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.
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.
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.
If current ownership is smart, they’ll leap at this offer. It’s one hell of a deal, since a buck is far more than the casino’s worth.
Let’s be perfectly clear. The only way for the Atlantic Club Casino to turn a profit is to fire sale every pot, pan, slot machine, and stick of furniture in the place. Sell off the casters on Craig’s List. Then, wrecking ball it to the ground and bulldoze the scrap metal into dump trucks headed straight for the salvage yard. Were it up to me, I’d Gordon Gekko that money pit quicker that you can utter the words, “greed is good.”