Daily Archives: February 15, 2010

Poker Pro Antes Up Las Vegas World Series of Poker Winnings “For a Song”

A professional poker player and award-winning songwriter, Jason Mershon, has come up with a unique and ambitious plan to promote his new poker song called “Playin’ Poker for a Livin’.” 

In what is believed to be the first offering of its kind, Mershon is planning on entering the 2010 Main Event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this summer, and is agreeing to share 50 percent of any Final Table winnings with the first 15,000 people who download and purchase his song at his website: www.playinpokerforalivin.com

“It’s just my way of saying ‘thank you’ to those fans who like my new song,” says Mershon. “I wrote the song to humorously tell what it’s really like being a professional poker player; the sarcastic attitudes of many professional poker players; and the monotony of actually playing poker for a living and grinding out the long hours in a casino card room.” The song itself, “Playin’ Poker for a Livin’,” has already received great reviews from poker players and card room owners alike, who have stated that it’s the best song written about poker in years. 

Mershon has spent most of his life in the entertainment business, and is now a recognized professional poker player in Southern California. He plans to update his progress during the tournament on his Twitter and Facebook page, thus giving people a “virtual seat” at the tournament. 

Since winning two awards at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2006 for his rock musical, “Rock and Roll Heaven” (aka “Heaven Rocks”) which can be found at www.rnrheavenrocks.com, Jason Mershon has been a regular fixture in the California and Las Vegas poker circuit. 

“I probably spend 90% of my time playing in cash games,” says Mershon, “but I’m also considered a pretty good tournament player as well. So, I don’t want people to think I’m ‘dead money’ in the World Series of Poker,” he laughed. 

“Additionally,” he concluded, “I’m offering a special extended limited edition of my poker song which will only be available to the first 15,000 fans who purchase the song.”

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Las Vegas Celebrates Chinese New Year by Ringing in Wealth, Casting Out Demons

In celebration of the Chinese New Year’s – Year of the Tiger – and as part of the Las Vegas diversity initiative, the famed Lohan School of Shaolin lion dancers will perform in the Las Vegas City Hall Plaza, 400 Stewart Ave., on Wed., Feb 17 from 8:30 to 9 a.m., prior to the start of the Las Vegas City Council meeting. 

The Lion Dance is meant to ring in wealth and prosperity in the New Year and scare away evil spirits galore.  (Heaven knows, Las Vegas need lots of wealth in 2010 and have possessed evil spirits galore lurking in Sin City.) 

Also, during the Council meeting that follows, Councilman Steve Wolfson will recognize the Lohan School of Shaolin for their continued dedication to promote Asian culture and arts for more than 15 years in Las Vegas.

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