I promised readers a passionate video montage, taking the opposite side of the current censorship debate about whether or not politics has any place at the poker table.
I say “yes.”
Israeli poker writer Robbie Straznski says “no.” READ HIS PERSUASIVE VIEWPOINT HERE
Here’s the raw footage of my 38-minute reply to PokerStars’ misguided decision to ban all political expression in their tournaments. In this clip, my entire response is unrehearsed and often comes across as disjoined. Rambling. Less than stellar. Certainly not my best video. I would have junked it, if I didn’t promise delivery. Borrowing an album title from Van Morrison, here’s my “Inarticulate Speech of the Heart.”
But I did agree to post one final summation of my viewpoint in front of the camera, and so here it is.
All In Magazine (and website) recently released a quite moving tribute to the late poker pro Chad Brown, who passed away two months ago.
Someone sent the link to me yesterday, which shows a five-minute video with remembrances by many of Chad’s closest friends and associates. I must say, All In did a wonderful job on this. Interviews were done at the very first “Chad Brown Charity Poker Tournament.” The memorial ceremony and poker tourney was held at Binion’s Casino in July.
Kudos to Vanessa Rousso for all she did to make this event happen and for her boundless energy and brave face in what was certainly one of the most difficult times of her own life. I was also touched that so many people in the poker community turned out for the tribute, which merits looking back upon now. Hopefully, this event which raised money to fight the type of cancer that ended Chad’s life will become and annual event held each summer.
Here’s a link to the video at All In Magazine: CLICK HERE
Or, you may click the link below and watch:
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.
WARNING: The following essay is rated R. Reader discretion is strongly advised.
I was lucky as a kid.
My parents took me to movies that mattered. We attended and watched some really cool films, many of them with meaningful messages that often made us think. Sure, we went to movies sometimes purely for laughs and entertainment. But when decision time came as to which movie to go and see, my parents pretty much treated me like an adult for as long as I can remember.
Shortly after writing and posting my list of the best non-fiction poker narratives ever written, I made a lengthy video which expounded upon the reasons why various books were selected. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE
Unfortunately, the video was cut short, leaving many viewers to wonder why I selected Anthony Holden’s “Big Deal” in the top position.