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January 13, 2005
Thursday, Jan. 13 9 p.m. on ESPN "Tilt" You may recall that ESPN had a fictional series about pro football, but it didn't last too long in the face of objections about how life in the NFL was portrayed. Now the network is turning to "the drama of high-stakes gambling" at a world poker championship for another fictional series. The ensemble cast includes Eddie Cibran, Michael Madsen and Michael Murphy.
July 2, 2003
SMITHSBURG - Threatening skies and cool temperatures didn't stop the 50 motorcycle riders who rallied through Washington County June 22 to raise money for the Smithsburg Library. The second annual Smithsburg Library Poker Run added $500 to the building fund by combining the popular card game with the joys of motorcycling, according to Judith Ferro of the Smithsburg Library. The 100-mile course featured five stations where participants stopped to get cards. At the end, prizes are given for the four best poker hands.
By HEATHER KEELS | January 7, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Maryland State Police trooper who was among those robbed at an illegal poker game in May has retired due to post tramautic stress from his role in the wounding of murder suspect Douglas Pryor, the trooper's attorney said Wednesday. Former Trooper 1st Class Michael A. Ford, 34, was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder by state evaluators and was granted a disability retirement, said attorney Byron L. Warnken, of Baltimore. Ford fired three shots during the December 2007 arrest of Pryor, which followed a manhunt in the Smithsburg area, said Warnken, whose firm provides general counsel to the Maryland Troopers Association.
By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | January 14, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A proposal to ban video poker machines in the state is expected to be introduced in the Legislature, but a local senator said he believes the idea will get little support. Sen. Herb Snyder said it would be impossible to ban the machines because they are so popular. "The industry is going to go wild," said Snyder, D-Jefferson. Sen. Bill Wooton, chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, has talked to his colleagues this week about introducing a bill that would ban video poker machines often found in private clubs and bars.
March 20, 2001
Video poker bill should provide aid for addicts Following a debate that began Monday afternoon and lasted late into the evening, West Virginia's House Judiciary Committee appproved Gov. Bob Wise's proposal to regulate the so-called "gray" video-poker machines and turn them into a source of scholarship money on an 18-7 vote. It's not the bill's final hurdle, but a committee that could have buried the bill has given it new life instead. The video-poker devices are characterized as "gray" machines because except for those at legally approved locations like the Charles Town Races, the machines are supposed to be used for amusement only.
July 31, 2000
'Gray' poker thriving in West Virginia By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Brian Frazee, owner of Woody's Market, was being interviewed by a reporter Friday when a customer playing one of eight video poker machines in the store handed him a slip of paper. He reached into the till and gave her money. continued "Yeah, that was a payout," Frazee said when asked. "Yeah, it's illegal. But if a state official came around, I'd pay them.
December 20, 2009
o If you like reading Tim Rowland, you'll love watching him. See what else Tim has to say I had a difficult time believing in such a thing as acid rain until the balsam forests in the mountains where I like to hike turned brown, and what had been rich fishing holes became sterile pools of lifeless water. Still, the notion of making up one's mind on the basis of firsthand information - and not on the basis of someone else's say-so - has a lot going for it. Too many people have agendas, too many people have axes to grind and too many people have money riding on the outcome to put your full faith and confidence into ideas of which you have no direct knowledge.
May 28, 2013
Life for Alli Poker Run will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Creekside Inn, 1225 Security Road. There will be prizes for best hands, raffles, door prizes, food and live band. Registration costs $15, $25 for couples. For more information, contact Linda Rogers at 717-328-9312 or
July 28, 2011
The Martinsburg American Legion Riders will host their second annual Toys for Tots Poker Run on Saturday. The ride starts at the VIP Sports Bar and Grill on Eagle School Road near the intersection with Veronica Street. The event begins with an all-you-can-eat breakfast at 7 a.m. at the VIP Sports Bar followed by the Veterans Combined Honor Guard providing a 21-gun salute and a rendition of taps. The breakfast costs $6 a person Following a safety briefing, the first bikes will ride out at 10 a.m. with the remaining bikes to leave at 10:30, according to Brian Tolstyka, director of the Martinsburg American Legion Riders Group.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | July 30, 2011
The Alans were out in force on their Harleys for Saturday's Martinsburg American Legion Riders Group's annual Toys for Tots Poker Run. Alan Rannals, Alan Rannals II and Alan Rannals III - grandfather, father and son - all are named for movie star Alan Ladd. Alan Rannals, 61, or "Iron Butt," as he's known by fellow Harley riders, was one of the oldest riders in Saturday's fundraiser for the Christmas toy program. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a Legion member. Rannals was born in Hollywood, Calif., the second youngest of nine children.
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