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Interview with magician Lee Asher (President of 52 Plus Joker American Playing Card Collector Club)

Interview with magician Lee Asher (President of 52 Plus Joker American Playing Card Collector Club)

Who is Lee Asher?

I first came across the work of Lee Asher many years ago. At that time I was exploring my long-time interest in card magic, and Lee had made some good contributions in that area. One of his signature tricks that he is well-known for is an ace routine called the Asher Twist. If you enjoy card magic, you'll appreciate the cleverness involved and the impossibility it apparently creates. Lee is skilled magician, and his name will be familiar to many from his work as a magic consultant.
But Lee Asher's credentials extend much further than the contributions he's made as a magician. Self-described as a "playing card and sleight of hand expert", it's especially his expertise in the area of playing cards that will interest most readers of this article. When my personal interest in playing cards was revived in the last number of years, I kept coming across his name in several places. When researching things like the iconic Jerry Nuggets Playing Cards, I came across his outstanding article on the subject. While looking up information about dating playing cards, his name popped up yet again, once more with a very informative and authoritative article about this. Via the official online portal for the 52 Plus Joker American Playing Card Collector Club, PlayingCardForum.com, I learned that Lee is in fact the current President of this highly respected organization for collectors of playing cards.
All this is to say that when it comes to experience with playing cards, it's hard to think of someone with finer credentials than Lee Asher. From his personal experience as a magician and a collector, as well as his involvement with 52 Plus Joker and as President, it's obvious that he knows what he's talking about. And fortunately for us, Lee was happy to talk to us, agreeing to this interview, in which he answers questions about himself, about playing cards, about collecting, and of course about 52 Plus Joker. So let's hand it over to Lee, and hear what he has to say!

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The Interview

General background
For those who don't know anything about you, what can you tell us about yourself and your background?
My name is Lee Asher. I'm 42 years old, and I'm a second-generation sleight of hand artist. My father taught me magic at the ripe age of seven. When I was about fifteen, I started performing magic for money at restaurant and private gigs. Eventually, I moved from my birth state of Florida all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend University and study casino management (UNLV).
Directly after graduating in 1999, I threw all my possessions into a Las Vegas storage locker and chased my heart to Paris, France. During this sublime period of my life, I also traveled around Europe performing and teaching my brand of sleight of hand to other magicians.
Once I conquered Europe, I began performing and lecturing around the rest of the world in cities such as in London, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Kuala Lumpur, Perth, Shanghai, Taipei, Santo Domingo, Beijing, Tokyo, Glasgow, Tel-Aviv, Hong Kong - and the list goes on and on.
Eventually I moved back in the Americas. Now I live in Canada, married to the woman of my dreams. My wife's name is Christina. And while we have no children, we have a big lovable boxer dog named Quinton.
What do you currently do for a day job and/or what are your other interests?
I'm a magic consultant, magician and playing card expert. In my spare time, I like collecting antique, vintage and modern playing cards. I also like creating sleight of hand and other fun moves. But when I'm not holding cards, I'm reading, cooking, watching movies or playing card games with my wife.
Given that you have had a successful career in magic, what would be some highlights in your personal curriculum vitae?
I'm fortunate. I have a bunch. Here are a handful of highlights that mean the the world to me: ● 1993 - Performed with my father as a walk-around magician on Miami's exclusive, Fisher Island. ● 1996 - Performed at the Magical Empire, a 66 million dollar attraction at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas. ● 2001 - Lectured at London, England's prestigious Magic Circle on September 10th, 2001. ● 2005 - Performed as an Absolut Vodka ambassador during their 'Magic of Winter' campaign using the now famous Absolut cards. ● 2016 - Magic celebrity judge on Amazing Magicians with China's most famous movie actress, Fan Bing Bing.
What sparked your interest in magic to begin with, and what is it about magic that you still love today?
My father. He's a eye doctor by day, and a magician at night. He's how I got interested in the art of magic. Adequately reflecting on his significance in a mere several hundred words is impossible. Nonetheless, I’d like to share some interesting facts with you about my dad, Mark Horowitz.
Let’s back up to the mid-1950s when my father was a child. New York City was a hotbed for magic in the United States, only rivaled by cities like Chicago & Los Angeles. Fortuitously, Dad learned from a handful of New York’s finest magicians. Mega legends like Al Flosso and Lou Tannen nurtured his love for the art. These men taught my father the foundations of magic. You can say these formative experiences helped mold him into the magician that Dad is today. On occasion, you’ll hear him reminisce fondly about spending time in those famous NYC magic shops.
BTW, Dad never became a full-time pro. Though he managed to support himself with magic gigs throughout university and optometry school. After graduating, he became a licensed optometrist with his own practice. He also became the resident trade show magician for Swan Optical and HydroCurve, a major contact lens company owned by Revlon. On top of his day job, Dad flew around the nation entertaining high-ranking executives and high-profile clients of the optical industry. Without a shred of doubt, my father paved the way for me to be a professional magician.
Moreover, if you've met him before, then you’ll know that Dad indulges by collecting artifacts from his youth. If it triggers fond memories of his illustrious past, he collects it. Of course it's impossible to own everything. So like any seasoned collector, he's refined his tastes over the years. Currently, he prefers acquiring magic-themed comics, autographed magic books and unique magic ephemera. His lifelong passion for collecting led him to amass the world’s largest magic comic book collection. This impressive feat landed him on the cover of MAGIC Magazine in April 2007.
During an early point in his life, my father immersed himself in the political side of magic. Year after year, he's generously helped organize IBM magic meetings, lectures and conventions on a local, state, and nationwide levels. To this day, he’s still involved with his local IBM magic club's affairs.
There's no question that his lifetime of remarkable dedication and outstanding service to the organization exemplifies his genuine reverence for the art of magic. While the word count on my heartfelt tribute here answering your question will sadly run out, the love I have for my father will not.

