Rio Sale Rumor Crops Up Again

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For a good part of the past decade, there has been the occasional murmur that Caesars was looking to sell the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, the home of the World Series of Poker. Late last week, the rumors kicked up again, this time via the Las Vegas happenings blog, VitalVegas.com. On Thursday, Vital Vegas… Read more »

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Antonio Esfandiari to Face Kevin Hart in Boxing Match

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Poker players are known for their love of prop bets, so here’s a fun one: poker pro Antonio Esfandiari will be taking on comedian and actor Kevin Hart in a boxing match in March 2019. The two agreed that Hart is a massive favorite, so Hart gave Esfandiari 35-to-1 odds. The two men are basically… Read more »

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Poker Pro Ali Fazeli Pleads Guilty in Ticket Resale Scam

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California poker pro Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli pleaded guilty to a charge of federal wire fraud for stealing $6.2 million from “investors” in a ticket resale scheme. The 49-year old Fazeli was originally indicted in March on two counts of wire fraud. Fazeli created a ticket selling company called Summit Entertainment and from May 2016… Read more »

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James Obst to Leave Poker, Chase Pro Tennis Dream

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This is slightly old news, but with the 2018 World Series of Poker having occupied our thoughts for a while, forgive us if we missed this. Aussie poker pro James Obst announced this month that he plans to ditch that “pro” designation, effectively retiring from full-time poker. Most young poker pros – Obst is just… Read more »

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AGA President Geoff Freeman Resigns

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In a move that surprised some in the casino and gaming industry, American Gaming Association Chief Executive Officer Geoff Freeman has decided to step down as the head of the powerful trade organization. “The AGA accomplished many important successes during Geoff’s tenure, most notably the recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the Professional and Amateur Sports… Read more »

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Chris Ferguson Issues “Apology” Before Start of 2018 WSOP

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After facing the slings and arrows of the poker community – especially over the past year as he captured the 2017 World Series of Poker’s Player of the Year award – poker professional Chris Ferguson has issues what he believes was an apology for his actions with Full Tilt Poker and “Black Friday.” In a… Read more »

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Phil Ivey Plots Return to 2018 World Series of Poker

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With his absence being one of the biggest mysteries over the past couple of years in tournament poker, one of the legends in the game, poker professional Phil Ivey, has stated that he plans to participate in this year’s World Series of Poker. In an interview with Frank Op de Woerd and Laura Cornelius of… Read more »

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PokerStars Responds to Gordon Vayo Lawsuit

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Last week’s big news in poker circles was the lawsuit filed by professional poker player Gordon Vayo against PokerStars in U.S. District Court. We covered it, every poker media outlet covered it (mainstream news site, Forbes, covered it before everyone), and the poker internet message forums are talking about it. On Monday morning, The Stars… Read more »

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Poker Pro Gordon Vayo Sues PokerStars

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Gordon Vayo, the runner-up in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, has filed a lawsuit against PokerStars (more specifically, Rational Entertainment Enterprises Limited (REEL), but for our purposes, it’s PokerStars) in the U.S. District Court Central District of California Western Division because the online poker room has refused to pay him nearly $700,000… Read more »

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