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Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas | 6 comments

The Poker Onion (Part One)

 

THE ONION is one of my favorite all-time websites. 

For those who haven’t seen it, THE ONION mocks current events by posting completely fabricated news stories which tend to be wickedly funny.  It’s essentially a news site where absolutely nothing is true.  Sort of like watching FOX NEWS — except it’s far more humorous.

The real gems are articles that appear utterly ridiculous.  But when reading a bit closer between the lines, they reveal some startling truths about an issue.  Take a look at THE ONION and I’ll bet you won’t be able to leave the site before laughing your ass off while nodding your head in agreement at the witty satire.

Ten years or so ago I wrote several “Onion-esque” poker stories.  None of these stories are/were true, of course.  I’m posting them here for the first time.  These articles originally appeared at POKERPAGES.COM between 2000-2002.

Prior to each article here, I’ve added a few notes from memory in order to place them into proper context.  Again, keep in mind these “stories” were written more than ten years ago, long before the so-called “poker boom.”  So, in some aspects, they’re dated.

Depending on if there’s much reaction, I might do several modern-day versions of a “Poker Onion.”  There’s no shortage of material for ridicule in today’s poker world.

This is the first of a two-part series.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Writer’s Note:  I wrote this up in 2002, four years before UIEGA was passed and nine years before Black Friday.  At the time, I was outraged by such a passive attitude on the part of the poker community.  No one cared much about the politics of online poker.  Back then, the prevailing attitude was that online poker would never be outlawed.  How prophetic this article turned out to be.  What’s truly sad is — it’s not nearly as funny anymore since parts of it actually came true, in part because of so many poker players remaining apathetic and apolitical.  One humorous side note — when this appeared on the front page of POKERPAGES.COM, several readers thought it was real and went to various online poker forum in a panic (they obviously just saw the headline and didn’t bother reading the article).

 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT:

Poker News From Around the World By Nolan Dalla

 

George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, Mary Peters, Henry Paulson, Michael Mukasey

 

Congress Votes to Ban Internet Poker:  

President Bush Expected to Sign Bill into Law

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Blog, General Poker | 11 comments

Remembering Lou Krieger

 

 

Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.

                                                                    — Dr. Seuss

 

Lou Krieger was so fond of quotations.

Yet I sit here now reflecting upon the devastating news of his passing and the extraordinary measure of his character, desperately grasping for the appropriate quip which captures the essence of a man who passed away yesterday.

Of all people, Dr. Seuss provides the best summation of how we should look upon the death, and more importantly the life of the man known by most people in the poker world as Lou Krieger.

Most of us simply called him “Lou.”   That was his chosen pen name.  Over the course of two decades, during which poker was ushered out of smoky backrooms into international prominence, he wrote hundreds of columns for Card Player magazine.  He authored 11 poker books, all on strategy.

Lou was a writer, a teacher, a broadcaster, a strategist, and a player.  But his accomplishments within the game of poker – although widely appreciated – were but a tiny fraction of the very full life of the man who was born in Brooklyn, NY and died yesterday at his home in Palm Springs, CA.

Indeed, Lou was actually born as Roger Lubin.  The son of Jewish parents, Lou spent his early childhood on the streets and playgrounds of Brooklyn and his summers along Coney Island.  Although he later blossomed into a true philosopher and gifted intellectual, Lou never veered very far from his working-class roots.  He was able to converse with just about anyone, on virtually any subject, and was able to make those around him feel as though they were both heard and respected — sadly characteristics increasingly rare in society.

Alas, if listening is an art form, then Lou was our Michelangelo.  He was the best listener I have ever met.  Perhaps that’s ultimately what made him such a respected and beloved figure to those who knew him.  Lou was always there to listen.

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas, Restaurant Reviews | 1 comment

Restaurant Review: Kelly’s (Las Vegas) / Dinner With Terrence Chan & Co.

 

Photos of Kelly's Restaurant, Long Beach
This photo of Kelly’s Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

INTRODUCTION:

It’s rare to get four very busy people who live in different cities together for a festive meal.  Fortunately, that was the occasion last night at a new restaurant located on Paradise Road, in Las Vegas.

I joined good friends Rich Korbin (who works for one of the better-known companies in the poker business — I’ll leave it at that), Glen Cadamartori (Marketing Director for Caesars Entertainment), and Terrence Chan (one of the best Limit Hold’em players in the world and currently a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter) for drinks and dinner.

We chose a new steakhouse which just opened up about a week ago, called Kelly’s.

The following narrative will be a combination restaurant review and recount of our dinner conversation, which went three all-too-brief hours.

 

ABOUT KELLY’S:

I’m a carnivore.  Morten’s of Chicago, Ruth’s Chris, Del Frisco’s, The Palm, Smith and Wollensky — pick any of these places and you’re guaranteed to enjoy a good meal.

Friday night, we decided to go a different route.  Since both Ruth’s Chris steakhouse locations have now closed in Las Vegas (victims of the economy, no doubt), we noted that a new restaurant had opened up at the old Ruth’s Chris location on Paradise Road.  This is positioned in a busy strip mall, across the street from Del Frisco’s.  In fact, Yoli’s — the excellent Brazilian-style steakhouse — is also located along the same row of businesses.

Kelly’s has only one other location, so their excursion into the highly-competitive Las Vegas restaurant market is a major step for the privately-owned landmark based in Long Beach, CA.

Indeed, “Kelly’s Restaurant” has been an institution in Long Beach for more than 30 years.  It’s very much an old-style “power lunch” kind of place.  However, given its close proximity to the ocean and fresh seafood, there are many other menu options, as well.  One has to wonder if this would be a rubber-stamp of the proven Long Beach venue.  Or, would the new owners decide opt for a different flair near the Las Vegas Strip.

Upon first glance, Kelly’s looks very much like what was the former Ruth’s Chris restaurant.  Perhaps when the new owners moved in, they realized that redecorating costs would be minimal, since the dark-wood, white-table cloth ambiance would perfectly match the atmosphere Kelly’s would be trying to create.

Some holiday decorations around the bar and dining area added to a festive feel.  That cordiality was enhanced by very personal attention from the host (actually series of hosts) which greeted our party warmly as we made our way to the table.

Upon taking a seat — the look, the feel, the atmosphere all are what one would expect at a first-class steakhouse.  Add live music in the bar area provided by a piano-playing crooner performing old standards, and you have all the makings of a great night out on the town.

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Blog, General Poker | 0 comments

“Captain” Tom Franklin Sings National Anthem at Lake Tahoe (Video)

 

It’s Veterans Day 2012.

Today at Harveys Lake Tahoe, “Captain” Tom Franklin sang the National Anthem.  He’s a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War.  Franklin has been a professional poker player for more than 20 years.  He’s also a World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner.

One thing is for sure.  It takes real guts to enlist and then serve in combat, as Franklin did.  It also take courage to stand up in front of 500 people and sing the National Anthem without any musical accompaniment.

Here’s a video of my introduction of Franklin, followed by his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

 

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Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Blog, General Poker | 4 comments

Remembering Sailor Roberts (2012 Poker Hall of Fame Inductee)

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Note:  Melissa Hayden took this outstanding photograph of the late Sailor Roberts just before he passed away in 1995.  It is believed to be the last photo of the 1975 world poker champion.  Thanks to Melissa for providing this photo.

 

What follows are my remarks given at Sailor Roberts’ official induction ceremony, which took place on Ocober 30, 2012 at the Rio Las Vegas.

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