Monday, November 07, 2005

The Next Big Adventure is On!

The announcement of my next big jump into the poker world is here. On Thursday I am traveling back to Binions in Downtown Las Vegas to photograph and participate in Tilt Zero Poker’s “Fear and Tilting.” The trip will feature a VIP party with Doyle Brunson and a poker tournament with Johnny Chan. This reads like a poker player’s trip to heaven or poker fantasy camp.

This is all a result of my trip to cover the Doyle Brunson North America Championship and the Fiesta al Lago at the Bellagio last month (see blog entries below). That is where I met Monster. This guy and his assistant Chris are working their butts off to make Tilt Zero and their new magazine a big-time hit. When someone works this hard and it loyal to his people then that is a great place to get involved so long as you are willing to work just as hard.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am so appreciative to guys at www.lasvegasvegas.com for giving me the opportunity to get involved and for treating me so well. Flipchipro, Dr. Pauly, and the Poker Prof are terrific folks and you should read their site daily (and twice on Sunday).

This takes me back to how I met Flipchipro and the Prof. I refer to it as the “Tobey Maguire Incident”. It was Fiesta al Lago III on October 2004. I was hanging around the tournament poker area at the Bellagio, looking for the faces that I had seen on the WTP and WSOP broadcasts. I saw Eric Sidel, Kathy Lebert, and Men The Master among others. I saw some people taking pictures so I, of course, joined in.

Then a voice on the PA started announcing the players for the final table of the previous day’s event. Among the names was Tobey Maguire. This was Tobey’s first big final table and he drew a good crowd. I wandered over and started taking some shots as did a white-haired gentleman to my left. I noticed that this other fellow had a nice Nikon camera setup.

Next thing I know, Tobey is chatting with the security guard and then the guard starts heading our way. He was polite but firm in his request for us to stop taking pictures of “Mr. Maguire.” My older friend protested that he had permission from Bellagio management to which the guard offered (threatened) to have that reconsidered.. At that point, we both agreed that we would take no more pictures of “Mr. Maguire.” Geeez.. That was my second run-in with a celebrity that month, but “The Cameron Diaz Incident” or “Hayden Valley Glee Club” is another story for another time.

From there I learned that my partner in crime was Flipchipro from LVV. He then introduced the Poker Prof and professional poker player Charlie Shoten. With that I was started down a road that continues to run in the right direction.

So if you happen to be in Vegas this weekend, stop by Binions and look for the guy with a mustache, goatee, and camera and say hi.

17 comments:

Diego Quadros said...

Thanks, Buddy!

I'm gonna do the same for you from time to time...

You're right, we must support each other.

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Chris said...

We can't wait to see you bud, it's gonna be one hell of a weekend! Have a safe flight out here = )

ChrisWoznitza said...

Hi I´m Chris. Greatings from Germany Bottrop !!

Jeff Pioquinto,SJ said...

nice article. nice blog too. thanks

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. K, You are changing yours blog's design very efficiently. I am very much interested in that. I am trying to change my blog's look as you did for yours, but I could not. Can you tell me the way you guys play with blog design.
please

Special K said...

Sure. If you understand a little HTML, changing the page design is easy. Just log on to blogger and click on the name of the blog that you want to edit. Then click on the Template tab near the top of the screen. You will see the HTML code for your page in the window.

You can edit the code freehand or drop in code supplied by other sites. I have used code from Google, Doyle’s Room, and others. That is where most of the icons in the sidebar came from. I've been concentrating on the Sidebar portion of this blog and I think I have it where I want it.

I would recommend that you save a copy of the template to notepad before you begin. That way you can always get back to where you started.

Good luck and thanks for clicking on some Google ads.

357martini said...

Love yer cereal dude...its the best

ChrisWoznitza said...

Hi I´m Chris. Greatings from Germany Bottrop !!

K~ said...

