My poker radio partner, Dennis Phillips, is in Washington, DC, tonight meeting some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital and playing in a charity poker game with them. Earlier today, he joined other poker pros (like Annie Duke, Howard Lederer, and Greg Raymer) in lobbying Congress on behalf of the Poker Players Alliance. They presented the online petition that 300,000 poker players have signed, and met with several legislators in an attempt to make poker legal in all forms everywhere in the USA.

Because Dennis was busy in DC, he wasn’t able to be on my poker radio show, The Final Table, this evening — but Joe “The Poker Coach” McGowan and I held it together in his absence. We did a wrap-up of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, and then handicapped this year’s November Nine, from chip leader Darvin Moon to top pro Phil Ivey to all the other players in between.

In Joe’s “Poker Coach One-On-One” segment, he interviewed JC Tran just after he got knocked out of the Main Event. And I spent a few minutes with St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony Larussa, talking poker, baseball, and animal rescues.

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