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Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Blog, Las Vegas, Sports Betting | 2 comments

My Notes from the LVH Football Handicapping Seminar

 

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Friday night, the LVH Casino hosted a football handicapping seminar.  Over a thousand people showed up, hoping to get advice and selections from some of the best sports handicappers in the business.

Here I am posing with longtime pal Steve Fezzik (see photo above).  “Fez” is the only person in history to win the prestigious “Super Contest” twice, which he accomplished back in 2009 and 2010.  That’s like football gambling’s equivalent of the World Series of Poker.

Today, Fez is affiliated with a site called PREGAME.COM.  I have no vested interest here other that to say that when Fez recommends something to me, I almost always bet it.  I don’t need an explanation, because I’m sure it’s already been analyzed thoroughly.  No one I know works harder at sports handicapping than Fez.  He’s also never short on opinions about a game or a situation.  When we met last night, Fez told me he’s putting up a free podcast daily at the site.  You might want to check it out.  I know I will.

Friday night’s seminar featured a dozen handicappers who took to the stage and talked about pro and college football.  Hats off to Jay Kornegay, the legendary race and sportsbook manager for LVH (formally the Las Vegas Hilton) who provided this service free of charge.  In years past, the Red Rock Casino used to be the home of this seminar.  I’m glad to see something provided to sports bettors.  I wish there were more of these activities

I’d also like to give a special shout out to Ted Sevranksy, a.k.a. “Teddy Covers” who is right up there with Steve Fezzik as a football betting analyst.  Teddy, who hosts a daily radio show, was also on the panel, and offered a number of interesting ideas.

I took a few mental notes.  These are not necessarily Fezzik and/or Sevransky’s opinions.  However, when one of the panelists said something I thought was particularly noteworthy (even when I disagreed with it), I filed it away to reflect on it later.  Listed here in no particular order are some of my mental notes from the football betting seminar:

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Blog, Las Vegas, Rants and Raves, Restaurant Reviews | 1 comment

The Whine Tasting: One Drunk Puppy

 

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You know it’s a fucked up situation when the evening’s success depends on the goodwill of a scalper.

I’ll get to this in a moment.  But first, the preamble.

“One Drunk Puppy” seems like a strange name for a wine tasting event.  The proceeds raised from selling thousands of tickets for a room that comfortably holds about 150 goes to support a charity for homeless dogs here in Las Vegas.  Hence the odd name.  We love wine and who among us doesnt like dogs — so this was a “must-attend” event.

Marieta and I go to as many wine tastings as we can.  Most are pretty good since Las Vegas attracts a steady flow of wine marketeers, mostly from California.  As a general rule, the more expensive the tickets cost, the better wines that are served.  Since I’m the king of $9-a-bottle specials, attending the more refined tastings gives me a chance to sample wines that (in many cases) I wouldn’t be able to afford on a daily basis.

So, One Drunk Puppy is held at the Silverton Casino, across the highway from South Point.  Tickets cost $45 at the door.  It’s like 160 degrees outside, so we’re eager to step into the atrium where it’s nice and cool inside and wine is pouring aplenty.

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas, Personal | 2 comments

BARGE 2013 — Registration Now Open

 

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Every summer for the past 17 years, I have attended a special gathering of poker players.  It’s called “BARGE.”

BARGE stands for BIG AUGUST RECREATIONAL GAMBLING EXCURSION.  It’s held at Binion’s in downtown Las Vegas.

Let me tell you two reasons why I never miss this special gathering.  I’ll also inform you on how you may want to sign up this year and attend.

The primary reason why I never miss BARGE is because it embodies what poker should be….which is fun.

Remember that word?  “Fun.”

Let’s try to remember, we are playing a card game.  And each of us in our own way is extraordinarily lucky to be living in this day and age when we can pretty much do what we want to enjoy the finest things in life.  BARGE is one of those things to enjoy.

Imagine your Thursday night home poker game with your friends where just about anything is allowed.  Crazy games are played.  There are straddles and double straddles.  Everyone is drinking and having a good time.   For nearly a week, a few hundred BARGE attendees completely take over the Binion’s poker room.  Sure, it can be serious — especially during the BARGE tournaments which attract some of poker’s best players, including a few world champions.  But the idea behind BARGE is seeing old friends and making new ones.  It’s like a poker fraternity.

Every year, we have new people come to BARGE.  Most who come start coming every year after that.  Everyone who likes to have fun is welcome.  You will meet some extraordinary people in this group, including some of the top minds in their field.

The tournaments cost less than $100 each to enter.  And the cash games range from $4-8 up to some high-limit Pot-Limit Omaha games, played with dice (I’m not kidding).

To learn more about BARGE 2013, please visit the official site where you can see a list of events.  This year’s festivities take place over five days.  You can come for a day or stay the entire time.

Hope to see you the first week in August for BARGE 2013.

For more information and to register, please visit:  BARGE 2012 OFFICIAL SITE

 

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Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in Blog, Las Vegas, Personal | 0 comments

The 39th Annual UNLVino Wine Tasting (Saturday, April 20th)

 

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The best wine tasting event in Las Vegas for the money is undoubtedly “UNLVino,” held in the springtime.  This spectacular wine festival takes place over four days and nights, culminating in an extravagant awards ceremony on Saturday night, held this year at the Paris (Las Vegas).

Marieta and I had the opportunity to attend a special tasting afterward, which was open only to those who work in the wine trade (it’s a long story).  Our special tasting took place from 11 pm until 2 am, which gave us three additional full hours to sample many of the best wines from around the world.

Sampling every wine and liquor available would have been next to impossible, and if you did so, that intoxicating experience would undoubtedly have been followed by an epic hangover.  But if you’re going to drink more than you ever have before, then this is the place to do it.

The tasting consisted of about 90 to 100 suppliers, each pouring an average of 4 to 6 different wines.  So, if you add up the math — that’s like 500 different bottles.  Then, there were vodkas, tequilas, bourbons, scotches, and some new aperitifs I was not familiar with (but begged to be sampled — and surely were).

Samples included everything from the elegant Gevrey Chambertain (my favorite wine in the world — see photo above) to special-recipe Patron margaritas spiked with orange juice.

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