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About playing cards
What kind of playing cards did you first use when you started magic?
My dad had already amassed a bunch of decks from years of performance and collecting, so my earliest memories of holding cards and practicing are with US Playing Card Company (USPCC) 808 Series Bicycle 'Rider' backs. Not too long after, I found Tally-Ho's, Bees, Blue Ribbons, and Aristocrats. Eventually, other brands like Hoyle (shell backs) made their way into my hands, too.
As you know, these are all American-made decks. So the first European deck I touched was in 1989. I was thirteen. It's also when the Klutz Book of Card Magic was released. It came with a bridged-sized deck of Piatnic playing cards. They were glorious! I never felt such a thick, smooth, robust deck of cards. My adventures with European decks would not end here. More on that later.
Do you use playing cards for anything other than card magic? (e.g. card flourishing, card games, or anything else?)
Sure. I play card games with my wife all the time. Lately, we've been enjoying a lot of Monopoly Deal (made by Cartamundi). She's savage and plays a mean game of cards. I hardly ever win!
As for flourishing, I still dabble. Though, I don't have the time to practice as much of it as I should. It's true what they say; you must use it, or you lose it. Back in the day, I was influenced by renowned skateboarders like Stacey Peralta and Rodney Mullen. I introduced aerial moves to the flourish culture like ‘Yo’ (1997), ‘Diving Board Double’ (1997), and rail slide-esque techniques like the ‘Silver Surfer’ (1998).
Unquestionably, I'm exhilarated by this new generation of cardists and magicians. It also thrills me when I see people playing with my techniques. For instance, a simple search yields hundreds of videos of young people performing these moves. It's an honor watching the material grow larger than I could have ever imagined.
What do you think are the essential qualities of a good deck of playing cards in terms of design?
I'm a magician. Thus, I'm answering like a magician. I need a deck of cards that people can recognize. For instance, if the courts are beautifully customized but no one realizes they're looking at a King of Clubs, then the design hinders the performance.
I also believe the cards should be somewhat symmetrical, though I'm open to interpretation. There are some beautiful one-way patterned decks. Plus, if subtle enough, the one-ways help me achieve some stunning magical effects! Shhhhh.....
What should buyers today look for in a quality deck of playing cards?
Honestly, a majority of buyers aren't aware of the diverse qualities found in playing cards. There are a plethora of options available on the market today.
My advice: Buy a few decks made by different manufacturers --from around the world-- and start playing. Gather your own empirical evidence. Do you like cards feeling thick? What about thin? Embossed? Or smooth? Believe it or not, this is a personal journey. You never know, you might discover something new about yourself along the way.
The playing card industry has changed rapidly over the last two decades. Do you have any thoughts on the explosion of custom playing cards?
As the self-proclaimed 'king of playing card geeks', I approve of what's happening. Every day I wake up and see new decks appear for sale from different producers, all around the globe. It's a playing card aficionado's wet dream.
Certainly it doesn’t take a psychologist to comprehend the decks we are attracted to --the ones we use for playing, performance and collect in our vaults-- speak to our own personalities and beliefs. They help make us feel unique, and it’s fair to say all these modern decks cater to this meaningful need.
Simply put, they offer a bit of happiness to those who find part of themselves represented within the design, color, and even texture of the deck. Again, I approve.
What impact has crowdfunding like Kickstarter had on the custom playing card industry and collecting? And what has your own experience (if any) with this been like?
Kickstarter and the crowd-funding concept have rewritten the rules on how items are produced and purchased. In 2009, when Kickstarter began, there were under fifty decks launched; now there are hundreds of decks per year looking for funding. Of those projects, at little less than half succeed and find financial backing. In the big scheme of things, that’s impressive!
More important, Kickstarter is where we’re seeing wonderful grass-roots innovation. If the crowd decides that the project isn’t interesting, then the project isn’t funded. So, no one wastes time on unnecessary R&D. The items that receive funding are the items people want. That, in itself, is an innovation. And because of the low risk involved with crowd-funding a project, more avant-garde, ground-breaking concepts are put forth. These kinds of ideas won’t be attempted by any of the larger card producers scared to waste money 'testing the waters'.
But it gets better. The internet encourages fans connecting with artists. Which, in turn, encourages artists pushing the limits on what they create. It’s a beautifully symbiotic relationship.
All the while, playing card manufacturers are looking for innovative ways to accommodate. As a result, ground-breaking innovation and even long forgotten vintage techniques are making major comebacks -- in modern ways.
Where do you think the custom playing card industry will go from here, and what innovations or changes might we see in the coming years?
Roughly ten years ago, I went on record saying most playing card innovation will focus on the tuck box. And that's what happened. We've seen a strong push re-popularizing vintage 'bells and whistles' that were famous in the 1970s. For instance, decks printed with metallic inks, extraordinary embossing, and tricked-out foiling have become vogue again.
Consequently, I believe the next ten years will usher in innovative improvements to stocks and finishes. We've satisfactorily tackled the aesthetic, now it's time to pioneer undiscovered tactile fronts. Companies like Expert Playing Card Co. and Cartamundi already lead the way. Cardistry, magic and card games also help drive innovation.
What can you tell us about the Lee Asher 605 Playing Cards, which you produced yourself?
As I mentioned earlier, my taste for European playing cards came early on. Because I lived in South Florida, you could find Fournier playing cards in certain shops. For those who don't know, this wonderful Spanish playing card company was founded back in 1868. In 1986, they merged with the US Playing Card Company. Now though, Cartamundi owns Fournier. Yet, Fournier continues to keep their unique style of printing which differentiates them from everyone else in the world.
When it came time to print a deck, I had several choices of manufacturers. Ultimately, I picked Fournier. Constant innovation, the desire to improve quality and their exquisite attention to detail makes Fournier a leading card manufacturer. These were my guys! My team worked with Fournier's art department. We scrapped our original thoughts and started to play with the Fournier 505 back design. It's beautiful and classical. We wanted to change it and put it to new use. Once out of pre-production, Fournier's art team dubbed these cards the 'Lee Asher 605 Signature Series'. It was great honor!
Printed on Fournier's best stock, my 605s are heavier and thicker than USPCC's casino-grade cards. Each deck of the 605 series is free of defects, and guarantees a precise slide due to the special varnish formula used. This varnish is exclusive of Fournier and follows a secret formula only known by two persons at the plant. At least, that's the story they told me.
This varnish gives Fournier cards their unique feeling and sliding ability. Plus it also adds to longer durability making them higher in quality than other cards on the market. Afterwards the card sheets dry in an oven and later, pressed. This process also gives the cards more resistance and durability.
Each deck goes through twelve (12) different quality controls along the manufacturing process. It ends in a final Intelligent Eye printing check and an optical infrared light test. This guarantees that each deck contains 55 cards. Unlike other manufacturers, all Fournier decks get cut one-by-one. This way, all cards (including the edges) have exactly the same size.
Without a doubt, you can feel a difference between my high-end 605 series decks and the ones produced in America.

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About collecting
You personally have a huge interest in learning about and collecting playing cards. When did this interest begin, and what got you started in collecting?
Again, my father is an avid collector of magic memorabilia and other stuff that reminds him of his childhood. So it's in my blood. I have no choice.
But the playing card side of my habit didn't become apparent until University. That's when I had hundreds of decks littering my dorm rooms and apartment. You'd walk in on any given Sunday and find Jerry's Nugget, Golden Nugget, Desert Inn, Arizona Charlie decks and other random casino cards strewn across the floors. Without a doubt, practicing sleight of hand and cardistry can be messy!
What are some of the reasons motivating people to collect playing cards?
As I mentioned earlier, playing cards speak to our own personalities and beliefs. That means there are many reasons why people collect them. But it usually distills down to two different personalities types: ● Type A - People who collect a specific category, image, artist, brand, feel, reason, etc. ● Type B - People who speculate for money.
Which type are you? The good news is, there's plenty of room for both. The playing card world is inclusive. Also, if you collect long enough, you'll find yourself selling decks to buy other cards. It's natural. Ignore the opportunity to feel ashamed of any capitalist tendencies along your journey.
What are some of the things you personally and especially enjoy about collecting playing cards?
I appreciate the back story. It started with casino decks because of their history. Now I cannot help but notice that during the past decade, my collecting tastes & sensibilities have become refined. What I was originally passionate about back then, now curiously finds itself in the company of other newly formed interests.
Conversely, if you told me back in the beginning that I would find great pleasure in hunting down antique private-die playing card stamps, the younger me would have laughed out loud at the notion. These days, however, I look forward to sharing my label collection with anyone interested in seeing it. I even revel in finding better versions of private-die playing card stamps I already own. Coincidentally, if you are in possession of that almighty Caterson, Brotz & Co. label, give me a call and we will speak.
Within the past several years, I’ve been connecting the dots between U.S. Patents, inventors/artists & the actual playing card products manufactured. I write a monthly article titled the PATENT FILES that should interest any researcher out there. Digging through Google’s digitized patent area has uncovered a real treasure-trove of playing card history & information.
Once again, if you asked the younger me about working on this kind of historical research, I would have scoffed, made several snarky comments and declined. Yet now, all I can do is get excited thinking about it. My, how times have changed.
How many decks would you estimate that you currently have in your personal collection?
Lots. But that means absolutely nothing. Heed the old saying, "quality over quantity". It's impossible to own every deck of cards ever produced. Yet, it's possible to own the best of all the cards produced.
How do you organize and display your collection of playing cards?
Usually, I like my collection sorted by antique, vintage and modern categories. But lately I've been lazy and unorganized, so everything is mixed and thrown together. One of these days, I'll take some time and put everything back into some semblance of order.
Consider me a user as much as I'm a collector. Without a doubt, I play with my cards. But at the same time, they also get shelved to stare at from a distance. Finding a balance between the two has its difficulties.
When it comes to showing off my cards, they aren't presented well; I've got display decks in Carat Cases and what not, but it could be better. My friend and fellow playing card collector, Jay McKinstry (a master craftsman/artisan), asked if he could make some beautiful displays for me. This guy is the Michelangelo of wood craft, and that would be a dream come true.
One of these days, with McKinstry's help, I look forward to everyone appreciating all the cool stuff I've collected over the years.
Do you have any special categories of decks that you focus on collecting, and what are your favourite types of decks to collect?
We can break down American playing card collecting into three categories. Are you a modern deck collector, or maybe you fancy yourself as an antique collector? Vintage? Not sure? The easiest way to tell is by the age of the decks you collect: ● You’re an antique collector if the majority of your deck collection pre-dates the 1930s. ● You’re a vintage collector if the majority of your deck collection dates from 1931 to 1995. ● You’re a modern collector if the majority of your deck collection dates from 1996 to today.
It seems, the more you learn about playing cards in general, the more interesting each category becomes.
While I consider myself a vintage card collector, I’m the proud owner of some wonderful antique decks as well as a plethora of modern decks. That makes me a hybrid playing card collector. Apparently, we're a growing breed!
What would the most valuable deck in your collection be, and what accounts for its value?
Everybody is quick to speak about value, but no one ever discusses the worth of sentiments. What's my first European deck valued at on eBay? Maybe $5? $10? For me, it's priceless. So assigning value to my collection is much tougher than it looks. At least, for me. Maybe you feel the same way?
Where can we learn about grading and dating older decks of playing cards?
Pick up a copy of the Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards by Tom and Judy Dawson. This is the best resource on collecting American playing cards, ever written. They took all of long-time collector Eugene Hochman's research, and compiled it into one big volume. In those pages you'll find discussion about grading and dating your playing cards.
On a side note, if you Google search for info about dating and/or grading your deck, you'll find a bunch of articles relating to these topics. Most, if not all, of this info comes from the Hochman Encyclopedia and/or Tom and Judy Dawson. For instance, here are two links that cover the topics at hand: ● How To Date Your Playing CardsHow To Grade Your Playing Cards
I'm a new collector. Should I go out and buy a deck of 1970s authentic Jerry's Nuggets right away?
LOL! If you love collecting vintage casino decks, then sure. If you're speculating, buy as many as you can. But if you hear these sentiments and feel they're not applicable to you, then I'd suggest spending your money elsewhere. Like I said before, this is a personal journey. Take the time and discover something new about yourself. Collect what you think is worthy of collecting.

