Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
This part of the calendar hasn’t been kind to poker writers in recent years.
Two years ago, we lost Barry Tanenbaum. He was best-known as a Limit Hold’em specialist who not only wrote authoritatively about the game, but also played full-time for a living, mostly at the Bellagio, winning consistently over many years. SEE MY VIDEO TRIBUTE TO BARRY HERE
Then, last year at about this same time, Lou Kreiger passed away. Lou wrote a total of seven books on poker strategy, and was one of Card Player magazine’s most prolific contributors for nearly two decades. READ A REMEMBRANCE OF LOU HERE
Only yesterday did I learn of the very recent death of another fine writer and friend — Michael Cappelletti. He passed away on November 14th.Read More
I’ve just learned some very sad news. Michael “Little Man” Sica has passed away.
Sica may have been known as “Little Man” a nickname given for his smallish stature. But he was a giant of joy and one of the funnest and most decent people I’ve ever met in poker.
He lived in northern New Jersey and was a popular player in East Coast poker rooms and at major poker events over the past twenty years. I’ve seen him many times at WSOP Circuit events in Atlantic City. He also played at the WSOP in Las Vegas every year. SEE MIKE SICA’S WSOP RECORD HERE
I’ve enjoyed many meals and many laughs with Sica over the years. During all those times, I don’t remember him ever saying a bad word about anyone. He was full of smiles and good cheer, no matter what happened at the poker table. I hope he’s remembered for his positive attitude, because we need more of that, and more people like him.Read More
Ion Petre was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1952.
Despite growing up in a Communist country, Ion enjoyed a childhood filled with happy memories. His sister, Marieta (my wife) was born in 1961. Despite their nine-year age difference, they were inseparable for most of their lives. Wherever they lived, they talked and laughed often.
Ion was a dedicated student. He could have gone into just about any field of study. But he always enjoyed creating and building things. And so, his dream was to become an engineer.
Ion served a mandatory tour of duty in the Romanian Army. Following his discharge, he made what would become a life-changing decision. Ion decided to leave Romania and immigrate to the West.Read More
Monday mornings epitomize new beginnings. And so it was on October 7th, 2013. A new beginning.
But this particular Monday morning — so wonderfully warm and beautifully bright as the early hours are so often this time of year — was even more splendid. We were blessed with a special guest staying in our home. This was a rare intersection in all of our lives — to be together.
Ion Petre, my beloved brother-in-law, had come to visit us in Las Vegas from his home in Eindhoven, Holland. He was to stay with us for a months time. Oh, they joy of that. We tend to be a happy family, but the house was a more cheerful place with Ion around. He always had that amazing effect on the people around him.
We had so many exciting plans. So many shows to see. So many restaurants to visit. So many new places to go. So many new people to meet. Indeed, one of the great things about living in Las Vegas is experiencing things both old and new through those you love the most. It’s a far greater joy than seeing them alone by yourself.
The day was all planned out. This Monday morning was to include a short run in the 72-degree weather, followed by a lunch together at a favorite local Italian restaurant. We also considered making a hike up Lone Mountain that afternoon, which has a magnificent view of the entire Las Vegas Valley. That same evening, I was so excited to take Ion to meet many of my friends as a Monday Night Football watching party. It would have been Ion’s first time to watch American football. What a joy that would have been.
Such a full day. We had so many plans.Read More