Archive for October, 2011

Poker Site Stacked Deck: U.S.

October 31, 2011

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, September 21, 2011, page 1, by Alexandra Berzon

U.S. Alleges Web Gambling Site Full Tilt Poker Stacked Deck

“…On Tuesday (September 20, 2011), the U.S. Justice in a civil suit accused Messrs., Lederer, Ferguson and Furst, and another director of the company behind the Full Tilt Poker website, of defrauding thousands of online poker players out of more than $300 million that is still owed to them.”  …

“In the U.S. about $160 million seemed to disappear from player accounts.”

The site’s license was revoked in September after a controversial hearing.

I don’t have stacked deck in my list of games idioms at  This is an oversight.  I should have.  A player who has a card deck stacked against him has a difficult time winning as the house or whoever is dealing the cards has organized the cards so that the player cannot win.

Who’s Playing The Game?

October 27, 2011

The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, October 8-9, 2011


‘They Won’t Care Till They’re Affected’

“In Iowa and Florida, ‘Wal-Mart moms’ (women who shop at Wal-Mart) take a dim view of Washington.”

“People lampoon (make fun of) the Occupy Wall Street movement as a bunch of marginal freaks, but these women from the heart of the country shared a basic resentment:  The banks got bailed out, everyone else was left holding the bag.

How do they feel about Mr. Obama?  Silence.  Then , ‘indifferent’, disapponted”..there was no anger.”  …Both groups were feistier about Congress.  ‘They’re playing a game.’  ‘What have they done?’   Words were used such as ‘dysfunctional’, …’childish’…’can’t work together.’

“Do they care about you?  ‘No, not so much.’  ‘They won’t care till they’re affected.”

“They all said they care about 2012.  They all said they’d vote.”

The Pitch

October 19, 2011

New York Times, Monday, October 10, 2011

Targets Shift in Phone Wars, by Anton Troianovski

Apple Pitches an iPhone to Budget-Minded;  Android Makers Woo Business Clients

“In the smartphone was, the battlefield keeps expanding.”

New York Times, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

FREQUENT FLIER, Alison Provost, chief of  Touch Storm, a digital video distributiion company, in Vail, Colo.

“I was flying in the late afternoon from Vail, Colo., Kansas City for a potential client meeting the next morning.  It was one of those business pitches that one can make or break the year.”

It’s baseball season and pitches are in vogue.  Chris Carpenter is pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals tonight, October 19, 2011.  He is pitching or throwing baseballs.  Apple is pitching cheap Iphones and Alison Provost was pitching business ideas.  For more understanding of American baseball, please see