Even More Las Vegas Stories

Even More Las Vegas Stories

I’m back from another trip to Las Vegas where, late one night, I saw a guy balancing chips vertically on a poker table. I’ve tried this a few times while bored, but have only managed to get one chip to stand up. It’s tough because the game is still...
Nail-Biter At The Poker Table

Nail-Biter At The Poker Table

Any time I think I’ve seen everything at a poker table, something happens that proves me wrong. I was playing at the Bicycle Casino in a Los Angeles suburb last weekend, and picked up a tell on a guy at the other end who bit his fingernails whenever he was...
Closing The Strip

Closing The Strip

Recently, Tick Segerblom, a county commissioner in Las Vegas (whose name I couldn’t have made up if I’d tried) tweeted that Clark County should consider closing The Strip to vehicle traffic permanently to allow visitors to walk freely between properties....
Vegas Encore

Vegas Encore

I spent last weekend in Las Vegas, staying and playing at the Encore, where the poker games are just as good as at Bellagio and Aria, but the tables aren’t as crammed together, so it’s more comfortable. Plus, next to the poker room, there’s a Chinese...
Movie Moment At The Poker Table

Movie Moment At The Poker Table

Not long ago, I was playing poker in Florida when the guy sitting next to me — who looked to be in his mid-to-late-thirties — asked where I was from. I said St. Louis, then asked him the same question. He answered, “New York.” I said,...
Poker Pet Peeve

Poker Pet Peeve

I played poker in a casino for the first time in a while the other night and encountered one of my pet peeves: a player who made large bets by picking up a bunch of chips, arranging them in a stack behind his cards, then dropping them past the betting line into a...