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.

'I guess I've become nocturnal... it's addictive, but I do win money'

Internet poker is now a £15bn industry - but ministers vow to bring in new controls

Gaveston by Stephanie Merritt

More of a damp squib than a red-hot poker

A Carpet, a Pony and a Monkey, Bush Theatre, London

Over and over, we think it's all over

Games: Poker

I REMEMBER a witty Scots rogue at the old En Passant coffee bar, which combined chess downstairs and poker upstairs, inquiring: "And where are ye goin' to spend Christmas? Upstairrrs or downstairrrs?" The En Passant, situated in an alleyway off the Strand in London, was one of the most dingy, run-down places any gambler or chess player could dream of.

Poker

ALERTNESS IS everything. And never more important than on the big hands. Here is a case in point. It was seven-card stud high low, last hand of the night, so players were more than usually ready to gamble.

Sport On TV: Torrid late-night love affair with the Devil Fish

PETER "THE BANDIT" Evans and Dave "Devil Fish" Ulliot are not famous. Photographers do not pursue them when they pop out to post a letter, and no one offers them thousands of pounds to endorse soft drinks or Brylcreem. If you saw one of them standing in a checkout queue in the supermarket, you would not give them a second glance (although if you saw Devil Fish behind you, you might think about moving to a different queue).

Gazette: Poker

SATURDAY NIGHT sees an exciting final play-off in the television series Late Night Poker on Channel 4. The winner will pick up a cheque for pounds 40,000 - nice going. By the ingenious device of placing cameras under the table, the television producer Robert Gardner was able to show viewers the players' hole cards, during the play. This gave the event, a classic no-limit Hold 'em tournament, its dramatic point.

Dead baby's mother freed

AN AMERICAN woman who left her 10-day-old baby to die in a sweltering car while she played video poker was given five years' probation yesterday.

Dilemmas: My sons watch violent films with their friends

Penny doesn't let her boys, 8 and 9, watch TV after 9pm. But when the boys stay with friends, they often watch late, and recently saw a violent video. Should she ring the parents and explain her views?

Gambling

IN A recent hold'em tournament, I got beaten on a pair of kings against 10-9 offsuit when my opponent flopped trip10s, beaten on a pair of queens against 5-5, when my opponent caught A-2-3-4 to make a five- high straight and then lost on 10-10 against A-6, all in the first hour of play. Well, these things happen to all of us. But it set me thinking about the odds. By a fortunate coincidence, the poker author David Sklansky has analysed the whole question in the latest issue of Poker Digest.

Equitable accused of packing AGM

EQUITABLE LIFE, the UK's fifth largest life insurer, was yesterday accused of packing its annual meeting with employees to ensure a rebel policyholder failed in his attempt to get elected to the board.

Delancey adds 25% to bid for Greycoat

DELANCEY ESTATES, the property company controlled by financier George Soros and Jamie Ritblat, son of British Land's John Ritblat, yesterday raised its hostile bid for rival Greycoat by 25 per cent to pounds 263m.
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