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Category Archive: Poker

Mar 23 2014

Graham Wants to Ban Online Gambling

Sen. Lindsay Graham has decided that we must ban internet gambling at the federal level. By sheer coincidence, I’m sure, he came to this position after Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate who wants to rid himself of the competition, started raising big money for his reelection campaign.

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Nov 16 2013

Poker, Psychology and the Science of Tells

A friend who has a PhD in psychology sent me a recent study that found that “the quality of professional poker players’ hands is perceived accurately from arm movements.” In the study, they showed 78 undergrads video clips from the World Series of Poker that included no sound but had one version where you could …

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Nov 14 2013

The Brain and Gambling Addictions

Farris Jabr at Scientific American reports on studies of those who become addicted to gambling. He notes that the latest DSM-V reclassifies problem gambling as an addiction rather than a compulsion, as it was previously called, and that this was done because of the similar ways that both drug addiction and gambling addiction affect the …

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Sep 26 2013

A Terrible Study on Poker

Sean Carroll (the physicist, not the paleontologist) calls attention to an absolutely ridiculous study on whether poker is a game of skill. It was published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, which apparently doesn’t bother with that pesky peer review stuff. I’m not paying $39.95 for the whole study, but the abstract alone tells you …

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Feb 19 2013

Spotting the Sucker at a Poker Table

The first line of the movie Rounders, which helped spark the poker boom in the late 90s, is “If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” I played poker with a guy recently who made it incredibly easy to spot him as the sucker …

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Feb 01 2013

Antigua Can Violate American IP Rights Legally

Someone sent me a link to this article about how the nation of Antigua is now allowed, under GATT, to violate American intellectual property laws as part of a WTO settlement of a dispute over the U.S. government preventing online gambling sites from operating in this country.

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Jan 28 2013

Reid Screwed Up Online Poker Legalization

Politico reports that Sen. Harry Reid screwed up a chance to legalize online poker, though I’m not really crazy about the way it was going to be done. He did manage to get some Republicans on board but then apparently bungled the opportunity to get the package through the Senate (whether it would have passed …

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Nov 04 2012

Explaining Poker Lingo

Whenever I write about poker, there will inevitably be a comment or two by someone to the effect of “Wha? I didn’t understand a word of that.” This is because poker, like most activities, has developed a lingo all its own that is foreign to someone who hasn’t played the game, or who has played …

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Nov 02 2012

Probability and Political Predictions

Watching the right wing rage at Nate Silver is kind of amusing to watch. Andrew Sullivan points out that Silver’s predictions on the results of the election are quite in line with all the other major poll analysts and betting markets, while Jonathan Last tries to explain how probability works:

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Oct 31 2012

World Series of Poker 2012

I stayed up pretty much all night on Tuesday night to watch the final three play for the title in the World Series of Poker main event and it was worth it. Three young guys, all in their 20s, had an amazing match. As I write this — I’ll update it later — they’ve played …

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Oct 30 2012

Florida Keeps World Safe From Poker Players

Here’s yet another story about a police raid on a poker game, but it’s even worse than most such stories. This game didn’t even have a buy-in. It was a free tournament at a restaurant, where the winners get prizes and the restaurant gets the extra business. Clearly a threat to public safety, so they …

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Aug 25 2012

Fed. Court Rules Poker a Game of Skill

A federal judge has ruled that poker is predominately a game of skill and not a form of gambling and therefore is not illegal under a federal law designed to prevent organized crime from running gambling operations.

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Jul 19 2012

Romney: Transparency for Thee, Not for Me

Mitt Romney, in 1994: “It’s time the biggest-taxing senator in Washington shows the people of Massachusetts how much he pays in taxes.” Mitt Romney, also in 1994: “The blind trust is an age-old ruse.” Well isn’t that convenient?

Jul 14 2012

Why Online Gambling Should Be Legalized

Reason has a video that makes the case for legalizing online gambling, noting that much of the opposition to a California bill to do so came from the Indian casinos, who didn’t want the competition. But the rest of the gaming industry is now in favor of it because they want to start their own …

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Apr 21 2012

Dogs Playing Poker!

Radley Balko has long posted pictures of his dogs on Sunday evenings, but lately he’s opened it up to readers to send in pictures of their dogs. And this week’s picture has dogs playing poker. But the dog owner wants to make a couple of things very clear:

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