The Sands

I’m here at the “Full of Crepe,” finally having found some decent breakfast, more than a mile from my hotel at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  This isn’t the first amusing appellation on my trip out here.  The “Actia”- not to be confused with the painful social disease- transport[…]

ny detective

NY, part 3

“Loitering for Gambling” is the citation, handwritten and barely readable on the pink carbon copy.  It’s a shameful one, not for the gambling, but for the “loitering,” which is anything but what I was doing.  Or is it?  There are many other things to do on a bright day in the[…]

ny cuffs

NY, part 2

The reinforced door to the host’s apartment is being repeatedly struck and will soon be destroyed; small pieces of it fly into the hallway.  A hinge snaps.  The players are frozen by the unsettling combination of the loudness of the battering ram and the silence of the intruders behind it.[…]

i love ny

NY, part 1

Note: I’m staying again with a friend in Manhattan so I was inspired to write up something that happened during last year’s visit.************************** Without connections, it takes a bit of time to get into a private game in Manhattan.  There are endless Craigslist advertisements, but none of the hosts respond directly.  Maybe[…]

Treasure Island

Seven hundred big blinds in front of me, Q3o in the hole, six callers, getting lazy; something else is on my mind.  Sorry, it’s on me; can I cbet this monotone board?  Yes, apparently, as I watch my hands pushing chips. Chinese Eager Beaver next to me, raising his body[…]

Colossus freeroll

Colossus Freeroll

Thanks to Red Chip Poker I have bumped up my flight to Vegas from a flight accommodating a short family visit and a concurrent $1000 NL paper chase, to a free lotto ticket in the so-called Colossus reentry marathon beginning May 29.  The four starting flights of this inaugural tourney[…]