News Gerardo Gamboa who handed in $300,000 found in the back of his taxi

A Las Vegas taxi driver proved it is the season of goodwill - after he handed in $300,000 left in the back of his cab.

Major online poker sites accused over money laundering

British gamblers may lose thousands of pounds as accounts are frozen by US investigators

Australia forced to confront its 'pokies' problem

When Australia remembers its war dead on Anzac Day later this month, the pubs will be full of old soldiers playing "two-up" – a traditional betting game similar to "heads or tails" that was popular on the First World War battlefields.

Two held over Vegas $33,000 poker heist

Police in Las Vegas have made two arrests after an armed robber grabbed poker chips worth $33,000 (£21,000) from one of the city's casinos.

888 takeover talks continue

The internet gambling firm 888 Holdings said takeover talks with Ladbrokes were still ongoing yesterday as it bolstered its negotiating position with strong final-quarter sales. The company, which offers casino, poker and sport betting, said an announcement regarding a potential deal with the bookmaker would be made when appropriate – following reports that discussions had hit difficulties over price. 888 posted an 18 per cent increase in operating income to $71m (£44m) in the final quarter of 2010.

Titanic Thompson, By Kevin Cook

To say that the story of "America's greatest hustler" is like Damon Runyon is something of a tautology. The real Runyon weaves in and out of the book, notably when he observed Thompson's involvement in the murder of Arnold Rothstein, who crops up in The Great Gatsby for fixing the World Series of 1919.

All bets are off on Harrah's IPO

The US casino company Harrah's Entertainment has scrapped its $500m (£313m) initial public offering (IPO), citing market conditions, a day after General Motors made a triumphant return to Wall Street.

Nuggets of gold to be unearthed on the winter trail to the Festival

Chris McGrath picks 10 to follow as the jumps season starts heating up

Outback town's victory against all odds halts march of the 'pokies'

A rural Australian community has inspired a popular revolt against poker machines after seeing off developer's plans for its only pub

Betfair shares valued at up to £14 each

Betfair is set to be valued at up to £1.5bn when it reaches the stock market, after the company's shares were given an initial range of between £11 and £14. The stakes of the betting exchanges' two founders Ed Wray and Andrew Black will be worth between £261m and £333m on that range.

Hen-pecked man cleared of murdering partner

A hen-pecked man who was nagged for 30 years before he stabbed his partner to death was cleared of her murder today.

Noseda stakes all on Cup with Laddies Poker Two

Having already pulled off one pretty outrageous stunt with the same mare, Jeremy Noseda yesterday contrived to raise the bar higher still with Laddies Poker Two. The Newmarket trainer wants to give the grey her first race since landing a spectacular gamble at Royal Ascot in June – and, as such, only her second in two years – at the Breeders' Cup.

Online gambler 888 Holdings axes dividend

888 Holdings reported a double-digit bounce-back yesterday after its online poker and casino gambling businesses slumped during the World Cup, but it scrapped dividend payments over uncertainty about future regulation in its key European markets.

Puccini - The maestro and a succès de scandale

Puccini's Wild West opera, La fanciulla del West, has a rare outing in Edinburgh. It is almost certainly based on his secret love affair that was mired in tragedy. Jessica Duchen went to his house in Tuscany to find out more

US judge: 'I sentence you to go and play poker'

A man convicted of fraud will attempt to pay back almost $500,000 (£310,000) to his victims using money he has won playing poker. A judge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this week agreed to allow Samuel McMaster Jr to travel to poker tournaments across the US to try to win back the money he stole.

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