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The 52 Plus Joker collectors club
How and when did the 52 Plus Joker come about?
In 1985, 52 Plus Joker formed to cater to the interests of American antique playing card collectors. We have long since broadened the scope of the club to include collecting playing cards of all sorts, from around the world. With the internet spurring the recent surge of interest in playing cards; geographical and categorical lines blur daily.
52 Plus Joker community facilitates: ● The collection and trading of antique, vintage and modern collectible playing cards and related items, ● The advancement of knowledge about the history, manufacture and artistic aspect of playing cards, ● The promotion of fellowship among members with similar interests.
52 Plus Joker welcomes you whether you're an experienced collector or newcomer to the world of playing card collecting. If you want more info or would like to join 52 Plus Joker, please visit their official website. For the record, it's the best $25 USD I spend all year long!
In your experience, what have you found to be some of the benefits of being part of a playing card organization like 52 Plus Joker?
52 Plus Joker Club membership provides a wide variety of benefits, including: ● Attend our annual playing card convention. A unique experience unlike any other. ● Auctions of collectible, unusual and rare decks throughout the year. ● Quarterly printed magazine 'Clear The Decks'. Broaden your playing card horizons. ● Monthly digital magazine 'CARD CULTURE'. Delve deep into playing card life. ● Inclusion within 52 Plus Joker's membership roster. Meet like-minded individuals. ● Access to the Ask Alexander database of all our archives. ● Personal club account on the world’s largest Playing Card Forum. ● Plus more!
When did you first get involved with 52 Plus Joker, and how would you describe what your role as President involves?
This will be my 10th year involved with 52 Plus Joker. I found them back in 2009. By chance, I stumbled upon an online advertisement for the combined 52 Plus Joker / International Playing Card Society convention in Toronto, Canada. Twenty-four hours after registering, my phone rang with the caller ID - THOMAS DAWSON! I already owned a copy of the Hochman Encyclopedia and knew who Tom Dawson was. I became star-struck that a luminary like him would call a neophyte like me.
Turns out he and his wife, Judy, lived in Toronto, too. As soon as Tom spoke, it felt like we were old friends. Within minutes, I he gave me an invitation to come over and see their playing card collection. I’ll never forget that moment. Receiving an invitation was an honor back then and it’s still an honor to reminisce about it now. For Tom though, he was simply acting like a playing card ambassador. There could not have had been a better welcoming committee to 52 Plus Joker.
About a week later, I attended the club's annual convention. WOW! I'd never seen so many unfamiliar decks of cards in my life. I had so much to learn. At one point, Judy Dawson remarked how the club could use a little more youth. She thought young people had little interest in collecting playing cards. Her comment was confusing. Was she unaware of the massive explosion of custom card collecting online? Apparently. Actually, 95% of the club had no idea. Quickly thinking on my feet, I requested some day passes. I blurted out that I could convince ten playing card collectors under the age of 30 to show up on the final day of the convention. Some members of 52 thought I was crazy. Judy was hopeful, but placed little faith in it.
To make a long story short, ten playing card collectors under the age of 30 turned up on the last day of the convention. Obviously, it wasn't hard. This club had yet to introduce themselves to the new generation of card collectors. With my help, that was about to change. I was unanimously voted onto 52 Plus Joker's executive board. They made me 'Head of Publicity'.
That was ten years ago. Since then, I've risen through the ranks. In 2016, I became the youngest president in the club’s existence. Without a doubt, our playing card future illuminates with great opportunity. It’s my pleasure to lead us into this bright light.
What can you tell us about the annual 52 Plus Joker decks?
Of course! I'd love to brag about this. Each year, we ask the some of the greatest playing card designers in the world to craft a club deck. Incredible artists like Jackson Robinson, Paul Carpenter, Mark Stutzman, Alexander Chin and Randy Butterfield have the distinct honor of creating masterpieces for us. Without a doubt, we’re the luckiest club on the planet to work with such amazing talent.
For our 2019 deck, we picked one of Europe's finest playing card designers, Lotrek. He says he’s working on a special deck that’s sure to knock our socks off. Lotrek is a man of his word and we all look forward to what he creates.
If you want to see and own this year's club deck, we release it every year at our annual convention. It's one of the highlights of our entire event.
Each year the club hosts a convention. When is this and what is it about?
We held this year's convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 9th - October 12th, 2019. It's a chance to meet legendary collectors & designers, hobnob with premier card manufacturers, and talk decks with other enthusiasts all night long. There's nothing like it in the world.
For more information or if you want to join us at future conventions, please visit here.
What can you tell us about the CARD CULTURE magazine that you are the editor of?
CARD CULTURE was my answer to satisfy the digital end of our membership. Plus, it allowed us to connect with members on a monthly basis. After pitching the idea to Tom Dawson (who was the President at the time), I enlisted Don Boyer as the editor in chief. We also managed to wrangle a handful of writers for monthly articles.
On the 15th of each month, CARD CULTURE gets delivered to your email inbox [sample issue]. Most of our membership consumes it on their tablets or phones. Though, we offer it at a high resolution so you can print it, if you want a hard copy. We try our hardest to impress you on a monthly basis.
Don ran the show up until the 25th issue. After his departure, I took over. In May, we published our 52nd issue!

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Final thoughts
Is there anything else you'd like to share about collecting playing cards, or about playing cards?
The playing card world constantly changes. For instance, European card manufacturer Cartamundi purchased United States Playing Card Company. I made a video about it if anyone cares to hear me rant about playing cards: Lee Asher on USPCC's Merger With Cartamundi
We're living in fascinating times, and I look forward to what our future brings! Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts about playing cards, EndersGame.
If anyone reading this wants to continue the conversation, please email me at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]). I'm always interested in meeting other fellow magicians, playing card collectors and enthusiasts. Speak soon.

Conclusion

Lee Asher certainly has a lot to offer and share when it comes to playing cards, and I for one are very grateful that he was willing to do this interview. He has a wealth of knowledge, and his insights are helpful, and his enthusiasm is infectious. If you haven't yet seen it, I highly recommend listening to him talk about Cartamundi's recent acquisition of USPCC [link] - it's obvious that he's knowledgeable and passionate, and you'll learn some fascinating things from what Lee has to say.
Collectors in the United States will also appreciate learning more about the 52 Plus Joker club. If you're really keen, you may even want to attend the annual convention in October. Certainly take a look at what they offer, including the very interesting Card Culture magazine.
Once again a huge thank you to Lee Asher for conducting this interview - I know I've learned a lot, and enjoyed hearing what he had to say. Lee's enthusiasm for playing cards is something that many of us around the world share, and I'm sure I'm not the only one that sees somewhat of a kindred spirit, with our shared love for playing cards.
Where to learn more?Official website for Lee AsherLee Asher 605 Playing CardsLee Asher's articles on magic and playing cardsOfficial website for the 52 Plus Joker American Playing Card Collectors ClubThe Annual 52 Plus Joker ConventionCard Culture sample issue

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Author's note: I first published this article at PlayingCardDecks.com here.
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Casino Changing Rules Of A Tournament After It Starts?

Link to blog post: https://thebicyclecasino.blogspot.com/2019/07/correction-on-100000-guaranteed-day-2.html

This afternoon, The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, announced via their blog that the structure sheet on Event #20 in their current tournament series was apparently incorrect. It had said that 30% of the Day 2 field would be paid, when in fact 60% would be, something they only bothered updating AFTER the first 2 flights had ended. This will drastically affect the payout structure, especially at the top.

What are your thoughts about a casino doing this?

