A River, A Dream…A Destination

Laughlin, Nevada evolved from a dream. In the early 1960s, Don Laughlin believed that an alternative destination to its neighbor 90 miles north, Las Vegas, was overdue. Perched on the banks of the Colorado River, Laughlin has grown into a full-fledged resort town in terms of outdoor activities, water sports, resorts and gaming. Keeping Active:[…]

Pechanga – Jewel of the Temecula Valley

My wife and I decided on a quick getaway to Temecula, California, to try out a spot getting good buzz, Pechanga Resort & Casino. After a speedy check-in, we headed to Kelsey’s, one of 11 restaurants. It’s a sleek American pub specializing in hand-cut, barbecued meats and craft beer. It was our first of three[…]

WPT DeepStacks at the Atlantis

WPT DeepStacks at the Atlantis Every so often writing assignments sync perfectly with personal interests. So it was when I covered the World Poker Tour DeepStacks Tournament, hosted by the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada. There were 15 games scheduled over a 10 day period. The majority were No Limit Hold ‘Em, with[…]

Pala Getaway

Pala Getaway On a recent getaway, we discovered a dandy surprise, the full-service Pala Casino Spa Resort, in North County San Diego.  After an efficient check-in, my wife and I headed to the Pala Privileges Center to sign up for their rewards program and the 60 Plus Club.  Then we eased into vacation mode with[…]

My Fantasy Road Trip: A Poker Odyssey

As a travel writer, I’m often questioned about my dream vacation. My answer is always a “poker getaway.” I’d skip beaches, sightseeing, museums, shopping, sporting events, etc., and follow my personal yellow brick road in the direction of a casino or card room to play in poker tournaments across the country. My odyssey would begin in[…]