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Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Rants and Raves, Video 1 | 4 comments

A Most Unusual Reunion

 

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We long for things we’ve lost.

No treasure is as valuable as that which has become unattainable.  Nothing is more elusive than the embraces we remember.  Nothing seems more illusory than distant memories only we are able to recall.  Nothing appears more fleeting than recollections of how our lives once were, but which are no more.

What would we give and what sacrifices would we make for a last embrace, for another personal sentiment, or for the opportunity to live just one more day with a departed loved one.

Fortunately, reunions of a sort can and do happen, and sometimes they take the most unexpected turn manifested in ways we least expect.

The following two-minute video is a public service announcement from Argentina.  Please watch it.  I promise it’s well worth your time and will melt your heart.  It melted mine.  The purpose of the ad campaign to create greater awareness comes as a surprise and is revealed at the conclusion:

 

 

Wasn’t this video both wonderful and powerful?

Most of us ponder the possibilities of an afterlife, especially as we continue to age, and begin to approach what for many is the most dreaded of all human destinies.

Whatever your spiritual views, organ donation does ensure that life goes on ad infinitum.

Two years ago, Marieta and I lost someone very dear to us, who died quite unexpectedly and way too early in his life.  As funeral arrangements were being made, we came to realize firsthand the precious gift of life that organ donation can be for everyone, particularly in a time when we’re most in need of hope.

Someone once wrote, “Don’t think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive.  It’s really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive.”

I think that perfectly sums up the selfless act of organ donation.  It’s also okay to acknowledge the most basic human instinct which is to survive and continue on living as long as possible.

Indeed, organ donation is not just the best gift we can give to a complete stranger; it’s actually the best gift we give to ourselves.

 

“The purpose of life is not to be happy — but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. “

— Leo Rosten

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Blog, General Poker, Personal, Video 1 | 0 comments

My Video Interview with CalvinAyre.com

 

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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.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO

 

Note:  The views expressed are my own and do not reflect those of my employers — including Caesars Interactive Entertainment, the World Series of Poker, Rush Street Gaming, or “Poker Night in America.”

 

 

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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Blog, Video 1, World Series of Poker | 3 comments

Meet “Garcon” — WSOP Security Going to the Dogs

 

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Meet “Garcon.”

He’s a hardworking member of the Rio Security Team helping to keep everyone safe at this year’s World Series of Poker, taking place now through July 15th.

As this short video reveals, Garcon takes his job very seriously!  He’s a gorgeous Belgian Malinois, a breed known for their fierce loyalty, intelligence, and agility.

You might see Garcon and some of his other doggie friends around the poker tables at this year’s series.  If you do, enjoy their spirit and dedication.  But please do let them do their job.  Garcon and his pals will stay plenty busy keeping us all safe and secure!

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, Video 1 | 2 comments

If You Don’t Know Who Dale Hansen Is, Watch This

 

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Ever heard of “Dale Hansen?”

Sadly, most of you haven’t, probably.  Unless you grew up in Dallas or now live in the D/FW metropolitan area, chances are you’ll draw a blank when pondering his name.

Well, that’s about to change.

Dale Hansen has been the sportscaster at ABC television affiliate WFAA in Dallas for more than 30 years.  Always articulate and outspoken, Hansen’s considerable influence extends way beyond sports.  He frequently attacks society’s far more weighty issues, including our attitudes towards guns and violence, gay rights, race relations, and other controversies.  Until somewhat recently, Hansen was the color commentator for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys on radio, and association which dates back to the early 1980s, during the pre-Jerry Jones Tom Landry-era.  Hansen certainly knows Dallas.  He’s adopted Texas as his home.  And over the past few years, for those who are lucky enough to watch him every night on Channel 8, he’s been a voice worth listening to.

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