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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.

Two tens equals £800,000

63-year-old former businessman from Las Vegas wins prestigious, and lucrative, poker event in London

PartyGaming seals first US deal since settlement

As the US moves to legalise online gambling, PartyGaming is homing in

Sport on TV: Don't poke fun at the Aussies even when the chips are down

It's not often that you get the chance to say "Australia collapsed like a house of cards". Sadly, in spite of the way they folded in the first innings at Lord's, they are proving as invincible and incorrigible as ever at the poker table.

Circling the card sharks: The dark world of casino fraud

They look like regular players. But the men identified in the picture are sophisticated cheats now behind bars. Jerome Taylor investigates the dark world of casino fraud

The end of the road for Russia's roulette

From 1 July, all casinos and slot machine halls in Russia will be forced to close their doors. In their place will be four Las Vegas-style gambling zones across the country, but building work has yet to start

North Korea 'playing high-stakes poker game'

Former UN Ambassador Bill Richardson today called the detention and sentencing of two young women journalists in North Korea part of "a high-stakes poker game."

Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, By Claire Harman

The novels of Jane Austen were almost consigned to history, before Walter Scott came to their rescue

Poker Nation, by Andy Bellin

Occasionally, a book slips through the reviewing net only to be plucked from the shelves several years later and prove so compelling it demands belated recognition. Thus it is with 'Poker Nation', whose only fault is that it should be twice as long.

Inside Lines: Gordon gets volley of protest from forgotten sports of 2012 funding

Pleas to Downing Street usually get short shrift – ask the friends of still plain Mister Bruce Forsyth – but the lower echelons of British sport are hoping that their protest to the PM over the absence of pre-2012 funding won't be given the seasonal Scrooge treatment by a grumpy Gordon. Organised by the volleyball player Lucy Wicks, a petition set up on the No 10 website has over 2,000 signatures from representatives of the eight Olympic sports, including volleyball (in whichBritain make their world championships debut in Sheffield this weekend), table tennis and shooting, that have missed out on a share of the £292 million given to other sports featuring in 2012. Not until the end of the month will they know if they will get a few crumbs from the table – if anything, says Wicks, 26. "All sports for which funding has not been clarified find their programmes threatened, and we are now in danger of being unable to pursue our dreams of competing in 2012. Our dedication is being ignored. We want the Government to keep its promises to help us provide a legacy."

The Ten Best Travel Games

The summer holidays often involve a lot of travelling around with kids - so if you're struggling to keep them busy, our guide to the best travel games could well come in handy

Pool, hypnotists and poker nights are helping to boost Britain's Jewish population

What makes a teenager give up clubbing and turn to God? Archie Bland hears how pool, hypnotists and poker nights are helping to reverse decades of decline in Britain's Jewish population

My Life In Media: Victoria Coren

Victoria Coren, 34, is the presenter of Heresy, a comedy discussion show on Radio 4, and a journalist. She started writing for newspapers aged 15, after winning a Daily Telegraph competition. She has written two books, and one play for stage and TV. She also presents various poker programmes on Channel 4, is a member of Team PokerStars Pro, and was the 2006 European Poker Champion. She is the daughter of the late writer and broadcaster Alan Coren, and lives in London.

Pandora: A fruity night out in Manchester

The celebrations of Manchester United's players after they won the Premier League on Sunday were relatively low-key, considering the ruckus at their Christmas party, which was 13 hours long and cost £25,000, with the final score: rape allegations, one; arrests, one; prosecutions, nil.

Rural Australia rocked by jailing of 'Country Woman of the Year'

She was, by all accounts, a dab hand at home-made scones, but Margaret Magnay, a leading member of Australia's equivalent of the Women's Institute, had a dark secret.

Garber in surprise decision to quit PartyGaming in 2009

Mitch Garber, the chief executive of PartyGaming, shocked the City yesterday with the news thathe will leave the gaming group which he joined two years ago. The Canadian national said hewould not renew his current contract when it ends on 1 May 2009,which gives the company14 months to find a replacement. Headhunters have already been hired to review both internaland external candidates.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Comedians share stories of depression

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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