July 24, 2016 |
In retrospect, the most revealing moment of Bryan Colangelo's brief time as the 76ers' general manager came late on the night of the NBA draft, when he did so much to present himself as the well-meaning fellow you'd want sitting next to you at the poker table. After selecting Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick, the Sixers had tried and tried to acquire another pick in the top 10, a transparent overture to draft a guard. They failed, in part because everyone around the league had a good idea of which players Colangelo was willing to trade, and he reminded the world of his goals again that night.
June 19, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Brendan Turner, 26, drove "12 or 13 hours" in a Chevy Malibu from Indiana to New Jersey for the privilege of playing poker - on his laptop. But perhaps he should have driven an additional 15 minutes or so that first night, because Turner and his buddy Anthony Bos, 25, of Connecticut, ended up staying not in Atlantic City proper, but a few miles outside of town in a $60-a-night motel with a 1.5-star rating online. Poker players are nothing if not careful about their money.
January 24, 2016 |
Colson Whitehead unnerves me. Every time I think I've found the thread that connects his seven books, from his stunning 1999 debut, The Intuitionist , about elevator examiners, to his best-selling zombie adventure story/existentialist dialectic, Zone One (2011), to 2014's The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death , a reportorial account of the World Series of Poker, it slips through my fingers. Whitehead, 46, will speak about his diverse writings at Bryn Mawr College on Feb. 3. "Who is Colson Whitehead?"
November 13, 2015 |
In poker, there's no such thing as "inevitable. " But this week, Joe McKeehen came as close to that label as possible. On Tuesday night, the 24-year-old North Wales man, the runaway favorite in the World Series of Poker, won the championship title, a hulking diamond bracelet, and the $7.68 million grand prize. A day after the win, after partying and catching up on sleep, McKeehen remained his typical understated self. "It's something you don't do every day. You don't go on TV and play a game for way, way, way too much money," he said from his suite at the Rio in Las Vegas.
October 19, 2015 |
When the first card hits the felt at the final round of the World Series of Poker next month, all the glamour of Las Vegas and glare of TV cameras will be focused on a 24-year-old Montgomery County man who insists he is an "average Joe. " He does look the part. In a sport known for eccentric personalities and brash outfits, Joseph McKeehen is partial to sweatpants and T-shirts. He drives a Prius and still lives at home with his parents in North Wales. But with years of experience under his belt and 63.1 million in chips, McKeehen will be the one to beat.
October 15, 2015
ISSUE | ONLINE POKER A good bet for Pennsylvania The article "Boost for online poker, but enough?" (Oct. 2) noted that the approval of two additional poker websites in New Jersey would provide a "jolt" to the success of gaming in the state, but that "the market needs to expand to other jurisdictions to truly thrive. " That should serve as a timely reminder to Pennsylvania lawmakers, while budget negotiations drag on, that they could add as much as $100 million to the state budget - without increasing taxes - by agreeing to license online poker and other forms of online gaming.
May 13, 2015 |
As far as Jessica Dawley is concerned, a woman's place is at the poker table. Dawley, a 32-year-old military vet based in South Florida, is disappointed that, by most measures, only around 4 percent of people who play poker outside of "kitchen-table" games are women. She's doing something about that with her campaign to make the game more female-friendly. But, she explained during a recent stop at Philly's SugarHouse Casino, that will have to begin with a change in the mind-set of many women.
April 29, 2015 |
THIRTEEN-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth Jr. headlined a high-stakes celebrity poker showdown at SugarHouse Casino (1001 N. Delaware Ave.) last night. The Fishtown casino hosted its first major cash poker tournament this past weekend, featuring the WSOP Hall of Famer and three local poker fanatics dubbed Philly's "Cheesesteak Kings"- Tony Luke Jr ., from Tony Luke's; Frank Olivieri, from Pat's Steaks; and Geno Vento, from Geno's Steaks. SugarHouse gave all three of them $5,000 to buy in. Hellmuth, who can also be seen on "Poker Night in America," which airs Monday nights on CBS Sports Network, will be available today at the casino for photos and autographs.
March 25, 2015 |
IT STARTED exactly 40 years ago in cramped dorm rooms at the State University of New York-Binghamton, a half-dozen guys staying up late to play poker on a drab, rain-soaked campus that didn't even have fraternities. But what started as a poker game morphed into a wider obsession for the card-dealing buddies that included the future Philadelphia suburbanites Joel Greenberg, Jeff Yass and Arthur Dantchik. Its wide, colorful playing field grew to include timeworn horse tracks, the gaming tables of Las Vegas, jai-alai frontons in Florida and finally, improbably, the floor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.
January 5, 2015 |
In a ruling sure to fuel the illusions of some inveterate Pennsylvania gamblers, a sharply divided state appeals court has ruled that gambling machines can be games of skill, not chance. Well, at least the two poker machines played for a time at American Legion Knowles-Doyle Post 317 in Yardley, Bucks County. In a 2-1 decision filed Dec. 23, Superior Court ruled that on Oct. 15, 2010, state troopers wrongly seized the poker machines - a Jersey Hold 'Em and a Red, White & Blue. The troopers, backed by the District Attorney's office, seized the machines as evidence of illegal gambling.