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Pokertox: Botox for Poker Players…and We’re Not Bluffing

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, you haven’t.  Introducing Pokertox or…Botox for poker players.

A New York doctor who specializes in aesthetic medicine, Dr. Jack Berdy, wants to create the perfect "poker face" using the botulinum toxin.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/21/2012

Danish Poker Pro Gus Hansen Loses $1.5 Million: Durrrr Returns to Full Tilt

Gus Hansen, one of Denmark’s most well known poker pros, reportedly dropped around $1.5 million over the weekend.

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Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Nov/19/2012

Online Poker Phenom Takes in Ilari ‘Ilari FIN’ Sahamies Wins Nearly $1 Mil Past Week

Finnish high stakes poker phenom Ilari ‘Ilari FIN’ Sahamies managed to win close to $1 million this past week alone. 

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Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Nov/17/2012

Disgraced Former Full Tilt Poker Head Howard Lederer Files Motion to Dismiss

Attorneys for poker pro and one time part owner of Full Tilt Poker Howard Lederer on Friday filed a Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss the Verified Second Amended Complaint with the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. 

The Notice of Motion in part reads:

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/16/2012

Nun of That Now: Archdiocese Principal Responds re Daniel Negreanu Threat

Following Gambling911.com’s report earlier in the day that one Nicholas Cusato had posted about knocking poker pro Daniel Negreanu’s teeth out via Twitter, Neumann-Goretti High School Principal Robert Selg was quick to insist the man in question is not employed by their High School despite Cusato’s assertion on his Twitter page. 

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/15/2012

Your Daily Dose of Poker Pro Matt Marafioti Rants: Says ‘F*** You’ to TwoPlusTwo

Poker pro Matt Marafioti continues to rant on via Twitter.  And it we didn’t know any better, it might appear as if Marafioti were auditioning for the next “Rocky” flick. 

His latest spat(s) involve 25-year-old Montreal-based player Pascal Lefrancois, who has won close to $1.3 million in live tournaments to date.

Lefrancois questioned Marafioti regarding his perceived dislike of fellow poker pro Chanracy Kuhn.

If you have trouble following below, don’t be alarmed. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/15/2012

Top Poker Pros Confirmed for 2012 DeepStacks Poker Tour at Mohegan Sun

Friday November 23 will mark the start of the 2012 DeepStacks Poker Tour at MoheganSun. A $400 No Limit Hold'Em Tournament gets the action started at 11:00am hosted by Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi.  

This tournament is a $125,000 guarantee.  From there, multiple tournaments follow, all the way up to the main event with the DeepStacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship starting on December 1st. $500,000 makes up this main event prize pool and plenty of big names will be on-hand for this huge tournament.   Confirmed poker players include:

Mike "The Mouth" Matusow

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/15/2012

High School Coach Wants to Knock Poker Pro Daniel Negreanu’s Teeth Down His Throat

Outspoken poker pro Daniel Negreanu has gotten into it this time with none other than High School Assistant Basketball coach a la Twitter, or so he claims.

The principal of Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadephia confirmed to Gambling911.com following publication of this piece earlier Thursday that one Nicholas Cusato only volunteered briefly at the school and was never employed as an Assistant Basketball Coach as he claims on his Twitter page. 

Cusato somehow managed to get into a Twitter spat with Negreanu, though the origin of this spat was not immediately known. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/15/2012

Noah Schwartz Wins 2012 WPT Jacksonville

Poker player Noah Schwartz won the 2012 WPT Jacksonville this week and the $402,970 cash prize that came with that honor.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Nov/15/2012

James Carroll Grabs HPT Vegas Title for $104K

Las Vegas, NV -– Vegas poker pro James Carroll had work to do at Monday’s Heartland Poker Tour Final Table.  He started as the short stack, but the 26-year-old demonstrated what it means to be a pro.  “I still like my chances,” he said before filming the nationally-televised Final Table at Palms Casino Resort.  One hand at a time, he earned every chip at the table and $104,253. 

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/13/2012

Poker Pro Doyle Brunson: ‘Cancer Removed From Shoulder in Under Two Minutes’

Great news poker fans as the beloved ‘Godfather of Poker’ Doyle Brunson is poised to live another 100 years.

