The Miscellaneous Rantings of Marie-Lizette

I Need a Life (But Then Again, I can't Afford One Right Now)

September 11, 2011 1 comments

Tags: Poker, Tournaments, Charity, Fallen Heroes, Bicycle Casino.

It's a Saturday night (oh my, make that midnight on Sunday morning) and my kids have been gone all day with my aunt and cousin. Although they were supposed to just spend a few quality hours together before my cousin goes off to U.C. Davis to study bio-engineering, the children have decided to spend the night at my aunt's house.

What does that mean? It means that I'm free to do whatever I want to do with my Saturday evening. Of course, "free" is a relative word. While I'd like to be at Commerce Casino taking a shot at a tournament or at The Bike grinding it out at the cash tables, I'm a bit strapped for cash at the moment (and it takes money to make money in the industry of poker). Poker Face

I've been stranded at home all week because my car has been in the shop getting the 60K tune-up, two new tires and related adjustments, as well as several other issues fixed, including the electronic throttle control that went out on me during one of my trips to Vegas this summer. Although I got my car back today, those damn mechanics wouldn't let me take it without first relieving me of the contents of my wallet. They were kind enough to leave me with a handful of poker chips, but funny how chips are are not accepted as legal tender outside of casinos.

Not to worry, I've got some invoices that are out for payment and I'm certain I'll have some pocket change soon, but in the mean time I'm home tapping away at my keyboard writing blogs, organizing the thousands of photos and writing press releases for upcoming events. If you're waiting for your pictures, I'll have them to you next week. If you're waiting to hear from me regarding promoting an event you've contacted me about, I'll get all that squared away next week too. If you're waiting for me to return a phone call or respond to a text message... well, er, um, yeah, I'll get back to you as soon as I can. However, If you're waiting for me to have a bit of free time to have cocktails, that may be a bit farther down the road.

I will, however, be at the Bicycle Casino on 9/11 for the g charity poker tournament. After being hold up in my house for so long, I'm looking forward to getting out and seeing some old familiar faces, even if it is work related. See ya there! Smile

Oh! And here are the pics from the last Fallen Heroes USA event that I helped Scott Diamond do in Vegas last weekend:

I'll have my camera at The Bike so bring a smile full of pearly whites and be prepared to say, "Cheese!" Big Grin

The CAF Charity Poker Tournament Proved That Nothing is Impossible

June 12, 2011

Tags: Tournaments, Poker, Charity.

Ralph Pieplenbos
Ralph Pieplenbos

I had a great time at The Challenged Athletes Foundation Charity Poker Tournament (thanks to Chris Butcher for the invitation and accommodation) and am very humbled after meeting some of the most amazing athletes people I have ever had the privilege of spending time with, including a blind golfer, a one-legged marathon runner, and an incomplete paraplegic tri-athlete who just conquered the Great Wall of China.

At the age of seven months, Ralph contracted Polio, loosing the use of his legs at an unimaginable early age. Believing he would sooner see pigs fly before ever competing in sports, Ralph went on to a successful creative career with Disney. Having seen an elephant fly, Ralph eventually found that nothing is impossible. He now is a competitive athlete and an outspoken advocate and mentor for disabled athletes.


1736 Family Crisis Center's Fifth Annual Poker Tournament/Casino Night to Benefit Domestic Violence Victims and Homeless Youth

April 30, 2011

Tags: Annie Duke, Celebrity, Charity, Poker, Tournament.

Annie Duke, Commissioner of Federated Poker League and Poker Celebrity, will the 5th Annual 1736 Family Crisis Center Poker Charity Tournament. Join Annie and Celebrity Tournament Director Dianna Donofrio-Tirgatzi, along with sponsors Toyota Financial Services, Poker Player's Alliance and ProVisionMedia for a fun-filled evening of poker, laughter, dinner and celebration on Saturday, May 14th at 3:00 pm at the L.A. Center Studios.

Each poker hand played that evening will be a strong step forward in ending domestic violence. All proceeds from this tournament will benefit 1736 Family Crisis Center in their work to end domestic violence.


Edgemar Center for The Arts Will Host Its 3rd Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament

April 28, 2011

Tags: Annie Duke, Brad Garrett, Charity, Edgemar, Fundraiser, Joe Reitman, No Limit Holdem, Poker, Tournament.

The Edgemar Center for the Arts (“ECA”) is were theater, dance, music, film, and visual arts come together in one place.

