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By Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
Greg Merson is eight players away from a win at poker's biggest event and a prize of more than $8.5 million. The 24-year-old originally from Maryland reached the World Series of Poker main event's nine-player final table. He's in third place with 28,725,000 chips, trailing leader Jesse Sylvia by 15,150,000. The players will break until Oct. 28, when they will play the remainder of the tournament. Merson took home more than $1 million dollars after winning Event 57 of the World Series two weeks ago and is the only bracelet-winner at the final table.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Chris Moneymaker knows the type. The player whose eyes widen when the 2003 World Series of Poker champion brings his chips over to a table. "There's always one guy that, right when I sit down, he perks up and says, "I'm going to bust his [rear end]," Moneymaker says. If that sounds appealing, you have your chance to do just that this weekend in Charles Town, W.Va., where Moneymaker will be playing in a handful events, including Saturday's $1,800-buy-in Hollywood Poker Open regional main event.
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By Annie Linskey | annie.linskey@baltsun.com | March 25, 2010
Maryland's Senate approved Wednesday a poker emporium at a harness track in Prince George's County, but the idea faces resistance from leaders in the House of Delegates and the O'Malley administration who don't want the state's fledgling gambling plan to be altered. The Senate bill is narrowly tailored to allow card games at Rosecroft, a financially troubled racetrack in Fort Washington. The bill would place a statewide question on the November ballot. "All we are asking everyone to do is to allow the card facility to be voted on by the citizens of Maryland," said Mark Vogel, a politically connected real estate developer who is purchasing the 130-acre track for about $9 million.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
The Northern Virginia couple throwing down $100 tokens at Maryland Live casino last month may have looked like aspiring high-rollers, but police say they were gambling with fake chips. Maryland State Police have charged a husband and wife from Annandale, Va., with conspiracy and theft after determining that they were using counterfeit chips at the Hanover casino. Authorities are looking for two other suspects in a similar, but unrelated, case. According to police, Rosa A. Nguyen, 36, purchased $150,000 worth of counterfeit casino chips — which had been altered to appear to be Maryland Live chips — over the Internet for $12,000.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
A Marylander in an Orioles shirt  just won the top prize in the World Series of Poker. Greg Merson, a pro from Laurel and University of Maryland dropout, came out on top after a marathon game against a 21-year-old college student Winning the first prize, he comes home with more than $8.53 million. The second prize wasn't too shabby either: more than $5 million. Merson's Orioles love didn't go unnoticed. Star player Adam Jones -- who's shirt Merson wore for the win -- Tweeted to him Tuesday, saying his dog Missy was rather impressed with that choice of outfit.
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August 20, 2003
Cora Hatcherson, a homemaker and former hospital clerk who was an avid poker player, died in her sleep Saturday at Millennium Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ellicott City. She was 94. Born Cora Parnel Ludwig in Baltimore, she attended Western High School with ambitions of becoming a gym teacher. But at age 15 she left school and eloped with George Willson Hatcherson, whom she had known since she was 3. They had been married for 66 years when her husband, a retired railroad machinist, died in 1990.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | October 16, 2005
The University of Maryland has been crowing all week about some professor who got a phone call from Sweden. Well, they're missing the really big deal. "I tell you what, there was a time in my life when I played a lot of poker," he said. "It was a long time ago, during the [second World] War. I was living in Santiago, Chile, and I had a job as night watchman in the U.S. embassy." (Night watchman? Shouldn't this guy have been cracking codes?) "I worked Friday nights. I'd sleep Saturday mornings, and as soon as lunch was over, we'd clear the table and get out the cards and play poker until nine the next morning.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,SUN STAFF | July 14, 2005
LAS VEGAS - Steve Dannenmann, an Anne Arundel accountant, has a strategy for winning the World Series of Poker main event. It involves riding only in cabs whose serial number ends in an even digit, taking the same route from his hotel to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino where the tournament is being played, wearing the same tan shirt daily and not ever allowing his wife to watch. And, oh yeah, there's the same brand of socks that say, "Champion," but those he changes. And there's this crumpled-up paper with a list of poker do's and don'ts, such as, "Avoid coin flips when you have the big stack."
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | November 2, 1993
State police are searching for a man who forced his way into a Carroll County home, beat the resident with a fireplace poker, stole a .25-caliber revolver and escaped in the victim's pickup truck Sunday morning.John Michael Blauvelt Sr., 37, of the 2000 block of Coon Club Road, was treated at Carroll County General Hospital for head, face and back injuries and released, according to police.Mr. Blauvelt told investigators he answered a knock on the kitchen door about 8:40 a.m. and was confronted by a man who at first asked to use the telephone because his car was disabled nearby.
