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Posted by on Jun 14, 2022 in General Poker, Las Vegas, Personal, World Series of Poker | 0 comments

Story Revealed of Tony “the Ant” Spilatro Threatening to Kill Doyle Brunson

 

 

“If you don’t like it, I’ll stick twelve ice picks in that big fat gut of yours,” Spilotro allegedly told Brunson.

I was recently interviewed by Joe Levin for a feature cover story about gambling legend Doyle Brunson. It was an honor to be involved and introduce such an excellent writer to several gamblers who know Brunson and could add perspectives that perhaps hadn’t been shared before.

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Posted by on May 17, 2022 in Blog, General Poker, Personal, World Series of Poker | 2 comments

25 Years Ago: Stu Ungar’s Final Triumph

 

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Stu Ungar’s third World Series of Poker championship.

Ungar was one of only two players in history to win poker’s world championship three times, a feat unlikely to ever happen again. Ungar’s 1997 victory against all odds was the crowning achievement of a legendary career as a professional card player and the final moment of glory in a deeply-troubled life that ended just 17 months later at age 45.

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I took several photographs during that series, even though I’m a terrible photographer and we didn’t have smartphones back then (I later wrote a book on Ungar).

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Most of my extensive collection of poker photos–and old programs–and WSOP stuff–and assorted poker memorabilia packed into boxes and file cabinets was trashed into a dumpster a few years ago, but the following photos surfaced inside a lost folder while I held a garage sale last weekend.

Most of these photos have never been published before:

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