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An Ace: Jeff Shulman of Las Vegas is one of the ?November Nine? who will be vying for the $8.6 million top prize in poker.

Chai Rollers Take Four Seats at the Table in Finals of World Series of Poker

In defiance of the odds on a scale of, say, holding a royal flush, four of the nine players who will be sitting at the final table at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas are Jewish.

Walk-ins, No-Shows, Boos and Cheers

A Tight Squeeze: It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book: When planning an event, make sure the room is a little too small for the number of people you are expecting; that way, the room will always be full. But as J Street began its inaugural national conference October 26 at a Washington hotel, the rooms were way too crowded to suspect any deliberate underestimation. Organizers expected little more than 1,000 participants, but as the doors opened, the numbers grew. Walk-ins brought the number of conference participants to 1,500. A huge success for J Street, it was a big problem for those who tried to make it into the breakout sessions packed beyond capacity.

Delectable: Amy Siegel won the Manischewitz Cook-Off competition last year for her falafel sliders.

Is Your Recipe Worth $25,000?

One of TV’s top chefs has signed on to judge a kosher recipe contest that will award prizes worth $25,000.

Hummus Wars

Battles over the origins of hummus have raged across the Middle East for generations, with Israelis and Lebanese arguing over which group can claim rights to the first ever recipe and who makes the precious dip better. Recently, however, the war has reached new heights.

Power Player: Woody Allen and other Hollywood heavy- weights are hiring non-Jewish women for lead roles.

The L.A. Times: ‘Jewish Guys Heart Shiksas’

Who’s to blame for keeping Jewish women off the big screen? The answer: Jewish men, at least according to commenters on a Los Angeles Times blog.