Summary of “The Legend of Phil Ivey, Poker’s Mystery Man”

Barring winning an event, they just hope they’ll get a chance to play across the table from Phil Ivey, maybe win a pot, maybe have a good tale to tell back home.
While the biggest games in casinos around the country were played in increments of $100 and $200, or sometimes as high as $400 and $800, the Flynt game was played as high as $4,000 and $8,000 per bet.
There were four players from the U.K., where Omaha was more popular than on the American West Coast, and Phil Hellmuth, the 1989 World Champion and the holder of six bracelets.
“If you’re coming into the game and you’re 21 years old now, you better be fundamentally sound. You better be theoretically solid. Because nowadays if you’re playing for 50 bucks, people, they care. They’re trying to beat you. They want to play their best game and beat you. Even at the smallest limits.”
According to Palansky, there were three events that sparked the boom in the mid-aughts: the advent of hole card cameras, which led to poker emerging as a compelling television property; the creation of software that allowed people to play for real money over the internet, which created global pools of players and fed thousands of new players into tournaments, pushing prize pools into the millions with tons of dead money; and an accountant from Tennessee entering the 2003 WSOP Main Event after winning a $40 online satellite and beating a field of 839 players to take home the World Championship and $2.5 million.
Phil Hellmuth, who currently leads the WSOP bracelet race with 14, is one of the most successful tournament players of all time.
Some players may be better at borrowing money than at playing poker, or they may be good at finding games full of weaker players or that otherwise suit their strengths.
One of those players was Phil Ivey.After three straight days of playing poker in the storied gambling hall, only seven players remained.

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Summary of “The Exciting Life and Lonely Death of a Basketball Vagabond”

The Toronto encounter would also lead me to to Jackson’s father, Brett, a former center at U.C.L.A. and the one person whose life, in some ways, was just like his son’s.
After 13 years of marriage, he and Lesle Davis split up when Jackson was in the first grade.
For Jackson, the estrangement from his mother lasted over a decade and ended only when he visited her and his half brother, Robin Anselme, at his mother’s Florida home a few years ago.
Jackson clashed with his father at times, and basketball could be the most contentious subject of all.
Still, with the help of his stepmother Jackson managed to get admitted to Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where he played for a coach named Curtis Condie.
After two years there, Condie recommended him to Iowa State’s coach, Larry Eustachy, thinking Eustachy would appreciate Jackson.
Tough, emotionally vulnerable, loyal and rebellious all at once, Jackson Vroman reminded Eustachy of himself.
In February 2006, Brett was watching on TV in Salt Lake City when Jackson took a pass from Chris Paul in a game against Brett’s old team, the Jazz.

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Summary of “The Bots Beat Us. Now What?”

In his correspondence, he criticized computer programs for making “Gross blunders” and called one of them “a piece of junk.” After his triumph over the program, Fischer disappeared again, and wouldn’t play another documented game for 15 years.
For decades, the best humans were better than any machine at marquee, blue-chip intellectual games like chess in the West and Go in the East.
Since at least 1950, the games have also played host to programmers who have tried to master them, enticed by besting the genius widely thought to be required of a chess or Go master.
These twin pillars of intellectual competition – chess and Go – aren’t the only games that have appeared in the crosshairs of the engineers, of course.
Among them: an encyclopedia of cognitive science and a volume titled “Robots Unlimited.” A cartoon pinned above his desk showed a man playing chess against a toaster: “I remember when you could only lose a chess game to a supercomputer.”
“StarCraft is way, way bigger than chess or Go or any of these games,” Churchill said.
Every single computer scientist who works on games whom I’ve ever spoken to has uttered to me, often with a twinge of contrition, the phrase “Test bed.” It’s not about the game, man, it’s about what comes next.
Maybe Bobby Fischer, whose whole life was devoted to playing a board game – and who some would argue was driven mad by a board game – got it right in his letters 40 years ago.

