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Dwans bracelett side action
Hey D, hope you are well also. Not much poker lately, pretty much just the WSOP. I'm doing some writing again at , and I'm actually tweeting! What's it coming to'
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Blair Rodman
Jun 9th, 2010
Dwans bracelett side action
I think the right number is about 8-9 million.
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Blair Rodman
Jun 8th, 2010
It's World Series Time!
Thx. What you and everybody who populates this board can do is join the WPA. Help us help you as poker players to stand up and be heard.
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Blair Rodman
May 31st, 2008
It's World Series Time!
My intention wasn't to disparage the PPA. I'm sure there are many dedicated and hard working people involved in the fight against the UIGEA, and it's a fight that needs fighting. My point is that the focus of the PPA and the WPA are quite different. What's frustrating is that many players think they are similar and that it isn't necessary to support both organizations. There are many issues, such as ethics, rules and procedures, revenue sharing and the basic problem that players are too often not treated with the respect that they deserve that aren't the province of ...
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Blair Rodman
May 28th, 2008
It's World Series Time!
The WSOP is upon us again. We’ll see what Harrah’s has in store for us this year. On a good note, I was able to sign up at the main cage at the Rio last week for the early events. This can save a lot of hassle for those who are able to get down there before the crush. Hopefully the rest of the cage and signup logistics throughout the WSOP will also be improved. As par for the course, Harrah’s gives a little and take a little. Last year they had a really cool player’s lounge. Membership required a $1000 donation to the Nevada Cancer Institute. At the time I joined I asked for ...
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Blair Rodman
May 28th, 2008
ESPN, Harrah's, Milwaukee's Best, Give the WSOP what it deserves!
You have the right idea, but the wrong vehicle. The PPA is dedicated to keeping poker legal. It has the support of the card rooms, both live and online, and therefore a large budget by which they have been able to sign up an amazing number of members. However, the PPA’s interests don’t include acting as a collective voice for poker players to air their concerns. Go to their site: and read their mission statement. Nowhere does it mention the ethics of the game and the concern that players be treated fairly by the card rooms. The card rooms and the PPA have done an incredibly good job of ...
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Blair Rodman
May 4th, 2008
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ERIC MOLINA?
He was at my table in the PLO at Wynn. He said very little.
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Blair Rodman
Mar 16th, 2008
ONE of the funniest old posts IMO
This is one of the sickest threads ever. Also one of the funniest.
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Blair Rodman
Apr 22nd, 2007
Golf Gambling--Is Phil Ivey a Cheat?
I never said anything is fair game. That’s silly. I also never said there’s no morality, respect or honor. My point is that there are certain codes of conduct that are unique to each arena. There are many things that are definitely against the golf-gambling code, not paying being one of them.
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Blair Rodman
Feb 1st, 2007
L.A Story--gamblers on the loose in Tinseltown
Good luck today P5'ers. I'll be rooting for you from the control room.
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Blair Rodman
Oct 27th, 2005
Golf Gambling--Is Phil Ivey a Cheat?
The point of all this is that there are at least 3 different golf arenas: 1) The professional or scratch arena where there are no handicaps and all the rules and traditions of golf apply. 2) The world of handicap golf. This encompasses sanctioned amateur tournaments, private amateur tournaments, and friendly wagering among golfers who keep handicaps and use them as a basis for making wagers. Sandbagging, or lying about handicaps, is considered cheating in this arena. However, it is a far too common practice, especially in certain parts of the U.S, notably Palm Springs, Dallas and ...
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Blair Rodman
Jan 31st, 2007
L.A Story--gamblers on the loose in Tinseltown
If you want to be a gambler, you've got to be prepared.
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Blair Rodman
Oct 26th, 2005
View from Costa Rica
The Peace Lodge is awesome.
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Blair Rodman
Feb 12th, 2007
World Series of Golf
In early 2006 I met a guy at my country club, Canyon Gate in Las Vegas, named Ken Maul. He knew I was a poker player and told me of a concept he and another member named John Slitz had been working on combining golf and poker, which they had named the World Series of Golf. I’ve heard a lot of far-fetched ideas as to how to package golf and gambling in a way that would appeal to gamblers and the viewing public that didn’t fly, so I was a bit skeptical. The next time I saw Ken we played a few holes with Terry Leiweke, of the sports savvy Leiweke brothers, whom they had brought on ...
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Blair Rodman
Mar 28th, 2007
Golf Gambling--Is Phil Ivey a Cheat?
I hope I'm not highjacking a thread here, but I don't see anythuing about this and I thought it was interesting. There have been some long threads on other forums about a golf match with Phil Ivey winning a lot of money from Ram Vaswani, Eric (Eric 123) Sagstrom and Marc Goodwin. Here a post from 2+2: Heard the following the other day from a friend of Ram Vaswani, who plays golf regularly with Phil Ivey in Vegas: Marc Goodwin, a very self-regarding semi-successful tournament player (and ex double-glazing salesman) plays off scratch (zero handicap) and has been very boastful of his ...
