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July 5, 2005 | By Crispin Sartwell
In Vegas, they're playing cards, and the person who emerges from a field of more than 6,000 people to win this year's main event at the World Series of Poker is going to go home with something like $10 million. Driven by innovations that have made it possible to play on the Internet and to watch card-playing like a sporting event on television - the commentators and viewers know as play unfolds what cards the players hold - poker has become gigantically popular, its best players mutating into worldwide superstars.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 27, 2010
When recent Temple University graduate Russell Thomas earned his diploma, his future was fairly well-defined. An actuarial science major, he had a job lined up, a job he planned to start right after he returned from playing in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Now, after winning $84,256 for fifth place in his first live tournament - a no-limit hold 'em, six-handed event - Thomas faces a crossroads: Does he take the job or try his hand as a full-time poker player? "It's a very big decision," Thomas said.
LIVING
June 18, 1996 | By Dodge Johnson, FOR THE INQUIRER
Lou Castallani, minion of Lady Luck, is a poker dealer at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. Arrayed in his riverboat gambler vest and enthroned in his swivel chair, he presides over eight stone-faced players contending for one another's and the casino's money. In the general roar of the room, his table is an island of soft sounds - shuffled cards and clicking chips, the calls of players who study their hands and then bet, check or fold as the game progresses to its conclusion.
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Jamie Kerstetter is in her pink slippers with the pom-poms. And why shouldn't she be? It's a Sunday morning, and she's settling in to a long day during which she won't leave the apartment. The cards are dealt, on the screen, four tables going at once, a far cry from the 20 poker games this former tax lawyer used to fire up on her computer screen in Mexico, where she would spend hour after twitchy hour playing online Texas hold 'em. "My boyfriend and I would sit all day and not talk to each other except when one of us would say, 'Wanna order out?
NEWS
September 28, 2007
Malvern poker tourney will raise funds to fight bone disease Area poker players looking to test their skills against a pro while donating to a good cause can get their card-playing fix next weekend in Malvern, at the Mallie's Friends Charity Poker No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament. Mallie Holman, a kindergartner at Glen Acres Elementary School in the West Chester Area School District, has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI),commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease. The five-year-old has suffered more than two dozen fractures, including a life-threatening skull fracture.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2010
THE REGION'S poker scene takes on a new dimension today as the Casino at Delaware Park in Wilmington unveils its tournament-only facility, the first in the tristate area. According to casino poker manager Anthony Chester, the 25-table parlor is a result of supply and demand. "What we originally had planned was three tournaments a day, but our [existing] room couldn't handle that many [tourney] players and cash-game players," he said. "We just didn't have enough available tables. " Because there was no room to expand alongside the 20 tables that opened for business June 18, the decision was made to create a separate poker-only area about 50 yards from the original cardroom.
SPORTS
August 5, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
SPORTS
February 16, 2012 | BY MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
April 26, 2005 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Late on a Thursday night, about 80 people cluster around 10 tables at Fox and Hound on Spruce Street. TVs blast all around them, yet they stare down at their hands. Poker hands. Some lucky, some not. They're not playing for money; there's no gambling in Philly - yet. Or for prizes - some gift certificates to downtown spots. They're playing for the sport. The competition. The hang. The saloon is chaotic, jammed with young drinkers and smokers, men and women. Sure, some look up from time to time, but not for long.
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SPORTS
July 24, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
June 19, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?"
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
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.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | Will Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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