Law + Poker: Ken Adams is Winning at His Own Game

By: Kim Eisler

When we visited Dickstein Shapiro partner Ken Adams in 2005, the star antitrust litigator had won $87,430 in a poker tournament in Connecticut.

Since then Adams has oriented his legal practice more to representing poker organizations, such as online site Poker­Stars. He is working on a federal-court appeal for a professional poker player battling IRS rules about deducting entry fees as business expenses.

So it was natural in November that when Adams was invited to a poker fundraiser at the National Building Museum for Horton’s Kids, which funds tutoring for inner-city kids, it was both business and pleasure for Adams to donate $1,000 and enter the charity tournament.

Some 150 congressmen, lobbyists, and staffers showed up, but at the end, it was Adams who won the $10,000 entry to next year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

This article can be found in the December 2007 issue of The Washingtonian.