The Breeders’ Cup announced today that it’s bringing back the Distaff, news that Alicia Wincze called “the most popular name restoration since Prince.” It may seem minor, but it’s a feel-good bit of change, a return to a classic word with resonance in the game and a rich history, evoking greats such as Personal Ensign […]
The small island nation of Antigua capitalized on online gaming by encouraging early sports betting sites to set up business there. Like earlier resource-poor jurisdictions such as Monte Carlo and Nevada, it hoped to leverage its tolerance...Show More Summary
Loni Harwood picked up a bracelet, made three final tables and cashed for nearly $875,000 this summer and she joins Bernard to talk about her success.
About the night one $1.2+ million topper of the Saratoga select yearling sale: “It’s hard to get into those pedigrees,” Hogan said. “[She's from] an old Phipps family and has a great pedigree. If she works out to be a good race filly, you’ve got the residual [value]. She’s a half sister to a really […]
Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 17, “Reinventing the Wheel," of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition). This chapter covers the events of the last decade or so in the gambling world, minus the rise of Asian casinos, which was covered in chapter 16. Show More Summary
Handicapper Brad Thomas critiques the 2013 Whitney Handicap results: “Nothing illustrates the weakness and over-the-hill nature of the handicap div like the unaggressive way speed horses have been ridden in … “races like the Foster and Sat’s Whitney. No one had the guts to test Fort Larned in the former and Cross Traffic got away […]
On the subject of the very slow claims remission process for Full Tilt Poker, to be eventually overseen by the Garden City Group, there's the tiniest bit of news. And by tiny, we mean tiny; a recent update to the FullTiltPokerClaims.com...Show More Summary
Mr. Hot Stuff, cover gelding (PDF). The lazy looker won the A. P. Smithwick at Saratoga on Thursday. “He’s taken to the jumps because he doesn’t have to work that hard,” said trainer Jack Fisher of Colonel John’s brother, who never showed a similar flair for the flat. “Seriously. It’s not as tough; he’s not […]
Pictures, please: Announcer Tom Durkin, no shrinking sartorial violet, established a new personal standard on July 26, when he showed up in bubble gum-pink trousers, cream-colored blazer, a lime-green shirt and tie, white belt and yellow Gucci loafers. Somehow, Durkin avoided being pulled over by police while riding to the track on his yellow Vespa [...]
The winner of the 2013 WSOP $25000 Six-handed No-limit event, Steve Sung is Bernards guest.
He’ll be missed: Strait of Dover often wore a quizzical gaze and his cocky personality won over his handlers along the backstretch. He had an unusually large head, so they called him “Potato.” The 4-year-old 2012 Queen’s Plate winner died of colic on July 14. Robert MacLeod’s account of his final days is heartbreaking.
The times, they are a-changin', at least for the WSOP's media department, where veterans Nolan Dalla and Alan Fowler have both announced career changes. Fowler is leaving the WSOP scene entirely, and returning to his hometown of Atlanta for new opportunities. Show More Summary
Remember Everleaf Gaming, and its flagship site, Everleaf Poker? Everleaf was the culprit in one of online poker's most classless disappearing acts back in 2011, when it left its entire US customer base adrift after a relatively small...Show More Summary
It's been an awful 2013 for Sam Simon, in many ways, but that doesn't mean he isn't making the best of. Simon, the celebrated co-creator of The Simpsons and one of the poker world's wealthiest and most well-known "visiting celebrities,"...Show More Summary
A big Beyer speed figure of 116 for Verrazano’s Haskell win, which is second only to Game on Dude’s 117 for the Santa Anita Handicap, ties the Dude’s 116 for the San Antonio, and tops Fort Larned’s 115 for the Stephen Foster. If all three keep running like that, it’ll be a great Breeders’ Cup [...]
Half-siblings Beijing House and Eight City Tour are a coupled entry for trainer Tom McCooey in race eight, an AOC going six furlongs on the main track. The elder is a veteran New England champion, the younger 2-for-3 at Suffolk Downs this year; together they’re 7-2 on the morning line. Beijing House is in for [...]
Our Amazing Rose gets a Beyer speed figure of 90 for winning the fifth race on Thursday at Saratoga by 7 3/4 lengths. She went the five furlongs in :57.68, or.59 seconds faster than stablemate Corfu did winning the second. Both making their career debuts for trainer Todd Pletcher, of course. Watch the replay.
Online security site Symantec and tech-news site ArsTechnica have dropped a story of interest to the international tournament poker scene, the arrest of Japan's Masaaki Kagawa, perhaps that country's most famous player. Kagawa, 50, was...Show More Summary
What's a poker player to do when all the possible legislation regarding the future of fully regulated US online poker? In the case of Martin Shapiro, a poker-playing attorney from Florida, the answer is to craft a better bill, one free of most of the special interests that actually dominate the D.C. Show More Summary
In today’s Green Felt Journal, I look at a few of the personalities behind Ultimate Poker: Online poker seems so … unearthly. Hands are dealt on a glowing screen. Cards are made out of pixels, not pasteboard. And yet it’s here, and it’s very real. For now, there’s one company that offers online poker in [...]