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July 9, 2013

Let me begin by catching up a little on the past few months  As far as
the important things like Health and Happiness, all has been just fine.  
My wife Debbie and I had a very enjoyable four-day vacation to San
Diego the last few days in May.  We were able to play four par-three
golf courses, one for every day we were there.   We also got to have
some great food as we stayed within a block of Old Town.   San Diego is
a great town for food, Little Italy and the Gaslight district were some of
our stops.  We also went aboard the USS Midway, a retired aircraft
carrier from several wars starting with WWll.

As far as Poker goes, the only tournament that I went to, which is now  
my current favorite, was the Atlantis Casino is Reno.  The main reason it
is my favorite can be pretty much summed up by saying Mike Gainey is
the Poker Room manager there.  Mike is the one of the classiest guys
you would ever want to meet.   I would support him wherever he works
because he is great at running poker places and the greatest with the

My results for the tournament were okay -- I broke even almost to the
penny.   I cashed two times.  The first cash was in a survivor
tournament which means when you get to the last table all the players
receive the same pay out and the tournament is over.  So with a buy-in
of $125, the payout for that first cash was only $837.  The good part
about that type of tournament is that all the payee's get credit for first
place in the stats.  Doesn't seem quite fair, but it makes up for the 4 or
5 tournaments which I never got credited for.

The second cash was for a 8th place in a $540 buy-in tournament and it
was for $1,426.  So when all was said and done, my results were a
wash in the tournaments.  Luckily, my cash game results were good.

I spent the entire month of June in Las Vegas for the World Series of
Poker and other smaller tournaments.  I ended up playing 5 WSOP
tournaments with two close calls, one being a 260th finish when  they
paid  243 players.  The other close call, I made it within a half-hour of
finishing the first day of the Seven Stud 8 or better tournament.

I did manage three cashes in smaller $200 and $300 buy-in
tournaments at the Venetian, Wynn and Golden Nugget Casinos.

Because of the scant news for this blog I would like to feature an article
that was written about me on my trip to the Atlantis in Reno.  The
author, Diana Cox, a writer for the CardPlayer Magazine did, I think, a
marvelous job.

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