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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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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Video 1 | 0 comments

Rare Video Footage from the American Gaming Association (Chow Chow Chow)



The American Gaming Association (AGA), a Washington-based trade group and lobbying organization supposedly created to advance the interests of the casino industry, has suddenly reversed themselves.

Yesterday, the AGA decided to withdraw their support for legalized and regulated online gambling and poker in the United States.  This bizarre decision comes following a persistent if unproductive period of supporting legislation supported by the majority of its members.  READ EARL BURTON’S ARTICLE AT POCKET FIVES HERE

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Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

The Story Behind ESPN’s Documentary of “One of a Kind” (Stu Ungar’s Biography)




One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey ‘the Kid’ Ungar was released nine years ago this week, in May of 2005.

As a first-time author, finishing that book provided relief more than any sense of personal accomplishment.  To this day, I’d like to go back and re-do the entire process all over again.  I’d be especially eager to repeat my one-on-one interviews with Stuey, if that were possible.  I just think they could have been done better.

Not that I have regrets about how the biography turned out.  But had it not been for my former agents at Venture Literary, Greg Dinkin and Frank R. Scatoni, and most certainly had Peter Alson not ridden to the rescue (who deserves a lot more credit on this project than he’s been given), the dusty manuscript of that would-be book might still be sitting on my desk somewhere, buried along with countless other unfinished masterpieces.

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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 Jan 21, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

They Don’t Build Cars Like They Used To — They Build Them Better




How often do we hear the following….“they don’t build things like they used to?”

I suppose there’s truth to some older things having more style.  It’s hard to top the fashions and fads from many years ago.

But the fact is, just about everything made today is now better and safer than it used to be.  Especially cars, thanks in no small measure to consumer activist Ralph Nader, the pioneer for American automobile safety.

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