Well this is amazing I can't get away from the poker thing. I am a novice, but my sweet husband turned me on to the texas hold'em. I was just taking a break to blog and found yours. I hope your Father in Law gets well soon and that he has a pleasant road to recovery! I will be checking back often keep up the great info and stories! I am pretty amazed 'cause I know who that Chan guy is.....I have been watching him on t.v. o.k. I admit I am addicted. K.C.

Shannon said...

Poker is a great game to play....but must I admit to only ever having played it with biscuits????? I did thrash the other players, just we bet with biscuits... :-P

The Quilted Elf

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Gary Freedman said...

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October 3, 2005
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The Honorable Kenneth Wainstein
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Dear Mr. Wainstein:

The full text of my autobiography titled "Significant Moments" can be accessed on the web at http://signmomentsone.blogspot.com. The manuscript is unusual in structure, and is written entirely in the form of quotations from published material. I spent about ten years writing the document, from the spring of 1993 to about the year 2004.

From June 1988 to October 1991 I was employed at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, two of whose executive managers are Robert S. Strauss, Esq. and Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq. Dennis M. Race, Esq. of Akin Gump designated himself the contact person regarding questions about my employment (202 887 4028).

From 1992 to 1996 I was an outpatient at the Department of Psychiatry of the George Washington University Medical Center, which at that time was chaired by Jerry M. Wiener, M.D. (now deceased). Dr. Wiener served in 1994-1995 as President of the American Psychiatric Association. He had earlier served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Coincidentally, Dr. Wiener was Jewish and a native of Texas, like Robert S. Strauss (who serves as a trustee of GW's Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine). Robert S. Strauss has an interest in biomedical issues and endowed a chair in neurology at the University of Texas Medical School. Both Mr. Strauss and Dr. Wiener were graduates of the University of Texas.

I believe (without proof) that senior Akin Gump managers surreptitiously (and unlawfully) obtained draft versions of my autobiography which I submitted to my psychiatrists at GW. I further believe that Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq. transmitted the draft versions to his close friend and confidant, former President William Jefferson Clinton or Hillary Rodham Clinton. If you recall, in the mid-1990s, Mrs. Clinton chaired an ill-fated national health care reform initiative that considered benefits for mental health treatment.

I understand that the willful fabrication of delusional symptoms to bolster a Social Security disability mental health claim would constitute a prosecutable act of criminal fraud.


Sincerely,


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cc: Eugene Lambert, Esq., trustee, GW
David Kendall, Esq.



January 5, 2005
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Apartment 136
Washington, DC 20008

U.S. Secret Service
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Building 410
Washington, DC 20223

Dear Sir:

This will advise the U.S. Secret Service that I have been the victim of an ongoing fraud and racketeering conspiracy run by attorney managers of the Washington, DC law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld: a criminal enterprise that has involved The George Washington University Medical Center Medical Faculty Associates, The District of Columbia Public Library (Richard Jackson, Interim Director), as well as several high-level federal officials including former President William Jefferson Clinton, former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, and former Treasury General Counsel, Edward S. Knight, Esq.

The Government of the District of Columbia (Office of The Corporation Counsel) determined (in 1997) that I formed a genuine and good-faith belief (though unsupported by fact) that in January 1990 members of the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld (a class of persons that included Edward S. Knight, Esq.) gained unlawful entry to my apartment (at the above address), and that the unlawful entry was made with the knowledge and consent of the firm's management committee (a class of persons that includes Robert S. Strauss, Esq. and Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq.). Freedman v. D.C. Dept. of Human Rights, 96-CV-961 (DCCA, Sept. 1998), Brief of Appellee District of Columbia at 9. The firm did not dispute the District's determination or its legal or factual relevance.

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq. is a close personal friend of former President Clinton's.

Secret Service Special Agent Philip C. Leadroot (now retired) is familiar with this matter.

Enclosed is a collection of pertinent documents.


Sincerely,


Gary Freedman

09 November, 2005

Dr. Pauly said...

Congrats!!!!!!!

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