The Burn & Turn Legends of Poker


‘Poker face’ capone

Mob boss, ‘Scarface’ Al Capone, had a burn and turn in a dark and dismal room in the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, and a couple of clutches were left in the works. The room was specially designed for Mafia Don and is still in use today … but as a dining area.

The room, resplendent with huge mirrors to prevent anyone from sneaking up on the back of a notorious gangster, has hidden panels and secret passageways that were used when the gangster needed a speedy exit! Domino QQ Online

But it wasn’t the only mandarins that were underutilized by this simple casino card game, former Presidents of the USA.

Truman’s ‘Harpie Club’
Harry Truman was a founder member of the ‘Harpie Club’, a club dedicated solely to the game’s poker and Judge Truman played often in the 1920’s. Afterwards the White House took his poker playing days with a whole new dimension and he was spotted on board the Presidential Yacht, Williamsburg, with more than one hand on the cards.

In 1946 England’s iconic statesman, Winston Churchill, joined to join Truman’s table but in no time at all, Truman and company had a brief stacked and clearly against the former British Prime Minister!

John F Kennedy was another US president who not only enjoyed women but also had plenty of poker. He would slot in a quick poker game while seducing the beautiful, yet emotionally bereft Marilyn Monroe in one of the rooms built on the nefarious President’s instructions.

‘Low Stakes’ Obama
Barack Obama, touted as the future president of the USA (now officially the president of the USA), prefers the low-stakes games and is often blatantly playing the tables. Clearly, American politics now demands more than just beer and cigars – perhaps the bourbon and poker will lighten the mood and bring the US more in sync with the rest of the gambling world!

Singing sensation Frank Sinatra was so enamored with poker and gambling that he dedicated a song to Las Vegas and the tables. ‘Luck be a lady’ was his mantra to both the poker gods and the casino bosses, who reportedly had a highly contentious relationship!

Nelson & Rhodes slug it out
Two of England’s boxing legends, WBO cruiserweight world champion, Johnny Nelson and Ryan Rhodes, the current British boxing board’s control lightweight title holder, were recently seen slugging it out. This time it was the gloves off approach to the charity event and not the ring.

The best spin bowler the world has ever seen, the incomparable Shame Warne, opted for poker over the enormously lucrative Indian Premier League and brushing up his holdem prowess to contest the World Series of Poker and America’s Andy Roddick His poker face to the courts and an effort to dupe his tennis opponents!

Ben Affleck & The World Poker Tour
Britain’s bad boy, Robbie Williams and Hollywood’s glamor guy, Ben Affleck are on the Monte Carlo leg of the European Poker Tour. Affleck is no stranger to the hype and might of international poker tours and has already bagged one title, the 2004 California State Poker Championship that earned him a seat at the WPT.

Then there are those who have thrown their weight and money behind poker – Paris Hilton, Jennifer Tilly, Shannon Elizabeth, Mimi Rogers and Camryn Manheim, to name just a few. Poker has been promoted to be the best pampered and powerful of all time for a game of sleaze balls!

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