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Continuing to support Rafe Furst and Phil Gordon

September 28th, 2011 6 comments
Rafe and Phil

Rafe Furst and Phil Gordon will continue to have my support for everything that they've done in the fight against cancer.

Change can be a good thing sometimes.  It’s inevitable in life that as time goes on, things change.  After all, we’re not immortal, and we’re far from perfect.  As a result, things will be different.  Change can be tough, and it can be good.  But it’s an element of life that we must all cope with.

April 15th remains a landmark day for me in many ways because of the way that it changed my life.  Gone are the days that I spent playing online poker.  Gone is my online poker bankroll, seemingly tied up in what looks like a sea of mismanaged assets and misappropriated distributions among owners of a site that has fallen to pieces.  I can no longer play online the game that I’m passionate about, nor can I carve out the time or the bankroll to play the game live.  I’ve been forced to move on from poker, despite holding onto the love and the passion of the game.  Things have changed. Read more…

The Full Ponzi Poker Scheme

September 21st, 2011 3 comments
FTP Ponzi

We all got screwed by the Full Ponzi Poker Scheme

I’m not sure what all the hours that I logged on Full Tilt Poker are worth anymore.  It appears as though the Department of Justice wishes that time that I spent, and the money that I deposited to be viewed upon in the same manner as a purchase of a PlayStation game.  I could spend countless hours clicking buttons, claiming that there was a skill element in my wins, and then walk away with nothing but time wasted.

The Department of Justice opened old wounds in poker players’ souls yesterday and then poured salt directly on them.  The most recent revision to the civil complaint originally filed on April 15th now includes the names Howard Lederer, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, and Rafe Furst.  The last one bothers me the most.  The DOJ’s chief lapdog, US Attorney Preet Bharara went so far as to call the Full Tilt Poker concept a full fledged Ponzi Scheme, aimed at taking away customer money without the intent of giving it back, and instead distributing it among it’s chief board members and owners (of which there are purportedly 19). “Full Tilt was not a legitimate company, but a global Ponzi scheme.  Full Tilt insiders lined their own pockets with funds from the pockets of their most loyal customers while blithely lying to both players and the public alike about the safety and security of the money deposited,” said Bharara.  This giant mess got even messier, if that was even possible.

Let’s try and summarize the list of events: Read more…

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Happy Birthday…to me.

September 5th, 2011 No comments
Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to me....it's been a great one.

There are moments in life where you just seem to appreciate the people around you more and more. It’s been an interesting month to say the least, filled with a lot of up’s and down’s.  But as I sit here and finally begin typing away on a blog that has seemed to go far too long without a post, I can’t help but think how lucky that I am to be loved as much as I am by so many people.

Today is my 33rd birthday.  I would have never dreamed that my life would be as it is today, or that I would be so lucky as I am.  First and foremost, I want to say a quick thanks to my wife Traci.  She worked her tail off to put together one heck of a week for me.  It kind of started on Thursday when I got home from work and decided to take the family to Disneyland for the evening. We got down to the park with about 2 hours left in their operating hours, and the kids decided that they were going to take full advantage of the 5-minute wait time on Big Thunder Mountain, riding the popular roller-coaster attraction 12 times consecutively.  It was a fun evening. Read more…

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