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Oh Leads Day 1B

Day 1b is done and we have our final 10 players. Young Oh is leading the pack with 604,000, which puts him atop both starting flights. The player known as DD had the chip lead ...


The Puzzlement Of Doomsday Don

by Max Shapiro |  Published: Jul 10, 2013

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My fans often ask me where I find the characters in my stories. No simple answer. Some, like the late Dirty Wally, are real (at least I think Wally was real). Some are take-offs of real people, some are totally made up as needed, and one character (Aunt Sophie) was rented from Michael Wiesenberg. Where Big Denny came from is anyone’s guess. I used to think that Robert “Buddha” Gomez was the most outrageous and puzzling guy I ever wrote about. This intelligent young man was the biggest pai gow player in California as well as a high-stakes poker player. My sweetie and I hung out with him a lot until the day he was arrested and charged with being one of the masterminds in a “Miracle Cars” scheme that conned churchgoers out of some $21 million by promising them non-existent vehicles for pennies on the dollar. In 2003, Buddha ...


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