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Summary of “Cursed by the body that was his blessing, Greg Oden is headed back to Ohio State”

ODEN IS IN the lobby of the academic support center on the Ohio State campus on a late-May morning, registering for classes to finish the degree he started a decade ago.
Oden called his coach, Thad Matta, and said, “I can’t get to class.” A few weeks later, Oden announced that he would leave for the draft, one of many decisions in his life that wasn’t really his to make.
“Coach!” Oden hollers, dropping the bar and easing himself to the ground until he lies flat on his back.
Oden can’t prove that the orthotic is the sole reason his body collapsed in the NBA. The wheels were in motion for his body to fall apart the moment he hit his first growth spurt on the way to 7 feet.
Oden always had tried to reckon with what his body was and could be, its power and potential.
Former Ohio State assistant Alan Major remembers a jump shot Oden made against Georgetown in the Final Four because it was the Buckeyes’ 38th game and Oden had taken just a handful of jumpers all year.
On Aug. 7, 2014, Oden was supposed to be with the Ohio State basketball team in the Bahamas, volunteering on a summer tour, but he bailed at the last minute.
Oden walks down the stairs of the academic support center, back to the first floor.

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Summary of “MMQB: Cardinals RB David Johnson, Stephon Gilmore, more NFL notes”

Ninety nine percent of all NFL players are explicitly not dumb.
I asked Johnson if, growing up, he would he have believed that one day he’d be in the NFL and running a bread and butter play that hinged on the blocks he gets from, of all people, superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald?
He said: “I’m definitely going to have to say I feel like I should be number one. If there’s a player in the NFL who doesn’t feel that way, they definitely should not be in the NFL. I feel like I should be number one, especially with the season I had last year, helping out the team. And I still have a lot of room to improve.”
SMARTER FOOTBALL: A series examining the cerebral side of the sport, including technology, analytics, how a brainy linebacker prepares and just what goes into a typical NFL play.
NFL players don’t grow as a film student on their own.
” Clark, who now works as an analyst for ESPN, works with a handful of NFL players, watching their tape and providing feedback, and when possible, training with the guy.
BREAKING DOWN THE NUANCES OF AN NFL PLAY: James Urban, one of the league’s most respected assistants, with a lesson in play design.
The difference? Rodgers still makes plays, even on the snaps where he misses plays.

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Summary of “Why It’s a Problem When NBA Stars Take Less Money Than They’re Worth”

Still, Nowitzki will make less over his two-year deal than free-agent bench guy Amir Johnson will make with the Sixers next season alone.
He’ll make $8 million less per year than Joe Ingles, less than half as much as Zach Randolph, who’s almost as old as Nowitzki, and only a half-million per year more than Justin - not Jrue, Justin - Holiday.
The putative reason Durant took less money to stay with the Warriors was so that money could be redistributed to his teammates and strengthen the team’s roster.
As little as $10 million means to Durant, or $20 million to Nowitzki, it means even less to Lacob and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Without owners, players would have to hire their own administrative and marketing arms, which probably wouldn’t cost anywhere near the 50 percent of basketball-related revenue the owners get.
For as much as Durant and Nowitzki aren’t healing the sick Lacob and Cuban don’t even make you smile - unless you’re a fan of Shark Tank or throwing money at a 3-D orthodontics company.
Sure, being close to Silicon Valley helps Durant network with the business leaders he might one day hope to become, though in the age of videoconferencing and private jets, physical location matters much less than it used to.
Though it’s been said that both Nowitzki and Durant could make their money back through endorsements, Nowitzki has famously eschewed endorsement deals, except for his Nike contract, and it doesn’t matter if Durant makes the money back through endorsements.

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Summary of “Hunter Greene Is Not the LeBron of Baseball. He Wants to Be Something More.”

In the past six MLB drafts, less than 20 percent of first-round picks were African-American, but baseball has a complex road ahead. “The beauty of Hunter is that he grew up in a perfect storm,” says former MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Jimmie Lee Solomon.
Hunter, doomed and destined as a savior, wants to combine his generational talent with a willingness to be a social activist.
“A black baseball player? A pitcher? Who is throwing 102? Once you see all of that, that’s what sparks the interest in that younger culture. That’s what leads to saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to go pitch like Hunter Greene.'”.
At dinner Thursday at Granville, an organic restaurant on Ventura Boulevard, Russell Greene zips from one diatribe to another, primed to talk about everything on his mind, about the importance of teaching his son about race, about raising a “Major league citizen.” Hunter sips on pink lemonade as his father reminds me racism led him to enroll Hunter at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, 50 miles away, where he could see other African-American baseball players, that he was-is-afraid for his son’s life as a black man in the United States.
“They don’t give a shit that he’s Hunter Greene, an upper-class, middle-class kid going to private school. They see him as a black face.”
As Russell preaches, man alive, Hunter remains quiet, listening.
His work with celebrities, Russell says, helped prepare his son for what, to him, was near-certain fame: “Everything you hear about Justin Bieber, Hunter knows about. Everything about the Kardashians, he knows about it because I use them as an example, whether they are good or bad.”.
Hunter Greene heads for the door of the Dodger Stadium luxury box in his signature jacket-and this is no ordinary varsity jacket.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe’s NBA free agency winners and losers”

