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Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Blog, Las Vegas | 5 comments

“Poker Person of the Year” — My Ten Nominees




Time magazine just announced its “Person of the Year.”

So, let’s do the same thing for poker.

Following the criteria set forth by Time, being selected isn’t necessarily an endorsement, nor even an award.  It doesn’t confer approval of the person’s deeds and actions, nor are the nominations limited only to poker professionals.  Being chosen simply means the person has impacted the game more than anyone else over the past year.  [See Footnote 1 below]

So, who has impacted poker the most in 2013?

I’ll announce my list of nominees in a moment.

But first, let’s give this process some historical context.  Looking back most recently, who would have been most deserving?  To answer this, I went back and reviewed poker’s leading news stories from each of the last four years.  Then, I made my selections accordingly.  The people selected below were the most talked about and most prominent individuals in poker for that calender year.  Let’s see if you agree:

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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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