Edit: A 30% payout structure is also still listed on the site itself: https://www.thebike.com/play/major_tournament_summer_poker_series_2019.php
If you scroll down, you'll see it there unless they eventually update it.
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The East Area Rapist part 7 - Excitement's Crave, Brian and Katie Maggiore and more.

Welcome back to my seventh entry in my "The East Area Rapist" series. This post details the attacks on victims 26-28, along with various phone calls and notes presumed to be the work of the infamous rapist. Moreover, I am also delving into the murders of Brian and Katie Maggiore. This is my longest post to date, so I hope it provides valuable information and is worth the time-consuming read.
Victim 26
It was Saturday, October 29, 1977, at 1:45 in the morning. A husband woke up to the consistent tapping on his feet. After rolling over the intruder used his flashlight beam to temporarily blind him and said through gritted teeth, Don't move or I'll blow your fucking brains out. I know you have a gun in your drawer somewhere. The husband cooperated with the treats, mentioning his weapon was nearby.
The disturbance woke the wife who was perplexed by the commotion. The trespasser took notice of the situation and threw shoelaces at her commanding to bind her husband's wrists. She was shaking with fear and hysteria and accidentally tied one hand, causing the intruder to lash out in agitation, Bitch! I'll blow your fucking brains out if you try that again!
After suppressing the couple the intruder left the master bedroom to rummage through other areas in the homestead. Minutes later he returned with a much more volatile approach -- accusing the couple of untying each other's bindings. His paranoia was increasing as he forced the wife into the living room with a gun barrel pointed at her back and a knife against her throat.
He proceeded to make the wife lay down on her stomach as he blindfolded her with strips of towels he had cut during his ransacking. The intruder attempted to comfort her by saying, I'm not going to hurt you. I only want money and food for my van. Though she was unable to see, she courageously spoke up saying she hadn't any money on her personally but would write him a check. That statement only perpetuated his irritation further, telling the wife, Shut your fucking mouth!
The intruder then straddled on her back and put his penis into her hands and ordered, Play with it. You better make it good. She tried telling the rapist she had no feeling in her hands due to the lack of circulation, but her plea only caused him to hiss at her, Shut up, or I'll cut off your ears. He changed her positioning and instructed her to suck his penis that was slathered with lotion, which made her sick in the progress.
Thereafter, he continued his abuse and after climaxing, his demeanor transitioned into regret that seemed authentic according to the victim. He began sobbing erratically, hyperventilating and repeating the phrase, I'm sorry, Mom. Mommy, please help me! I don't want to do this, Mommy.
Suddenly, the perpetrator regained his composure and checked upon the husband for an extended period of time. When he returned to the wife he raped her for the second time. Once more, he continued his remorseful plea with a high pitched voice, Mommy, I don't want to do this. Someone, please help me.
Nevertheless, he managed to calm himself down and told the wife, I'm going to watch television. You better keep your fucking mouth shut, bitch. Shortly after, he grabbed dinnerware from the kitchen cabinets and stacked them on the victim's back. Meanwhile, he removed her wedding rings and left the residence. When the husband and wife felt the rapist was finally gone, they undid their bindings and called the authorities.
Noteworthy points
Victim 27
In Sacramento, California on Thursday, November 10, 1977, at 3:30 in the morning, a 56-year-old mother awakened to the sound of her patio glass sliding doors opening from her bedroom. Startled by the sound, she immediately jumped up, but a flashlight beam on her face blinded her. Remarkably, she remained steadfast and undaunted by the intruder's presence and asked, What do you want with me? I'm an old lady.
In a softened manner, the trespasser replied, I'm not going to hurt you. All I want is your money. Lay down on your stomach. She abided but still remained unphased by his tenacity. He soon clasped her hands, wrists, and ankles together. She began complaining that her bindings were too tight, but the masked intruder ignored her quibble and said, Shut up! Do you want me to cut off your fingers? Who else is home? Don't lie to me or I'll slit your throat. She attested her thirteen-year-old daughter was sleeping in a nearby room.
Moments later the intruder crept his way into the daughter's room and started shaking her in order to wake her up. Unaware of her surroundings the teenager said, Leave me alone, assuming it was her mother. She abruptly realized the dire situation when the individual placed his knife against her throat and screaming, This isn't a joke! Roll over and put your hands behind your back.
Though she was frightened, she followed in her mother's bravery and told the intruder no. Her defiance exasperated him resulting in more threats, Do as I say or I'll slit your throat and watch you bleed to death, all the while moving his knife towards the back of her ears and asking, Do you want me to cut off your ear?
With the blackout being lifted nearly a year prior and the coverage this criminal was getting through the media, the young daughter managed to put the puzzle pieces together and realize who the perpetrator was. She responded to his question, relaying her carelessness regarding the empty threat of removing her ear(s).
This surprised the individual, making him momentarily stop with the menacing ultimatums. He eventually gave up and tied her hands together saying, Look, all I want is your money. Where is it? She purposefully lied to him saying she didn't have any. Frustrated by the lack of obedience, he left the teenager's room and resumed his duties on the mother. However, his threats were of no avail as the mother continued behaving unconcerned.
He left once more and retried his onslaught with the teenage daughter. By the time he returned, she had unloosened her bindings around her ankles. The assailant fastened them together again and angrily declared, If you try that again, I will fucking kill your mother.
Thereafter, he proceeded to ransack the home and retrieve dishes from the kitchen to place on the mother's back, indicating she wasn't the prime target for rape. Before leaving her room he intently told her, If I hear these dishes rattle, I'll fucking kill you, bitch. Do you understand? All I want is your money. Do you hear me? The mother ignored his responses, but he continued repeating the same sentences until she finally corresponded. He then went on to mention, I need things for my apartment. My car is parked outside and I'm going back to Los Angeles.
Afterward, he reappeared in the daughter's room, blindfolding and gagging her with strips of towels he had cut during the rummaging. He then squatted down and put his penis into her hands saying, Grab it. Squeeze it. Do you know what this is? She told the assailant no as he asked, Have you ever been fucked before? This time she said she didn't know, confusing the rapist.
He demanded her to roll over, but she declined and asked why. The threats continued spewing from the assailant as he tried explaining what an erection was. After multiple attempts, he was finally able to successfully rape her in a satisfactory fashion. He eventually gave up from this botched attack and returned to the mother who was shivering from the breeze of the opened patio door(s). The rapist took a sleeping bag from the floor and draped it over her for warmth and the said, I'm going to load some groceries from the kitchen and leave. Shockingly, he stayed true to his word and left the home entirely.
Noteworthy points
  • This attack is quite significant because it presents a second occurrence of the women victim(s) gaining the upper hand, albeit slightly. His seventh victim feigned him by showering him with compliments during the rape. This ultimately led him to let his guard down momentarily. With this attack, instead of flattery, the women made a stand and refused to let their inner terror be visible, leading to the intruder's downfall in terms of a successful crime.
  • While it's possible the intruder lived in Los Angeles, California, it's highly unlikely. This attack occurred in Sacramento, which is roughly a six-hour drive. Furthermore, he used this particular phrase often in other areas including Rancho Cordova, Carmichael, Del Dayo and more. In these locations, he would mention to the victim(s) he lived in an apartment a few blocks away.
  • The thirteen-year-old was his youngest victim. She attended a private school and told authorities his penis was approximately five inches long when erect, though she had never seen this male organ, except in books during sexual education class. There is also a minor discrepancy about her attack. Initially, the police believed she was raped, but the teenager and her mother denied it. However, on the recent program "48 Hours," the crimes of The East Area Rapist were covered and the teenager, now older, said she was raped.
  • This attack occurred in a condominium and the kitchen was located upstairs, whereas most of the crimes committed by The East Area Rapist were single story residences with a detached garage.
  • A month prior, the victim had been receiving a plethora of phone calls. When she answered with a customary hello, the person on the other end of the line would immediately hang up.
  • Three days before the sexual assault a note was discovered in the bathroom of a nearby college campus. It read, The East Side Rapist was here. I will rape my first black girl tonight. The dumb cops will never find me. Obviously, it's unknown whether or not this was written by the infamous serial offender. Nonetheless, it's still an intriguing piece of circumstantial evidence if genuine.
