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together

Together

I’ve been playing poker a long time – too long. While life events took me off the path of guns and glory, greatness and bracelets, when I do stray outside…

honeymoon with gargamel

Honeymoon with Gargamel

<img data-attachment-id="3180" data-permalink="https://persuadeo.nl/gargamel-superhero-call/gargamel-victorious/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/persuadeo.nl/wp-content/uploads/gargamel-victorious.jpg?fit=200%2C250&ssl=1" data-orig-size="200,250" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="gargamel victorious" data-image-description data-image-caption=" Your correspondent. ” data-medium-file=”https://i0.wp.com/persuadeo.nl/wp-content/uploads/gargamel-victorious.jpg?fit=200%2C250&ssl=1″ data-large-file=”https://i0.wp.com/persuadeo.nl/wp-content/uploads/gargamel-victorious.jpg?fit=200%2C250&ssl=1″ class=”wp-image-3180″ src=”https://i0.wp.com/persuadeo.nl/wp-content/uploads/gargamel-victorious.jpg?resize=125%2C156″ alt width=”125″ height=”156″ data-recalc-dims=”1″>Your humble correspondent. I recently returned from an Australia/New…

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Vegas Matinée

Up, high among the shadowy beams of the ceiling or an unclear memory, I see or imagine a fan spinning so deliberately that I’d be wiser to say it was…

the spirit of solve for why conclusion

The Spirit of Solve For Why, Conclusion

The participants and assorted hangers-on, including your shady blogging servant, were listening. Christian Soto, cash game expert and tournament debauch, was wedged into one end of the living room sofa,…

the spirit of solve for why part ii

The Spirit of Solve For Why, Part II

I grabbed the keys from Steve: time for hospital. Downstairs, Jason was suffering. Earlier that morning, he had identified a ring of pain around his lower abdomen. I instinctively felt…

the spirit of solve for why part i

The Spirit of Solve For Why, Part I

Matt Berkey is a sinewy man with a lean, slightly bulbous skull, shaven to the uneven surface his pock marked and rough face allows. His mouth, lined with a strong…

the void and the man conclusion

The Void and the Man, Conclusion

The screenwriters are gone. I’m alone at a long metal table in a back room of a café with my laptop.  The meeting had in fact been successful, but it…

the void and the man part ii

The Void and the Man, Part II

It’s all old men today. I hustle past one on the sidewalk, but ahead, another totters over his cane. When I sit down at a café next to the biotech…

the void and the man part i

The Void and the Man, Part I

I limp behind. Isolating, never mind opening, like cbetting, is overrated these days. No one folds. Everyone loves you splashing it in there, trying to define your hand, hoping something…

borgata fall poker open

Borgata Fall Poker Open

Instead of my usual self-assignment of the trials and tribulations of the low stakes cash grinder, for the next two weeks I will be covering the Borgata Fall Poker Open. I arrived…