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Blair Rodman
Jan 30th, 2007
World Series of Golf
Quick note on the WSOG. I’ll write an in-depth report later in the week. I played my heart out but didn’t win my first round, eliminating me from the event. Rhett Butler, who took 5th at the WSOP ME final table last year, came from way back to beat Matt Othick, who basketball fans might remember as the starting point guard at Arizona from 89-92. Matt kills the ball, bet aggressively and made it hard on the rest of our foursome. On the par three 17th, I had a chance to triple up and get back in it after Matt and Rhett had hit bad shots, but I missed the green also. Rhett made an ...
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Blair Rodman
May 15th, 2007
L.A Story--gamblers on the loose in Tinseltown
LA Story—gamblers on the loose in Tinseltown I’m in Hollywood for a week-long shooting of the Ultimate Blackjack Tour, which will debut on TV sometime next summer. Here for the shoot are many of the world’s best blackjack, blackjack tournament, and poker players. After the first day’s shoot, UBT founder, 94 WSOP champ Russ Hamilton, took everyone, about 40 people, out to a late dinner at a restaurant on La Cieniga Bldv in Beverly Hills. During the course of dinner the topic turned to---gambling! Wagers were being proposed, negotiated and made at a rapid pace. At about 2 in the ...
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Blair Rodman
Oct 26th, 2005
Aruba Poker Classic 2006
I've been to Aruba every year that UB has had the event, as well as many times in the 80's and 90's for other tournaments. It's one of the nicest islands I've ever been to, and the people are as friendly as almost anywhere. What happened to the girl was a shame, but the people on the island did all they could and feel terribly about it. They may have been unprepared to handle such a situation, because things of that nature happen so rarly there. I talked to a cabbie on the way to the airport who told us how almost all the cabbies spent the whole night of her disappearance helping to search ...
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Blair Rodman
Jan 20th, 2006
Blair Rodman...
Thanks. Nice to hear somebody read my updates on the WSOP. I did it for 2004 and 2005. They can be accessed at or by going to , which is now a forum, but will soon be a full-fledged website. I was pretty hard on Harrah's management this year. I would appreciate any feedback from members here.
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Blair Rodman
Oct 15th, 2005
what was Matusow talking about
"what is the difference between the PPA and WPA'" The PPA is concerned with the legalization of poker. They have nothing to do with player's rights. The WPA is working to help players get a fair shake, both in the way tournaments are run and in procuring a share of the revenues being generated by their efforts. I don't care who mandated the sequestering of the players, I want to know what the players got out of the revenues generated. Eric, can you answer that'
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Blair Rodman
Jun 12th, 2007
Hachem Tip Amount
Harrah's executives, in fact all corporate poker executives, have to be sitting back rubbing thier hands with glee. Things couldn't be working out better. First, they charge higher and higher juice on events, and players just keep on coming. Then they get all this TV and advertising money, and don't have to share any of it with anyone. They pay their dealers minimum wage, and expect the players to pay the difference between that a decent wage for them, too. Then some genius comes up with the idea of grabbing another 3% for a forced toke for the employees. Lots of money, and the people giving ...
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Blair Rodman
Nov 9th, 2005
Harrah's lied
They can do anything they like, as long as they spell it out up front. How would you like it if you paid x dollars to enter a tournament, with an expectation that the prize money would be distributed as spelled out, and then they decided halfway throught to take another 5% out to give to Phil Hellmuth, because he's a nine time champ. Would that be ok'
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Blair Rodman
Nov 6th, 2005
WPT Celebrity Invitational Final Table
I have a great memory. Or a voice recorder. I can't remember which.
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Blair Rodman
Mar 5th, 2006
WSOP $50,000 Buy in
I don't hate it. It's been great for all of us. However, ratings are starting to drop. Even the WSOP viewership was down a lot in 2005, and ESPN is cutting their coverage hours accordingly. I think one reason is that TV insists on dumbing it down. There are a lot of people out there who want to actually see some poker, rather than a bunch of all-ins and the accompanying histrionics. This is the one chance to show the best players in the world playing the games they actually play day in and day out, and let people know that there is a big world of poker beyond no-limit. No-limit is a beast ...
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Blair Rodman
Mar 15th, 2006
KrazyKanuck looking to repeat in San Diego
Kick some ass, KK.
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Blair Rodman
Mar 6th, 2006
what was Matusow talking about
Exactly correct. I don't blame them. In fact, for them to fail to do so would a negligent to their stackholders. I blame us for not taking steps to get our share.
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Blair Rodman
Jun 11th, 2007
Boycott of WPT?
I was talking to Jesse Jones during the seniors tournament the other day. He's putting together a player's association that might be what we need. It had been tried before, but the organizers were trying to make a profit. This is going to be entirely non-profit, with inexpensive dues (in the $35-50 range). Jesse has been around for a long time, and I view him as dedicated and trustworthy. A board of directors will be elected from among the membership. I'm excited about this and want to get involved. I'll keep this board up to date on the progress.
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Blair Rodman
Dec 11th, 2005
Can someone explain the Kill Phil theory to me?
Amazon keeps running out of them. The best place to buy it is from the publisher . Thy this /
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Blair Rodman
Dec 4th, 2005
$50K HORSE WSOP event news
BTW, at the 5k HOSE event at Caesar's the other day, the players voted to keep it HOSE at the final table, instead of going to no-limit, as planned.
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Blair Rodman
May 5th, 2006