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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."

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

Poker Nation, by Andy Bellin

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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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