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Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Blog, Book Reviews | 2 comments

Book Review: “Life is a Gamble” by Andrew Perendes




Imagine a Guy Ritchie movie, only for real.

That’s the life story of Andrew “Giddy” Perendes — a professional poker player, jewel thief, and silver-tongued charmer who has witnessed the gritty dark side of London’s underground gambling scene up close and personal for nearly 50 years.  His tale is one of survival as much as adventure.  Imagine following an alley cat around, and that’s pretty much the picture.

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Blog, General Poker | 1 comment

An Epic Day in the Steel City



Steve Dannenmann (Republican-Maryland) with Nolan Dalla (Socialist-Nevada) in Pittsburgh


I almost never watch NFL games in public.  Too much drama.

But today was an exception.

On assignment for the latest “Poker Night in America” event taking at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, we football fans couldn’t help ourselves.  We had to find a bank of televisions in order to watch all the games that were played on Sunday.

Lucky us.  We found the perfect spot at Jerome Bettis’ sports bar, which just so happens to be across the street from the west end zone of the Pittsburgh Steelers stadium.

The guest list started off small, and then grew steadily as the day lengthened and the winners started rolling in.  Cha-ching!  I don’t want to crow.  Let’s just say it was a good day.

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Blog, General Poker | 1 comment

Bridge to Omaha: Remembering Michael Cappelletti





This part of the calendar hasn’t been kind to poker writers in recent years.

Two years ago, we lost Barry Tanenbaum.  He was best-known as a Limit Hold’em specialist who not only wrote authoritatively about the game, but also played full-time for a living, mostly at the Bellagio, winning consistently over many years.  SEE MY VIDEO TRIBUTE TO BARRY HERE

Then, last year at about this same time, Lou Kreiger passed away.  Lou wrote a total of seven books on poker strategy, and was one of Card Player magazine’s most prolific contributors for nearly two decades.  READ A REMEMBRANCE OF LOU HERE

Only yesterday did I learn of the very recent death of another fine writer and friend — Michael Cappelletti.  He passed away on November 14th.

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Blog, General Poker | 0 comments

Scotty Nguyen Headlines Poker Night in America at Peppermill Reno






Scotty Nguyen Set to Headline “Poker Night in America” at Peppermill Reno


Tournament Series Includes Top Pros, Ten-Day Event Runs Nov. 15-25


Scotty Nguyen is the latest high-profile addtion to “Poker Night in America.”

The 1998 world champion and most recent inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame as the “Class of 2013” will headline the Peppermill Reno tournament series, which runs Nov. 15-25.


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Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Blog, General Poker | 5 comments

Mike “Little Man” Sica Passes Away


Mike Little Man Sica

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I’ve just learned some very sad news.  Michael “Little Man” Sica has passed away.

Sica may have been known as “Little Man” a nickname given for his smallish stature.  But he was a giant of joy and one of the funnest and most decent people I’ve ever met in poker.

He lived in northern New Jersey and was a popular player in East Coast poker rooms and at major poker events over the past twenty years.  I’ve seen him many times at WSOP Circuit events in Atlantic City.  He also played at the WSOP in Las Vegas every year.  SEE MIKE SICA’S WSOP RECORD HERE

I’ve enjoyed many meals and many laughs with Sica over the years.  During all those times, I don’t remember him ever saying a bad word about anyone.  He was full of smiles and good cheer, no matter what happened at the poker table.  I hope he’s remembered for his positive attitude, because we need more of that, and more people like him.

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