the West Coast. Dykstra, charged with drunken driving, speeding and reckless driving after a Monday morning auto accident in Radnor Township, remains in fair condition at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He was visited yesterday by Phillies president Bill Giles, general manager Lee Thomas and public relations director Larry Shenk, and discussed, among other things, the Phillies' performance this week in San Diego.
March 12, 1991 |
The team bus had already pulled away from Al Lang Stadium, where the Phillies had lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, in an exhibition game yesterday. Lenny Dykstra was still in the trainer's room. An ice pack was strapped to his left knee and he was rubbing liniment on his right wrist. "I think I hurt it diving back into second base," he said. "But it's nothing serious. " Dykstra paused, and an impish grin crossed his face. "Might have to miss tomorrow, though," he said.
November 16, 2006 |
More than two dozen people, including a professional baseball scout and a high-stakes poker player, were charged yesterday in connection with a $1 billion-a-year gambling ring that rivaled casino sports books. The illegal betting scheme was orchestrated through a Web site called Playwithal.com, run by the poker player, James Giordano, 52, of Pine Crest, Fla., according to New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Queens (N.Y.) District Attorney Richard Brown. A break in the case came last year when investigators secretly hacked into a laptop computer that Giordano had left in a Long Island hotel while attending a wedding, police said.
March 18, 1991 |
Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent met Phillies centerfielder Lenny Dykstra, at Dykstra's request, while visiting the Pirates-Phillies exhibition game Saturday at Jack Russell Stadium. Neither Vincent nor Dykstra made himself available for comment afterward. However, the Daily News has learned that Vincent told Dykstra he would not fine or suspend him in the wake of Dykstra's testimony at a trial in Oxford, Miss., last week that he had lost at least $78,000 in illegal, high-stakes poker games.
May 2, 2013 |
The Eagles twice passed on Geno Smith, and it's reasonable to wonder whether their interest in the West Virginia quarterback was ever that significant. This topic was debated leading up to the draft, and intrigue was added when owner Jeffrey Lurie accompanied coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman on a personal scouting visit to West Virginia. "First off, it wasn't a smoke screen," Kelly said Tuesday morning on WIP-FM (94.1). "We were as thorough with Geno as anyone else with our evaluation.
March 13, 1991 |
Len Dykstra, the Phillies' all-star centerfielder and the soul of their offense, wrote checks totaling $78,000 in a four-month span last winter to pay off debts from high-stakes poker games and golf matches. Testifying in federal court yesterday, Dykstra said that from November 1989 to February 1990 he wrote four checks to pay off debts held by Herbert Kelso, a man on trial here for running an illegal gambling operation. Speaking in the confident, comfortable tones of an all-star, Dykstra testified that his losses came from a weekly poker game Kelso ran and from bets Dykstra made on the golf course one to three times a week.
December 31, 2008 |
Jay Wright thinks his Villanova Wildcats are more prepared for the start of the Big East season than they were a year ago, when a team without a senior scratched out a 9-9 conference record and barely made the NCAA tournament. But he won't know how prepared until tomorrow, when the 15th-ranked Wildcats take their first dip into the conference's shark-infested waters at Marquette, starting a marathon run of 18 consecutive Big East games against daunting opposition. The Wildcats closed their nonconference schedule at 12-1 after a 62-45 win over Temple on Monday that clinched the Big Five title.
November 19, 1991
No one's life, liberty, property or credit cards are safe when the power brokers of Washington play high-stakes poker. Last week's fiasco with bank credit card interest rates was a frightening example of just how fast things can get out of control when a wimp starts the bidding and 74 senators decide to whomp him. President George "Once a Wimp" Bush brought his bully pulpit as president to the poker table. He challenged banks to bring down credit card rates voluntarily from the stratosphere.