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Vinny the GrinderBy The Grinder

On the one hand we have the 80-year-old Texan, “Dolly” Doyle Brunson, still going strong playing poker full time, putting young internet whiz kids in their place every now and then. On the other hand, we have an 80-year-old casino business mogul, Sheldon Adelson, trying to exterminate internet poker in an effort to keep the live casino business alive.

While they are similar in that both possess a world of class and experience, the main difference is, Doyle, though not a big fan of internet poker players, isn’t really against internet gambling, while Adelson strongly is. Who is Sheldon Adelson? He is the big boss of casino gambling. He reminds me of Ace Rothstein from the movie “Casino.” He is the Chairman/CEO of the Venetian. The Venetian was built on the  hallowed ground where the Sands once stood and where the Rat Pack partied hard in Vegas in the good ol’ days.

Adelson boasts more than six decades of running a successful casino business, and he swears that internet gambling will ruin everything with so much conviction that you might believe he has a point. He believes that with this infinite surge in social utility-based games, and integration of online technology, internet gambling, if legalized today, will make live gambling way different than what it was years ago, and it will witness a quick plummet in participation.

As Black Friday approaches its third anniversary on April 15th, today’s legalization heads-up battle is between the coalition to kill internet gambling funded by Adelson’s Venetian & Sands; and the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection funded by MGM and Caesars. So as you can see the Vegas hairpiece is parted midway, and the vendetta is between muscle and logic, as it has always been. The truth is Adelson is  like the Vegas Oldies Don Rickles, Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Sheldon Adelson is a national treasure, but as much as I salute him for his conviction and belief in the live gambling business, I would still want to support Internet Gambling, for the simple reason – if the rest of the world’s doing it, why not the USA? Why should we pay the price for the goof-ups of a few Ponzi scammers?Online Computer Gambling Poker Table

If talentless kids from the rest of the world stand a chance to pile up a fortune clicking mice all day on twenty virtual poker tables, then so should we. It’s plain and simple. I will update you about the Vegas heads-up vendetta in future blogs.


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Vinny The GrinderBy The Grinder

Poker isn’t a game for nice guys. Sure, there are nice guys in the game, but they don’t come without a shady spot or two. Then, of course, you have the real bad ones. Of course, they have good sides to them. This sounds much like a Poker Yin-Yang, doesn’t it? Given a choice though, don’t we all love the bad guys in poker, and at times want to be like them? I mean the real hardcore gangster material, who have been poster boys of this vice.

Jack Binion River RatsLook at Benny Binion, for example. He stole, murdered, moonshined, and pedalled his way to making the rich man’s dream come alive, and yet the world loves Benny. His glory days at the good old Glitter Gulch will always be full of interesting stories you could hear at the poker table. One could also relate him to the likes of Amarillo Slim, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, Jack Binion, and Puggy Pearson. Most of these guys didn’t have a history of crime like Benny did. But who would want to mess with this group? Would you really want to pick a fight with a guy who has at least a hundred poker stories ending with some guy shooting another guy over a silly hand? I’m pretty sure this cigar-chewing, fire-breathing mischief of river rats would put Alex DeLarge or Norman Bates to shame if they were to be messed with. Not to mention, they were fire-breathing aggressive poker dragons at the table as it is. I call them the River Rat Pack. This group totally reminds me of the other kind of rats —The real Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.

Frank Sinatra and the Rat PackThough to a lesser extent, Frank was just like Benny. A good man not to be messed with. Aside from being gifted entertainers, Frank and his boys were party freaks—showstoppers—who were the lifeline of Vegas nightlife, when Vegas mattered. This was back in the day, and I’m pretty darned sure you know who they are. If you don’t, I suggest you take time off, and read about them. See their performances and interviews on youtube. You are sure to find a documentary or two about both these clans of men. To me, they are ‘A few good men who were bad to the bone’. Benny and his River Rat Pack; and Frank and his Rat Pack. Just like two packs of playing cards run a cash table all night, these packs ran the golden days of Las Vegas.

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