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Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Blog, General Poker | 4 comments

The Story Behind ESPN’s Documentary of “One of a Kind” (Stu Ungar’s Biography)




“One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey ‘the Kid’ Ungar” was released nine years ago this week, in May of 2005.

As a first-time author, finishing that book provided relief more than any sense of personal accomplishment.  To this day, I’d like to go back and re-do the entire process all over again.  I’d be especially eager to repeat my one-on-one interviews with Stuey, if that were possible.  I just think they could have been done better.

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, General Poker | 2 comments

Avi Rubin’s Poker Fantasy




The name Avi Rubin isn’t likely to ring any bells.  That is unless you’re familiar with the specialized field of advanced computer systems and network security.  Then, his name triggers alarm bells.  Perhaps even a giant gong.

Rubin is a Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  He’s one of the world’s foremost authorities on what’s commonly known as “hacking.”  Although most people don’t know his name — which is all perfectly fine with Rubin — he’s one of those rare individuals who really does “make a difference” in our society.  He impacts each of our lives in many ways on a daily basis, even though very few among us could identify him in a crowd.

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, World Series of Poker | 2 comments

A Few Words About My Dear Friend Neil Channing




Life is full of ups and downs.

The peaks and valleys are amplified even more so for professional poker players.

At times, poker can be an exhilarating profession.  However, more often the game is a lonely and dispiriting pursuit, riled with frustration.

Neil Channing knows this perhaps better than anyone.  

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