Merry Christmas!

If you’ve outgrown the ‘kid’ in Christmas, please revisit your past.  In my world Christmas is lived on a daily basis, I give a gift when I see something I would really like to give to someone – any day of the year. My gifts are seldom material, except to the small children in my life, but I believe they are the best gifts one can give and receive. They are eternal.

I sent my  letter out to Santa on Facebook this morning.

“Dear Santa,

Please fill your bag with world peace, the wealth of good health, kindness, and compassion for every child under the age of 150 in the world.

Merry Christmas.”

Spend the day being thankful for all the gifts you’ve received in life and open your thoughts to all the new ones coming your way. My Christmas wish for everyone is your holiday cup will be filled to the brim with peace and happiness; take a deep breath, let it out, relax, and let the magic begin.

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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2 Responses to Merry Christmas!

  1. Ten Mile says:

    Start the New Year right. Best of it to you, Linda.

  2. Thank you Ten Mile! I finally made it here! The boy goes home to Vegas today after two weeks of ‘gramma’ time. Here’s wishing you the very best in the coming year.

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