Writer’s Note: Following PART 1 and PART 2, here’s the story of my favorite dinner of the 2015 World Series of Poker, in other words — my top choice out of 51 such engagements. There’s also a brief interlude of thanks to some friends who presented me with various gift bottles of wine and assorted liquors, which sufficiently swayed me enough to write positive things about them here.
Is there anything Trent Lott won’t do for a fast buck?
The former U.S. Senator and ex-Majority Leader from Mississippi announced last week he’s joining forces with anti-online poker zealot Sheldon Adelson as a paid shill and sock puppet for the loathsome billionaire bully who appears willing to go to any lengths to keep this floundering non-issue with the general public alive in the tainted legislative corridors of Washington, where throwing enough money around can buy just about anything. Adelson, so utterly desperate to enlist allies on Capitol Hill to do his bidding, previously hired other burned-out flunkies to magpie his easy-to shred talking points in support of a federal legislation to outlaw all forms of online gambling/poker. The glassy-eyed gauntlet includes former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, former Mayor Willie Brown, and even ex-Gov. George Pataki. And now, Trent Lott.
Seems like the only time most of us think about poker dealers is when one makes a mistake.
Think about it.
In my twenty-plus years in this business, I can’t remember too many players coming up and saying, “you know, the dealers in this tournament were wonderful.” But if there’s a mistake or a misdeal, the controversy can generate a 50-page thread on 2+2.
Millions of hands are dealt out at the World Series of Poker every year. When you add up not just what happens in the gold bracelet events, but all the satellites, sit-n-go’s, and cash games running 24-hours-a-day across 400 poker tables, that’s almost an incalculable number of cards pitched and pots pushed.
He passed away a few months ago here in Las Vegas. His death went unnoticed within the poker community, until Chad Holloway from PokerNews.com uncovered the details of his passing and posted an announcement along with a feature story late last night. One presumes no one recognized Eskimo at the end of his life, nor made the connection to his many exploits and achievements in poker.
He’d become forgotten already, even before he passed away.
Like old soldiers, some poker players don’t die. They just fade away. Eskimo faded from relevance to the poker scene years ago. It’s easy now to forget his deserving place among the legendary gamblers we so often revere, those with the great poker faces masking not just the cards, but perpetual lives of isolation, and even loneliness.
A few months ago, I attended the iGaming North America conference in Las Vegas (thanks, Sue Schneider), where I was interviewed by Rebecca Liggero, from CalvinAyre.com.
Ms. Liggero asked me about the present state of online poker in the United States and called upon on me to speculate on the chances that we’ll see major changes one way or the other, whether that be restriction or expansion.
The short clip can be viewed below.
Thanks to Rebecca Liggero and CalvinAyre.com for the opportunity to share my perspectives.