By Shari Geller
The television show Breaking Bad and its story of a milquetoast high school teacher’s transformation into a cold-blooded killer has become a cultural touchstone for a good segment of America. As the show wraps up its five-season run, many are looking at the main character’s arc in all its Shakespearean glory and ignominy. As with any great tragedy, there are lessons to be learned from the main character’s rise and fall, including some that can help you - not to build a meth empire, but to become a more successful poker player.
by Shari Geller
Tracing poker’s history, highlighting its rise from the Moneymaker effect to its stumble in the wake of Black Friday, “All In: The Poker Movie” is a must see documentary for any poker fan. Director, Douglas Tirola had a difficult duty, trying to tell a story that is still evolving. He traces this uniquely American pastime from its outlaw roots, through its mainstream acceptance to the current murky state. But what comes through is the love that poker players have for this maddening game, and how that will ultimately lead to a new poker boom.
by Roger Rodd
“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it” —Lou Holtz
If I would’ve bet my house on New England in Super Bowl 46, and if I could’ve chosen any NFL receiver playing today, only Larry Fitzgerald would’ve been my choice over Wes Welker, when Brady launched that pass. That’s an undisputed fact for three reasons:
My years and knowledge from playing wideout, I have never owned a house, and you’ve got to have crap in your head to bet on football games.
Welker shaved off his mustache after the game. At the post game interview he spoke faintly through eyes that clearly were welling with tears. That precipitates two more solid facts:
Welker is superstitious. In America, only a football player can cry and still be considered a man. Try crying to a few of your pals the next time your woman dumps you. They’ll be casting you for the lead in “Brokeback Mountain 2.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather during Poker Player’s Alaskan cruise. I spent three days prior to the cruise in Seattle and it was in the mid 60’s and sunny every day. I believe the residents of Seattle don’t want outsiders to know how nice it is so they say it rains all the time. We set sail on August 5 for Juneau, from there to Skagway, then to the Sawyer Glacier, and last was my favorite, Victoria, BC. What a beautiful city!
BELLAGIO CHIP THIEF ARRESTED
The down-on-his-luck son of a Las Vegas municipal judge was arrested February 2, alleged to be the motorcycle-riding robber who burst into the Bellagio, brandished a pistol, and fled with approximately $1.5 million in casino chips grabbed from a craps table. Anthony Corleo, 29, has been accused of armed robbery and is also a suspect in at least one other Las Vegas casino heist. Corleo, formerly of Pueblo, Colorado, declared bankruptcy in 2009 after running failed disk-jockey and limo-service businesses, and moved in with his father, George Assad, a controversial Las Vegas judge.
This year’s World Series of Poker broadcast on ESPN started strong, with ratings for the $50,000 Player’s Championship up 16% over last year’s numbers. Changes were made to the TV coverage of the WSOP Main Event with the airing of additional broadcasts and the inclusion of some graphics and poker terminology for the more knowledgeable fan (notating who was UTG, for example). Like the last two years, the final table was delayed for almost four months so that viewers could follow the Main Event and become invested in the outcome.
I've recently won a bunch of poker tournaments in a row-with the last prize being a six-figure sum. It's been a wild ride. Women are suddenly all over me. I haven't lost a game in I don't know how long, but I don't think I can keep this lucky streak up forever. What if my luck runs out?-Don't Know When To Fold 'Em
Dear Don't Know When To Fold 'Em:
The wheeling and dealing that takes place at a poker table typically involves only the cards being dealt. In this two-part series, we delve into the chance meeting of two recreational poker players who turned a chatty no-limit game at the Venetian into a multimillion dollar movie production deal.
Go to www.pokeplayernewspaper.com to view this and other "25 Year Ago" archive issues. Poker's first publication started here a quarter of a century ago and blazed a trail that many other publications followed. See this issue for yourself; learn the news of 25 years ago, and read winning advice and stories from some of the biggest names in poker.
Magic has always been a major part of the entertainment scene in Las Vegas and no-one has had more success than Lance Burton who is now in his thirteenth year performing at the Monte Carlo in a theater named for him. I saw his show the other night for the first time in more than a year, and though it was a weeknight, the place was packed and the show ended with a well-deserved standing O.
You would think that putting on a show almost nightly for more than 10 years would get a little tiring, a little stale, but Burton has been able to keep his show fresh and his enthusiasm high.