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Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Talking Points, Video 1 | 3 comments

Non-Fiction Poker Books that Missed the Cut (“Talking Points with Nolan Dalla”)



Yesterday, I posted a list of (what I believe to be) the most important poker books ever written.

Unfortunately, several worthy non-fiction narrative contenders weren’t even mentioned, and missed the cut.

So today, I’m going to rectify that, at least in part, with a video blog (vlog) on some other poker books which merit consideration.

This is Part 1 of 2 in a continuation of the (weekly) video series called “Talking Points.”  The next part will be a more in-depth discussion of why I listed the books ranked 1 through 10.

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Rants and Raves, Restaurant Reviews, Talking Points | 10 comments

My Rant About Results of the Las Vegas Review-Journal Annual “Readers’ Poll”



Give me props.

This year, I made it all the way to page 16.  That’s when I finally blew up and burned the newspaper.

By then, I’d had enough.

Of course, I’m talking about the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annual “Readers’ Poll.”  Every year the readers of the city’s biggest newpaper send in their picks for their favorite this and that, which are tallied up and later released as the winners of the “Best of Las Vegas” awards.

Categories include everything from the best dry cleaners to the best Thai food.  The guide runs about 50 pages long and covers just about everything you can possibly think of — and then some.  And I made it all the way to page 16.


This latest edition of “Talking Points” features my immediate response upon seeing this year’s results for the first time.  As you might expect, there’s excessive profanity.

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Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog, Politics, Talking Points, Video 1 | 12 comments

The Debut of “Talking Points with Nolan Dalla” — Episode 1 on Writing, Media, Sheldon Adelson, Politics, and Campaign Finance



Today, I’m trying out a new idea.  I’d really like your feedback.


Several people suggested that I try creating a video edition of my daily rants and writings.  In other words, instead of writing an essay, instead just step in front of a camera and start talking.

Well, I decided to give this a try.

No script.  No plan.  No agenda.  Just talk.

What follows is an unrehearsed and unedited clip that runs a ridiculously long 32 minutes.  I decided to call it “Talking Points,” although from my rambling I often don’t seem to have one.  A point, I mean.

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