  • One day before the assault, a neighbor of victim 27 heard dubious sounds between the time of 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. He described the first sound as something falling against the home of the victim. It's unsure what the second noise was, but he went outside to look around and nothing unusual was in sight.
  • The night of the attack, another neighbor heard sounds of someone meddling with the locks on her glass sliding doors at 12:00 in the morning. This prompted her dog to bark and she turned on the lights. However, nobody was in view. Three hours later another neighbor reported hearing tampering with her locks.
  • During the month of November 1977, a second annual town hall meeting took place in Mira Loma, California. This is significant. It was at these series of meetings where the photos taken of the crowd occurred, ultimately creating a fandom of the individual known as The Puffy Jacket Guy. Many people associate these photos with the first town hall meeting in November 1976, which is a vital misconception.
Victim 28
It was a Friday night on December 2, 1977, in Foothill Farms, California when a wife and mother of two was awakened from her sleep at approximately 11:45 p.m. In the standard formality, the intruder flashed his beam in her eyes and whispered loudly enough for her to hear, Shut up or I'll gag you. If you don't listen, I will kill your little boy.
Needless to say, she cooperated completely with the intruder as he fastened her wrists and ankles together, along with obscuring her vision with a blindfold. He guided her into the family room and removed her underwear, tossing them in the hallway. As he was beginning to gag her, she objected by telling the masked intruder she wouldn't be able to calmly tell her children to go back to bed if they happened upon them.
Meanwhile, the trespasser was having difficulty remaining focused, with his attention being averted to the living room window where he continually peeked through the drapes due to the sound of children playing in the street. This distraction caused him to paranoidly mumble with vexation, You think you're smarter, but I'm smarter than you!
He returned to the constrained mother and stood over her momentarily before rummaging the household. All of a sudden, the individual disappeared into the night and left the family unharmed. The bound mother managed to hop and stumble her way to the phone and call her neighbor, who quickly rushed over to cut loose the bindings and call the police.
Noteworthy points
  • Thirty minutes before the attack emerged, the wife's husband -- an Army Lt. Colonel stationed at Sacramento Army Depot to advise members of the National Guard -- had left home to attend a casino with friends.
  • At 11:00 p.m. a phone call was made to the sheriff's department. Though the message was not recorded, the anonymous person allegedly whispered into the receiver, I'm going to commit another rape tonight.
  • This particular attack may not have involved thorough planning, because of the intruder's lack of knowledge on the mother's children. She had two daughters instead of a boy as the criminal threatened to harm.
  • The victim said she heard a van engine rev up next to her residence when the intruder left. This is an interesting clue since a van had been seen at other crimes in the months beforehand. Furthermore, if her description is accurate, it correlates with the statements made by the perpetrator himself, when telling his victims he was only wanting money and food for his "van."
  • The night of the attack, a sixteen-year-old neighbor saw a beige colored station wagon next to the victim's home. He said the vehicle didn't belong to anyone living nearby, which is why he made note of the car to begin with. Moreover, the windows weren't covered in frost as other cars in the vicinity, indicating the driver had the heater on to defrost the windows. This begs the question, though: Did the victim mishear the vehicle engine she claimed to be a van? Nevertheless, both vehicle models have allegedly been used for previous crimes.
  • No weapon was brought to the crime. If there was, it was not seen by the victim. This is strange because The East Area Rapist typically brought a knife and handgun with him. The victim did say the intruder wore latex gloves that doctors generally use, though this cannot be confirmed because she based this on the feel of the gloves on her skin rather than eyesight.
  • The police questioned the children playing outside when the attack was taking place, but they all said they hadn't heard or seen anything strange.
  • The victim's home had been burglarized on October 27, 1977, while she was away from home visiting a friend, she forgot to lock her door. However, upon her return, it was locked. This understandably confused her and she immediately browsed her home for missing items. She discovered her thermostat was turned off, two photographs of her were stolen and a jar of pickles in her fridge had been readjusted to another shelf.
  • According to Richard Shelby's book, "Hunting a Psychopath," a man by the name of Richard Boren was arrested a few months before this attack occurred that featured many similarities to this aborted crime.
  • The intruder entered the residence through the glass sliding doors from the patio. Interestingly, a few weeks prior her spare key for the front door disappeared from underneath the floor mat. She assumed one of the children had accidentally lost it.
  • Between November 11 - December 1, 1977, the victim was receiving anonymous hang-up phone calls every day after 2:00 p.m.
  • Strange occurrences in the victim's neighborhood started taking place on December 1, 1977. In the afternoon a neighbor of victim 28 spotted a man walking from Woodridge School. She was attending to her garden when the two made eye contact from a considerable distance. He supposedly watched her for a prolonged amount of time before leaving. Shortly thereafter, more people in the community saw a beige colored station wagon parked next to the home of victim 28, which was a common vehicle reported in relation to attacks committed on victims. Later that evening, two women living together had their electricity turned off by somebody unknown.
  • I'm not sure of its validation, but the women who stated their electricity had been turned off had received a phone call seven months prior in May 1977. The caller whispered three times, You are next.
This would be the last known attack committed by The East Area Rapist in 1977. Though no more rapes occurred, the criminal would still have a productive month in December before the new year.
On December 9, 1977, the twenty-first victim(s) received a phone call from a male who remained incognito. The caller had said, Merry Christmas, it's me again! The wife told authorities the voice matched the sound of her rapist earlier that year. It's worth reiterating the husband of this family was the Italian individual who berated Detective Richard Shelby at the first series of town hall meetings in November of 1976.
The following evening on December 10, 1977, dispatchers from Sacramento's Sheriff's Department experienced a strange phone call known as The Watt Avenue Recording at 10:00 p.m. The voice appeared to match the phone call made on December 2, 1977, who stated he was going to rape someone that night. Though a crime was attempted, it was botched due to children frolicking outside in the street.
After the phone call, officers were on high alert surveying Watt Avenue and the surrounding areas with the intention of apprehending the possible rapist if he remained true to his word. Around 2:30 in the morning -- now December 11 -- deputies saw a masked individual riding a bicycle at a high rate of speed on the bridge leading to Watt Avenue. The authorities turned their sirens on and a chase ensued, but the biker managed to elude them.
Two hours later the biker was spotted again by city police in the general vicinity. Once more a pursuit took place, but the perpetrator yet again managed to flee after abandoning the bicycle and running on foot. I'm not sure of its validity, but the bicycle had been reported stolen from Redding, California.
With the day now December 11, 1977, the newspaper publisher, The Sacramento Bee, along with the Mayor and television studio for KVIE 6 TV received a poem by a person claiming to be The East Area Rapist. It's unclear of its authenticity, but it's rather coincidental it's not by the same individual who eluded capture mere hours earlier. The title of the poem is:
Excitement's Crave
  • All those mortal's surviving birth
  • Upon facing maturity,
  • Take inventory of their worth
  • To prevailing society.
  • Choosing values becomes a task;
  • Oneself must seek satisfaction.
  • The selected route will unmask
  • Character when plans take action.
  • Accepting some work to perform
  • At fixed pay, but promises for more,
  • Is a recognized social norm,
  • As is decorum, seeking lore.
  • Achieving while others lifting
  • Should be cause for deserving fame
  • Leisure tempts excitement seeking,
  • What's right and expected seems tame.
  • "Jessie James" has been seen by all,
  • And "Son of Sam" has an author.
  • Others now feel temptations call.
  • Sacramento should make an offer.
  • To make a movie of my life
  • That will pay for my planned exile.
  • Just now I'd like to add the wife
  • Of a Mafia lord to my file.
  • Your East Area Rapist
  • And deserving pest
  • See you in the press or on T.V.
That would be the final form of information regarding The East Area Rapist in 1977. He wouldn't claim his next victim until January 28, 1978. However, on January 2, 1978, he did make two phone calls to his very first rape victim that occurred on June 18, 1976. These phone calls are known as Is Ray There and Gonna Kill You.
Brian and Katie Maggiore
