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Blowup in the Big Game

A dysfunctional poker family

by Todd Arnold |  Published: Apr 15, 2011

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If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know much of this already. But let me outline the buildup to this epic eruption that took place in the Ivey Room at the Aria Resort and Casino. Some of the names have been changed to protect the immature. There is an individual who has been playing in the “big game” with us more and more over the past year. He insists on being called “Crazy Mike.” Crazy Mike is a graduate of the Phil Hellmuth school of poker etiquette. In fact, he is now qualified to be a professor there! I’m not saying he’s spoiled and likes to be the center of attention, but here is his standard order to the cocktail waitress as soon as he walks in every day: two liter bottles of Aquafina (which the Aria doesn’t carry, and has to buy just for him), two empty glasses, ...


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