The One thing you can give and still keep is...your word."
July 19, 2021

Looks like everything is winding down now in the poker world. The WSOP is over for now and the Bellagio WPT is over. Most of the cash game players are leaving town and so I am finally going to get to Montana for a much needed rest. I guess I will drive for two days where I can take my dogs; plus loading the Escalade down with stuff I'm going to need. I've hired a house sitter to take care of things while I am gone.

Congratulations to the WPT winners. I was pulling for David Benyamine to win but his second place finish along with Ralph Perry's fourth place upholds 'The Big Game's' honor. I saw when David lost a couple of tough hands in the heads-up. I'm sure Mike Watson is a worthy champion even though I haven't played with him that I can remember.

I see where the WPT has been signed on by Fox Sports Network. That is probably a good move for them even though I have some personal problems with the Network. They went back on their word on an issue a few years back. I didn't understand it at the time and still don't. Their excuse was 'business is business'. Most folks don't put the same value on keeping their word as I do. I might not play in any more WPT tournaments but that would probably be stupid on my part. I remember the old saying, "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face."

If you haven't played poker at DoylesRoom you haven't lived. We have a rabbit cam that flashes what the next card would have been after you or your opponent folds; just another way to torture yourself and second guess what you should have done. Just go to options and check 'show rabbit cam cards' and you will see how much fun it is to see what would have happened. Just another improvement on what I believe is the best poker software in the online poker sites.

I'm pretty sure we are going to have another golf tournament on ESPN in early October. High Stakes Entertainment secured a golf course near Orlando, Florida for the event. That is a good choice because the players can bring their families for a nice vacation. There are many theme parks, including Disney World, nearby. There has to be at least a Two Million Dollar prize pool so it will be interesting to say the least.

My autobiography has been put on hold for another year. My publisher didn't think the book was ready yet. It wasn't my decision but I feel badly for my co-author, Mike Cochran, who has put a lot of time and effort into getting the book written. Mike is an old friend from way back in college but there is really nothing I can do about it. Actually it will be easier on me to wait because my plate is full for the next few months and I couldn't promote the book like they want me to.

I've been watching the Maverick Marathon I tivoed during the WSOP. The Starz Network had a 24 hour showing from the Western Channel on DSS. They had a lot of poker players giving their remembrances of the series starring James Garner and Jack Kelley. They had more shots of me than anyone else because I was the only one old enough to remember when Maverick first came on in 1957. Scotty Nguyen, Hoyt Corkins, Mike Caro, Vanessa Russo, and T. J. Cloutier all had spots on the promos. What I don't understand is not one person has ever mentioned seeing it on T.V. So many folks come up and say, "I watch you on T.V. all the time." Could it be that I am the only cowboy left? :)

@EricOosterbeek No, it's just good natured ribbing. He is a cool guy.

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