Flashback to 2005 – deck of cards of World Champions

Perhaps one should never go back and start sifting through old documents, letters, emails, or any snippets of history that can wrap the ‘need to know’ somewhere in the base of your skull and send it throughout your entire nervous system.

It’s the email thing. I got started last week when I posted on Howard Lederer’s becoming the ‘Professor.’

While all that was going on I had fragments of emails popping in and out for requests from people over the years. It’s always a request for me to help them, usually in furthering their careers, which doesn’t bother me too much. Although the thought has occurred to me it has never been about promoting me or working on building me, it’s always about them. No, Howard didn’t approach me, read the post.

So let’s move right along. I got this email, and so did a lot of other people. I could remove the email addresses but that is part of what makes it interesting to me. Perhaps I’m twisted.

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: MY STORY AND MY BOOK: RE: THE BOTTOM LINE OF POKER
Resent-Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 10:02:18 -0500
Resent-From: geenen@pokerworks.com
Resent-To: dusktldawn@cox.net
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 07:01:31 -0800 (PST)
From: maryann dublino To: adilabad@sancharnet.in, admin@neteller.com, askdoj@usdoj.gov, attitudeguyin@yahoo.com, aviram@tradal.net, badbeatannie@earthlink.net, badbeatannie@yahoo.com, bartp@proimagestudios.com, bonnie@pokermarketing.net, brokerage@trumporg.com, cardroommanager@ultimatebet.com, craig.nelson7@comcast.net, Morgan Creed, customerservice@pay-me-now.com, Dawn, eborowsky@welfare.state.nv.us, email@entertainmentsupply.com, FRANK FICARRA, geenen@pokerworks.com, jhibberd@ep.newtimes.com, jimmy.johnson@azcharlies.com, josh@vgeek.net, kathleen.mcguire@igt.com, maryann@gybk.com, mfshapiro@att.net, James Mitchell, paidtoplaypoker2000@yahoo.com, pointsforprizes@msn.com, poker@cyndyviolette.com, pokerearl2@aol.com, pokerearl@hotmail.com, pokerket2@aol.com, richk@pokerstars.com, rodeosg@yahoo.com, rronca@exber.net, rturner47@aol.com, sales@pokerheads.net, scottlcurtis@cox.net, security@pokerstars.com, silenceofsnow@aol.com, “smeflash@tdc.org.hk”, store@woldpokertour.com, store@worldpokertour.com, support@godaddy.com, support@pokerstars.com, kcaldwell@watsonrounds.com, support@spinettis.com, tchiramel@yahoo.com

There was nothing in the message, but there was an attachment. This is what it read:

Maryann C. Dublino
915 S. First Street “A”
Las Vegas, NV 89101

March 10, 2005

Ken Caldwell, Esq
Watson Rounds
313 W. Ranch Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada

Subject: Maryann C. Dublino
Vs
Johnny Chan, World Class Poker Champion
Jack Rose, Partner of Mr. Johnny Chan of
J & J Enterprises
Las Vegas, Nevada

Gentlemen:

In 1989, I created the concept of a collectible deck of cards of the world champions of poker.

From 1989 through 1995 I interview well over 500 poker champions……”face to face” at various major poker tournaments, here in Las Vegas and in California.

Then I met Mr. Chan and Mr. Rose at the Mirage Hotel, and we discussed being partners on the deck.

Originally, Mr. Lyle Berman was going to invest Five-Thousand Dollars…..but Mr. Chan in his place said he would like to be my partner, and that Jack Rose was his partner.

So after many, many meetings, it was decided…..that we go to Mr. Chan’s attorney.

Mr. Chan’s attorney drew up a contract…..which stated that Mr. Chan would own my copyright……and I stopped it right there….and said no and walked out of the attorney’s office.

Without my knowledge, Messrs. Chan and Rose while at the Bicycle Club in Bell Gardens, California, had a meeting of the very same players I had a contract with for the collectible deck of cards.

Every single player signed another contract with Messrs. Chan and Rose….and all of them “BREACHED THEIR CONTRACT WITH ME>……which was for IMAGE….APPEARANCES……TV COMMERICALS….ETC…..

