That’s a name I’ll never forget. And it’s a name you should commit to memory. I suspect this slime might be planning his next con out there somewhere — and his next victim could be you.
It’s said you can’t con an honest man, which I suppose is partially true. Greed is tasty bait at the end of a very sharp hook. And just when it seems you’re nibbling on a sure thing, the con man suddenly snaps this line and fishhooks a fresh catch.
In the summer of 2006, I became the fresh catch. Nolan Dalla — Catch of the Day.
I was the perfect target.
Trusting? Check. Distracted? Check. Cash on hand? Check. Stupid? Check-mate.
Just days before the 2006 World Series of Poker was to begin, a six-week marathon I’d be working from start to finish, often 12 to 16 hours a day with no breaks, I was approached by my “friend” Peter Falcone. We met at a local coffee shop. Falcone announced he wanted to “talk business.”
Before getting into the details of that conversation, allow me to provide some background about Falcone and our friendship.
I initially met him and his wealthy girlfriend through some very trusted friends. At the time, Falcone was dating an eccentric older woman named Betsy Superfon (yes — that’s really her name). Betsy lived in a multi-million dollar mansion in the Malibu hills, which is one of the richest areas of the country. She had made tens of millions of dollars as the purported queen of “1-900” phone sex lines back during the 1990’s. In fact, she even knew Ruth Parasol, the woman who made her initial millions the same way (phone sex) and who later created PartyPoker.com (who became one of the world’s richest women). Given her well-known connections to the phone sex business, Betsy Superfon was often jokingly called “Superphone.”
No doubt, Betsy was the real deal. Nice, sincere, always fun to be around — she was a welcome addition to any social gathering. And for several months she always showed up in the same circles where I hung out — casinos, cardrooms, parties, fancy restaurants in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles — with a somewhat younger man introduced to everyone as Peter Falcone.Read More