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Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Blog, Rants and Raves, Video 1 | 2 comments

The Worst Star-Spangled Banner Performances of All-Time




Many Americans think our National Anthem should be changed.

They insist “The Star-Spangled Banner” is way too difficult to sing, which is true.  They insist the song penned by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 florifies violence, which is true.  They say there are far better arrangements of music which symbolizes our national aspirations, such as “America the Beautiful,” which is true.

Indeed, there are a number of very valid reasons why the current National Anthem makes no sense at all.

But there’s also a very good reason why we should keep it.

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Personal, Rants and Raves, Video 1, World Series of Poker | 4 comments

A Day in the WSOP Life (Caught On Video)



For most of my 20 or so years in poker, I’ve been the one asking the questions and carving out the narrative.  In short, I often held the spotlight rather than standing in it.

However, there’s been an increasing media reversal lately, as I’m frequently asked to be the subject of features and interviews.  The tables seemed to have turned, sometimes more than I would like.

While not entirely comfortable with this prospect, I hope the attention is, at least in part, due to some of the revelations from this blog.  Perhaps not.  Maybe it’s just being involved in poker for a long time and seeing a lot of different things and meeting all kinds of interesting people.  Most everyone likes good stories and inside information.

Last summer, Remko Rinkema (a poker journalist from Holland, see:  RENKOMEDIA) followed me around for a full day at the World Series of Poker with a film crew.  This was back during the first week in June during a record heat wave.  Temperatures climbed towards the 120-degree mark.

Remko and his crew came to my home, filmed me out in the backyard during the morning (drinking wine, of course), went with me running in the heat, and then drove with me into work at the Rio where some behind the scenes poker action was filmed.

Remko did a nice job on this.  However, I was a bit flustered towards the end of the feature and that showed in the segment.

We spent a lot of time talking about politics, history, and philosophy.  When those subjects come up, I can ramble on forever.  That’s pretty obvious in this feature as I’m sure they had to cut around a lot of me ranting and raving.

Anyway, here’s part of my life in a day.


See more videos of poker personalities at:  IGAMING.ORG


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Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Video 1, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

Ryan Riess Wins 2013 World Poker Championship (Post-Tournament Victory Interview on Video)


2013 WSOP Main Event Champion Ryan Reiss

Ryan Riess (East Landing, MI), the 2013 World Poker Champion (Photo by Joe Giron)


Ryan Riess, from East Lansing, MI is the 2013 world poker champion.

I witnessed all the drama unfold late last night at the Rio in Las Vegas.  Moments after his victory, Riess was interviewed by members of the media while sitting next to more than $8 million in cash, his reward for the victory.  The 23-year-old Michigan State graduate was also presented with a custom-designed gold-platinum-diamond bracelet, valued at more than $500,000.

Riess overcame a chip disadvantage on the final day of the tournament, topping Jay Farber heads-up for the win.  Once Riess took the chip lead, he was in no serious danger of busting from that point forward.  The tournament capped yet another WSOP, which I’ve now been affiliated with for many years.

Here’s a ten-minute interview (raw unedited footage) with the new champion:






Note:  Please visit WSOP.COM for more details.  Also, the OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE 2013 WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP is now posted at the site.


Bracelet and Cash

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Video 1 | 0 comments

2013 Poker Hall of Fame Ceremony (Video)


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I’ve got a backlog of videos and links to post over the next few days.

Here’s Sunday night’s 2013 Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which honored Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen.  Speakers included T.J. Cloutier, Phil Hellmuth, Wendeen Eolis, Rick O’Connell, and myself.  We also heard from Tom’s daughter, Melanie.  CLICK LINK AND WATCH HERE

Here’s a story I wrote about the ceremony which appeared a few days ago.  See:  THE 2013 POKER HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

However, the video is also worth watching as a tribute to our Class of 2013.


Note:  Special thanks for J.J. Liu for providing this video.

Coming Next:  Post-victory interview with 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (entire video).


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