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Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Rants and Raves, Restaurant Reviews | 19 comments

A Nation of Tip Jars




We’ve become a nation of tip jars.

They’re everywhere.

Dry cleaners?  Tip jar.

The local deli?  Tip jar.

Take out pizza?  Tip jar.

Pet grooming?  Tip jar.

Oli change and auto lube?  Tip jar.

Starbucks?  Tip jar.

Ice cream shops?  Tip jars.

But nothing screams “what the fuck!” louder than the scene I witnessed last week here in Las Vegas.  Sitting atop the glass counter above all kinds of expensive gold and diamond jewelry was — a tip jar.  I shit you not.

At a jewelry store!

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Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas | 0 comments

Remembering Jackie Gaughan


Jackie Gaughan in 1965

Casino pioneer Jackie Gaughan in 1965, in front of his El Cortez Hotel and Casino


The name Jackie Gaughan may not be familiar to as many people as it should.

So, please allow me to take some time to tell you why this man was important, and so beloved, by so many, for so long.

Mr. Gaughan was one of the last surviving of Las Vegas’ early pioneers.  He was cast in the same mold as his iconic contemporaries — including Benny Binion, Bill Harrah, and Sam Boyd — all legends who embodied the casinos they built along with the reputations they earned and established over decades of changes within Las Vegas and the gambling industry, earning universal respect and admiration.

I just learned Mr. Gaughan passed away last night.  He was 93.

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Blog, Movie Reviews, Personal | 2 comments

Meeting Tobey Maguire (Part 1)




Time for another poker story.

This one involves actor Tobey Maguire, probably best known for his role as “Spiderman.”  He’s appeared in several noteworthy films over the years, including Pleasantville (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), Wonder Boys (2000), Seabiscuit (2003), and most recently The Great Gatsby (2013).

I’ve had several direct encounters with Maguire in the past, all relating to my work in poker.

During the poker boom several Hollywood “A-Listers” began playing poker regularly.  They not only joined private games held mostly in Los Angeles, but also attended major poker tournaments.  Some of these actors are still a part of the game today, most notably — Jennifer Tilly and James Woods.  [See Footnote 1]

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas | 0 comments

Doing It Doggie Style




Sorry to disappoint everyone, but today’s post isn’t about sex.

It’s about dogs, namely two cutesy canines I saw yesterday while driving on the streets of Las Vegas.

These weren’t your typical mutts.  To the contrary, these dogs know how to travel in style.

The photograph below is a close up-shot of a doggie driver who looks like he’s about ready to start the engine and drive away.  Gee, I wonder if he flashes his middle paw out the window and barks when other drivers cut him off in traffic?  And, how come he’s not wearing a seat belt?

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog, Personal | 2 comments

Water for Dummies




Now, I’ve seen everything.

Bottled water has jumped the shark.

Check out the aisle display at a local supermarket here in Las Vegas.  Diane Von Furstenberg, who I believe is famous for designing womens’ clothing or making perfume or whatever, now has her own line of water.

Fucking water.


I had to head-shake back and forth and do a double take on this scene, as well.  For a moment, I thought this shameful display was a prank.

Diane Von Furstenberg Water?

Hey, but at least there’s one good thing about this product.  At least it wasn’t Trump.

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