I was delighted to be invited to play in last night’s poker charity event held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Each year for as long as I can remember, poker pro and legend Jennifer Harman has given something back by organizing and hosting a charity benefit for the Nevada SPCA (be warned about visiting the site — you might fall in love and end up adopting an animal). The Nevada SPCA does fabulous work rescuing needy animals, and helping to find them loving homes. I cannot write or say enough good things for this organization and the fine people who do this kind of work.
Friday night’s gala included several speeches, public and silent auctions, a red carpet extravaganza, dozens of cute and cuddly animals, and a charity poker tournament designed to raise money for the Nevada SPCA. We were informed that for each $50 raised, that would save one dog or cat. Hundreds of people showed up, and 180 players entered the tournament, with multiple re-buys. First place was a seat into next year’s WSOP Main Event Championship valued at $10,000 (which would have been ironic had I won it, since due to obvious restrictions I would not be able to play). What really mattered was coming out, supporting this great cause, and helping to raise awareness for these innocent animals who desperately need our love and care, and deserve so much more than the tough beats these creatures have been dealt in life.
She’s a special girl, filled with lots of love. More love than you can imagine. And more heart. And more strength. And more courage. Just wait until you learn what Toni has been through.
Toni is a 12-year-old part-Labrador mix. She lives a happy dog life with her human family in Fargo, North Dakota.
Toni might look perfectly normal, except for some grey around the eyes revealing she’s become a senior. But she’s quite a bit different from most other dogs. Instead of four legs, she has only three. But that doesn’t stop Toni from partially running and more frequently hopping around the house and yard, trying her best to keep up with her busy family.
She’s also different in other ways, too, and when you read further about her tear jerking start in life and the struggles she’s somehow endured and survived since that beginning, hopefully then you’ll come to appreciate the special bond Toni has with the Hanson’s.
Here’s Toni’s truly remarkable story.
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All I could think about last night, upon hearing that PokerStars.com had finally been approved to operate legally on U.S. soil for the very first time was what must have been going on in the mind of Isai Scheinberg — the founder and pioneering force behind the company that I served loyally for nearly three years.
Somewhere out there, he must be smiling.
I like purges.
Sometimes, it’s necessary to clean out the closets and take out the trash. So, get out the garbage bags.
Last night, I posted several live updates on Twitter. I don’t do this but once a year perhaps, if that, and only when there’s a major event happening that might be fun to cover. Most of my comments last night were about the Republican Presidential Debate happening on CNN, which took place as I was tweeting out my commentary, flinging occasional barbs, and even cracking a few jokes at the candidates’ expense. Even people who don’t agree with my leftist politics are probably aware that I’m quite amiable. I love debates and discussion. And, I never take things personally, nor let politics affect my friendships. I’ve got witnesses to back me up on this. I mean, those I didn’t purge already.
Meet Donald Trump’s newest challenger.
That’s right. You read it here first.
Look at the facts. The candidate leading the G.O.P. pack right now is a megalomaniac who bleaches his hair bright orange. He’s blundered his way through several failed businesses and has filed for bankruptcy four times. He rambles incoherently without a script each time he steps in front of a camera. What he says often offends millions of people. And, he’s wasted half of his life hanging out inside casinos.
If those are credentials for the most important job in the world, then I don’t just have a fighting chance. Hell, with my resume that should make me the frontrunner.
Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby announce my candidacy for President of the United States….as a Republican.\