Killing livelihoods and a $2.5 billion industry, the feds attack Internet gambling
In this week's feature, "He's Got Game," Westword takes a look at the state's bridge culture and the importance of young players for a card game generally associated with your grandparents. After meeting him at a bridge holiday party (where he actually played against a friend's grandparents), Westwo ... More >>
Proving on paper that poker is primarily a game of skill, not luck, is trickier than it sounds, as University of Denver professor Robert Hannum explains in this week's feature "All In." But fans of the World Series of Poker see that thesis in action on the tube every time one of the big dogs ... More >>
Ain't No Crime
Lori MidsonIf you're searching for ideas to stuff a foodnik's stocking this Christmas, we know of at least one gift that's definitely worth giving: EatDenver, a culinary cavalry of locally owned independent restaurants, has just released its 2011 Dining Decks, a collection of 52 cards, each ... More >>
Marcus Bebb-Jones may not be a winner.Marcus Bebb-Jones is a successful professional poker playing in the United Kingdom, having won the 2007 Grosvenor Grand Prix, among other big money competitions. But he's got more to worry about beyond whether or not he should draw to an inside straight. ... More >>
A Flickr photoThe house wins even when it loses.This week's decision by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Association to allow casinos to pay 6-5 on blackjack isn't exactly a shocker. The gaming regulators aim to please, and the casino operators know who their customers are and what they wa ... More >>
Matt SowashAs Westword reported yesterday, Matt Sowash, the 34-year-old former head of the Amateur Poker Tour, has been sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation for bilking investors out of more than $400,000. Sowash and business partner Andrew Hicks (who has yet to face ... More >>
Matt SowashMatt Sowash, the former head of the Amateur Poker Tour, has been sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation for illegal actions related to his attempts to solicit investors in a new poker tour that would have held tournaments in bars. Sowash and business partner ... More >>
"Um, do you have your license and registration?" Today, students start returning to the University of Colorado at Boulder for the fall semester, and school officials and local cops plan to greet them somewhat differently. CU's got a range of activities on the schedule, including an "Ice and D ... More >>
It appears that even deadly snakes couldn't keep Matt Sowash and business partner Andrew Hicks away from poker. As Westword reported Thursday, the two men were arrested this week and accused of five counts of felony securities fraud. A June CBI affidavit used to obtain warrants for the arres ... More >>
Poker tour entrepreneurs Matt Sowash and Andrew "Doc" Hicks were arrested this week and charged with securities fraud. Investigators have been working on the case for two years, ever since two other men hatched a plot to kill Sowash using rattlesnakes. In that case, detailed in the 2007 Westw ... More >>
The plot behind the innovative 52-scene play The production called 52 Pick Up is simple. A couple meets. They fall in love. Then, they fall out of love. And they break up. What makes the production so interesting is the order in which these things happen. There are 52 cards in a deck of playing c ... More >>
A good bet? Like many of the amendments crowding this year's ballot, the scheme to inject steroids in Colorado's gambling industry, better known as Amendment 50, has its pros and cons. But even its pros may turn out to be cons of one kind or another. On one hand, there's no debate that the five-d ... More >>
Playing with a full deck.
"Hey, you guys like magic?" It was Saturday night, and I was standing outside Scruffy Murphy's, 2030 Larimer Street, with Chris Shelby, Dave Lamoth, Braden Rauen and Andy McQueen of sixtysixdays, a local Irish-rebel-music band taking a smoke break before starting their first set of the evening. We ... More >>
Watch the semi-finals in style at Hoops and Hoopla.
Two would-be hit men strike a deal in Jeffco.
Both men accused of hatching a murder-by-snake plot to kill Amateur Poker Tour owner Matt Sowash have now had the most serious charges against them dropped. Herb Beck and Christopher Steelman (profiles in the September 27 feature "Free Poker Tour Is a Dead Man's Hand") were arrested in August, charg ... More >>
The Amateur Poker Tour may have gone bust, but there is still free poker in Denver.
When these Amateur Poker Tour investors realized they'd been bluffed, they tried their hand at murder.
The two men accused in the plot to kill Amateur Poker Tour owner Matt Sowash appeared in Jefferson County Court today, September 26. Last December, Herb Beck, left, invested $36,000 in the poker company, which the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating for securities fraud. In ... More >>
8.24.07 Le Meridien Hotel Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia South Pacific Subject: Death on the Zero Horizon PBC, A fatality introduced me to Niko and Chad a few days ago in Papeete, Tahiti. I had just arrived from Auckland and was settled in by the pool at my hotel, sneaking spikes of rum ... More >>
Chuck Humphrey has based his career on gambling. Now he’s calling the bet on online fantasy-sports competitions.
Sunday nights are back at Whiskey Bar.
Cool ideas for loft-dwellers.
Go Fish Grille
Ski season beckons the snow junkies
Frederic C. Hamilton
When it comes to poker, Texas Hold 'Em proves who's a real player.
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The Museum of Contemporary Art lays out a postmodern fish story.
When Pigs Fly
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