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Simon Lane was one of those writers whose published oeuvre is only matched by the supreme fiction of their own existence, the mythic resonance of their travels and tribulations, those who boldly spin the text of their own legend daily, or more likely nightly. He was the absolute embodiment of the English gentleman-novelist in permanent exile, a self-described "drinker with a writing problem"; it was reassuring to know that in the most distant exotic corners of the world Lane would always be there, in an impeccably stained handmade suit, propping up some impossibly dangerous bar dispensing outrageous wit and wisdom.
Britain's oldest casino has refused to pay out £7.3m to a world-beating poker star and has launched a probe into how he took on the house at a skill-free game of chance, and won.
It is all about the dude within.
Nottingham fighter can gain wider recognition after his superb title triumph over highly rated Bute
One of the actor’s regular opponents was convicted fraudster Bradley Ruderman, who is said to have settled his debts with stolen money
Jockey plays a waiting game on enigmatic chaser and comes from last to first to take final big prize at end of jump season
Industry in turmoil after FBI shuts down America's three largest gaming sites
British gamblers may lose thousands of pounds as accounts are frozen by US investigators
A rural Australian community has inspired a popular revolt against poker machines after seeing off developer's plans for its only pub
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.
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.
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
63-year-old former businessman from Las Vegas wins prestigious, and lucrative, poker event in London
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
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
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."