Posts Tagged ‘monks’

Video of Korean Monks Playing Poker

by , May 16, 2012 | 9:45 pm

Here it is — the poker game that has caught more attention worldwide than the latest from Isildur1 or Shaun Deeb or whoever it is who keeps winning all the poker these days:

FWIW, this video confirms my belief that the NYT and other mainstream media probably miscalculated the stakes … you tell me, are these guys sitting on the floor playing for $850k or more like $900. If it’s the former, then damn, they sure do have a Zen approach to money … and where’s Phil Ivey?

(These guys should totally play online.)

Gambling is illegal everywhere in South Korea (even on hotel room floors) except for one casino that happens to be the site of the new APPT-Seoul.


Can’t a Monk Get His Gamble On In Private?

by , Jan 5, 2009 | 12:18 am

As my first post after the holidays and some taking-care-of-personal-biz time, I am proud to serve this one up. Monks in South Korea were busted by the police for gambling. That’s not very zen, but the visual brings laughter every time.

The Korea Times reported that a group of five Buddhist monks were minding their spiritual business by playing a little high-stakes poker at a hotel in the North Chungcheong Province, where they were staying for a monk-ish convention. There was about 9 million won in play, which translates into roughly $6865 and some nice action. Where monks might get that kinda dough is probably not my concern, but I do not believe it was the best karma decision for the cops to bust them for playing cards with it.

“We were tipped off that a group of monks were gambling,” a police officer said.