Closing The Strip

Closing The Strip

Recently, Tick Segerblom, a county commissioner in Las Vegas (whose name I couldn’t have made up if I’d tried) tweeted that Clark County should consider closing The Strip to vehicle traffic permanently to allow visitors to walk freely between properties....
Vegas Encore

Vegas Encore

I spent last weekend in Las Vegas, staying and playing at the Encore, where the poker games are just as good as at Bellagio and Aria, but the tables aren’t as crammed together, so it’s more comfortable. Plus, next to the poker room, there’s a Chinese...
Movie Moment At The Poker Table

Movie Moment At The Poker Table

Not long ago, I was playing poker in Florida when the guy sitting next to me — who looked to be in his mid-to-late-thirties — asked where I was from. I said St. Louis, then asked him the same question. He answered, “New York.” I said,...
Poker Pet Peeve

Poker Pet Peeve

I played poker in a casino for the first time in a while the other night and encountered one of my pet peeves: a player who made large bets by picking up a bunch of chips, arranging them in a stack behind his cards, then dropping them past the betting line into a...
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...