Author page: Tommy Angelo

On Being Last to Act

On Being Last to Act

Dear reader: This is an excerpt from Waiting for Straighters. You can read the whole thing here.   Waiting for Straighters and Being Last to Act   “Acting last is like taking a drink of water. We don’t have to understand why it’s good for us to know that it is. And the benefits are

Lightened

Lightened

Dear reader: In this Painless Poker excerpt, the discussion at the Painless Poker Clinic turns to the word “enlightenment.”   I wrote HANGUPS on the board and said, “When you hear the word meditation, what negative thoughts come to mind?” “There’s this reg at the casino,” Sonny said. “We call him Fast Frankie. He went

Broken Down English

Broken Down English

Dear reader: I wrote this in 2001.   Amazing, the way dialects emerge among people who share a common interest. Listen to the banter of any profession or hobby. You will hear a lingo. Common words are given special meanings unique to that endeavor, resembling members-only passwords. Like most everyone, I use various vernaculars. Some

Guided or Unguided?

Guided or Unguided?

Dear reader: If you wish you did more meditating than you do now, you might want to check out my book, Dailyness. Below is an excerpt.   First let’s look at what guided and unguided meditation have in common. Doing either one means you have committed time and effort to making yourself less unhappy. And any

Enter the Yak (a Poker Zoo story)

Dear reader: I wrote the three Poker Zoo articles back when online poker was brand new and everyone was going crazy over it in some way or another.   Everyone remembers the day the Yammering Yak showed up at the Poker Zoo, with buggy sunglasses and his cap askew. The $20-40 limit hold’em game was

I Am Beholden to No Deadline

I Am Beholden to No Deadline

A deadline is a big fat bluff. It doesn’t matter what kind. Could be a writer’s deadline, or a regular-life deadline, such as, I need to be at the airport by 3:30, or I’m supposed to buy a present for my wife today. They’re all bluffs. False threats. Intended to make me afraid. What if

The Quitter (a Poker Zoo story)

The Quitter (a Poker Zoo story)

Dear reader: I wrote three Poker Zoo stories back when online poker was brand new and everyone was going crazy over it in some way or another. When the Nimble Newt was growing up, he did not score well in school. It was the homework. Each night, Newt would start in on his homework just

Driving Games

Driving Games

Dear reader: If you wish you did more meditating than you do now, you might want to check out my book, Dailyness. Below is an excerpt.   Sometimes I’ll sit up as tall as I can while I’m driving, and then adjust the mirrors. Inevitably I shrink back down to my normal driving posture, and when that

The Blue Chips (a Poker Zoo story)

The Blue Chips (a Poker Zoo story)

Dear reader: I wrote three Poker Zoo stories back when online poker was brand new, and no-limit hold’em had not made its way into the casinos yet.   It was noontime at the Poker Zoo and the $20-40 limit hold’em game was soon to start. The six regular players were milling about in their regular

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