Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas’

Coincidence: On my tour of the popular culture of 2012, my trip to Las Vegas and Yann Martel

December 23, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Dec. 23, 2014

Lately, entirely by coincidence, I’ve been reading and reviewing book and movies from 2012: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Nick Harkaway’s Angelmaker, Ben Affleck’s Argo, Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night and (back in September) Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Now, entirely by coincidence, this week, I’ll have two blog posts connected to Canadian novelist Yann Martel.

Why? Coincidence.

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Bad beat stories! Get your not-so-fresh bad beat stories!

November 14, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Nov. 14, 2014

Gather round the virtual campfire, kiddies! It’s time for Uncle Matthew to tell a few more bad beat stories from the poker table!

These stories are a little bit different, however. On Thursday, I flew out to Las Vegas to participate in Open 19, one of the twice-yearly national championship events staged by World Tavern Poker. That’s right: Your not-so-humble correspondent ponied up real money to play for, well real money.

So these were very different circumstances than the typical World Tavern Poker tournaments in which I usually participate. This wasn’t me playing some mostly familiar faces in a familiar local bar, with no money at risk and no potential rewards on the line other than the self-esteem and league points that come with a good showing. I paid for a plane flight and a hotel room, and I was paying tournament registration fees. I was sitting in an honest-to-goodness casino with professional dealers, and I was facing dozens of mostly unfamiliar faces from all over the nation.

Open 19’s first event was the “Early Strikers” tournament at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. I signed up with some reservations. On the one hand, my body was sore from traveling, and my head was a bit stuffy. On the other hand, I was in Las Vegas, and how else was I planning on spending my Friday night?

I won a modest pot or two early and felt comfortable with the proceedings. Then trouble struck.

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The blog post that should have been: My digital sob story

November 12, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Nov. 12, 2014

I woke up very early Sunday morning and, because I realized I wasn’t going to fall back asleep, went to the Starbucks in the hotel where I’m staying in Las Vegas. (The structure actually has three separate Starbucks branches — that I know of — that can be patronized without setting foot out of doors.)

After fruitlessly struggling for a while to connect with any of the nearby wireless networks, I gave up and decided to do something that I hadn’t tried since sometime in 2013: Draft a blog post on my computer.

An hour or so later, I had all but finished a post, but my computer was running out of power. I wandered over to a nearby hotel (again, without seeing the actual sky — although there were artificial ones) and settled down at a spot in the lobby where I could plug in my MacBook Pro, a 13-incher that I acquired in August 2009.

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