Founded by Michelle Danner and Larry Moss, ECA serves as collaborative rehearsal and performance space open to artists of all disciplines and experience levels. It encourages and nurtures the collaboration between writers, directors, actors, musicians, dancers, and visual artists of all ages and levels of experience to come together in an environment of learning. They invite the community to observe, engage, and interact, to add its voice to the creative process through classes and productions that include ticketed performances and educational outreach courses for children and senior citizens. As part of its outreach program, the ECA works with elementary through high school students, presenting a variety of artistic disciplines. Programs based on California's curriculum will teach students to harness their creativity and improve their reading, writing, critical thinking, and social skills.

In the time since ECA first opened, many wonderful and exciting events and programs have graced their stages and art gallery. The ECA credits its success is to the generosity of dedicated friends of the center; however, to continue its mission and fulfill its promise to nurture the next generation of artists while continuing to provide a beautiful home for established performers and visionaries, they need continuing support. The ECA is dependant on the dedication of its volunteers and mentors as well as the gifts and donations from its supporters.

The 3rd Annual Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament will be co-hosted by Annie Duke and Joe Reitman and surprise guests!

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. the ECA is hosting a fundraiser poker tournament in the hopes of raising additional funds so that it can continue with its mission of providing a constant and reliable place to observe, engage, and interact with the artistic community.

The initial buy-in for the No Limit Hold'em multiple re-buy tournament is $100.00, which includes includes all you can eat and drink. First Prize is a Seat at Brad Garrett's Poker Tournament September 17th at the Tropicana in Las Vegas!

Tickets are available for [URL""]on-line[/URL] purchase and you can call (310) 392-7327 for more event details. All proceeds are 100% tax-deductible and support Edgemar Center for the Arts a not for profit 501 (c)3 theatre. Availability is limited and poker tournament participation is on a first-reserved basis.

Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Fourth Annual Fallen Heroes Fund Memorial Poker Tournament will be Held at The Bicycle Casino

February 03, 2010

Tags: Bicycle Casino, charity, tournaments, poker, Holdem.

The Fourth Annual Fallen Heroes Fund Memorial Poker Tournament will be held February 19, 2010 at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California. The no-limit Texas hold’em poker tournament held annually by The Fallen Heroes Fund, Inc. (a non-profit corporation) raises money for families of fallen Los Angeles County law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. Read more about thecharitable tournament.

Annie Duke's Celebrity Poker Night 2009 benefiting DEF

November 17, 2009

Tags: savage, poker, fundraiser, annie duke, charity, commerce.

Annie Duke hosts her Celebrity Poker Night at Commerce Casino on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at the Commerce Casino, as part of the L.A. Poker Open. Popular tournament director Matt Savage will emcee the home-style $330 No Limit Hold'em tournament event which offers one optional add-on and rebuys for $100. The schedule of events and more details...

Edgemar Center for the Arts to Host Celebrity Fundraiser Poker Tournament

September 24, 2009

Tags: tournaments, charity, fundraiser, jerry yang, maria ho, annie duke.

This Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. the Edgemar Center for the Arts is hosting a fundraiser poker tournament in the hopes of raising additional funds so that it can continue with its mission of providing a constant and reliable place to observe, engage, and interact with the artistic community. For more detail, click here.

Mariani/Buss Poker Open at The Bike’s Legends of Poker

August 19, 2009

Tags: Bicycle Casino, poker, The Bike, charity, tournaments, lakers.

The Frank Mariani and Jerry Buss will be hosting their annual charity poker tournament during the Bicycle Casino’s signature event, Legends of Poker. A portion of the $1000 buy-in benefits the Los Angeles Lakers’ Youth Foundation which provides financial assistance to more than 30 children’s charities in the Los Angeles area. The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour and a fabulous appetizer/dessert bar. Read more…

The Bicycle Casino to have a Legendary Silver Anniversary

July 23, 2009

Tags: WPT, WSOP, The Bike, Bicycle Casino, poker, tournaments, NLH, charity.

The Bicycle Casino will be unveiling its new state-of-the-art Event Center for its signature Legends of Poker™ deepstack tournament and World Poker Tour No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event.

The festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, with a red carpet Cocktail Party and Grand Opening Ceremony followed by a $100,000 Guarantee No-Limit Hold'em tournament ($340 buy-in for 11K in chips), beginning at 7pm. This prestigious tournament series will continue to run from July 28th – August 30th, with the 5-day WPT Championship event scheduled from August 22nd through August 26th (the final table will be televised on FSN).

Read the complete, full color article.

Charity poker is the latest fundraising phenomena

June 26, 2009

Tags: charity, poker, tournaments.

In just a few short years, poker has come out of smoky back rooms and the threat of legal prosecution to a multi-million dollar industry producing its own celebrities and contributing to the betterment of many good causes. Read more.



I want to run a special game on @liveatthebike on Feb 14. Either a $5K heads-up cash game -or- $1K turbo 6-max S&G #WinnerTakesAll