November 1, 2012 |
Eddie Aldridge has been working the National Deaf Poker Tour for six years now. He's learned that dealing to deaf people is not unlike dealing to anyone else, since poker, by nature, is played mostly with nonverbal communication. Certainly, there's no "raise" and "call" to be heard; instead players use hand signals - a thumbs up or two fingers to the ear. But there are big differences at these tournaments, he said, and it's what you can't hear. "The camaraderie, the spirit, the brotherhood," says Aldridge, 48. "Something that you will never see at regular poker tables is clapping for a winner.
October 23, 2012
Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't By Nate Silver Penguin. 523 pp. $27.95. Reviewed by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne I don't play chess. I don't gamble. I don't play poker. But I loved this book. Trust Nate Silver to write a wise but entertaining book in which the heroes are baseball coaches, poker players, gamblers, weather forecasters, and chess-playing computer scientists - and the villains are economists and political scientists, especially those who offer themselves as pundits.
April 11, 2012 |
A WEEK AGO, the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat with defense. This time, they did it with offense. Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Kevin Garnett added 24 points and nine rebounds, and the visiting Celtics made their first eight shots of the fourth quarter to hold off the Heat, 115-107, on Tuesday night. Rajon Rondo posted double-digit assists for the 18th straight game, extending the NBA's longest such streak in 20 years with an 18-point, 15-assist effort. Brandon Bass added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Avery Bradley scored 11 for the Celtics, who shot a season-high 61 percent and survived two possessions when Miami could have tied the score in the final quarter.
February 16, 2012 |
MAYBE THIS is what the doctor ordered. Maybe it was just a nice night out. The Flyers did not practice Monday, but they did congregate at a local restaurant for their annual team poker night. The event, arranged by coach Peter Laviolette, invites players to bring their significant others for an evening of strategy and skill. The hope, of course, is that the team bonds. Given the 1-4-1 rut in which the Flyers now find themselves, bonding cannot hurt, whether they play Texas Hold'em or paper football.
November 30, 2011
IT'S ONLY BEEN a few weeks since Germany's Pius Heinz won the Main Event at the 2011 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, but Harrah's Resort Atlantic City is already looking ahead to the 2012 tourney. Tomorrow, the bayside gambling den kicks off its annual WSOP Circuit event, which offers pros and novices alike a chance to play their way into a seat at the world's richest, most prestigious poker contest. A dozen "Ring Events" are scheduled, including Omaha High/Low 8 or better, and No Limit Hold'em matches.
November 29, 2011 |
ANNE HATHAWAY'S spokesperson announced Anne's engagement yesterday, and she doesn't even have a movie to promote. How un-Hollywood of her. The lucky guy is 30-year-old Adam Shulman , who's a Brown grad best known for a recurring role in the TV show "American Dreams. " Anne, 29, is best known for roles in "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Princess Diaries," "Get Smart," "Brokeback Mountain," "Rachel Getting Married" and the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises. " Tattle jukebox * Emily Robison , of the Dixie Chicks , says that the release today of the trio's 2006 VH1 "Storytellers" episode is "kind of a gift to our fans.
August 27, 2011 |
YANKEES THIRD baseman Alex Rodriguez met with a group of Major League Baseball officials yesterday to discuss allegations that he participated in illegal poker games. Rodriguez said the 2-hour meeting, which was held in Baltimore, "went well. " "They asked questions and I answered them," he said. "I'll let them review it, chew on it and then let them come back to us. " Star magazine reported last month that several people saw A-Rod playing in games hosted at Hollywood hotels and residences.
August 5, 2011 |
ALEX RODRIGUEZ' publicist says the Yankees' third baseman is looking forward to cooperating with Major League Baseball in its investigation of his alleged involvement in illegal poker games. The All-Star slugger sidestepped the issue, however, at the team's minor league training facility in Florida yesterday, saying he had no comment following his first on-field activities since having right knee surgery July 14. Star Magazine reported last month that several people saw A-Rod playing in games hosted at Hollywood hotels and residences.
August 5, 2011 |
For the moment, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is dealing with his poker controversy by standing pat. His publicist, Richard Rubenstein , said in a statement Thursday that Rodriguez is looking forward to cooperating with Major League Baseball in its investigation of his alleged involvement in illegal poker games, as reported in the tabloid Star Magazine. The article contained "numerous factual inaccuracies," Rubenstein said without elaborating. Meanwhile, Rodriguez, who is on a rehab assignment in Tampa, Fla., is not saying as much.
July 29, 2011 |
You'd think the most interesting thing about Bryn Mawr mother Beth Shak is that she's a world-class poker champ who once won $328,683 in a tournament, one of the biggest jackpots ever won by a woman. But her poker-playing skills aren't what landed her in a recent documentary next to Fergie and ex-Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland, or on NBC's Today and in the pages of Women's Wear Daily. It was her shoes, all 1,200 pairs of them, the biggest private collection in the country according to Thierry Daher, whose film, God Save My Shoes , examines women's relationships to their footwear.