Posts Tagged ‘gratuitous-poker-humor’

Poker Mockumentary Wins (Best in) Film Festival Award

by , Oct 22, 2010 | 5:54 am

Again, WTF is up with all the new poker movies, videos, shorts, Poker Beat spinoffs, internet talk shows, reality gigs, and other multimedia poker storylines being put out by folks other than Poker PROductions, ESPN, 441, or PokerRoad?

A new movie — Hitting the Nuts — debuted a couple weeks ago at the Cincinnati Film Festival to overwhelmingly positive reviews and even won the 2010 Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The story is a tale of professional poker’s “farm system” in Scott County, Indiana …it’s supposedly a little Waiting for Guffman, a little Spinal Tap, and by my take even a little Greater Tuna. Not about the actual WSOP as much as it is getting to the WSOP … by way of a big annual legally questionable tournament.

Seems potentially funny-ish … but probably better than the Grand, poker’s last mockumentary, which proved to be a box-office flop despite a star-studded cast with the likes of Ray Romano, David Cross, Cheryl Hines, and Woody Harrelson, who perhaps ironically made his name in Hollywood by playing a character from rural Indiana:

The producers come from LA and Las Vegas improv troupes (we have improv troupes in Vegas?) — and their actors are all no-names. Sure, Cincinnati’s no Cannes, but still … there were only 13 total awards given in Cincy, and Hitting the Nuts was competing with nearly 100 other films … many with award-baiting titles like Grandchildren of the Cuban Revolution, Sounds of Beirut, and Trailerpark.


by , Sep 11, 2010 | 8:20 pm

OK, some really quick poker links, random, some from not-so-typical places, that have caught me by the finger recently:

John K’s blog, interesting, well-analyzed poker-tinted life stuff from an accomplished Vegas grinder still trying to get there: [JK’s Blog]

Pauly, on a site not about poker, on a documentary about Mad Men culture, and why it’s better to be a creative person than a suit. [Tao of Pauly]

Wonk out with your Donk out … our friends at CardRunners have set up a site monitoring legal developments in poker. [Poker Law Bulletin]

Corny T-shirts, designed by women poker players for women poker players at family picnics and in ladies events. [PMS Pokerwear]

A rap album all about poker — Portland, Maine, represent! (PokerRapper]

Yo, turns out Jeff Madsen was right about 9/11 all along, obv. [The Onion]

Parking Position

by , Aug 11, 2010 | 7:47 am

Poker players are such good people … where else but outside a big poker tournament would you expect to see such an attitude in a crowded parking lot:

(Think he’s bluffing?)

Even More WSOP License Plates

by , Aug 10, 2010 | 10:47 pm

You can’t be sure from the 7-max tags that these guys play poker … but factor in when and where they were spotted — Rio, WSOP — and yeah … someone we know probably knows at least one of these guys … and depending how big they play, may have helped pay for the car.

Mid-Price Midsize Poker Glamor

by , Aug 9, 2010 | 2:17 pm

The poker lifestyle isn’t all rock stars and glamor. For some, particularly the low-stakes Vegas grinder, it’s a matter of co-existing with douchebags fiscal practicality and living within your means:

License Plate Scandal at the Rio?

by , Aug 8, 2010 | 10:41 am

Got an email the other day from an entity @WickedChops … a pic of a distinctly pokery license plate, taken “w/ iPhone before leaving WSOP from players parking lot where RVs were”, to which I thought cool, thanks, awesome! gahdammit you always gotta be showing off with your fancy photography and special rail-girl cameras …

Then I saw the plate and thought, pfft, dude we so already got that one … but it is a nicer pic, I guess. Just an iPhone, really?

Then I went back to the original post about this specific license plate, also spotted at the Rio during the WSOP, shortly before the main event … and WTF?


The Layne Flack of South Dakota

by , Aug 7, 2010 | 10:41 am

Seen on one of the Day 1s at the 2010 main event in the WSOP valet lot …

Corvette-ness makes the hedline seem plausible. Would have to cross-reference Clark County impound records with arrest reports from Las Vegas Metro to be sure … and though the presence of stripper-glitter in the passenger seat could be a telltale sign, windows were too tinted to be certain.

