I got an e-mail the other day asking me if George Carlin was worth going to see, as the writer had heard he's "not that funny anymore, just angry." My answer was, "Yes, he is worth seeing, just as he was 40, 30, 20, 10 years ago. He still is very funny, and yes, he is angry, but when hasn't he been?"
For as long as I can remember, and I can go back to his early days on stage, Carlin has always been railing against the injustices and craziness in the world and our society. He makes no apologies for his views, and I'm sure he won't when he appears August 11-24 at the Stardust in Las Vegas.
Santa Ana Star Casino in New Mexico offers six tables of live poker action open daily. Besides an end of the month tournament, they offer several good daily and weekly tournaments such as the Sunday Poker Tournaments, held every Sunday beginning at 5:00 p.m. Play 2 hours anytime between noon and 5:00 p.m. on the day of the tournaments and receive $500 extra chip-play. Play 2 hours after the tournament and receive $500 extra chips for following week. The game is No-Limit Texas Hold-'Em.
[Editor's Note: This story is an adaptation of interviews and material that are part of Ms. Eolis' forthcoming book, Power Poker Dame By Wendeen H. Eolis]
Having rolled over 1200 plus players on day one at the 2005 finale of the World Series of Poker, I was one of the estimated 1850 remaining contestants in the competition that boasted 5619 participants at the starting gate, in three separate day one flights. My exuberance, however, was short-lived.
Move over Phil Hellmuth, Jr.!
Here it is again, summertime promises. Namely, summertime promises because during the warm summer months there is too much to choose from to do. Additionally, with the weather here in Southern California-so nice during summer-it is the envy of many locations that lack the creative resources to compete. Just jump on any freeway going west and run right into a beach pool of water. Start your trek going north there's Hollywood, Ca. the place where dreams are both realized and forgotten.
How dramatically we can change our results is largely a function of imagination. In 1960, it was a technological impossibility for man to travel into outer space. Within ten years, however, the first man stepped out onto the surface of the moon.
Frank Meoni was born in 1951 in Yonkers, New York. At the tender age of 16 Frank's father retired and moved the family to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, After Frank graduated high school he enrolled in a junior college and after his first year he tested for several fire departments. He was hired by Hialeah Fire Department and retired after 20 years of service.
Despite the intense heat wave in Las Vegas, Flipchip and I headed back to the Bellagio poker room to cover the second part of the final table for the Bellagio Challenge Cup. 97 players bought in on Monday for $10K and the event featured some of the best players in the world including T.J. Cloutier, Erik Seidel, Scotty Nguyen, Allen Cunningham, Cyndy Violette, and John Juanda.
We happily returned to the poker room at the Bellagio to cover the final table of the $10K buy in Bellagio Challenge Cup. On Monday, 97 players started with $20K in chips. Action on Wednesday resumed at Noon with the final nine players. Everyone at the final table made the prize money. Also at stake was the infamous Challenge Cup and a $25K seat in the 2006 WPT Championships that will be held at the Bellagio next Spring. 2005 WSOP bracelet winner Quinn Do ended Day 2 as the chip leader.
Here's the final table participants including chipcounts:
This 4th of July be proud you're an American Poker Player. After all, we invented the game. Poker is more American than baseball or apple pie. Poker developed with the new nation and is a part of our heritage and culture. As such, it reflects much of the American character and personality.
There may be a $25,000 heads up challenge in Vegas for the elite, or the lure of another rematch between Andy Beal and "The Firm". But the World Heads Up Championship, a €2,000 no limit hold'em affair sponsored this year by PartyPoker. com, takes place in Barcelona (and formerly Vienna) as all European circuit players know, and over the years has played host to many of the biggest American names as well as all of the European ones.