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Pechanga – Jewel of Temecula Valley

My wife and I decided on a quick getaway to Temecula, California, to try out a spot getting good buzz, Pechanga Resort & Casino. After a speedy check-in, we headed to Kelsey’s, one of 11 restaurants. It’s a sleek American pub specializing in hand-cut, barbecued meats and craft beer. It was our first of three “wow” food experiences. Let me…

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Travel Tuesday: July 4th in Depth

Independence Day of the United States commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress.   The thirteen American colonies then considered themselves as a new nation. Here’s how far we’ve come. $6.77B – Total planned spending on July 4th food. 150 Mil. – Hot dogs are consumed each July 4th holiday. 700 Mil.…

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4 Winning Casinos In Las Vegas

When the chance arose to participate again in the World Poker Tour Boot Camp, I jumped at it. What I learned is that what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t have to stay there. My short trip to “Sin City” provided me with a new view of the town and the discovery of four winners. My hotel of choice was the…

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Travel Talk Tuesday – Packing

Besides the usual electronic gear including a mini-portable charger, a seam ripper and super glue are in my carry-on. Additionally, I don’t go anywhere without my two favorite Chico Bag products tucked away in a corner of my suitcase. It’s their Sling and Travel Pack (backpack). What unusual default accessories do you pack? Shaving hint: leave behind that bulky can…

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Top 10 Poker Players – 2010

In 2010, Poker for Dummies listed their “Ten Poker Legends.” Stu Unger Johnny Moss Jack “Treetop” Strauss Benny Binion “Amarillo Slim” Preston Doyle Brunson Johnny Chan Phil Helmuth, Jr. Scotty Nguyen Chris Moneymaker (the Moneymaker effect) What changes would you make to this lineup today?  

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Shootout at the Nugget

It’s a scenic flight from San Diego to Reno, with ocean views to the western horizon on the port side. Once north of LA, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and the southern tip of the Sierras glide by 30,000 feet below. Yosemite’s Half Dome My stay at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, immediately east of Reno, was dedicated to wandering around…

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