Has Chinese Poker Helped the Chicago Blackhawks

Hoist the Stanley Cup 3 Times in 6 Years?

Apparently, three-time Stanley Cup champion and current points leader in the NHL, Partick Kane, is an avid Chinese Poker player.

According to a piece in the Chicago Tribune, Kane and his teammates play the poker variant on flights to and from games.

Could that be part of his recipe for success? Maybe! Check out the article by Chris Hine to see what else the Blackhawks do for fun!

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Dani Stern Turns Up the Heat on PokerStars Strike

In the midst of a players strike where some high volume players on PokerStars are protesting against announced changes to the company’s VIP Rewards Program, high profile poker professional Dani Stern is encouraging players to take their actions a step farther and “cashout” from the site.

Stern, also known as Ansky online is heating up the rhetoric by calling those that cross the pickett line “scabs”.

The protest began on Monday and is scheduled to continue through Thursday December 3, but Stern already has ideas for a sequel.

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Phil Ivey Continues to Fight Allegations of Cheating

Phil Ivey has announced that an appeal of a £7.8 million decision rendered against him by a UK Judge is expected to be heard before the end of the year.

The case involving allegations of card sorting by the owners of Crockfords Club is set for appeal on December 10.

The Court of Appeal judge, Lord Justice Lewison, stated that Ivey’s grounds of appeal ‘raise an important question of law and have a real prospect of success.’

Ivey is also involved in another legal case in the US where The Borgata has alleged that he used the card sorting technique to cheat the casino out of $9.6 million.

Ivey had this to say:

As I said at the time of the London verdict last October, it is not in my nature to cheat which is why I was so bitterly disappointed by the judge’s decision a year ago, even though he said that I was a truthful witness and that he was sure that I didn’t believe that what I was doing was cheating. This wording from the Court of Appeal, that the grounds of our appeal raise an important question of law and have real prospects of success is quite simply the best news I’ve had since I won the £7.8m at Crockfords over three years ago in August 2012.

Below is a timeline of events as provided by Ivey’s PR reps:


  • April – October Ivey wins $9.6m playing Baccarat at Borgata Casino, New Jersey, USA.
  • August Ivey wins c.£7.8m playing Baccarat at Crockfords Club,
  • London. Casino refuses to pay out.


  • May Ivey issues proceedings at London’s High Court against the owners of Crockfords Club (Genting Casinos UK Ltd) for non-payment of his c.£7.8m August 2012 winnings.


  • April Borgata Casino files US lawsuit against Ivey seeking reimbursement of his $9.6m April-October 2012 winnings.
  • October Ivey loses High Court claim against owners of Crockfords
  • Club for non-payment of his August 2012 winnings.


  • January Ivey granted permission to Appeal London High Court decision in claim against the owners of Crockfords Club.
  • July Ivey counter sues Borgata Casino over 2102 Baccarat winnings.
  • December Appeal of High Court decision in claim against owners of Crockfords Club due to be heard in Court of Appeal, London.
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