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My dad's memorial service was going so well. Then the ghouls turned up

theguardian.com — Christmas is upon us and normal rules are suspended. This is not a column so much as a Yuletide story. So settle down by the hearth, dear readers. Butter yourselves a crumpet, pour yourselves a glass of something warming and prepare yourselves for a tale of twists and turns, shadows and deceit, plotting and revenge.
Nov 12, 2015

RT @oneunderscore__: Apropos of nothing, here's a fascinating, beautiful story about people who crash funeral receptions. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

The Man Behind the Shades: The Rise and Fall of Poker's Greatest Player: The Rise and Fall of Stuey 'The Kid' Ungar, Poker's Greatest Player: Amazon.co.uk: Nolan Dalla, Peter Alson: 9780753820773: Books

amazon.co.uk — Buy The Man Behind the Shades: The Rise and Fall of Poker's Greatest Player: The Rise and Fall of Stuey 'The Kid' Ungar, Poker's Greatest Player by Nolan Dalla, Peter Alson (ISBN: 9780753820773) from Amazon's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.

On skipping the WSOP

pokerstarsblog.com — I'm not going to the WSOP this year. From the looks on some friends' faces when I say that, you'd think I was announcing I was starting treatment to become a man. Not horror, not disapproval, just total surprise. I've been to Vegas every summer for the last five years.

How we tried to make the greatest porn film ever: Amazon.co.uk: Victoria Coren, Charlie Skelton: Books

Jun 01, 2014

@FannyDvorkin No no, it was @deyook. (A more detailed account of those travels is here: amazon.co.uk/Once-More-With…)

Victoria Coren: From tomboy schoolgirl to $1 million poker queen

theguardian.com — At the end of the article below we described Roland de Wolfe as "the first player in the world to win a hat-trick of titles on the European Poker Tour, the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas" but he is actually one of two people with this considerable achievement.
Apr 21, 2014

Seriously, though, how much jammier can the Mitchell/Corens get? gu.com/p/2ay9y/tw via @guardian

Confessions of a Player: Amazon.co.uk: Victoria Coren: 9781847672933: Books

amazon.co.uk — Buy For Richer, For Poorer: Confessions of a Player by Victoria Coren (ISBN: 9781847672933) from Amazon's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.
Apr 20, 2014

Btw, for #EPTLive-rs, @VictoriaCoren's poker book is great, even if you don't know the game: amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/184767… (I'm not on commission)

Mar 08, 2015

@Sonadfinitum There's a chapter or so about it in my book amazon.co.uk/Richer-Poorer-… - from a very personal point of view, though

Jan 11, 2016

Depressing how many people are asking what my autobiography would be called. I mean... amazon.co.uk/For-Richer-Poo… Marvellous. Took TWO YEARS.

Poker: Remember, it's just a game

theguardian.com — Last week at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid, I gave some advice to an opponent on the final table of the €500 women-only tournament. She was a likable young Greek player who had won her seat in a satellite on the PokerStars website and I suspected she hadn't played many live events.

As the Bible wisely says, the tweet shall inherit the earth

theguardian.com — Does God want you to be a spin doctor? If so, tweet the Archbishop of York immediately. Dr John Sentamu has posted on his Twitter page: "I am seeking a director of communications. Is God calling you?" It would be very unexpected of God, and very modern, to use His holy voice to summon a director of communications.
Dec 01, 2013

@peakay1 Actually, I think he might have! This is a column I wrote a few years ago: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

God swapped for gobbledygook

theguardian.com — Which words or phrases would make your top five list of the worst linguistic horrors in modern English? Here are mine: 1) "Chillax". I try to tell myself that this has always been a practical joke and nobody has ever actually used the word in normal conversation.
Sep 08, 2013

In today's Observer, I'm ranting about bad language. The worst kind of bad language... bit.ly/18FcXBK

Sep 08, 2013

RT @BryanAppleyard: Not often you read an attack on the Brownies, but fair enough once in a while. tinyurl.com/qxc87w3

Bank on women in a crisis

theguardian.com — It is May 2003. I'm standing in the crowded, dusty, garishly carpeted Binion's Horseshoe casino in downtown Las Vegas. It is the 31st annual World Series of Poker. At this point in my poker career, I am only here to watch.
Aug 25, 2013

In today's Observer, I'm remembering Stuart Wheeler and thinking about women, money and gambling... gu.com/p/3t94k/tf

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Feb 07, 2016

@Prestbery ? I think you might have misread a joke in the article..

Feb 07, 2016

Like this: @Sock_Monster what are they supposed to look like? Do they belly-out, on top, like an American (muffin)? pic.twitter.com/JjT32znGg7

Feb 07, 2016

If you try baking the muffins or the cake (and I hope you will), do post in the comments on the blog and let us know how you got on.

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