Oct 7, 2019

Poker world rocked by cheating scandal

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A poker player named Mike Postle is under investigation for cheating during live-streamed poker games, and the fallout has produced one of the most fascinating gambling scandals in years.

Driving the news: The "investigation" is being led by a podcaster/YouTuber named Joe Ingram, who has analyzed hours upon hours of footage and is joined by an army of internet sleuths who have turned a poker forum into a detective's office.

  • The story has gotten so big that Scott Van Pelt mentioned it on ESPN's "SportsCenter" last week, describing the mystery surrounding Postle's alleged cheating as an "internet wormhole."

The big picture ... Here's The Ringer's David Hill after spending hours traveling down that wormhole:

  • "It's like a Where's Waldo? puzzle. It's so hard to find him, but once you do, you can never not see him .... And now that everyone is looking for the signs that Postle is cheating, they are everywhere."
  • "While his neighbors keep their phones on the table, he always keeps his phone on his chair between his legs .... He almost never brings his left hand up above the table. He puts his head down to glance at his phone before he makes decisions. It all seems so obvious now."

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ESPN's new "Cover Story"


With the death of ESPN The Magazine comes the birth of ESPN's "Cover Story," a 21st century version of a magazine cover story that will air monthly across every ESPN platform, from TV to digital. The first cover story about NFL star DeAndre Hopkins will debut this Wednesday at 6:00 a.m. ET on SportsCenter and online.

Why it matters: The new franchise will be the focal point of ESPN's editorial ambitions moving forward. It will be managed by leaders across the entire ESPN newsroom, from TV to digital, photography and podcasts.

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Millennials sleep and work more than previous generations

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A new study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that millennials work and sleep longer hours and are more likely to socialize in their free-time than previous generations.

Why it matters: The lifestyle tendencies of millennials are driving societal and cultural norms. "In fact, their economic circumstances and daily habits have often led them to be blamed for 'killing' everything, from casual restaurant chains, credit cards to the car industry," writes the Washington Post.

Go deeperArrowOct 19, 2019

White House tried to limit ex-Trump Russia adviser's testimony

President Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill leaves Capitol Hill on Monday. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

The White House tried to limit the testimony of President Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill, which lasted for 10 hours on Monday, letters obtained by Axios' Margaret Talev show. However, it did not try to block her.

The big picture: Hill received a subpoena from the Democratic-led committees leading the impeachment inquiry. Her lawyer tweeted Monday night that she "cooperated fully with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle" in the House's Ukraine investigation.

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