Return To Vegas

Return To Vegas

My brother-in-law, Stuart, and I had a tradition that went on for more than two decades — an annual trip to Las Vegas for a weekend of poker, betting on NFL games, and good meals. That streak was broken last year because of the pandemic, but we were itching to start...
My Poker Return

My Poker Return

A year ago, after not playing poker of any kind for six months, I accepted an invitation from a friend to play online in a single table sit-and-go. As I wrote afterwards in a piece called “Deal Me Out,” the experience confirmed I’d lost interest in...
Poker Confusion

Poker Confusion

There is a high stakes poker match going on this month between two of the bigger names in the game, Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk. I stopped paying attention to poker news many years ago, so I’m not sure why they were feuding or what the challenge is, but...
Movie Review: “7 Days To Vegas”

Movie Review: “7 Days To Vegas”

When I was at the Commerce Casino to play poker last February, I noticed a poster in the lobby for a movie called “7 Days To Vegas.” I recognized the guy in the photo as Vince Van Patten, co-host of the World Poker Tour broadcasts. I hadn’t heard a...
Mike Sexton, “Life’s A Gamble”

Mike Sexton, “Life’s A Gamble”

I’m saddened to hear of the death last night of Mike Sexton, who is in the Poker Hall Of Fame for his decades as the game’s ambassador, longtime play-by-play man for the World Poker Tour, and CEO of the online poker site Party Poker. He was two weeks short...
Deal Me Out

Deal Me Out

I did something Friday night that I haven’t done in a very long time: played poker. It had been six months since I’d been in a game, and that was in a casino. This was online, where I haven’t played a hand in almost a decade. An acquaintance texted...