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By SUSAN REIMER | September 28, 1993
Have you ever noticed that no matter how late you call home or return home, when you have left the children in the care of their father, they are still not in bed?Have you ever felt that you might stay out all night, return home at dawn and find the kids still awake?So, as you might guess, I was not surprised to call home from work one night at 10:30 and hear the sweet voices of my children in the background."What are the kids doing still awake?" I asked."We're playing strip poker," was my husband's response.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Poker tables opened Friday at Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland in Western Maryland, state lottery officials said. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, signed an operations license for poker Friday after a demonstration Thursday that tested internal controls, employee training, security and technical systems. The three poker tables, all located in the hotel lobby, have eight seats each and offer Texas Hold'em with limit and no limit stakes, casino officials said.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Maryland Live's August revenue spiked 64 percent compared with a year earlier, a nearly $21 million increase in a month that saw the debut of the casino's 52-table poker room, the state said Thursday. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency also said the Hollywood Casino Perryville's August revenue rose about 18 percent to roughly $7.7 million. It was the Cecil County facility's second straight month of year-over-year increases after decreasing in recent months - even in March, when it launched its 22 table games.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
Poker players began gathering near the entrance of Maryland Live's poker room at 7 a.m., hours before the noon opening. Nearly 1,000 waited in line when cards finally began to fall on the casino's 52 poker tables. The opening of the poker room, a 14,800-square-foot, two-story addition to the Hanover facility, gives the state its first large-scale poker venue and establishes the Cordish Cos. property as the dominant full-service casino in the Mid-Atlantic. The room won't be a financial windfall compared with other tables or slots, but it has already tapped into a younger audience that longed for a place to play.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Maryland's four casinos generated $69.3 million in revenue in July, about $36.3 million of which was returned to the state. Maryland Live, the Hanover facility owned by the Cordish Cos., made $52.5 million from 4,323 slot machines and 122 table games and continued moving toward keeping more of its revenue than it pays back to the state. The casino paid about $27 million in taxes and kept $25.5 million. Table games, which are taxed at only 20 percent compared to 67 percent for slot machines, contributed $14 million toward the casino's share.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
Maryland Live Casino officials pounded through a wall near the facility's high-stakes slots and table games rooms Thursday, revealing the construction going on inside a 14,800-square-foot addition that will open next month with 52 poker tables. The ceremonial sledge-hammering marked the public introduction of poker director Mike Smith, a 20-year-veteran who has been chatting with area poker players in online forums. He has sought their feedback on how the room should be run — from which games should be played to how tournaments should be structured — and is working through final details.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The casino-ization of Maryland continues. The state's Lottery and Gaming Control Commission approved Maryland Live's request to open a new two-story, 52-table poker room in time for Labor Day during its meeting Thursday. Members of the group also heard details about the process being used to award a license to build and operate a casino in Prince George's county, which should be completed by the end of the year. They also cleared the way for Caesars to continue developing the Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street near downtown Baltimore.
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July 20, 2005
Last week, Steven Dannenmann of Severn bested some of the worlds top poker players including last years champion Greg Raymer at the famed No Limit Texas Hold em Championship in Las Vegas. For the past two years, Dannenmann has participated in a low-key Tuesday-night poker game with friends in Anne Arundel County. Maryland law says that any card game where money is a prize is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in jail, said Anne Arundel police spokesman Shawn Urbas. Police investigate games that they hear about and take appropriate action which can be anything from a warning to an arrest depending on the circumstance, Urbas said.
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By BILL ORDINE | April 18, 2006
At last year's World Series of Poker main event final table, a bewhiskered older gentleman in a straw hat took center stage at the game he loved for one final time. Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson, who had won the main event in 1973, commandeered a microphone and sang his trademark tune, "Roving Gambler," and I'm sure there were quite a few folks watching who wondered: Just who is this guy? It was this quirky old fellow's contribution to poker that probably led to more than 5,600 people gathering to play in last year's championship and millions more developing an infatuation with the game over the past few years.
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May 7, 2013
In November, voters approved a major expansion of Maryland's gambling program on the promise that allowing table games and eventually building a sixth casino would ensure that the gambling dollars state residents spend would go toward funding education here and not in states like West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. This week, we got the first preliminary snapshot of how that bargain is working out, and it should give us some pause. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission reported its first set of figures since the Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County added table games.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
The state's largest casino plans to open 122 table games to the public at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Maryland Live, in Hanover, will become the second of the state's three operating casinos to take advantage of expanded gambling laws passed by voters in November. Hollywood Casino in Perryville began operating 20 table games March 6 and brought in nearly $1.5 million from them last month. Officials from the state's lottery and gaming agency watched a controlled demonstration of the table game operations Friday, and were scheduled to spend more time at the facility through Tuesday night.
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