You’re dealt black aces in the highjack so you triple the minimum bet. The player with the dealer button calls, and so does the player in small blind. The flop comes the ace of diamonds, jack of diamonds, and the eight of clubs. You now have what we degenerates call…


You think life will go a certain way, or you think things will turn out differently, but of course they never do. Life is as unpredictable as, well, poker, and the only way to deal with both is to be prepared. I don’t think I was prepared for what life…


It would be nice to do this once a week, but if you know anything about me, you know I’m not known for my skills of keeping a schedule. In fact, it seems like the only thing I can do regularly is play poker. It’s become almost a compulsion again…


I love poker. I mean truly, deeply, love the game. You must if you want to make this a profession. Many people say they’d love to play full time, but don’t put in the time needed. You must be a student and you must commit heaps of your life to…


As far back as I could remember, I always wanted to be a writer. I envisioned the talks I’d give on the many themes present throughout my novels. The worlds that I would create would be amazing and beautiful, perfect for escape and adventure. …


I wish time would stop sometimes. I see my friends and family getting gray, and the children in my life are not really children anymore. Some people have passed away that I have known too. It was a strange year to say the least, and it sure started off on…


This blog is about myself, which sometimes gets to me because it feels very self-indulgent, and I’m a bit reticent. But that’s okay, I tell myself, there needs to be some kind of outlet other than my personal journal. I’ve been keeping up with that a lot lately too, but…


I went to the library before work today so that I might write some fiction since that has been driving me nuts lately (still is). First I was going to the diner down there but when I walked in they were closing. I can’t believe there’s no 24/7 diner around…


Fiction

In the winter of 2005, after serving three tours of duty during the War in Afghanistan, also known as Operation Enduring Freedom, Anthony Napolitano returned to the suburban east side of Cleveland at the age of twenty-six.

I was early — a rare thing in those days — and…


The time of the year I most look forward to is approaching, and because of a virus that is spreading throughout the world, the future seems dismal. That’s what depression is, a lack of enthusiasm for the future. When the light at the end of the tunnel fades away, that’s…

Nick Cannavino

Writer and Poker Player

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