Upon returning to Las Vegas, I was sitting in the Union Plaza poker room….about 2 months later….and an acquaintance came up to me and said….”contratulations….I see you finally got your deck done!”…..and I replied…..

“you are kidding….!”

Well I walked to the Horseshoe Hotel Casino and at the World Series of Poker…..Messrs. Chan and Rose were selling the decks for $10.00 each….and am sure no receipts were given….nor taxes paid.

Well I was FURIOUS to say the least.

I already has over $40,000.00 (forty-thousand dollars) worth of invoices from Men the Master, Scotty, and Antran….and a $3,000.00 (three-thousand dollar deposit check….) made payable to Paulson Gaming Products.

I did not know that the aforement deck was made…..and

PAULSON GAMING PRODUCTS WERE TOTALLY aware of me, and my copyrights….because their legal department contacted the COPYRIGHT OFFICE TO VERIFY….

Well when PAULSON GAMING PRODUCTS GAVE ME $3000.00 as a GOOD FAITH MONEY DEPOSIT….and PAULSON WAS TO MAKE THE DECKS AND WE WERE TO SPLIT THE PROFITS…..

PAULSON EVEN ASKED ME TO WORK FOR THEM….AND IT CAN BE VERIFIED…BECAUSE THEY PAID FOR MY SHERRIFF’S CARD…..

Now since PAULSON GAMING WAS AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THE COPYRIGHT was MINE…..I cannot understand why they would make MY DECK WITHOUT GETTING MY COPYRIGHTS…….AND ASKING MY PERMISSION TO DO SO….

I NEVER GOT A DIME FROM CHAN….ROSE….OR PAULSON GAMING…..

HERE’S MY QUESTION?

WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD PAULSON GAMING GIVE ME ALL OF CHAN’S & ROSE’S AND PAULSON’S WORK RELATIVE TO THIS DECK….AND I MEAN:

ALL CONTRACTS
COLOR SEPARATIONS

RELEASES ETC.

IF THEY WERE NOT GUILTY?

THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE.

Very truly yours,

Maryann Dublino

And Paulson Gaming Products
Las Vegas, Nevada

*End*

I did send back a short response, stating that it was interesting stuff.

There’s a bit more but I haven’t sorted through it yet. So, yeah, I get the drift of the email, but why me? More later.

About Linda R. Geenen

The easiest way to begin is to start at the beginning. But where is that? At what point does one suddenly decide they are going to spend the rest of their life involved in the intricate art of the dance? What is the art of the dance? A game about people - played with a deck of cards. Poker! I stepped into the poker world in 1980 in Missoula, Montana. I didn't know anything about poker, couldn't tell you what the difference was between a bet and raise, or if a straight beat a flush. I had three boys to feed, needed a job and a dealing spot was open in one of the local bars. I played my first hand of poker in a 5 Card Stud game (with the help of one of my bosses) and that was it! I was hooked. I lived, breathed, slept, dreamed, ate, and talked poker. I eventually ran my own games (licensed by the County) in several different bars in Missoula, and at one point, managed the games in the bar where I started my first dealing job. In 1987 I traveled from Montana to Nevada to deal major poker tournaments, returning to Montana at the end of each one. In 1989, I opened The Mirage – along with 6,400 other people. In 1993, I moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, and opened Grand Casinos Poker Room, returning a year later to Las Vegas and The Mirage. In 1998 I opened Bellagio - along with over 9,000 other employees. In 2003, I dealt the final table of the Aruba Ultimate Bet Poker Classic event. Hey…I’m on TV! I had the privilege of being chosen as the dealer in the Howard Lederer videos that have been released on No Limit Holdem. I play poker on a regular basis and I deal to every name brand player that is still above ground and breathing air, the elite, the freaks, the ne’er do wells, the rich, the poor, the illiterate, the educated, the beautiful, the ugly, the superstitious, the rational, the sane, and the insane. Perhaps I am the one that is insane but if I am, I fit right into the game plan. Five nights a week I walk into the greatest, social melting pot known to mankind. I no longer dream about it but the art of the dance is prevalent in everything I do - see you there!
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