Next summer, we could enter free agency with only three or four teams hoarding that much space.
Meet the new NBA, same as the old NBA. Teams will have to get more creative, and perhaps take on more risk, in swaps of players making big money over multiple years.
Internal development matters more than ever; teams can go over the cap to re-sign their own players, and for most of the league, that will be the most accessible path to improvement.
Nabbing Paul Millsap on a three-year deal, with a team option in Year 3, is a home run for Denver.
Three seasons ago, Suns owner Robert Sarver proposed seeding postseason teams 1-16 by record regardless of conference.
“The Eastern teams don’t like it.” The league has argued that schedule imbalance and over-long travel make a 1-16 system too cumbersome.
The Blazers are coming off a.500 season, and at least two teams below them – the Wolves and Nuggets – are primed for a leap.
The Clips are also one of many teams that talked with the Celtics about three-team deals in which they would snag one of Boston’s cap casualty wings, sources say.

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Summary of “Shakespeare’s Cure for Xenophobia”

“What is still more important is unity of religious background,” he added, and then made his point more explicitly: “Reasons of race and religion combine to make any large number of free-thinking Jews undesirable.
What, exactly, are you applauding and smiling at? How are you supposed to view the Jewish daughter who robs her father and bestows the money on her fortune-hunting Christian suitor? Do you join in the raucous laughter of the Christians who mock and spit on the Jew? Or do you secretly condone Shylock’s vindictive, malignant rage? Where are you, at the end of the harrowing scene in the courtroom, when Portia asks the man she has outmaneuvered and ruined whether he agrees to the terms she has dictated, terms that include the provision that he immediately become a Christian? “Art thou contented, Jew?” she prods.
“What dost thou say?” And what do you think the Jew actually feels when he answers, “I am content”?
Starting in 1516, Jews, who had previously lived in the city wherever they chose, were required by law to reside and to worship in a small, poor area, the site of a former copper foundry.
A scant generation later, Martin Luther, in Germany, urged the Protestant faithful to raze the Jews’ synagogues, schools, and houses, to forbid their rabbis on pain of death to teach, and to burn all Jewish prayer books and Talmudic writings.
To audiences in England-a country that had expelled its entire Jewish population in the year 1290 and had allowed no Jews to return-those everyday interactions were the true novelty.
If thou be a Jew, a Turk, or believest in the devil, thou art free from all controlment…. And generally of all other things, so thou offend no man privately, no man shall offend thee, which undoubtedly is one principal cause that draweth so many strangers thither.
There’s good reason that most people think the Venetian merchant in the play’s title is the Jew.

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Summary of “The NBA’s Treadmill of Mediocrity”

No Sixers player in Game 4 had more than 16 points, the team took 11 3-point shots, Turner did not look like a no.
Collins stepped down at the end of the 2012-13 season, Sam Hinkie fully took over the team, and the rest is the Process.
A player like LeBron James and a team like the Warriors asks us to look outside of the moment, I guess.
So a capped-out Sixers team that was paying Elton Brand $16 million tanked its way to multiple lottery picks, hoping at least one hit the jackpot.
Portland is good but not great; Toronto is great during the regular season and good during the playoffs, which is ultimately bad. There are already rumors about teams trying to pry Giannis Antetokounmpo from Milwaukee, and we’re already making preparations for Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins’s exit from New Orleans.
The Thunder are a six- to 12-month experiment, LeBron could exit Cleveland next summer, leaving the team as it was before he returned.
Only five teams can look themselves in the mirror and say that the Finals are a realistic goal.
Such is our disdain for competence, for OK, for actually not bad that we are more enamored with a Phoenix roster, half of which is made up of people who can’t legally buy a beer, than we are a Wizards team that features one of the best backcourts in basketball - a Wizards team that will be screwed if it chooses to keep its third-best player.

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