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14 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event ended Sunday night with 27 players still vying for the bracelet and $10 million first-place prize.The 27 remaining players will reconvene Monday at noon PT and play down to the final nine...read more
14 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- The World Series of Poker needs to borrow a page from Lebron James's playbook.When James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers this week, he didn't just go back home. James reset the narrative on both his decision to leave the Cavaliers and the metrics for success in Cleveland.Lebron’s time in Miami wasn't just about winning championships...read more
13 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- I can't believe I've been here for more than a week.When I first arrived at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino last Saturday, I was overwhelmed by the sheer carnival that is the World Series of Poker Main Event. I wrote a column highlighting my read more
13 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- The World Series of Poker Main Event caught its breath Saturday. After a frenetic Friday where 527 players busted out of the tournament, Saturday's Day 5 action saw just 212 eliminations. Only 79 players remain in the tournament -- their dreams of scoring a $10 million payday still alive.When Day 5 play began, Matthew Haugen led the field with 2.808 million in chips...read more
13 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- Vancouver, B.C. might just host of the toughest home poker games in the world.Matt Jarvis finished eighth in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event and won a WSOP bracelet the following year. In 2013, Jason Mann won $285,408 for his 25th-place finish in the Main Event...read more
13 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- When Casino City profiled Dallas chiropractor Dean Baranowski and his wife, Colleen, on Day 1C of the World Series of Poker Main Event, there was no hint of the potential media stars the two were about to become.Dean Baranowski made it to Day 4 of the 2013 Main Event and cashed for $21,495...read more
13 July 2014QUESTION: Please tell my new daughter-in-law I’m not crazy. She and our son had their wedding at a casino resort, and the whole extended family gambled a little along with some shopping and shows.Some of the women decided to relax in the keno lounge for a little bit over a drink...read more
12 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- Phil Ivey busted out of the Main Event Friday. But he wasn't the biggest story at the World Series of Poker Main Event Friday. Not even close. That honor belonged to the money bubble.The money bubble is the biggest, most organic source of joy and despair in a poker tournament...read more
12 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event money bubble burst at approximately 2 p.m. PT Friday afternoon. After that, all hell broke loose.Within an hour and 15 minutes, the field had shrunk from 692 to 577 players. By dinner, just 443 players remained...read more
12 July 2014Have you ever talked with a friend on the telephone and gotten the feeling that something is wrong with them, but they aren’t telling you? This happened to me recently. I finally asked my friend point blank, “Is something wrong?” That’s when he opened up and told me what happened when he’d played video poker recently.Before I get into Al’s story (not his real name), let me give you some background...read more