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Gambling911.com readers became deeply concerned upon learning that Brunson had tweeted regarding surgery to remove a squamous cell malignancy. 

Submitted by Jenny Woo on, Nov/12/2012

Poker Pro Dan Bilzerian Makes The Dirty.com While Attending Porta Potty Convention

Controversial gossip website, TheDirty.com, this week featured photos of colorful poker pro and former Navy Seal Dan Bilzerian living it up on a yacht with a bunch of half naked honies.

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The Dirty Army wrote:

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/12/2012

Simon Deadman, Tom Brady Weekend Poker Tournament Winners

Simon Deadman has won the GUKTP Blackpool Main Event.  His winnings were reduced to a mere £49,290 due to the low turnout for this once highly popular event.

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The £1,000 buy in event attracted just 173 players, which was down from 262 last year.

The final table payouts were as follows: 

1: Simon Deadman — £49,290

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Nov/12/2012

Big Name Pros Back at Full Tilt Poker: Isildur1 has $200k Day

With the return of Full Tilt Poker last week, the big name pros were quick to start playing, provided of course they are located outside the US since FTP prohibits accounts from the States.

In just 24 hours, Full Tilt Poker managed to return to its coveted number two spot of most trafficked online poker sites in the world despite the lack of US players. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Nov/11/2012

Isildur1 is Full Tilt Poker’s Biggest Winner to Kick Off Re-Launch

Swedish poker pro extraordinaire Viktor “Isildur1” Blom kicked off the re-launch of Full Tilt Poker by cashing out more than any other player within the first 24 hours.

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HighStakesDB.com broke it all down.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Nov/08/2012

Albuquerque Man Turns $190 Into $56,652 at Heartland Poker Tour

Heartland Poker Tour producers saw another Cinderella story at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque on Monday when 26-year-old plumber James Williams turned $190 into $56,652, doubling his lifetime poker winnings.  While his parents and wife watched from the rail, his king-queen held up against queen-nine, making him the latest HPT champion.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/06/2012

Greg Merson Wins 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event, Player of the Year

United States player Greg Merson has won the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

In addition to winning poker's most coveted title, the 26-year-old from Massachusetts also earned the honor of 2012 WSOP Player of the Year. Merson trailed Phil Hellmuth going into the final table and needed to win in order to win Player of the Year honors.  Hellmuth finished second in this year's race--the same finishing position he earned last year.

Merson’s 2012 WSOP win amounted to a whopping $8.5 million as he beat out Jesse Sylvia to take the prize, which includes a gold bracelet. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/31/2012

Phil Ivey Launches IveyPoker.com: New Social Media Poker Site

Still reeling from his failure to collect from a British casino, poker icon Phil Ivey has launched a new social media poker site, IveyPoker.com.  The goal:  “Teach the world how to play poker”. 

Ivey has enlisted the help of fellow poker pro Greg Merson, who at press time was among three remaining players at this year’s World Series of Poker Final Table. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/30/2012

Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia, Jake Balsiger Remain at 2012 WSOP Main Event Final Table

Three players remained at the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Final Table coming into Tuesday:  Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia and Jake Balsiger.  All three were from the United States. 

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All eyes will be on Merson, who would be named the World Series of Poker Player of the Year with a win following his earlier successes at WSOP events over the summer. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/30/2012

World Series of Poker Final Table 2012: Player Profiles

(Associated Press) - The final nine players in the World Series of Poker main event, as determined July 17 after an eighth session of no-limit Texas Hold ‘em at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/29/2012

The October Nine: 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Final This Week

Excitement is in the air as the October Nine gets ready to take part in this week’s World Series of Poker Final Table.

$8.5 million will be rewarded to the winner of this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event.

The 2012 World Series of Poker Final Table kicks off Monday October 29 at 4:30 pm local time at the Rio in Las Vegas.

2012 World Series of Poker Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/27/2012

Poker Pro Adam ‘Roothlus’ Levy Launches Logo Contest

Top poker player Adam "Roothlus" Levy, who has earned more than $5 million in online and live tournament winnings, has launched a contest for a new personal logo on 99designs.