Between the time of 9:00 - 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 1978, Brian and Katie Maggiore were taking their poodle dog named Thumper on a leisure stroll through the neighborhood on La Alegria Drive located in Rancho Cordova, California. For all intents and purposes, this locale was typically considered a safe community.
At the time of this horrific tragedy, Brian Maggiore was a twenty-one-year-old Air Force Sergeant who was previously stationed in Alaska. His wife of two years, on the other hand, was twenty years old and living in Fresno, California until her husband transferred to Mather Air Force Base where they would relocate to an apartment at La Verta Court in Rancho Cordova, California.
During their casual walk with Thumper, he somehow managed to get free from their grasp and run off into a backyard nearby. The couple quickly chased after their dog and it's at this point things become slightly muddled in terms of what truly transpired.
Suddenly, a ten-year-old boy in his upstairs bedroom heard the terrifying screams of Brian and Katie Maggiore as they began running away from a masked intruder brandishing a handgun and pursuing them. The couple continued sprinting through the backyard of two neighbors who had a fence damaged on the ground that generally separated the yards.
The gunman fired numerous shots and two of the bullets ultimately struck Brian Maggiore and killed him immediately. A stray bullet damaged a glass window and missed the homeowner, Nicholas Ottlinger by mere inches, who quickly grabbed his wife and threw her down to the floor as they lay down in cover.
The shooter kept up his pace with Katie as she shrieked for help at the top of her lungs. She managed to make it to the front gate of a neighbor's residence before the murder fired another shot that fatally struck her in the head. Her deceased body was obstructing the opening to the fence, so the killer hurled himself over the barrier and started fleeing the scene.
In that process, he encountered a seventeen-year-old named Karl Nollsch who was in his opened garage checking on the commotion outside. The killer turned in another direction with posthaste and ran to the end of the block before removing his mask and rapidly walking in the yards of other residences, trying his best to not attract too much attention.
As he walked along the shrubbery trying to remain out of sight, an unsuspecting vehicle was driving down the block with its headlights on. The shooter quickly jumped behind a tree to diminish the driver's view, staying there momentarily until the vehicle was out of view.
While continuing his escape, he eventually walked across a yard where the homeowner as outside tending to her lawn. According to her testimony, he was wearing a World War II bomber jacket with an insignia that represented the 320th Bomb Group. He used his jacket collar to shield his identity, all the while casually telling her, I guess I must be trespassing. Afterward, he disappeared into the night and has never been apprehended.
Noteworthy points
  • The first thing that needs to be addressed is whether or not these murders were committed by The East Area Rapist. It's a hotly debated topic and I'll try my best to refrain from giving my personal opinion and only detail the facts, theories and lingering questions.
  • The general consensus amongst police officers is that this crime was the work of The East Area Rapist. The main source of evidence is a set of shoelaces found at the crime scene that was tied together in the same fashion and knotting the rapist would use on his victims. While many officers are in agreement, there are still those who consider otherwise.
  • It's worth mentioning that The East Area Rapist did operate in this region. Furthermore, Brian had military connections. This can be slightly affiliated with the MO of the rapist, due to many of his victims having ties to the military or the medical field.
  • The main reason there is many discrepancies surrounding this case is due to witnesses saying they saw two men in the area during the attack. However, what fails to get mentioned more often than not is the actual scenario. For one, they weren't seen together committing the crime. It just so happened that a person similar in stature was walking in the opposite direction from which the shooter ran off from. That doesn't perpetuate two people being the killer(s).
  • Karl Nollsch, the seventeen-year-old that encountered the shooter from his garage said this person was approximately 6 foot and was wearing pointy-toed cowboy boots and a leather jacket with a stain. This was not the typical attire The East Area Rapist wore, nor is his height a match. However, he did have the appropriate weight, body stature and appeared to be in his early twenties. Moreover, the validity of two separate statements needs to be considered. The woman tending to her lawn said the man's jacket had an insignia. Is it possible the seventeen-year-old mistook the emblem for a stain, or vice versa (that or the teenager and woman didn't recognize one or the other)? With that being said, it seemingly points to the shooter not being the notorious rapist.
  • In regards of the other male walking in the opposite direction, the general overlay is this individual appeared to have more similarities in terms of clothing, height and weight to The East Area Rapist than the mysterious man Karl Nollsch reported witnessing.
  • In part four of my series, I posted photos of the suspect(s) seen during the crime, along with newspaper clippings detailing the event. I will repost them here for quick accessibility. You can view one of the original newspaper clippings here briefly describing the tragedy. A revised update was eventually made on one of the suspects. Moreover, the revised composite sketch was mentioned in another clipping accessible here. Finally, a little more insight can be gleaned from this brief newspaper article written by staff writer, Paul Mapes.
  • Brian and Katie Maggiore's dog, Thumper, was found in a neighbor's pool shivering from the cold and fear. From what I have gathered, he survived.
  • Prior to the murders, Katie had supposedly been receiving tedious prank phone calls, not only at her home but her occupation as well at Regal Gas Station. Apparently, there are two gas stations with the same name in the general area, because on one occasion the caller told Katie, I'm the person who raped two women in a Regal Gas Station and you're my next victim. You can view the discussion on the proboards and on this WordPress blog. From an excerpt in Richard Shelby's book, "Hunting a Psychopath," he says in chapter 50, Katie had been the victim of crank phone calls and may have been the target of a stalker. The crank phone caller told her he was the one who raped two women in a Regal gas station, and she would be next. Any more information about this possible stalking, or what may have occurred while in Fresno, has not been made public.
  • There are many questions still left unanswered regarding this crime. One of which is why? The leading assumption is that during the chase for Thumper, Brian and Katie stumbled upon their soon to be murderer. If this person is The East Area Rapist, what exactly prompted him to spontaneously react to killing them? It's hard to comprehend, primarily because the rapist had many alleged close calls, especially in the midst of his stalking the day time, yet he never eliminated other witnesses. The most viable reason would be that the couple encountered him without his mask fully on and they knew him personally or well enough to give police a proper name to identify the suspect.
  • Then again, why murder Brian and Katie Maggiore and not Karl Nollsch, who practically faced to face with the perpetrator? Was he out of ammunition with the many shots he fired upon the couple?
  • Another question that is confusing is how did the shoelaces end up at the crime scene if the shooter is not The East Area Rapist? Assuming the shooter was him, the obvious conclusion is that the shoelaces fell out of his pocket during the chase. Either that or he deliberately threw them on the ground to leave his trademark calling card.
  • If this was the work of The East Area Rapist, the murder of Brian and Katie Maggiore would officially be his first two kills (maybe third if he's also the Visalia Ransacker who shot and murdered Claude Snelling).
  • There are a few conclusions that can be theorized with this case, all of which are equally terrifying. One) The shooter was The East Area Rapist or he wasn't. The shooter was wearing attire not generally associated with the rapist. Two) The rapist had an accomplice. Three) The shooter wasn't The East Area Rapist, but the other individual in the composite sketch was, and both men were separately acting on their own behalf in the same neighborhood coincidentally.
  • On a final note, I want to share a photo of Brian and Katie Maggiore before their senseless demise. These two people, including ten other people who were met with a similar fate, once had very happy and fulfilling lives with plans for their future. Their lives should not solely be remembered only by their death, but for who they were as individuals. These pictures hopefully provide just that.
This now concludes part seven. Thank you for taking the time to read this very lengthy entry. You all give me the motivation to continue this series. I've never had an "audience" before who look forward to my posts and check this subreddit to see if I have posted another submission. Because of that, I feel as if it's my responsibility to please those who read these entries, as well as spreading the word on the infamous serial rapist and killer.
Sources
The Visalia Ransacker part 1
The Visalia Ransacker part 2
The East Area Rapist part 3
The East Area Rapist part 4
The East Area Rapist part 5
The East Area Rapist part 6
The Quester Files
Cold Case EAONS
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The East Area Rapist part 7

