Vegas Seven


  • Do Good

    Gamble for Education

    By Diana Edelman

    An annual poker tournament hopes to raise money for Junior Achievement, a financial education program.

  • Reading

    We’ll Stay For the Zombie Apocalypse

    By Jason Scavone

    Chad Holloway had some money to burn after winning nearly $85,000 in the 2013 Casino Employee’s No-Limit Hold ‘Em event, and an idea borne from the sleep-deprived wee-hours of covering the tournaments as a reporter. Enter comic book "The World Series of Zombies."

  • Three Questions

    Online Poker Star on Playing Men at the Table

    By Jessi C. Acuña

    As the November Nine prepare to square off next week in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event, another card player is making waves. Danielle Andersen, who started playing poker in college as a way to spend more time with her then-boyfriend (now husband), went from anonymous competitor as her online moniker, dmoongirl, to starring in Bet Raise Fold, a documentary about the evolution of online poker.

  • Green Felt Journal

    Poker’s Perilous Perch

    By David G. Schwartz

    Nevada poker is in an odd place. On one hand, poker room revenues have declined by 21 percent since 2007, and several casinos have downsized or closed their poker rooms, including the Tropicana on Sept. 11 . On the other hand, some are counting on online poker to revitalize Nevada’s gaming industry. As summer slides into fall and we get ready for online poker to go live next month, where is poker in the Silver State heading?

  • Fertittas Look to Leverage UFC for Online Gaming

    By David G. Schwartz

    Fertitta Interactive, a company owned by brothers Frank III and Lorenzo Fertitta, is launching its Ultimate Gaming platform this Friday. At first, Ultimate Gaming will offer free poker via Facebook, but as states approve full-fledged Internet gambling, even in the absence of a federal bill, it will let players bet real money on their poker skills.

  • Green Felt Journal

    Online Poker’s Offline Impact

    By David G. Schwartz

    In late December, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved regulation changes that effectively pave the way for the legalization of online poker in the Silver State. That’s a necessary step forward for the industry, and the regulations spell out exactly how online poker will be licensed and policed. But no one, so far, has hazarded a guess as to exactly what Nevada’s online poker industry will look like. There’s some historical precedent for what’s about to happen, and it suggests that online poker will strengthen, not diminish, the appeal of brick-and-mortar poker rooms.

  • Green Felt Journal

    Rounders’ Rules

    By David G. Schwartz

    Poker can be a heartless game, but it’s never a lawless one. With so much riding on each turn of the card, rules are important. Unless everyone’s playing by the same book, even a friendly game can dissolve into accusations of cheating and mutual recriminations, to say nothing of high-stakes tournaments. Unfortunately, there’s no single agreed-upon set of rules for playing the game. That can make for some challenges, particularly in a place like Las Vegas, where players from all around the world come to test their luck.

  • Vegas Tech

    The Walled-Garden Fallacy

    By David Davis

    The Nevada Gaming Control Board is crafting regulations to allow online poker in the state. In theory, sites could be running as soon as early next year. The catch is that online poker sites are being shut down and prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.

  • The Deal

    Come and get me

    By Anthony Curtis

    I’ve always wanted to have a say in how a big poker tournament is structured. I got my chance when the new professional poker league, Epic Poker, asked me to get involved in a tournament it’s running this weekend at the Palms. It’s a satellite to win a seat in a nationally televised $1,500 buy-in Pro/Am event in August that could lead to a $20,000 seat in a main event that will also air nationally. Making that final TV tourney is a long shot, so what’s important now is getting a fair return on the money you pay to enter the satellite, and that’s where “the deal” comes in.

  • Poker, the Great Survivor

    By David G. Schwartz

    A lot of folks are surprised that the World Series of Poker isn’t doing so badly this year. So far, about one-third of tournament events have had record numbers of participants. Back in April, many thought the Black Friday indictments would translate into a bummer of a summer for Caesars Entertainment’s flagship poker asset, but the tournament—like the game of poker itself—has proved to be quite resilient.

  • The Deal

    All poker great and small

    By Anthony Curtis

    The 42nd World Series of Poker is under way at the Rio. Is there a “deal” involved in that? Not in playing it—you don’t want to pay $1,500 or more to compete against these players unless you really know what you’re doing. Note the emphasis on “really.” Over the past decade, tournament-poker experts have gotten amazingly good at their craft. And on top of that, 5 percent is taken out of every prize pool, which means that even if you’re on a par with the rest of the field, your expectation is to lose 5 percent of every buy-in you make.

  • feature

    The November Nine

    By Gary Trask

    It’s the Super Bowl of poker, affectionately referred to as the November Nine. It will draw thousands of rabid poker fans to the Rio hotel-casino’s Penn & Teller Theater beginning Nov. 6, and thousands more will get shut out because of the limited seating, causing a spectacle much like a heavyweight boxing match.