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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, World Series of Poker | 0 comments

WSOP’s Daily Show “What’s the Deal?” Debuts Today




Starting today, will feature a new daily show called “What’s the Deal?”

So, here’s the deal.

Jessica Welman, editor-in-chief at (a.k.a. “the Tina Fey of poker) joins me on the ESPN Main Stage where we look at what happened yesterday, what’s ahead for today, and what’s going on here at the 2014 World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas.

The show will air daily just prior to the start of each live-streaming final table.  Look for today’s program to start sometime between 2:00 and 2:15 pm PST.

Check out the show here at LIVE STREAMING VIDEO.

To be advised to latest updates and show times, sign on to Twitter and follow:  @wsop   @jesswelman   @nolandalla


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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas, World Series of Poker | 2 comments

The Gold Rush Begins: 2014 World Series of Poker Starts Today




Sometimes I get asked about my favorite World Series of Poker moment.  My answer is always the same.

This one.  Right now.  As in today.

That’s because as much as I revere the past — and no one reveres poker’s history as much as I do, although James McManus could give me a solid run for my money — this is a game where everyone is fixated on two things for the time being.  Those two things are the present and the future — as in what’s about to happen today and then what follows over the next six weeks.

Opening day is the cradle of all dreams.  Opening day is anticipation of the unknown.  Opening day is mutual optimism shared by all.  Opening day is the belief that just about anything might and can happen to anyone, given the right circumstances.  Indeed, every poker player who crosses the Rio Convention Center threshold today and beyond knows that within his or her grasp the impossible dream is actually possible.

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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Video 1 | 0 comments

Rare Video Footage from the American Gaming Association (Chow Chow Chow)



The American Gaming Association (AGA), a Washington-based trade group and lobbying organization supposedly created to advance the interests of the casino industry, has suddenly reversed themselves.

Yesterday, the AGA decided to withdraw their support for legalized and regulated online gambling and poker in the United States.  This bizarre decision comes following a persistent if unproductive period of supporting legislation supported by the majority of its members.  READ EARL BURTON’S ARTICLE AT POCKET FIVES HERE

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Blog, Book Reviews, General Poker | 1 comment

The Ten Most Important Poker Strategy Books and Why Each is Special


Books on a bookshelf


NOTE:  Visit PokerNews at the link HERE to read this article in its entirety.


Following my article titled “The 10 Most Important Poker Books and Why They’re Essential,” the good people over at PokerNews asked me to compose a similar list of books, this time exclusively dedicated to strategy.

In other words, my latest task was to select the most important strategy books ever written from the many hundreds of texts which have been published.

Before I proceed further, an explanation of the criteria I used in the selection process is warranted.

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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas | 1 comment

Scattershooting, while wondering whatever happened to….



Last night’s wine dinner, featuring selections from Markham Vineyards


Writer’s Note:  Today, I’m launching a new semi-occasional column which I’ll update every month, or so.  It’s called “Scattershooting.”  I borrowed ripped-off this concept from a former legendary sportswriter named Blackie Sherrod, who used to write for the now-defunct Dallas Times-Herald.  Blackie wrote a column every Sunday which appeared in the Sports section.  He’d post short snippets about what was going on in sports and elsewhere, and then give his opinions.  Blackie always began his column with the familiar trademark line, “Scattershooting, while wondering whatever happened to…..” — followed by some famous name that seemed to disappear off the face of the earth.  Here’s “Scattershooting” column number one.


Scattershooting, while wondering whatever happened to…..Hamid Dastmalchi.

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