Welcome back to my seventh entry in my "The East Area Rapist" series. This post details the attacks on victims 26-28, along with various phone calls and notes presumed to be the work of the infamous rapist. Moreover, I am also delving into the murders of Brian and Katie Maggiore. This is my longest post to date, so I hope it provides valuable information and is worth the time consuming read.
Victim 26
It was Saturday, October 29, 1977 at 1:45 in the morning. A husband woke up to the consistent tapping on his feet. After rolling over the intruder used his flashlight beam to temporarily blind him and said in gritted teeth, Don't move or I'll blow your fucking brains out. I know you have a gun in your drawer somewhere. The husband cooperated with the treats, mentioning his weapon was nearby.
The disturbance awoke the wife who was perplexed by the commotion. The trespasser took notice of the situation and threw shoelaces at her commanding to bind her husband's wrists. She was shaking with fear and hysteria and accidentally tied one hand, causing the intruder to lash out in agitation, Bitch! I'll blow your fucking brains out if you try that again!
After suppressing the couple the intruder left the master bedroom to rummage through other areas in the homestead. Minutes later he returned with a much more volatile approach -- accusing the couple of untying each other's bindings. His paranoia was increasing as he forced the wife into the living room with a gun barrel pointed at her back and a knife against her throat.
He proceeded to make the wife lay down on her stomach as he blindfolded her with strips of towels he had cut during his ransacking. The intruder attempted to feign her by saying, I'm not going to hurt you. I only want money and food for my van. Though she was unable to see, she courageously spoke up saying she hadn't any money on her personally, but would write him a check. That statement only perpetuated his irritation further, telling the wife, Shut your fucking mouth!
The intruder then straddled on her back and put his penis into her hands and ordered, Play with it. You better make it good. She tried telling the rapist she had no feeling in her hands due to the lack of circulation, but her plea only caused him to hiss at her, Shut up, or I'll cut off your ears. He changed her positioning and instructed her to suck his penis that was lathered with lotion, which made her sick in the progress.
Thereafter, he continued his abuse and after climaxing, his demeanor transitioned into regret that seemed authentic according to the victim. He began sobbing erratically, hyperventilating and repeating the phrase, I'm sorry, Mom. Mommy, please help me! I don't want to do this, Mommy.
Suddenly, the perpetrator regained his composure and checked upon the husband for an extended period of time. When he returned to the wife he raped her for a second time. Once more, he continued his remorseful plea with a high pitched voice, Mommy, I don't want to do this. Someone please help me.
Nevertheless, he managed to calm himself down and told the wife, I'm going to watch television. You better keep your fucking mouth shut, bitch. Shortly after, he grabbed dinnerware from the kitchen cabinets and stacked them on the victim's back. Meanwhile, he removed her wedding rings and left the residence. When the husband and wife felt the rapist was finally gone, they undid their bindings and called the authorities.
Interesting things that are noteworthy
Victim 27
In Sacramento, California on Thursday, November 10, 1977 at 3:30 in the morning, a 56 year old mother awakened to the sound of her patio glass sliding doors opening from her bedroom. Startled by the resound, she immediately jumped up, but a flashlight beam on her face blinded her. Remarkably, she remained steadfast and undaunted by the intruder's presence and asked, What do you want with me? I'm an old lady.
In a softened manner the trespasser replied, I'm not going to hurt you. All I want is your money. Lay down on your stomach. She abided but still remained unphased by his tenacity. He soon clasped her hands, wrists and ankles together. She began complaining that her binds were too tight, but the masked intruder ignored her quibble and said, Shut up! Do you want me to cut off your fingers? Who else is home? Don't lie to me or I'll slit your throat. She attested her thirteen year old daughter was sleeping in a nearby room.
Moments later the intruder crept his way into the daughter's room and started shaking her in order to wake her up. Unaware of her surroundings the teenager said, Leave me alone, assuming it was her mother. She abruptly realized the dire situation when the individual placed his knife against her throat and screaming, This isn't a joke! Roll over and put your hands behind your back.
Though she was frightened, she followed in her mother's bravery and told the intruder no. Her defiance exasperated him resulting in more threats, Do as I say or I'll slit your throat and watch you bleed to death, all the while moving his knife towards the back of her ears and asking, Do you want me to cut off your ear?
With the blackout being lifted nearly a year prior and the coverage this criminal was getting through the media, the young daughter managed to put the puzzle pieces together and realize who the perpetrator was. She responded to his question, relaying her carelessness regarding the empty threat of removing her ear(s).
This surprised the individual, making him momentarily stop with the menacing ultimatums. He eventually gave up and tied her hands together saying, Look, all I want is your money. Where is it? She purposefully lied to him saying she didn't have any. Frustrated by the lack of obedience, he left the teenager's room and resumed his duties on the mother. However, his threats were of no avail as the mother continued behaving unconcerned.
He left once more and retried his onslaught with the teenage daughter. By the time he returned, she had unloosened her bindings around her ankles. The assailant fastened them together again and angrily declared, If you try that again, I will fucking kill your mother.
Thereafter, he proceeded to ransack the home and retrieve dishes from the kitchen to place on the mother's back, indicating she wasn't the prime target for rape. Before leaving her room he intently told her, If I hear these dishes rattle, I'll fucking kill you, bitch. Do you understand? All I want is your money. Do you hear me? The mother ignored his responses, but he continued repeating the same sentences until she finally corresponded. He then went on to mention, I need things for my apartment. My car is parked outside and I'm going back to Los Angeles.
Afterwards, he reappeared in the daughter's room, blindfolding and gagging her with strips of towels he had cut during the rummaging. He then squatted down and put his penis into her hands saying, Grab it. Squeeze it. Do you know what this is? She told the assailant no as he asked, Have you ever been fucked before? This time she said she didn't know, confusing the rapist.
He demanded her to roll over, but she declined and asked why. The threats continued spewing from the assailant as he tried explaining what an erection was. After multiple attempts, he was finally able to successfully rape her in a satisfactory fashion. He eventually gave up from this botched attack and returned to the mother who was shivering from the breeze of the opened patio door(s). The rapist took a sleeping bag from the floor and draped it over her for warmth and the said, I'm going to load some groceries from the kitchen and leave. Shockingly, he stayed true to his word and left the home entirely.
Interesting things that are noteworthy
  • This attack is quite significant, because it presents a second occurrence of the women victim(s) gaining the upperhand, albeit slightly. His seventh victim feigned him by showering him with compliments during the rape. This ultimately led him to let his guard down momentarily. With this attack, instead of flattery, the women made a stand and refused to let their inner terror be visible, leading to the intruder's downfall in terms of a successful crime.
  • While it's possible the intruder lived in Los Angeles, California, it's highly unlikely. This attack occurred in Sacramento, which is roughly a six hour drive. Furthermore, he used this particular phrase often in other areas including Rancho Cordova, Carmichael, Del Dayo and more. In these locations he would mention to the victim(s) he lived in an apartment a few blocks away.
  • The thirteen year old was his youngest victim. She attended a private school and told authorities his penis was approximately five inches long when erect, though she had never seen this male organ, except in books during sexual education class. There is also a minor discrepancy about her attack. Initially, the police believed she was raped, but the teenager and her mother denied it. However, on the recent program "48 Hours," the crimes of The East Area Rapist were covered and the teenager, now older, said she was raped.
  • This attack occurred in a condominium and the kitchen was located upstairs, whereas most of the crimes committed by The East Area Rapist were single story residences with a detached garage.
  • A month prior, the victim had been receiving a plethora of phone calls. When she answered with a customary hello, the person on the other end of the line would immediately hang up.
  • Three days before the sexual assault a note was discovered in the bathroom of a nearby college campus. It read, The East Side Rapist was here. I will rape my first black girl tonight. The dumb cops will never find me. Obviously, it's unknown whether or not this was written by the infamous serial offender. Nonetheless, it's still an intriguing piece of circumstantial evidence if genuine.
  • One day before the assault, a neighbor of victim 27 heard dubious sounds between the time of 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. He described the first sound as something falling against the home of the victim. It's unsure what the second noise was, but he went outside to look around and nothing unusual was in sight.
  • The night of the attack, another neighbor heard sounds of someone meddling with the locks on her glass sliding doors at 12:00 in the morning. This prompted her dog to bark and she turned on the lights. However, nobody was in view. Three hours later another neighbor reported hearing tampering with her locks.
  • During the month of November, 1977, a second annual town hall meeting took place in Mira Loma, California. This is significant. It was at these series of meetings where the photos taken of the crowd occurred, ultimately creating a fandom of the individual known as The Puffy Jacket Guy. Many people associate these photos with the first town hall meeting in November, 1976, which is a vital misconception.
Victim 28
It was a Friday night on December 2, 1977 in Foothill Farms, California when a wife and mother of two was awakened from her sleep at approximately 11:45 p.m. In typical formality, the intruder flashed his beam in her eyes and whispered loudly enough for her to hear, Shut up or I'll gag you. If you don't listen, I will kill your little boy.
Needless to say she cooperated completely with the intruder as he fastened her wrists and ankles together, along with obscuring her vision with a blindfold. He guided her into the family room and removed her underwear, tossing them in the hallway. As he was beginning to gag her, she objected by telling the masked intruder she wouldn't be able to calmly tell her children to go back to bed if they happened upon them.
Meanwhile, the trespasser was having difficulty remaining focused, with his attention being averted to the living room window where he continually peeked through the drapes due to the sound of children playing in the street. This distraction caused him to paranoidly mumble with vexation, You think you're smarter, but I'm smarter than you!