UPDATE: Or you could just check Wikipedia … to be reminded that Layne Flack does indeed hail from the state that some people consider the Oklahoma of Nebraska.

Red Raiser?

by , Aug 6, 2010 | 12:27 pm

Nothing too special about this one … nice car, nifty plate … again not certain of the locale, but thinking it mighta been at Red Rock? Very Summerliny in many ways.

UPDATE: Or Panorama Towers. Word is the ride belongs to Jeff Madsen.

The License Plate Prop Bet

Abbreviated hijinks for good, harmless fun?

by , Aug 5, 2010 | 11:19 am

This proposition payout doesn’t require big money, but done right, it could cost someone dearly. That’s what makes for such a fun, thrilling, high-impact wager … yet without the risk of body scarification or indentured servitude:

The License Plate Bet
Winner gets to choose the loser’s license plate for a set period of time.

Simple, poignant, highly visible … up to 7 characters that if clever enough could stick with your opponent in a way that brings shame and embarrassment for years to come! But because the DMV has final approval, no worries about being tagged with something not-so-funny like HERPES or IH8NGRS.

Suggestions to start you thinkin’ about your glorious inverse-vanity payday …


Poker Plated: Aggressive Californian

by , Aug 4, 2010 | 7:49 pm

Some of us know this type at the tables all too well … my read:

He comes to the table plenty-well bankrolled and plays what first appears to be a loose-aggressive game. But just when you think you’ve sniffed out a big bluff — hey, he doesn’t have a Porsche, that’s just a license plate frame! — turns out you were right, kinda. It’s not the nut Porsche as represented … but he does still have a Range Rover, which is better than your set of kings.


Dude banks on lesser drivers letting him get there. Also knows how to run over a table.

License to Floor It?

by , Aug 3, 2010 | 3:28 pm

Trying to remember where in town I spotted this one … hard to tell from the distorted reflection on the trunk. Doesn’t look like the Rio … but regardless, have a feeling that if I’m not following this Lexus on Flamingo, I probably am on twitter.

Real question for Nevada DMV: When will we be able to include an @ sign on a personalized plate? Could make a diff for @POK’TI. Please forward to state-gov suggestion box.

WSOP License Plate Leftovers

by , Aug 2, 2010 | 6:06 pm

The WSOP may be over and the vanity plates dispersed across Vegas and Southern Cali, but we still have lotsa leftover pics from the Rio’s summertime parking lots (and others around town) … providing a unique glimpse of the poker players populating America’s roadways.

Yep. Standard raise:

We know this Bentley belongs to David Williams — am extra-smooth ride befitting a WPT World Champ for the long haul from Panorama Towers.


License to Douche

by , Jul 10, 2010 | 3:40 am

Spotted this California beemer in the Rio front valet … so there’s no guarantee it belongs to a poker player. But all those dBags who’ve shown up en masse this year have to draw their inspiration from somewhere:

(I take it all back, of course, if this car happens to belong to Webber Kang.)

Beet-Red Poker

by , Jul 9, 2010 | 3:46 am

Today’s parking lot report comes from the Rio, by a mysterious player who apparently has a message of product disappointment for Dwight Schrute. Or maybe he’s just talking to his beloved New York Rangers?

We don’t have a make on this vehicle — “it was dark,” says our Lot C correspondent, who was filling in for Goldfarb — but we can be pretty sure it’s not a Bentley or a Hummer.

RE: Licensed and Unregulated

West Virginia dreamin’ …

by , Jul 8, 2010 | 2:18 pm

Nevada and California aren’t the only places you see poker cars. @DDaleShew (a venerable 1/2 nl/plo player from North Carolina) shares with us the back-end view of a small pick-up seen in the parking lot of the Tri-State Racetrack and Casino in West Virginia.

Apparently no need to finagle the spellings in and around Appalachia (as is the case in Vegas):

Kinda tells us either a) that A-list pokery license plate phrases are still readily available in Darvin Moon’s home game; and/or b) that elite players in that neck of the woods drive nice trucks, sure, but with unimpressive, hardly used hitches.