Here’s the raw footage of my 38-minute reply to PokerStars’ misguided decision to ban all political expression in their tournaments. In this clip, my entire response is unrehearsed and often comes across as disjoined. Rambling. Less than stellar. Certainly not my best video. I would have junked it, if I didn’t promise delivery. Borrowing an album title from Van Morrison, here’s my “Inarticulate Speech of the Heart.”
But I did agree to post one final summation of my viewpoint in front of the camera, and so here it is.
All In Magazine (and website) recently released a quite moving tribute to the late poker pro Chad Brown, who passed away two months ago.
Someone sent the link to me yesterday, which shows a five-minute video with remembrances by many of Chad’s closest friends and associates. I must say, All In did a wonderful job on this. Interviews were done at the very first “Chad Brown Charity Poker Tournament.” The memorial ceremony and poker tourney was held at Binion’s Casino in July.
Kudos to Vanessa Rousso for all she did to make this event happen and for her boundless energy and brave face in what was certainly one of the most difficult times of her own life. I was also touched that so many people in the poker community turned out for the tribute, which merits looking back upon now. Hopefully, this event which raised money to fight the type of cancer that ended Chad’s life will become and annual event held each summer.
Here’s a link to the video at All In Magazine: CLICK HERE
I just completed the “Ice Bucket Challenge” for ALS, which is sweeping the nation right now.
It appears that “Poker Night in America” bridges the first crossover into poker, thanks to old pal Chris Capra, the marketing maven over at 888poker. After doing the challenge himself (so he says — but where the video???), Capra called out myself and “Poker Night in America” creator Todd Anderson to also do the challenge. By the way, doesn’t “Capra” mean “goat,” in Italian?
But I digress.
We were joined by Chris Hansen, the handsome face and golden voice of our broadcast, along with poker manager Jason DiBenedetto, from the Turning Stone Casino. We all called out different people in the poker world, to match the challenge, and/or donate to the ALS Foundation. I called out Phil Hallmuth, who took the “ice bucket challenge” this afternoon.
Note to self — next time I do one of these crazy things, make sure it’s not 56 degrees outside in upstate New York.
“Poker Night in America” is currently filming its sixth extended session of high-stakes cash game action — this time at Turning Stone Casino in Upstate New York.
The first day of action was capped off by an unrehearsed jam session with poker pro Liv Boeree (on lead guitar), along with show producer Tony Mangnall (on guitar) and cameraman Mike G. (on bass). They performed a Metallica cover song which can be seen in this six-minute video. Note that Liv has not played guitar in nearly five years. But she basically was willing to go with the music and have a good time. Pretty amazing and lots of fun to watch. Here’s a look: