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    Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Joe Ely, and the Cotton Club

    Elvis Presley was leaning a against his pink 1954 Cadillac in front of Lubbock, Texas’ historic Cotton Club. The small crowd were mesmerized by his great looks, cockiness, and charisma. He put on quite a show, doing nearly all the talking. Elvis bragged about his sexual conquests, using language you didn’t hear around women. He [...]

    EPT & WSOP LONDON – The beats go on

    There are hands, I am sure we can all agree, that make you wonder just what it is you have done to move the poker gods to quite such punitive wrath. One such saw my early exit from last week’s EPT London event at the ‘Vic’, which ended last night in £1 million victory for [...]

    Good night Monte Carlo

    “If you start me up, I’ll never stop” Ever wonder why Mick Jagger is still touring with Keith, Ronnie, and Charlie, dancing across stages around the world, and certainly stressing his 60+ year old bones? Remember, this guy is a legendary businessman – he probably has the money to buy W1 if he wanted to. [...]

    Schindler’s Lift

    “In Poland there’s an inn, in Poland there’s an inn” You get in the elevator (“lift” to the Brits) at the Warsaw Hyatt, and right there, engraved into the door jamb, is the name “Schindler”. I have a confession to make: I’ve never seen the movie Schindler’s List. Whenever I’ve seen a movie (or play) [...]

    What I’m wearing in Copenhagen

    “It was red and yellow and green and brown and blue” When we’re at a European Poker Tour  event, it’s all too easy to spend the entire time inside the hotel. Your room is there, the tournament is there, the restaurant(s) and bar are there. After the long (and odd) hours, you find yourself thinking that [...]

    The Circus is in Town

    “Send in the clowns” Sitting in the press room at the EPT Dortmund , looking out the huge windows at the rain coming down on the forest that surrounds us. The trees are late-January bare, and a Smokey Mountain mist hangs in the air. Who knows – Mount Mitchell could be right across the valley below us. [...]

    It’s snowin’ on Prague

    “It’s snowin’ on Raton. Come morning, I’ll be through them hills and gone.” Fresh back from the Prague EPT. Snowflakes fell on us as we were eating sausages with sauerkraut and mustard at the Christmas market in Wenceslas Square. With a scene like that, the poker was an added bonus. Truth to tell, the poker [...]

    Who came up with this dealing protocol?

    London rocks. The welcome party for the London EPT  was on a Thames cruise boat and former EPT champion Brandon Schaefer and I were discussing the town as we passed the Tower of London. Brandon shook his head in disbelief: “I’ve been to 35 countries and this is my first time in London. What was [...]

    Not without one or two beers!

    Lee McCreery of The News Of The World writes I’VE just returned from Barcelona. Turns out it’s a lovely city but this was no sightseeing holiday – I’d won a seat to the opening event of Season Four on the European Poker Tour. The prize came courtesy of PokerStars, who generously put up the $13,000 [...]

    Tapas from Barcelona

    No main courses today – just little dishes from the past few days of the European Poker Tour and rambling the streets of Barcelona. The Parrots of Barcelona Pass this plate to Lisa, John, Claudia, Michael, and Connie – the people in my life who most love parrots. In two separate parks today, I heard [...]