March 2014

The Lost City

I am at the Golden Door.  We are lying on our backs listening to the sacred sounds of a woman playing a crystal bowl. A girl sits up.  “I think I experienced a snippet of a past life memory!”  she announces.  “I was in an open space, and there were hundreds of people playing these [...]

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The Devil’s Pudding is Delicious

SDIC.  Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions.  This is a term that comes up when math guys speak about chaos theory.  But it happens to weave its way into all sorts of things.  Specifically the plo game I played in last week. It was at the Commerce Casino.  I was in the ‘main game’ and we [...]

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Moral Dilemma

You ever find yourself in those tough spots where you REALLY don’t know what the right move is? On a recent travel, a situation arose in which I really didn’t know what to do. On one hand, I KNEW what the right play was and on the other, my heart kicked in and was arguing [...]

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10,000,000 … New WSOP Main Event Money

Making changes for the better Ten million dollars. That’s what the winner of the 2014 WSOP Main Event is guaranteed to take home. For the first time since 2006, the buzz following the release of the 2014 WSOP schedule wasn’t limited to the poker community, and the news quickly spread to mainstream media. It’s a [...]

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Bahamas, Bikinis and the Importance of the Jan-Tan

While half of the country is covered in snow, enduring blizzards and filling their extracurricular time shoveling driveways, my latest (unpacked) suitcase is overflowing with bikinis and beach cover-ups. Do I feel bad? I plead the fifth. Am I tan from my recent excursions? Hell freakin’ yeah! Not to brag, but maybe you don’t understand [...]

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Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn Are Un-American Sore Losers

These two are making and spending millions to make sure you can’t The poker community is an interesting bunch of people. If you scan the forums, sites, and social media covering the industry, you’ll see righteous indignation and keyboard warriors pounding people like Jay Newnum, Erick Lindgren, Joe Sebok, and others into a virtual pulp [...]

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The Secret Life … Philip Seymour Hoffman, and “Owning Mahowny”

“Some folks believe everyone has a public life, a private life, and a secret life.” That’s the opening line of “Owning Mahowny,” a 2003 film about gambling addiction and subsequent bank fraud that was based on a true story. 1982. Brian Molony, a banker from Toronto, embezzled $10.2 million from his employer, the Canadian Imperial [...]

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