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.

World Cup sees online poker dip

The internet gambling operator PartyGaming said its online casino business had continued to drive strong growth, helping to offset the impact of a slump in poker players during the football World Cup.

Professional poker player loses £156,000 at High Court

A young professional poker player lost £156,000 at the High Court today when a judge ruled he must pay a rabbi who placed spread bets for him on the Dow Jones index.

Britain's casinos play a smart hand

The large casino operators' efforts to persuade consumers they're not there just for high rollers and moral degenerates seem to be paying off. James Moore reports on an industry whose number has finally come up

Cowboys Full, by James McManus

How an obscure parlour amusement favoured by 18th-century French and Prussian aristocrats evolved into America's national pastime is the subject at hand here. Poker's popularity has spawned any number of how-to manuals, but 'Cowboys Full' (poker parlance for a full house with three kings) is an attempt, triumphantly realised, at a definitive history.

Caught in the Berlin poker heist

Eyewitness account tells how news of raid on card game was broken on Twitter

DVD: Couples Retreat (15)

Come in Vince Vaughn, your time is up. The poker-faced funny-man co-wrote, along with Jon Favreau (the pair have fallen a long way since their sparkling Swingers), this dismal concoction.

Poker champion 'eligible for US death penalty'



A British poker champion accused of killing his wife then spending her money during a "playboy" weekend in Las Vegas fears he faces the death penalty in the US, a court heard today.

Matthew Norman: It will take more than Chilcot to nail Campbell

As the warm-up man for Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell was perfect

Questions Of Cash: 'Using Barclays' exchange rate just wasn't worth the gamble'

Q. I withdrew $1,621.16 from a poker site on 27 September. I was credited by Barclays Premier Banking with £988.57 on 30 September. I had been told by the bank that I would be given the exact daily exchange rate and only charged £6 as a foreign transaction fee. On the days between the withdrawal and the credit, the exchange rate was almost constant at between 1.587 and 1.596: yet I was given 1.64. I phoned on 1 October and was told the poker site would have agreed the exchange rate used. Barclays said it would produce evidence of this. I contacted the poker site, who said they sent the money in US dollars and that whatever rate or fees the recipient bank uses is up to them and had not been agreed with the poker site.

Gambler faces extradition over wife's death

A professional gambler was facing extradition today after allegedly killing his wife then dumping her body in a US national park and spending her money during a "playboy" weekend in Las Vegas.

Is Britain's poker boom folding?

Research from Mintel suggests a sharp slowdown but poker companies are not yet ready to bust out, reports James Moore

Business Diary: Former Bear boss busts out at poker

It seems that Steven Begleiter is rather better at casinos than he was at casino capitalism. The former Bear Stearns head of corporate strategy came within an ace (literally) of a shot at the $22m first prize of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

For Richer, For Poorer, By Victoria Coren

To begin with a government-style health warning: gambling can seriously damage your finances. Don't try it at home, kids. That said, Victoria Coren, the kid who did try it at home, losing her pocket-money to her older brother's mates, is now on a winning streak with this funny and enthralling saga of her career as one of the few female high-flyers in the world of poker. Since her schooldays she has gained two decades and a million pounds. With a day job as a successful journalist, by night she is Poker Woman.

Money, romance and a dream home – life is sweet for Sheri

There is a beautiful 23-year-old girlfriend and a house built to his own specification, named "Camp Nou" after the stadium where he helped Manchester United win the European Cup. He is tanned, blond and the only pounds he is piling on 18 months after retirement from football are the ones he has just won – all 40,000 of them – at a poker tournament. Having turned down the chance recently to buy a £220,000 Ferrari ("not convinced"), Teddy Sheringham climbs into his Bentley Speed and sets off in dazzling sunshine for a pro-am golf tournament in Essex. Teddy, where did it all go right?

Boris still throws down aces but says Murray lacks killer instinct

'Britain's favourite German' tells Alan Hubbard about his passion for poker, Ballack and Bayern Munich
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