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Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“Poker Night in America” Returning to Seminole Hard Rock





“Poker Night in America”​ Returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida During the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open”  November 19 – December 2, 2015

Popular Television Show Set to Feature High-Stakes Cash Games, Ladies Night III, and $2 Million Guaranteed Championship


Hollywood, Florida (Oct. 21, 2015) — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the television show “Poker Night in America,” which is broadcast weekly on the CBS Sports Network and other cable channels.  This will mark the third such partnership since first collaborating in 2014.  The popular TV series will primarily feature action from the “Rock n’ Roll Poker Open,” taking place Nov. 19 through Dec. 2.

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Personal | 2 comments

Her Name is Toni, and She’s a Three-Legged Dog




Meet “Toni.”

She’s a special girl, filled with lots of love.  More love than you can imagine.  And more heart.  And more strength.  And more courage.  Just wait until you learn what Toni has been through.

Toni is a 12-year-old part-Labrador mix.  She lives a happy dog life with her human family in Fargo, North Dakota.

Toni might look perfectly normal, except for some grey around the eyes revealing she’s become a senior.  But she’s quite a bit different from most other dogs.  Instead of four legs, she has only three.  But that doesn’t stop Toni from partially running and more frequently hopping around the house and yard, trying her best to keep up with her busy family.

She’s also different in other ways, too, and when you read further about her tear jerking start in life and the struggles she’s somehow endured and survived since that beginning, hopefully then you’ll come to appreciate the special bond Toni has with the Hanson’s.

Here’s Toni’s truly remarkable story.

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Blog, Essays, General Poker, Las Vegas, World Series of Poker | 2 comments

Current State and Future Prospects for the Casino Gambling Industry (or “What I Learned at G2E 2015)



With Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming at G2E 2015


Preface:  This past week, I attended the 2015 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas.  This was my eighth time to attend what is the world’s largest annual casino and gambling conference.  I’ve had the honor of speaking and appearing on two panel discussions in past years.  However, this time I attended solely as a media representative with the intent to report on much of what I learned, and speculate on the direction this sector is headed.  The opinions expressed here are entirely my own and do not reflect any of my past or present employers or associates.


[Gaming vs. Gambling:  I do not use the terms gaming and gambling interchangeably.  Gaming refers to interactive games not involving wagering.  Gambling refers to games of chance which including wagering.  Hence, when “gaming” is used herein any of my writings, it’s not a euphemism for “gambling.”]

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Blog, General Poker, Personal, Travel | 4 comments

A Mouthful of Ants and a Fast Boat to Nowhere


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With poker commentator Dave Tuchman on our fast boat to nowhere, out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


My morning began with a mouthful of ants.

By mid-afternoon, on a fast boat to nowhere out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, I rescued a dead fish.

Ten hours, one bottle of cheap wine, and a dozen overpriced cocktails later, by 2 am, I was pacing the sidewalk out in front of a downtown art gallery like a vagrant, screaming profanities through a plate-glass window at shitty paintings being sold at mind-numbing prices.

None of which has to do anything to do with poker, of course.

Just another day on location at “Poker Night in America,” this week in Florida.

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