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Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Talking Points, Video 1, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

My Interview with Tatjana Pasalic on Online Gambling (Calvin Ayre.com)

 

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Tatjana Pasalic and I have done quite a few interviews together.  I’m a big fan of her work, which is regularly posted at CalvinAyre.com.

Below this most recent interview, at the 2014 WSOP, see Part 1 of “How the West Was Won,” which is a nice overview of WSOP history.

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Travel, Video 1, World Series of Poker | 0 comments

Uneasy Rider: Alexander Villegas’ Amazing Journey Across America on a Dirt Bike

 

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If given the chance, most of us would love to do what Alexander Villegas did.

He just spent the past 16 days and just as many nights crossing the American continent on a motorcycle.  Not riding on smooth paved roads or crusing interstates littered with gas stations and junk food joints.  But rather scaling hills on dusty backroads, often far from familiar comforts of civilization.

There’s a certain romanticism attached to the thought of just turning loose and letting it all go.  Imagine putting your life on hold for a while, saying to yourself that your problems can wait, and instead living it as it should be experienced.  How often do we get a chance to do that?  How many of us make time for such a journey?

Alex did.  He’s better off for it, and now so are we, for the privilege of reading about his amazing story.

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Rants and Raves, Talking Points | 0 comments

Is Las Vegas Still a Great Place to Visit?

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A travel writer named Caroline Morse recently posted a story at a popular website called SmarterTravel.com.  The feature story was titled “The Ten Most Disappointing Travel Destinations in the World.”

To say this list of ten places was controversial would be a gross understatement.

Think about all the places you’ve been and where you’ve traveled.  Which were the most disappointing?

I’m guessing that you wouldn’t come up with the ridiculous picks selected by this clueless author, which includes so-called travel spots like the Statue of Liberty, Frankfurt (Germany), and even Las Vegas.

That’s right, Las Vegas!

Of all the overrated and underwhelming places to go on earth, the author thinks Las Vegas is among the ten most disappointing.

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Talking Points | 4 comments

My Latest “Talking Points” Video — Unusual Las Vegas News Stories

 

Hillary Clinton Addresses Recycling Industries Trade Conference In Las Vegas

Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe thrown by a deranged protester at Mandalay Bay

 

Las Vegas is a city unlike any other.

That’s because there’s more than a few unusual people here who sometimes do some crazy things.

Take this week’s local news stories.  All of the following stories were reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

 

— A deadbeat rancher backed a heavily-armed militia makes the federal government back down following a standoff

— A deranged woman slips past security and throws a shoe at Hillary Clinton, while at a speaking engagement

— Comedian George Wallace performs at a local casino and then wins a huge lawsuit after tripping over one of the electrical wires while onstage

— A drug-addicted dancer gets into a brawl backstage at the “Thunder Down Under” male revue

— A 25-year-o9ld woman agrees to give a 66-year-man a “massage” at 3 am, but things go wrong

 

This week’s edition of “Talking Points with Nolan Dalla” includes a short recap of what’s in the news here in Las Vegas.  This video runs about 15 minutes.

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Blog, Book Reviews, General Poker, Talking Points | 0 comments

Reasons Why Each of the “Top Ten Most Important Poker Books” Were Selected (Video)

 

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Earlier this week, I promised to explain my reasoning for THE TOP TEN MOST IMPORTANT POKER BOOKS EVER WRITTEN AND WHY THEY’RE ESSENTIAL.

Today’s video does precisely that.

It’s much longer than usual, running at 45 minutes.  With ten books on the agenda, that’s about 4 to 5 minutes of discussion per book — hardly enough time given the depth and complexity of some of these master works.

Think of a low-budget (make that “no-budget”) Brian Lamb’s BOOK TV program on C-SPAN, which is a full one-hour discussion.  That’s what I was going for with this video.

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