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Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog, Talking Points, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

Welcome Back Henry Orenstein

 

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Thanks to Remko Rinkema at Poker News for this nice feature and tribute to 90-year-old Henry Orenstein, who participated in today’s $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud Championship.  This marks his first appearance at the World Series of Poker in several years.

I was interviewed by Remko and was asked about Mr. Orenstein.  It was a great honor to speak about him, albeit briefly.

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Rants and Raves, Talking Points | 0 comments

Is Las Vegas Still a Great Place to Visit?

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A travel writer named Caroline Morse recently posted a story at a popular website called SmarterTravel.com.  The feature story was titled “The Ten Most Disappointing Travel Destinations in the World.”

To say this list of ten places was controversial would be a gross understatement.

Think about all the places you’ve been and where you’ve traveled.  Which were the most disappointing?

I’m guessing that you wouldn’t come up with the ridiculous picks selected by this clueless author, which includes so-called travel spots like the Statue of Liberty, Frankfurt (Germany), and even Las Vegas.

That’s right, Las Vegas!

Of all the overrated and underwhelming places to go on earth, the author thinks Las Vegas is among the ten most disappointing.

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Talking Points | 4 comments

My Latest “Talking Points” Video — Unusual Las Vegas News Stories

 

Hillary Clinton Addresses Recycling Industries Trade Conference In Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is a city unlike any other.

That’s because there’s more than a few unusual people here who sometimes do some crazy things.

Take this week’s local news stories.  All of the following stories were reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

 

— A deadbeat rancher backed a heavily-armed militia makes the federal government back down following a standoff

— A deranged woman slips past security and throws a shoe at Hillary Clinton, while at a speaking engagement

— Comedian George Wallace performs at a local casino and then wins a huge lawsuit after tripping over one of the electrical wires while onstage

— A drug-addicted dancer gets into a brawl backstage at the “Thunder Down Under” male revue

— A 25-year-o9ld woman agrees to give a 66-year-man a “massage” at 3 am, but things go wrong

 

This week’s edition of “Talking Points with Nolan Dalla” includes a short recap of what’s in the news here in Las Vegas.  This video runs about 15 minutes.

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Blog, Book Reviews, General Poker, Talking Points | 0 comments

Reasons Why Each of the “Top Ten Most Important Poker Books” Were Selected (Video)

 

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Earlier this week, I promised to explain my reasoning for THE TOP TEN MOST IMPORTANT POKER BOOKS EVER WRITTEN AND WHY THEY’RE ESSENTIAL.

Today’s video does precisely that.

It’s much longer than usual, running at 45 minutes.  With ten books on the agenda, that’s about 4 to 5 minutes of discussion per book — hardly enough time given the depth and complexity of some of these master works.

Think of a low-budget (make that “no-budget”) Brian Lamb’s BOOK TV program on C-SPAN, which is a full one-hour discussion.  That’s what I was going for with this video.

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Politics, Rants and Raves, Talking Points | 3 comments

My Rant Against the Republican National Convention Coming to Las Vegas (Video)

 

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“My message to Republicans considering holding their 2016 national convention in Las Vegas is this….STAY OUT!  WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE!”

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In the news today, the far-right wing of the Republican Party (translation:  THE REPUBLICAN PARTY) made it official.

They oppose the 2016 Republican National Convention being held in Las Vegas.

Shocker!

Las Vegas had been reported as one of the early frontrunners to host the next national convention.  If either major political party were to hold its gathering in Las Vegas, that would indeed be big news for our fair city, which still seems determined to try and diversify its image and shed its association with gambling (and other forms of “vice”).

Meanwhile, most of us frankly don’t care what anyone else thinks of us.  We’re perfectly happy to live here and let everyone think we’re a bunch of gangsters.  Maybe that will keep people from moving here.  Well on second thought, given that Las Vegas has been one of America’s fastest-growing cities for the past decade, maybe not.

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