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Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Blog, World Series of Poker | 3 comments

2013 WSOP: Behind the Scenes



“Your Appeal is Denied, Sir”


No names will be used in this story.  This is to protect the guilty.

Late last night, a group of floor supervisors were gathered around an empty poker table inside the Amazon Room.  The tournament area had pretty much cleared out, except for one event going on across the way.

An irate man, obviously intoxicated, approached the floor supervisors.  He was furious because he’d been given a one-round penalty for some infraction of the rules.

Oblivious to whatever was being discussed prior to his arrival within the group, the drunk man began gesticulating wildly, his arms flailing in the air as he desperately tried to plea his case on the “bad” ruling.

As the man recounted his side of the story, he fumbled his beverage.  A full glass of rum and coke slipped from his right hand and crashed onto the felt.  Rum and coke splashed everywhere, including on a few of the supervisors.  The green felt table was drenched with the cocktail and covered in ice cubes.

Suddenly, the man went completely silent.

After gazing down at the drenched poker table covered in ice cubes while the supervisors were wiping off their ties, the man finally admitted defeat.

“Oh well, I guess I lost my appeal,” the man said as he stumbled away back towards the tournament.

Players who arrive on Day Two on Tuesday are advised that Seats 1-4 at PURPLE 420 will be flowered with the scent of rum.


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Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Blog, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

When Nice Guys Finish First — David Chiu




Tonight was another special time for me at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

I was able to witness and enjoy David Chiu’s fifth career gold bracelet victory.  That puts him in some super elite company, along with Stu Ungar, Berry Johnston, Daniel Negreanu, and others.

David is one of the real nice guys in the game.  He’s always cordial, smiling, and has a wonderful attitude about life and the game.  In fact, knowing David as I do, I think that’s one of his secrets to being a winner — having such a positive attitude about his life and his good fortune to be able to play the game he loves for a living.

Unlike so many celebrity poker players who are recognized in public and get asked for autographs, this almost never happens to David.  And he doesn’t seem to mind one bit.

David Chui is someone special.  We need more David Chui’s in poker.

I am proud of him and congratulate him on this milestone achievement.

NOTE:  For more inforrmation on David Chiu’s win, please visit:

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Blog, World Series of Poker | 2 comments

A Special Moment in Remembrance of Dr. Jerry Buss


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There are times when I’m really proud to be a part of the World Series of Poker.

Tonight was one of those special moments.

Prior to the start of this evening’s Seven-Card Stud championship, a special tribute was held in honor of the late Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers.  Seven-Card Stud was Dr. Buss’ favorite poker game and he came close to winning a gold bracelet 22 years ago when this same event was held.  He took third place that year.

As a way to remembering Dr. Buss, the World Series of Poker held a seat for him at the start of the tournament.  Here’s a photo of Dr. Buss’ chips.

Fittingly, his seat is vacant.  That’s because no one can fill the place of our long lost friend, Dr. Jerry Buss.  He is missed, but appropriately loved and remembered.

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Blog, Las Vegas, World Series of Poker | 7 comments

Slaughterhouse 2013: Running Cold at the World Series of Poker




Stop bitching, people.

Do I look like the person in charge of air conditioning inside the Rio?

I’ve got two words for all those delicate little daisy flowers who have been complaining non-stop since day one that the tournament rooms inside the Rio and the World Series of Poker are kept way too cold.

Those two words are as follows:  Man Up.


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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Poker Writer Chad Holloway Wins First Gold Bracelet of 2013 WSOP




Few know or appreciate poker’s history more than Chad Holloway.

Now, he’s just made history on his own by winning the first WSOP gold bracelet of 2013 to be played here in Las Vegas.

Just a week ago, Holloway seemed thrilled to be able to play in a WSOP Circuit event, where I saw him in New Orleans.  Days later, he’s come to Las Vegas and won the most prestigious prize in the game.

Here’s Chad with me early this morning at 3:45 am, right after he won Event #1.  He’s going to wear that gold bracelet with pride., and rightfully so.  He defeated nearly 900 players.  Moreover, attendance was up 23 percent for our first event at the WSOP.

The photo below shows Chad’s rail of supporters — quite a group of poker media royalty.

See the full report at






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