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Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Blog, Essays, General Poker | 9 comments

Remembering Stanley Sludikoff (Gambling Publisher and Pioneer)

 

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Now is a time to remember and reflect upon someone truly remarkable.  He left an indelible imprint upon the gaming industry and gambling culture.  His name was Stanley Sludikoff.  He was a pioneer, a visionary, an educator, and a giant.

Today, there are thousands of gambling-related websites in many different languages.  There are online casinos and  sportsbooks operating in more than 100 countries.  There are countless books, guides, and other periodicals, including several hundred titles on poker alone.  There’s a treasure trove of gambling information out there, both narratives and on strategy.  It’s virtually impossible to remember an earlier era when none of this existed.

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog, Essays, General Poker | 0 comments

Announcing: Poker for Hope Tournament (March 5th, Bally’s Las Vegas)

 

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The third-annual “Poker for Hope” tournament takes place this Saturday night at Bally’s Las Vegas.  Action gets underway at 6 pm.

Founded in honor of Tia Palermo, who battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma for 11 years and and passed away in 2012 at age 48, all funds raised will go to the Tia’s Hope charity, which helps patients and their families stricken with this disease in education, emotional support, and direct financial assistance.  Read more about Tia and the foundation created in her name here:  TIA’S HOPE

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Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog, Essays, General Poker, Personal, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

Why Was Chad Holloway Not Nominated for an American Poker Award?

 

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I’ve decided to pass on attending this year’s American Poker Awards, to be held in Los Angeles this weekend.

There are a number of reasons for this, which I won’t get into at the moment.  I do want to express my support for the idea of handing out awards to those who have improved the game and for recognizing players and insiders who have made significant contributions over a certain period of time.

Are awards like this frivolous?  Perhaps they are.  But since just about every other business, sport, and art form honors its super achievers and icons, then so too should we.  Even science, mathematics, economics, and literature indulge in their very own annual awards ceremonies.  Poker, which is played by about 100 million people worldwide, rightly deserves a special night of spectacle, and the APA’s creators and organizers — Alex Dreyfus in particular — deserves our appreciation for making this happen.

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Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas | 7 comments

Remembering Rene Angelil

 

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The best Rene Angelil story I’ve heard was once told by his wife, the electrifying singer and stage performer Celine Dion.

While being interviewed on American television by Barbara Walters, Dion was asked point blank about her husband’s reported high-stakes gambling, which constituted a significant portion of his recreational time.  Angelil lived in Las Vegas during the final ten years of his life.  No doubt during much that period, Angelil enjoyed hanging out at casinos, and spent many hours in poker rooms, especially.  Angelil entered tournament events at the World Series of Poker every year and was often seen sitting down in No-Limit Hold’em cash games nightly at Caesars Palace while his wife was taking center stage to standing ovations at the sold-out Colosseum Arena.

“Is your husband a compulsive gambler?” was the gist of the question.

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