Double-Murderer Poker Pro was Devout Mormon Opposed to Gambling

What's up with the Mormon Church and gambling?

Mormons are supposed to be against all vice, including premarital sex, smoking, drinking, drugs and even cursing.

And, of course, gambling is on that list.

But, in recent weeks, some of the most famous Mormons in the U.S. have expressed their love and affinity for gambling.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Mar/05/2012

Memo to Calvin Ayre: Head for Hong Kong…or Zimbabwe!

They say Laos is lovely this time of year.

So are Qatar, Angola and Nepal.

Vietnam gets a little hot, however, as does Cambodia and Indonesia.

And of course Libya, Tunisia and Syria are hot spots right now too, but in a different way.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Mar/02/2012

Who’s Number One Among Poker Pros On Twitter? It’s Not Who You Think

Professional poker players have embraced Twitter as much as anyone else--hundreds of poker pros Tweet daily about the highs and lows of their professional and personal lives.

Many love to boast about the big hands they've won at the poker table, while other lament their bad beats.

Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson likes to Tweet jokes, such as ones about Joan Rivers' face.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Feb/23/2012

Daniel Negreanu Claims $61k Rip-Off: Says PokerStars Account Hacked

Poker pro Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu claims in his latest blog post that his Poker Stars online betting account was hacked and he was robbed of $61,000!

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Feb/17/2012

Poker Pro Jason Somerville: ‘I’m Gay!’

Jason Somerville has become the first high-profile professional male poker player to admit he is gay.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Feb/17/2012

‘Lay The Favorite’ Stars Bruce Willis in New Sports Betting Film

Coming soon to a movie theater near you: "Lay the Favorite."

No, it's not a porn film, it's the latest movie about the world of gambling.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Feb/12/2012

Fox News’ Bob Beckel Admits Big Super Bowl Win

Unlucky in politics, lucky in gambling?

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Feb/07/2012

Seven of Last Eleven Super Bowls Featured a Brady or Manning at Quarterback

One of the most amazing statistics in sports is that during the decade of the 1980s, every NBA Finals that was played featured either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/31/2012

Lem Banker Banking on Patriots to Win 2012 Super Bowl

Once a generation, people gather outside the Vatican in Rome, looking up at the Vatican chimney to see whether the smoke coming out in billows is white or black, signifying yes or no that a new pope has been selected.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/26/2012

Poker Pro Miikka Anttonen: Many Top Pros are ‘Stoners’

When playing poker, is smoking dope the way to make your opponents look like dopes?

At least one top poker pro thinks so!

And he's not afraid to say so publicly!

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/23/2012

Card Player Magazine Publisher, Poker Pro Barry Shulman Leaves on Half Million Dollar Cruise

Oh, how the other half lives!

Or in this case, the top 1 per cent!

Card Player magazine publisher and poker pro Barry Shulman, who last year dropped $200,000 for a 61-day, Mediterranean Sea cruise on a luxury cruise ship, is at it again.

This time he's on a 94-day, Pacific Ocean cruise on the same ship.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/19/2012

‘Pawn Stars’ Spin-Off Goes All-In

‘Cajun Pawn Stars’ Debuts:  Clone has Redneck Bent

It's official: poker lingo is now a part of pawn shop lingo.

On Sunday's television premiere of "Cajun Pawn Stars," the new spin-off of the History Channel's highly-successful "Pawn Stars" show, a Louisiana pawn shop owner upping his bid for an antique car declared: "I'm all-in!"

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/09/2012

Duhamel Wouldn’t Have Been Sitting Duck in USA

In a tongue-in-cheek essay earlier this month about New Year's resolutions we'd like to see from poker players, joked that 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, who was recently beaten and robbed in a home invasion, should resolve to buy a home security system and some guns.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/04/2012

Poker Players New Year’s Resolutions We’d Like to See for 2012

The two most common New Year's resolutions are vowing to either lose weight or quit smoking.

But when you're involved in the gambling industry, your resolutions for the New Year usually aren't so mundane.

So what are the resolutions for 2012 for some of the noted figures in the industry?

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/02/2012

Are WSOP Main Event Winners Jinxed?

2010 Champ Duhamel Latest to Court Lady Luck Then Madam Misfortunate

Is the World Series of Poker Main Event jinxed?

Or more precisely, is the winner of that prestigious annual tournament jinxed?

Looks like.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Dec/22/2011

Xmas Gifts We’d Like to See for Poker Players, Online Gambling Folks, Politicians More…

With Christmas just around the corner, takes this opportunity to tell you what Christmas gifts we'd like to give to some of our friends in the gambling industry.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Dec/18/2011

Pawn Stars Spinoff ‘Cajun Pawn Stars’ to Debut Next Month

The History Channel announced Thursday that a spin-off of its hugely successful show "Pawn Stars" will premiere next month on cable TV in the USA.

The new show, called "Cajun Pawn Stars," will focus on the day-to-day happenings at the Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center pawn shop in Alexandria, Louisiana, USA, northwest of New Orleans.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Dec/16/2011

Somach: Romney Wouldn’t Be First Gambling President

Much fuss is being made about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's offer to bet fellow contender Rick Perry $10,000 during a live televised debate this past weekend.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Dec/12/2011

Upon Further Review, Waters May Not Be Against Online Gambling

The gambling Waters may not be as turbulent as originally feared.

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who twice voted to make it illegal to use credit cards to fund online gambling, now says she would vote differently if the issue arises again in Congress.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Dec/06/2011

Bad News for Online Gambling: Foe Maxine Waters to Replace Supporter Barney Frank

Bad news for bettors!

It could be rocky Waters ahead!

U.S. Congressman Barney Frank made news this week when he announced he won't seek re-election and will retire at the end of his current two-year term, which expires on December 31, 2012.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Nov/30/2011