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Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog, Video 1, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

All-In Magazine’s Moving Video Tribute to the Late Chad Brown




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:


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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




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

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 Aug 6, 2014 in Blog, Movie Reviews, Talking Points | 6 comments

A Profanity-Filled Video Rant About Awful Summer Movies




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.

Want proof?

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Blog, Book Reviews, General Poker, Video 1 | 0 comments

More on Anthony Holden’s “Big Deal” (Video)




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.

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, World Series of Poker | 0 comments

WSOP’s Daily Show “What’s the Deal?” Debuts Today




Starting today, will feature a new daily show called “What’s the Deal?”

So, here’s the deal.

Jessica Welman, editor-in-chief at (a.k.a. “the Tina Fey of poker) joins me on the ESPN Main Stage where we look at what happened yesterday, what’s ahead for today, and what’s going on here at the 2014 World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas.

The show will air daily just prior to the start of each live-streaming final table.  Look for today’s program to start sometime between 2:00 and 2:15 pm PST.

Check out the show here at LIVE STREAMING VIDEO.

To be advised to latest updates and show times, sign on to Twitter and follow:  @wsop   @jesswelman   @nolandalla


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