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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Rants and Raves | 3 comments

Any Poker Player Who Buys a Lottery Ticket is an Idiot!




In response to all the hype about tomorrow’s $500 million jackpot, I have a comment.

Any poker player who buys a lottery ticket is an idiot.

Ooops.  Allow me to revise that.

Anyone who buys a lottery ticket is an idiot.  However, poker players deserve to be singled out as a special class.  They should know better.

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Personal, World Series of Poker | 8 comments

The 2003 World Series of Poker (Moneymaker Series Continues — Part 4)



Benny’s Bullpen at Binion’s Horseshoe — the site of the WSOP 1998-2004


This is the fourth in an extended series of articles about Chris Moneymaker’s victory at the 2003 World Series of Poker and what went on behind the scenes at Binion’s Horseshoe — before, during, and after. 

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Blog, General Poker | 6 comments

Are Fish and Sharks Swimming in Different Tanks at PartyPoker?


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Imagine walking into a live poker room and signing up for a game.

You get asked, “Are you a beginning player or an experienced player?”

You answer, “I’m an experienced player.”

Based solely on that response, your name is placed onto a segregated list containing just the veteran players.  Beginning poker players have their own set of tables and games to choose from.  It’s like having adult tables and kiddie tables at a picnic.

If you encountered something like this, would you stick around and still play?

This is apparently really happening.  And it’s not taking at some tiny cardroom in the middle of nowhere.  Based on recent reports, PartyPoker — once the largest online poker site in the world — may very well be quarantining its players based on levels of experience.

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas | 10 comments

The Reports of Poker’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated




The mainstream media often get things notoriously wrong.

Consider the case of Mark Twain’s “death” being erroneously reported in the (now-defunct) New York Journal daily newspaper in 1897, eliciting his famous quote in response, “the report of my death was an exaggeration.”

It seems mainstream media haven’t learned much over the last 116 years.  In recent months, major media have reported poker’s popularity is declining. 

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Restaurant Reviews | 1 comment

Thought, Laughter, and Tears: My Dinner with T.K. (and Jimmy V.)

T. K. Krauss


There are few people in the casino business I love and admire more than Mr. T.K. Krauss.

This longtime Atlantic City poker executive is a fountain of fascinating stories and useful information, especially when it comes to the East Coast poker scene.  If passion came in bottles, “T.K.” would be the Coca-Cola of poker.

T.K. has just taken over as the new Director of Poker Operations for the Atlantic Club.  Previously known as the Atlantic City Hilton, this outdated and long-neglected property located at the southern tip of the famed Boardwalk has long been the city’s stepchild casino.

Things are about to change — big time. 

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