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Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog, General Poker | 2 comments

Why I’m Cheering for Ron Elkins at the 2016 WSOP

 

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All friendships begin among strangers.

Moments ago, a stranger came up to me at the Rio, here at the 2016 World Series of Poker.  He said some nice things and after exchanging a few pleasantries, I assumed the short conversation had run its course.

Then, right as he was about to leave, he pulled a small piece of paper out of his pocket and showed me something that I found quite inspiring.  The man’s name is Ron Elkins.

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Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Blog, General Poker, Personal | 4 comments

Shuffling Up at the 2016 World Series of Poker

 

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Another World Series of Poker begins tomorrow.

Out of the 47 series which have taken place since the first small gathering at the old Binion’s Horseshoe back in 1970, I’ve attended about half of them — at least in some capacity as either a player, writer, or executive.  My first WSOP was in 1985.

For the past 15 years, I’ve worked under the official title of “Media Director,” which has in recent years become something of a nom de plume.  Let’s face it.  The media can’t be directed.  The last thing I have is any control over the media.  It’s like herding cats.

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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Blog, General Poker, Personal, Politics, Travel | 0 comments

Daniel Negreanu’s Romania Now vs. My Romania Then

 

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Daniel Negreanu played in a major poker tournament last week, which was on the Eureka Poker Tour.

Such an occurrence normally wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary.  This is especially true for Daniel — who travels all over the world playing poker and speaking out as the game’s premier ambassador.  The news from Europe probably wouldn’t have caught my attention at all, except for one rather significant fact.

The poker tournament was held in Bucharest, Romania — a fascinating city where Daniel and I share some common bonds and a very different set of roots.  I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that, in contrasting ways, Romania was and shall always be an impressionable part of our lives.  To some degree, that faraway place in Eastern Europe made us into what we are today.

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