Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Calling all poker players...

Wanna play cards with some Hollywood celebrities and maybe a few poker professionals... not to mention Undercover Black Man? Mark this date – July 28 – on your calendar. It’s all for a worthy cause.

Yancey Arias is organizing a fundraising Texas Hold ’Em tournament in Malibu to benefit his charitable foundation, Lives to Save.

This is the second annual Lives to Save celebrity tourney. I won the first one, so you know I’m looking forward to this. (Gots to prove it wasn’t no fluke.) You will find all the relevant details on the Lives to Save website.

By the way, I’ll be posting an interview with Yancey on Friday. I talked to him recently about his working life as a Latino actor. Yance can be seen (briefly) in “Live Free or Die Hard,” which opens today.

UPDATE (06/27/07): Uh-oh... I should’ve made clear that this is a high-dollar event. The buy-in is $2,000.

10 comments:

S.O.L. said...

I didn't know you won that tournament. You go! How big was the field? To think, a chance to dethrone UBM. Mmmm. :-D

S.O.L. said...

By the way, I couldn't find the buy-in amount on the website. Do you know what it is?

CJB said...

UBM,

Wish I could be there....hopefully you'll post a full report on defending your title.

Don't overplay two pair.

Use selective aggression from the button.

Never, ever, ever chase.

But, being a champion, you probably already knew that.

John

Undercover Black Man said...

Thanks, CJB. I've been meaning to ask you... where do you play in the Ohio area?

S.O.L. said...

The buy-in IS steep but hey, it's for a good cause and you get to hang out with cool folks. I'm so very tempted. The photos from last year look like a lot of fun. If I can be in L.A. that weekend, I'm there.

RC said...

Pardon me, UBM, your friend is a Latino actor, so I have some questions. Does he play a Latino in films or is he Latino? The Latino role-- typically what does that encompass? What does Latino mean? Does it include the Portuguese? Are Italians Latino?
I would like to get some of those Latino roles, but I am only 25% Portuguese and really really lacking melanin. But I have all the Latino "things" worked out: the Spanish language and slangs from various countries and the hand and body language from a dozen places down cold. I think. Or am I just confused as hell? All my friends in this Spanish country I live in think I'm Cuban. I'm not. None of us ever refer to anyone we know as Latino. Boriqua, Cubano, Dominicano, Mexicano, si, pero Latino? No.
But maybe I need some education about all of this.
Without being accusatory or snide, and explaining again, I haven't lived in the states since 1979, can your friend answer some of these questions? Especially the Portuguese thing. I might be Latino after all. If anyone cares.
I hope you win the tournament again: practice your poker face. You need the income to stay free and available for blogging. Suerte!

Undercover Black Man said...

S.O.L. -- The steep buy-in, I believe, is designed to attract professional poker players... whom it would be more exciting, from my point of view, to square off against than actors.

The field last year was only three tables deep... and it had more of the laidback, friendly feel of a home game. Yance is planning something a bit more glamorous this go-round.

Would be great to see you there!

CJB said...

UBM,

I play in the Indiana riverboat casinos, charity tournaments, and try to hit Vegas when I can.

Good Luck!

dez said...

rc, this might interest you:

http://www.pbs.org/americanfamily/latino.html

Based on those essays, I'd say Italians aren't Latino, but Latin. And it appears Portuguese aren't Latino, either, though Brazilians seem to be considered Latino.

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