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Deal Them In! James Woods, Richard Roeper, and Craig Carton Headline “Poker Night in America” at Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Blog, General Poker | 3 comments




James Woods says, “deal me in.”

The renowned actor and three-time Emmy winner will participate in “Poker Night in America’s” upcoming high-stakes cash game, taking place at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, January 16-19.

Woods, who is best known for his memorable film roles in The Onion Field, Once Upon a Time in America, Salvador, Nixon, Ghosts of Mississippi, Hercules, as well as the television series Shark, is a two-time Academy Award nominee.  When he’s not working in front of the cameras, Woods can often be found playing poker in his spare time, one of his fondest passions.  Given his strong political views, including a recent spat with Rev. Al Sharpton which made national headlines, Woods is sure to deliver another performance that’s well worth watching.

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Golden Nugget Atlantic City Hosting the Next “Poker Night in America”

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Blog, General Poker | 0 comments




Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget hosting “The Grand Poker Series, ” topped by $1K buy-in Championship (Jan. 16-19)


“Poker Night in America” is coming to New Jersey for the first time.

The popular television series now entering its second season on the CBS Sports Network, will soon be filming at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.  The championship event, a $1,000 (+125) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament takes place Jan. 16-19.  There will be four starting flights, with a re-entry option.  Flights A and B take place on Friday, Jan. 16.  Flights C and D take place Saturday, Jan. 17.

The final table will be live streamed online and filmed for television.  The final table will be played on Monday, Jan. 19th.

Satellites for the championship will run every night.

This attraction is part of a new tournament extravaganza, called “The Grand Poker Series.”  Daily and nightly events will run Jan. 10-19.  The full schedule can be viewed here:  THE GRAND POKER SERIES AT THE GOLDEN NUGGET ATLANTIC CITY

Special hotel rates are available for all poker players.  Please visit here to book a room:  GOLDEN NUGGET ATLANTIC CITY OFFICIAL SITE 

For information about qualifying for a championship seat at 888poker, please visit:  America’s Got Poker! Poker Night in America is Coming to New Jersey 

Two days of cash games will also be filmed on location at the Golden Nugget.  An announcement about the lineup of players and guests will be announced soon.


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“Ladies Night” Launches Season 2 of Poker Night in America, Debuting Tonight on CBS Sports

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog, General Poker | 0 comments




You don’t want to miss the debut of Season 2 of “Poker Night in America.”

With no more Monday Night Football, there’s no excuse not to tune in.

The first-ever ladies only cash game was filmed last month at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  An entire day of shooting produced nine thrilling hours of poker action, outrageous conversation (fortunately, some of which we can show), and plenty of laughs.  Tonight’s program will be the first of what we hope will be multiple shows this season which are showcasing some of the top players in the world — who just so happen to be female.

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The Early Years of the Atlantic City Poker Scene

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Blog, General Poker, Travel | 9 comments




“It wasn’t so long ago that every Hold’em player on the East Coast knew each other.”



It’s hard to imagine this now, but 25 years ago there wasn’t a casino in the entire American Northeast which offered poker, nor were there any legal full-time poker rooms.  Not even one.

Atlantic City had gambling.  But poker wasn’t legal.  Not until 1993.

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All-In and Drawing Dead (Movie Review: “The Gambler”)

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Blog, Movie Reviews | 3 comments




Gambling has never appeared so unbearably dull as in the dreadful remake of “The Gambler,” starring Mark Wahlberg, now out in theaters.

The movie has about as much intensity as a losing keno ticket.

Based on a rarely-seen and little shown 1974 gritty masterpiece starring James Caan, this ill-advised reincarnation directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) lacks any of the realism, the energy, the atmosphere, or the deeper philosophical undertones of the far more genuine original.  Although the plot seems to be etch-a-sketched from the initial draft written 40 years ago, this is a totally different film.  Unfortunately, nothing comes across as an improvement.  This especially applies to a modified storybook ending.

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How to Tell If You’re Owned by Your Cat

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Blog, Essays | 1 comment




“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god.  Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”

― Christopher Hitchens (The Portable Atheist:  Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever)


How many of you own a cat?

Well, I do.  In fact, I own two of them.

But wait.  Do we really own these finicky felines?  It’s goes more like this…our cats actually own us.  If you’re a cat person or have ever taken care of one for any length of time, you know this to be true.

Here are 25 ways to tell that you’re owned by your cat:

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Highlights and Lowlights: Looking Back at the First Season of “Poker Night in America”

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Blog, General Poker, Personal | 1 comment




Writer’s Note:  The first season of “Poker Night in America” has now concluded, with another year of new programs soon shifting to Monday nights.  What follows is my look back on the first season of broadcasts, including some of my fondest memories and biggest disappointments of 2014.


What has working on “Poker Night in America” taught me?

Answer:  A lot, including things I didn’t expect.

I learned it’s relatively easy to film a television show.  But it’s far more difficult to create a good poker show on television.

So, what’s the difference?  What this means is, the mechanics of filming a poker game are relatively simple.  A group of players are placed on a set.  Hang up some lights.  Position the cameras.  Hire some people who know what they’re doing.  And there you have it, a poker show!

Then, the work really begins.

[The entire production crew at “Poker Night in America” just called me a slew of curse words for trivializing their work] 

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True Confessions: The Many Mistakes I Made in 2014

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Blog, Personal | 8 comments




This New Years Eve is an occasion to look back on what we’ve done these previous 364 days.

Right now, I shall do precisely that.  So, please forgive the self-indulgence.

What follows is a list of my mistakes and regrets from the previous year.  Only through an honest self-examination are we able to retool our energies and focus on the challenges to come.  While we shouldn’t dwell on the negative, we must all face the ghosts of our pasts, recognize them as a learning opportunity, and then move on.

Hopefully by sharing my thoughts and remorseful musings, I’ll enter 2015 with a clearer mind and even greater determination to experiencing a more purposeful and fulfilling new year.

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Who Would Bathe in the Filthy Ganges?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Rants and Raves, Travel, What's Left | 1 comment


Hindu Devotees Gather For The Maha Kumbh


What would compel an otherwise rational person to dive head-first into a cesspool filled with shit, piss, garbage, and bacteria?

Why — religion, of course!

On PBS tonight, there was a documentary program about the Ganges, a.k.a. the Ganga River, located in India.  This is a vast tributary of life (and potentially death) for hundreds of millions of people, living in both Bangladesh and India.  It’s also one of the most polluted rivers in the world, a breeding ground for sickness and disease — not just to humans, but animals, as well.  And it’s that way almost entirely because of indifference from religion, and specifically Hinduism, which continues to promote the loony notion that bathing in feces-encrusted waters somehow makes gullible believers “spiritually” whole again.

[Palm slapping forehead]

Which brings us to the question:  Why do we revere such absurd, not to mention dangerous, religious practices?

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Ava DuVernay Should Apologize (The Atrocious Lie of “Selma”)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog, Movie Reviews, Politics | 10 comments




When necessary, Hollywood must be permitted to apply dramatic license in order to tell a good story.  That usually makes for a better movie.

However, no filmmaker should be allowed to lie about the historical record.

That’s precisely what movie director Ava DuVernay has done with her grotesque portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the film, “Selma,” which has rightfully ignited lots of controversy among both historians and movie critics.

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