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When Casinos Don’t Win: Bouncing Ahmed Al-Reyaysa

housetiddly.jpgFOR the Claremont Club in London’s Berkeley Square to accept two cheques for a combined value of almost £7million, Ahmed al-Reyaysa must have had a fair credit rating.

And the gambler may well still enjoy a high credit rating at …

Posted: 14th, February 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poker For Game Players: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

HOW many poker players began their gaming careers playing video games?

Online poker means you may never have played a live game. You have always played online; more at home clicking buttons than touching actual cards.

Is that how it …

Posted: 13th, February 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poker Is A Game Of Dumb Luck

POKER is a game of chance. Or a game of luck? In another job, the Anorak writes on poker.

Poker is a game largely dependent on luck, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.

It can be. Poker played in tournaments …

Posted: 9th, February 2008 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Women Bring Sexism To Poker

MORE division in the poker world – and more marketing opportunities.

The Casino Anorak spots the Women’s Poker Hall of Fame.

The first four women to be inducted into this corridor of power are Linda Johnson, Susie Isaacs, Barbara Enright …

Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shane Warne On Poker

WRITES Shane Warne: “My past week has been a different one. Playing in the Aussie Millions main event poker tournament has been an interesting experience.”

Warne, the former Australian cricketer, is tuning his arm to poker. And he will miss …

Posted: 21st, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Top Five Casino Film Bosses Ever

CASINO bosses have a stereotypically bad image in the movies.

Of course in real life casino owners are all good to their mums, honest to a fault and cleaner and softer than a Labrador’s freshly wiped backside, but the impression …

Posted: 17th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How To Bust A San Francisco Poker Party

A POKER game is busted by the police in San Francisco.

Police in San Mateo County, California apparently first spent months investigating the small-stakes poker game. From this firsthand account, it looks like a couple of the officers

Posted: 17th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Casino Executives And Political Donations, And Barry Manilow

CASINO executives and politics:

The relationship between Presidential contenders and the deep pockets of the gaming industry goes back to the days when the mob ran Las Vegas. Frank Sinatra was a stalwart campaigner for John F. Kennedy, and some

Posted: 17th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Northen Rock And Bonus Casino

THE Northern Rock bank is in dire straits.

And the chairman of Newcastle-based outfit has told a shareholders meeting that the stricken bank can still be saved.

Says Bryan Sanderson, “with your support we can set the company on the …

Posted: 16th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vegas Or Busty With Rooney and Ferdinand

ORDER the meat and crank up the roasts, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand are heading to Las Vegas.

News in the Sun is that La Roon and Archpuke Ferdinand are planning a joint Stag do. No – ho-ho – they …

Posted: 14th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Ironic Earl’s Court Casino Show

THERE will be no casino at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

Planning inspector Roger Brown denied the developer’s appeal, warning that traffic caused by the casino could have caused “unacceptable noise and disturbance for neighbours”.These are the people who live …

Posted: 9th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shane Warne 20 20 Vegas Vision

SHANE Warne is going to the World Series poker championship in Las Vegas.

Sadly, for Hampshire cricket fans – yes, you Doris and Lester Biggins – Shane will not be available for the club’s Twenty20 Cup campaign.

Says Shane: “Now …

Posted: 9th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Croupier As Entertainer

“THE gambler to be found regularly propping up the roulette table at 4am probably couldn’t care less about the quality of the croupier’s conversation.”

So says the Guardian. And it is wrong. At 4am, the lone punter may be hanging …

Posted: 8th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Casino UK Could Learn From Canada

THE vexed question of casino sites takes the Casino Anorak to Canada.

Residents of Brandon, a western Manitoba city, are expected to vote in March to decide whether they want a casino.

This sounds entirely democratic. Why not …

Posted: 8th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dancing On Ice: Who’s Who

THE new “stars” of TV show Dancing On Ice were unveiled today. So says the Manchester Evening News.

The register. Answer “Who?”, “Er?” and “Didn’t she used to be…”

Gareth Gates, Sarah Greene, Suzanne Shaw, Greg Rusedski, Samantha Mumba, Linda …

Posted: 7th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Germany’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Ban On Online Gaming

CARSTEIN Frein, of German giant Tipp24, suggests Germany’s ban on online gambling is unconstitutional under German and European Union law.

Says he: “We consider the state treaty on gambling as clearly illegal and will take legal action if necessary. Reports …

Posted: 7th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


C’est Un Cigar

TO a Portuguese casino on the outskirts of Lisbon, where Antonio Nunes, president of the country’s food standards agency, is smoking a cigar.

It is New Year’s Eve. The clock strikes 12, and the new law comes into force banning …

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Casinos Healthier Places Than Hospitals

TO the Daily News and news therein that: “If you have a heart attack, you’ve got a better chance of receiving quick lifesaving treatment in a casino than in a hospital, a new study says.”

“Nearly a third of hospital …

Posted: 3rd, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Casino That Turned into A Cigar Bar

FROM the land that invited us to debate the meaning to “sexual relations”, comes a definition of smoking.

In Colorado’s mountain casinos smoking is banned. In Colorado’s mountain casinos, the players are smoking cigars.

Gamblers were still able to light …

Posted: 3rd, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Top Ten Poker Casinos

THE Top-10 casinos by poker tables.

No, not by the quality of the table – admire the wood; marvel at the green baize; smell the stains – but by the number of tables in any casino.

1. The Commerce Casino, …

Posted: 2nd, January 2008 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Star Trek Fan’s Poker Face

STAR Trek fans. Na-noo. Na-noo.

The Poker Anorak brings news from the world of fantasy, sci-fi and meals for one. A Star Trek fan who paid who paid $6000 for a poker-player’s visor worn by the android Data on the …

Posted: 31st, December 2007 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


New Year’s Eve In Vegas With Paris Hilton

THE Palazzo, Las Vegas, is open.

What is The Palazzo? Why, it’s the newest mega-resort casino on the Las Vegas Strip..

And it’s open in time for a New Year’s Eve celebration.

On Freemont Street, The Doobie Brothers and The …

Posted: 31st, December 2007 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bed And Bored At the Niagara Casino

sink.jpgAN advert for a holiday to Niagara. For those of you not cold enough, wet enough or bored enough, this is the trip of your dreams.

But this IS Niagara, you say. It rhymes with Viagra. It puts vim and …

Posted: 21st, December 2007 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Censoring Casino And Poker Adverts Does Not Work

simpsons-poker.jpgWHAT would happen if a minor were exposed to an advert for online poker?

Very possibly, the child would ignore it, more interested in the surrounding adverts for sugar, toys and debt consolidation services.

But if the child is a …

Posted: 20th, December 2007 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Drew Carey On Poker In The US

POKER has a celebrity face. Says American actor and game show host Drew Carey: “Maybe Dallas wouldn’t be ranked as the 34th most dangerous city in America if Dallas police weren’t devoting precious resources to raiding friendly poker games played …

Posted: 4th, December 2007 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0