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‘Action Dan’

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What does “Action” Dan Harrington want the poker world to know about him? “As little as possible,” he said, grinning from ear to ear. And he’s not kidding! Perhaps that’s why not much has been written about this talented, consistent, highly accomplished, ruddy-faced Irishman, who can often be seen peering out from under his familiar bright green Boston Red Sox cap.

One of Dan’s greatest skills is gathering information at the poker table while simultaneously disclosing very little about himself or his game. He loves it when people are chatting at the table, because that gives him information. He loves it when other people wear headsets, because they are not privy to the valuable subtleties that occur at the table. He is an information hound. Like a finely tuned computer, he stores each piece of data methodically and then relies upon that information in his decision-making process.

He actually exhausted himself so much in the championship event of the World Series of Poker last year when he finished third that he had a game plan this year that included consciously not paying complete attention all six days, for fear that his stamina wouldn’t last. His plan paid off — to the tune of one and a half million dollars. Good plan.

Dan Who?

Dan Harrington hugs Jack Binion — and a million bucks — after winning the 1995 World Series of Poker.

If you are not acquainted with “Action” Dan Harrington or his accomplishments, he is a top money winner at the WSOP, having raked in about $3.5 million. He was at the final table in the championship event in both 2003 and 2004, when the fields contained 839 and 2,576 players, respectively. In 2003, he won $650,000 for finishing third, and in 2004, he won $1.5 million for fourth place. These amounts of money are staggering compared to the other luminaries who not only made it to the final table two years in a row, but went even further and won back-to-back championships.

Back-to-Back Champions

Let’s take a look the at back-to-back champions and the amounts of prize money they won in their back-to-back wins:

Johnny Moss — 1970 (voted the champion by his peers) and 1971 ($30,000)

“Texas Dolly” Doyle Brunson — 1976 ($220,000) & 1977 ($340,000)

Stu Ungar — 1980 ($385,000) & 1981 ($375,000)

Johnny Chan — 1987 ($625,000) & 1988 ($700,000)

Compare those extraordinary results with Dan’s astonishing back-to-back final-table performances and draw your own conclusion about his consistency.

Did I mention his performance in 1995? He played in the WSOP $2,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament and won it, pocketing $249,000. Then, he went home, rested up, and came back and won the 1995 WSOP $10,000 buy-in championship event for a big fat million bucks!

The final hand of the 1995 World Series of Poker

Who is Dan Harrington? He is the player’s player who consistently brings home the bacon. If poker were a team sport, Dan would be the kind of teammate you’d rely upon …

George’s QQ Online Premiership Club

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There were a couple of perfect scores for the wee lad last weekend – 3 in fact. Georgie correctly predicted the results of Liverpool v Newcastle,  Swansea v Everton and QPR v Chelsea. The big match in the Premier League this weekend is at Stamford Bridge where Champions elect Chelsea face an inform Manchester United  fresh from their derby demolition of Manchester City. City face the Hammers at the Etihad and both managers at this game could be looking for other QQ Online clubs after the end of the season if the gossip columns are to be believed.

 

At the bottom Burnley have a difficult away game against Everton while Leicester face Swansea at the King Power.

 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

 

Crystal Palace 2 v West Brom 1

Everton 2 v Burnley 1

Leicester 2 v Swansea 1

Stoke 1 v Southampton 1

Chelsea 1 v Man Utd 0

 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

 

Man City 2 v West Ham 0

 

Newcastle 1 v Spurs 1

 

This weekend sees the FA Cup semi-finals take place at Wembley. First up, holders Arsenal will look to move a step closer to lifting the trophy again when they take on Championship side Reading, before Brendan Rodgers bids to make his first major final when his Liverpool side play Aston Villa.

 

Elsewhere, in the Premier League, leaders Chelsea will bid to extend their advantage at the top when they host Man Utd at Stamford Bridge, while Man City meet West Ham looking for their third straight home win and Newcastle battle Tottenham at St James’ Park.

 

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Eduardo Galeano, a football lyricist

 

“In his life a man can change his wife, his political party or his religion but he cannot change his football team.”

 

I was sad to hear of the passing of writer Eduardo Galeano aged 74.

 

Based on his experiences as fascist dictatorships took power in his native Uruguay (where he was jailed) and then in Argentina, where he had escaped to, the Montividean wrote much pressing journalism, including the seminal study of South America’s exploitation, “The Open Veins of Latin America”, a book Hugo Chavez famously handed to Barack Obama on camera.

 

But Galeano also never lost his love of football and penned one of the great soccer books, “Futbol a Sol y Sombra’ – “Football in Sun and Shadow”/ “Soccer in Sun and Shadow”, a lyrical reflection on a life of love for the Beautiful Game.

 

This title always crops up on the lists of great football writing …