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Video Highlights — 2012 WSOP Europe in Cannes (France)

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Blog, Personal, Video 1, World Series of Poker | 0 comments

This marks my sixth straight year at World Series of Poker Europe.

Our first four years took place in London, England.  Last year, we moved to the south of France to the resort city of Cannes, located on the fabulous French Riviera — which makes this the second occasion WSOP Europe has taken place in France.  All events take place at the Hotel La Majestic Barriere, which also plays host to many events surrounding the Cannes Film Festival.

Here are a few short video clips of the poker action, courtesy of


WSOP Europe Main Event – Day 1 Summary Video 


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NFL Plays — Week 4

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, Sports Betting | 0 comments


Tom Landry and Don Meredith, Dallas Cowboys



21 WINS – 18 LOSSES – 0 PUSHES —– (+ 6.2 units / 1 unit = $100)




The New Orleans Saints are killing me.  Down about 15 units on that team alone this season.  Still, we’re slightly in the profit column (+6.2 percent for the season) heading into Week 4.

Ten plays.  Wagering $3,770. this week.

Note:  All wagers are for amusement-purposes only.  I bear no responsibility for those who may decide to follow my plays.




GAME SIDE — San Diego -3 vs. Atlanta (-110) — 2 units…..LOST

GAME SIDE — Cleveland +3 vs. Buffalo (-120) — 2 units…..LOST

GAME TOTAL — St. Louis / Chicago OVER 43 (-110) — 3 units…..LOST

GAME TOTAL — Houston / Denver OVER 44.5 (-120) — 1 unit…..WON

GAME TOTAL — Philadelphia / Arizona OVER 42 (-110) — 4 units…..LOST

GAME TOTAL — Pittsburgh / Oakland UNDER 45 (-110) — 3 units…..LOST

FIRST-HALF — St. Louis +4.5 vs. Chicago (-110) — 4 units…..LOST

FIRST-HALF — Cincinnati +2.5 vs. Washington (-110) — 2 units…..WON

FIRST HALF — BET BET OF THE WEEK:  Arizona +3 vs. Philadelphia (-110) — 4 units…..WON

6-POINT TWO-TEAM TEASER:  Miami +8.5 / New Orleans -3 (-110) — 2 units…..LOST

6-POINT TWO-TEAM TEASER:  Dallas -2 / New Orleans -3 (-110) — 3 units…..LOST



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Nolan’s Kinky French Sleeping Habits

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Blog, Personal, Rants and Raves, Travel | 3 comments


How the fuck did this happen?

I mean, look at this mattress!


The photo above shows the king-sized bed in my hotel room, in Cannes, France.

Here’s a closer look:



I know what you’re thinking.  You’re horrified.  You find me repulsive.

Well, it’s not what you think.

There’s a story here, and if you’ve read this far, you’re going to hear every sleazy detail.

I got out of bed this morning at 9 am sharp.  As I was getting dressed, I looked back at the bed and saw this appalling sight.

Imagine the horror.

But the odor wasn’t quite what I expected.  In fact, the odor was quite pleasant.

Has your revulsion meter hit overdrive yet?  I’ll pause a moment and give you a chance to run to the bathroom and vomit.

I had smelled this familiar odor before.  Many times.  And, it wasn’t just coming from the sheets.  I looked down.  It was also all over my body, especially my backside.  I was covered in brown.

What was this odd brown substance?

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Bathing Beauty — My Rant Against French Hotel Rooms

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Blog, Personal, Rants and Raves, Travel | 0 comments



Americans aren’t going to like what I’m about to say.  But the French do a lot of things much better than we do.

The French are better at cooking.  They make more time to celebrate life.  Their culture exudes extraordinary art and architecture.  Even their dogs have it much better than their American counterparts — as canines are taken everywhere including airports, restaurants, and even fancy hotels.

But one thing the French are miserable at is bathrooms.

That’s right — bathrooms.

Is it too much to ask to get a shower in a $350-a-night hotel room?

I’m currently staying at one of the best hotels on the French Riviera, located right on Promenade de la Croisette, in Cannes.  This is the same hotel where all the movie stars and Hollywood people stay in during the famous Cannes Film Festival, which takes place right across the street.  This luxury hotel has classic portraits hanging right outside the door of famous people who have stayed in each room.  My hotel room has Woody Allen and Orson Wells’ photos out in front.  So, I guess that means Woody and Orson once stayed in my room — not together, of course.

Which makes me wonder — how did Orson Wells ever fit inside this bathtub?

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Shreveport Short Stories

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Blog, Rants and Raves, Travel | 3 comments


Photo Caption:  The world’s worst taxi driver — in Bossier City, LA


Sitting here at the Shreveport Airport waiting on my flight.

Decided to post a few short stories from my two week stay in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana.  There are short and sweet.  Here it goes:



At 3:30 am last night, I’d wrapped up my work assignment at the World Series of Poker Circuit, which took place at Horseshoe Bossier City.  Hotel was about a mile walk away from the casino.  It’s dark.  It’s quiet.  There are no cars on the street.

I’m dressed in a dark business suit, and wheeling a small suitcase behind with several items I use while on the road — computer, printer, cameras, cables, etc.

The sight of a 50-year-old bearded man rumbling down the sidewalk of Bossier City, Louisiana at 3:30 am towing a suitcase is rather uncommon.  I “stood out” from the crowd, you might say.

As I walked along the poorly-lit road, a car pulled up next to me.

“Need a lift?”

I’m a bit surprised by the sound of a human voice, which seemed to come out of nowhere.  I glance up and it appears to be Paul Oresnteen, from Poker News.  I had just seen Paul hours earlier covering the WSOP.  He even mentioned he had a rental car.

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