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Bennett coy on Thaiday’s Broncos future

If Sam Thaiday is making Wayne Bennett think twice about letting him go, the poker-faced Brisbane coach is hiding it well. Veteran Queensland back-rower Thaiday is proving invaluable for the Broncos after emerging as their Mr Fix-It ahead of the NRL finals. The 32-year-old will slot into the front row in Thursday night’s NRL regular season finale with North Queensland, replacing form prop Korbin Sims (broken arm). For the last four weeks he had been starting at hooker to cover another key injury casualty in Andrew McCullough (knee). It’s enough…

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WSOP winner’s friends turn $60 show of support into $40K each

Peter Gerolamo doesn’t play poker, but he won more than $40,000 at the World Series of Poker on Saturday night. Gerolamo was part of a group of friends who financially backed Scott Blumstein, the 25-year-old who won it all and the $8.15 million that came with it. “I Venmo’d him $60 on July 7,” Gerolamo said Sunday from a hotel room in Las Vegas, where he was still recovering from watching the friend he met at Temple University become a champion. Gerolamo, Aldo Boscia, John Scuteri and Nick Muldrow each…

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Scott Blumstein wins 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, $8.15 million purse

LAS VEGAS — Scott Blumstein closed out a dominant three-day performance by winning the 2017 World Series of Poker main event early Sunday, taking home $8.15 million and the WSOP bracelet in the process Other than a brief spell on the first day of the final table Thursday, Blumstein held onto the chip lead from beginning to end. He now joins the ranks of poker’s world champions. “I’m really happy with how I played tonight,” Blumstein said. “Really happy with the result, really happy with the deuce, because I was…

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Scott Blumstein widens chip lead on Day 2 of World Series of Poker main event

LAS VEGAS — The 2017 World Series of Poker main event is down to its final three players, with Morristown, New Jersey, native Scott Blumstein seemingly on pace to steamroll the final three days. Blumstein, who has held the chip lead for all but a few brief moments of the final table, weathered a few dips in his stack and several lengthy stretches where play slowed to a crawl to finish play Friday with 226.45 million — nearly 63 percent of the total chips in play. It’ll be up to…

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Braves beat Dodgers 12-3 after Wood unravels in 1st loss

LOS ANGELES — Jaime Garcia maintains a poker face most of the time. But the Atlanta pitcher couldn’t stop smiling after the biggest hit of his career. Garcia launched a grand slam off previously unbeaten Alex Wood to highlight the Braves’ 12-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. “That was pretty unbelievable,” Garcia said. “I’ve never hit a grand slam in my life, not even in Little League.” The subject of trade speculation lately, Garcia limited Los Angeles to three runs over seven innings as the Braves…

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Scott Blumstein takes big 2017 World Series of Poker main event lead after epic pot with John Hesp

Englishman John Hesp has driven the narrative for the past several days in the 2017 World Series of Poker main event, as he accumulated both a massive chip stack and an enthusiastic following as one of the final nine players fighting for $8.15 million and poker’s world championship. It was only appropriate, then, that Hesp would be the driving force behind one of the most stunning hands of poker in recent memory on the first day of the final table — a 156 million chip pot against Scott Blumstein that…

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“A Queen of sorts”, the 30 for 30 podcast

“Imagine the person who the coolest people in the world think is the coolest, most intimidating, mysterious person that they know — that they all want to hang out with. And that’s Phil Ivey.” Hyperbolic, to be sure, but the description that Chad Millman, vice president, editorial director, ESPN Domestic Digital and ESPN’s resident gambling expert, gives Phil Ivey at the opening of 30 for 30 Podcasts’ “A Queen of Sorts” isn’t too far from the truth. Ivey, as famous as a poker player can get, is only half of…

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2017 WSOP main event – Scott Blumstein leads final table that includes Ben Lamb, Antoine Saout and Bryan Piccioli

The 2017 World Series of Poker main event final table has the potential to be one of the most entertaining of its kind in quite some time. Two former November Niners in Ben Lamb and Antoine Saout are back for a second shot at poker’s world title. The chip leaders are an East Coast-hardened WSOP main event first-timer in Scott Blumstein and a boisterous, loudly dressed amateur from the U.K., John Hesp, having the time of his life in a tournament with a buy-in 1,000 times his typical stakes. There…

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WSOP 2017 – Christian Pham has the kind of day dreams are made of; 27 remain in main event

There are dozens of clich√© sports analogies to be used about Day 7 of the World Series of Poker, the day in which the final 27 players fight for the nine most coveted spots of the year in poker. It’s no longer called the November Nine, because there’s only a two-day break instead of a three-and-a-half month layover, but the fight is still the same. After Day 6, those final 27 players each holds their fate in their hands as they try to make the final table of the 2017…

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WSOP 2017 – Robin Hegele holds slight lead as 85 advance to Day 6 of main event

Things are getting very real for the 85 players still in contention for the 2017 World Series of Poker main event title. The top stacks are edging up toward 10 million, though it’s closely bunched together, and two days of poker stand between those fortunate souls and a moment most have dreamed of their entire careers. The race for the overall chip lead was tight in the final moments of play on Saturday night, but it would ultimately be Germany’s Robin Hegele coming out on top with 9.99 million, just…

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