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Phil Ivey Grabs the Spotlight
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04 August 2014

Phil Ivey has grabbed the spotlight again recently, but not for his poker exploits.  This time he's back in the news for his ongoing baccarat saga with the Borgata Casino in New Jersey.

Back in April of this year, the Borgata Casino filed a $9.6M lawsuit against Ivey, claiming he had won that amount two years previously by cheating at their baccarat tables.  The Borgata alleged that Ivey had employed a technique called “edge sorting,” which takes advantage of flaws and variations in the printing on the backs of the cards in order to identify the value of those cards.

The Borgata maintains that Ivey used the information gleaned from the backs of the cards in order to win a total of $9.6M over the course of four playing sessions from April to October of 2012.  They also sued the card manufacturer, Gemaco Inc.

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Doyle Brunson, the legendary Poker Player
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07 October 2008

Doyle Brunson, the legendary Poker PlayerVery few men can put the fear of God into a person while sitting in a chair, wearing a cowboy hat with a smile on their face. A throwback to the Wild West, gun slinging legends, Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson commands respect at a poker table. At 72 years of age, Doyle has been playing poker for over 50 years, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Born in Longworth, Texas in 1933, Doyle Brunson grew up a gifted athlete. He played baseball and ran track for his school, but it was basketball at which he excelled. He was a member of the All-State Texas basketball team, and was actually drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA.

But after suffering a severe accident at work, Doyle’s basketball career was cut short. After the sporting days were over, Doyle turned the focus on his education. He earned a Master’s degree in Administrative Education. It was in college where Doyle started gambling to support himself and pay tuition. After realizing he could make good money gambling, he made it a full-time job.

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World Series of Poker History
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09 August 2008

World Series of Poker History

There isn't a poker player alive who isn't glued to his or her seat when the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is on. In fact, there seems to be very few alive who don't go to Las Vegas to enter in the main event. Almost 9,000 poker players entered the main event, making this more of a donkey-fest than an actual testament to one's skill-set.

But nevertheless, professional players such as Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, and many more pros will test their grit and determination against a field of over 8,000 players who seemingly stay in hands just to catch a river card. Not taking anything away from an amateur player, but percentages can be extremely cruel. The last time a “pro” won the WSOP was in 2001 when Carlos Mortensen took down the prize.

The game of poker wasn't played above the table with yelling and flailing limbs in the beginning of WSOP history. In fact, one of the great players at time, such as Johnny Moss, would have quickly put a stop to any insurrection or untimely outbursts. Poker has been played for centuries now, and has ended in injury or death for many cheaters, big-talkers, and owners of outlandish personalities. Texas Hold ‘Em hasn't been around quite as long. But once upon a time, it was a highly respected game.

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