He'll be receiving entries from dozens of designers around the world over the next day or so and his fans (and the graphic designers among them!) are welcome to submit their designs.

Levy will launch a poll of his favorite entries (that the public can vote on) over the weekend, most likely.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/25/2012

Third Year of Punta Cana Poker Classic Improved With the Flop: No Dealer Buttons

From no dealer buttons to great dealers and fantastic rulings made by Staff.

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The third year of the Punta Cana Poker Classic improved with the flop, yet we have to see the turn and the river.

Submitted by Crazy Julius on, Oct/23/2012

Poker Player Dan Smith $219,504 First Place Payout Bigger Than Expected at Sunday Million

Dan "Danny98765" Smith won $219,504.25 at PokerStars Sunday Million even though the first place prize was supposed to be $211,800.

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PokerStars claims the added reward of nearly $8000 was a result of a five-way deal. 

From CardPlayer.com

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/23/2012

Greg Raymer Wins Heartland Poker Tour Triple Crown

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Greg “Fossilman” Raymer won an HPT championship today. The 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion is on a roll in the Heartland.  For the third time in three months, the poker icon from Raleigh, North Carolina found himself on the set of Heartland Poker Tour’s nationally-syndicated TV show.  Appropriately, he earned his triple crown at Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel just outside of Des Moines in Altoona, Iowa.   

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/22/2012

Eric Drache and Brian ‘Sailor’ Roberts Inducted Into Poker Hall of Fame

The Poker Hall of Fame has inducted two new members:  Eric Drache and Brian “Sailor” Roberts.  They become the 43rd and 44th members, respectively. 

The pair were nominated by the public with a final decision made by a 36-person panel made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers along with members of the media. 

Roberts won the World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em World Championship in 1975.  He was one of three members of the “Texas Road Gamblers” that also included the late Amarillo Slim and Doyle Brunson.  Roberts passed away in 1995.

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/21/2012

US Poker Player Matthew Weber Wins 2012 Punta Cana Poker Classic

Following wins by two Canadians over the first two seasons of the famed Punta Cana Poker Classic, US poker player Matthew Weber walked away with the victory this go-around. 

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Submitted by Crazy Julius on, Oct/18/2012

Barcode Tops The High Stakes Online Poker Weekly Charts a Second Straight Week

An unidentified Canadian online poker player who goes by the handle of “Barcode” has topped the high stakes charts once again.


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Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Oct/16/2012

Daniel Negreanu: ‘Justice Will be Served if Howard Lederer Goes to Jail’

Disgraced former Full Tilt Poker part owner Howard Lederer has until November 16 to file a Motion to Dismiss a civil action whereby the US Governor claims he was perpetrating an elaborate ponzi scheme. 

Ask outspoken poker pro Daniel Negreanu and he’ll make it clear, Lederer deserves prison time.

In a recent tweet, Negreanu writes: 

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/14/2012

Ludovic Lacay Wins EPT9 Sanremo

Ludovic Lacay has won EPT9 Sanremo – and his first major title - for €744,910.

The 27-year-old French pro’s full house ended Canadian Jason Lavallee’s hopes of victory after a brief heads up battle. Lavallee, 26, from Quebec, had been the narrow chip leader at the start of the final, which took place in Casino Sanremo’s elegant theatre.

A total of 797 players from 52 countries entered the €5,300 Main Event, creating a total prize pool of €3,865,450.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/12/2012

Breaking News

Herbert Edges Allen for MVP and Pickett ROY Favorite

Since the coveted NFL awards odds were released a couple of months ago, there have been a few notable changes.

Odds to Win the 2022 College World Series: Tennessee Favored

Odds to Win the 2022 College World Series: Tennessee Favored

The SEC baseball tournament starts this week and there is little doubt which team is going to be favored.  In fact, Tennessee is being called one of the greatest teams in NCAA history, at least according to the respected Massey Ratings.

(Not) Making Sense of Gambling Superstitions: A Guide

(Not) Making Sense of Gambling Superstitions: A Guide

Everybody has the right to believe whatever they want. Most of the time, our beliefs are formed based on what we've heard or seen. Superstitious views about gambling are not out of the question.