He returned to the constrained mother and stood over her momentarily before rummaging the household. All of a sudden, the individual disappeared into the night and left the family unharmed. The bound mother managed to hop and stumble her way to the phone and call her neighbor, who quickly rushed over to cut loose the bindings and call police.
Interesting things that are noteworthy
  • Thirty minutes before the attack emerged, the wife's husband -- an Army Lt. Colonel stationed at Sacramento Army Depot to advise members of the National Guard -- had left home to attend a casino with friends.
  • At 11:00 p.m. a phone call was made to the sheriff's department. Though the message was not recorded, the anonymous person allegedly whispered into the receiver, I'm going to commit another rape tonight.
  • This particular attack may not have involved thorough planning, because of the intruder's lack of knowledge on the mother's children. She had two daughters instead of a boy as the criminal threatened to harm.
  • The victim said she heard a van engine rev up next to her residence when the intruder left. This is an interesting clue, since a van had been seen at other crimes in the months beforehand. Furthermore, if her description is accurate, it correlates with the statements made by the perpetrator himself, when telling his victims he was only wanting money and food for his "van."
  • The night of the attack, a sixteen year old neighbor saw a beige colored station wagon next to the victim's home. He said the vehicle didn't belong to anyone living nearby, which is why he made note of the car to begin with. Moreover, the windows weren't covered in frost as other cars in the vicinity, indicating the driver had the heater on to defrost the windows. This begs the question, though: Did the victim mishear the vehicle engine she claimed to be a van? Nevertheless, both vehicle models have allegedly been used at previous crimes.
  • No weapon was brought to the crime. If there was, it was not seen by the victim. This is strange, because The East Area Rapist typically brought a knife and handgun with him. The victim did say the intruder wore latex gloves that doctors generally use, though this cannot be confirmed because she based this on the feel of the gloves on her skin rather than eyesight.
  • The police questioned the children playing outside when the attack was taking place, but they all said they hadn't heard or seen anything strange.
  • The victim's home had been burglarized on October 27, 1977, while she was away from home visiting a friend, she forgot to lock her door. However, upon her return it was locked. This understandably confused her and she immediately browsed her home for missing items. She discovered her thermostat was turned off, two photographs of her were stolen and a jar of pickles in her fridge had been readjusted to another shelf.
  • According to Richard Shelby's book, "Hunting a Psychopath," a man by the name of Richard Boren was arrested a few months before this attack occurred that featured many similarities to this aborted crime.
  • The intruder entered the residence through the glass sliding doors from the patio. Interestingly, a few weeks prior her spare key for the front door disappeared from underneath the floormat. She assumed one of the children had accidentally lost it.
  • Between November 11 - December 1, 1977, the victim was receiving anonymous hang up phone calls every day after 2:00 p.m.
  • Strange occurrences in the victim's neighborhood started taking place on December 1, 1977. In the afternoon a neighbor of victim 28 spotted a man walking from Woodridge School. She was attending to her garden when the two made eye contact from a considerable distance. He supposedly watched her for a prolonged amount of time before leaving. Shortly thereafter, more people in the community saw a beige colored station wagon parked next to the home of victim 28, which was a common vehicle reported in relation to attacks committed on victims. Later that evening, two women living together had their electricity turned off by somebody unknown.
  • I'm not sure of its validation, but the women who stated their electricity had been turned off had received a phone call seven months prior in May, 1977. The caller whispered three times, You are next.
This would be the last known attack committed by The East Area Rapist in 1977. Though no more rapes occurred, the criminal would still have a productive month in December before the new year.
On December 9, 1977, the twenty-first victim(s) received a phone call by a male who remained incognito. The caller had said, Merry Christmas, it's me again! The wife told authorities the voice matched the sound of her rapist earlier that year. It's worth reiterating the husband of this family was the Italian individual who berated Detective Richard Shelby at the first series of town hall meetings in November of 1976.
The following evening on December 10, 1977, dispatchers from Sacramento's Sheriff's Department experienced a strange phone call known as The Watt Avenue Recording at 10:00 p.m. The voice appeared to match the phone call made on December 2, 1977, who stated he was going to rape someone that night. Though a crime was attempted, it was botched due to children frolicking outside in the street.
After the phone call, officers were on high alert surveying Watt Avenue and the surrounding areas with the intention of apprehending the possible rapist if he remained truthful to his word. Around 2:30 in the morning -- now December 11 -- deputies saw a masked individual riding a bicycle at a high rate of speed on the bridge leading to Watt Avenue. The authorities turned their sirens on and a chase ensued, but the biker managed to elude them.
Two hours later the biker was spotted again by city police in the general vicinity. Once more a pursuit took place, but the perpetrator yet again managed to flee after abandoning the bicycle and running on foot. I'm not sure of its validity, but the bicycle had been reported stolen from Redding, California.
With the day now being December 11, 1977, the newspaper publisher, The Sacramento Bee, along with the Mayor and television studio for KVIE 6 TV received a poem by a person claiming to be The East Area Rapist. It's unclear of its authenticity, but it's rather coincidental it's not by the same individual who eluded capture mere hours earlier. The title of the poem is:
Excitement's Crave
  • All those mortal's surviving birth
  • Upon facing maturity,
  • Take inventory of their worth
  • To prevailing society.
  • Choosing values becomes a task;
  • Oneself must seek satisfaction.
  • The selected route will unmask
  • Character when plans take action.
  • Accepting some work to perform
  • At fixed pay, but promises for more,
  • Is a recognized social norm,
  • As is decorum, seeking lore.
  • Achieving while others lifting
  • Should be cause for deserving fame
  • Leisure tempts excitement seeking,
  • What's right and expected seems tame.
  • "Jessie James" has been seen by all,
  • And "Son of Sam" has an author.
  • Others now feel temptations call.
  • Sacramento should make an offer.
  • To make a movie of my life
  • That will pay for my planned exile.
  • Just now I'd like to add the wife
  • Of a Mafia lord to my file.
  • Your East Area Rapist
  • And deserving pest
  • See you in the press or on T.V.
That would be the final form of information regarding The East Area Rapist in 1977. He wouldn't claim his next victim until January 28, 1978. However, on January 2, 1978, he did make two phone calls to his very first rape victim that occurred on June 18, 1976. These phone calls are known as Is Ray There and Gonna Kill You.
Brian and Katie Maggiore
Between the time of 9:00 - 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 1978, Brian and Katie Maggiore were taking their poodle dog named Thumper on a leisure stroll through the neighborhood on La Alegria Drive located in Rancho Cordova, California. For all intents and purposes, this locale was typically considered a safe community.
At the time of this horrific tragedy, Brian Maggiore was a twenty-one year old Air Force Sergeant who was previously stationed in Alaska. His wife of two years on the other hand was twenty years old and living in Fresno, California until her husband transferred to Mather Air Force Base where they would relocate to an apartment at La Verta Court in Rancho Cordova, California.
During their casual walk with Thumper he somehow manage to get free from their grasp and run off into a backyard nearby. The couple quickly chased after their dog and it's at this point things become slightly muddled in terms of what truly transpired.
Suddenly, a ten year old boy in his upstairs bedroom heard the terrifying screams of Brian and Katie Maggiore as they began running away from a masked intruder brandishing a handgun and pursuing them. The couple continued sprinting through the backyard of two neighbors who had a fence damaged on the ground that generally separated the yards.
The gunman fired numerous shots and two of the bullets ultimately struck Brian Maggiore and killed him immediately. A stray bullet damaged a glass window and missed the homeowner, Nicholas Ottlinger by mere inches, who quickly grabbed his wife and threw her down to the floor as they lay down in cover.
The shooter kept up his pace with Katie as she shrieked for help at the top of her lungs. She managed to make it to the front gate of a neighbor's residence before the murder fired another shot that fatally struck her in the head. Her deceased body was obstructing the opening to the fence, so the killer hurled himself over the barrier and started fleeing the scene.
In that process he encountered a seventeen year old named Karl Nollsch who was in his opened garage checking on the commotion outside. The killer turned in another direction with posthaste and ran to the end of the block before removing his mask and rapidly walking in the yards of other residences, trying his best to not attract too much attention.
As he walked along the shrubbery trying to remain out of sight, an unsuspecting vehicle was driving down the block with its headlights on. The shooter quickly jumped behind a tree to diminish the driver's view, staying their momentarily until the vehicle was out of view.
While continuing his escape, he eventually walked across a yard where the homeowner as outside tending to her lawn. According to her testimony, he was wearing a World War II bomber jacket with an insignia that represented the 320th Bomb Group. He used his jacket collar to shield his identity, all the while casually telling her, I guess I must be trespassing. Afterwards, he disappeared into the night and has never been apprehended.
Interesting things that are noteworthy
  • The first thing that needs to be addressed is whether or not these murders were committed by The East Area Rapist. It's a hotly debated topic and I'll try my best to refrain from giving my personal opinion and only detail the facts, theories and lingering questions.
  • The general consensus amongst police officers is that this crime was the work of The East Area Rapist. The main source of evidence is a set of shoelaces found at the crime scene that were tied together in the same fashion and knotting the rapist would use on his victims. While many officers are in agreement, there are still those who consider otherwise.
  • It's worth mentioning that The East Area Rapist did operate in this region. Furthermore, Brian had military connections. This can be slightly affiliated with the MO of the rapist, due to many of his victims having ties to military or the medical field.
  • The main reason there is much discrepancy surrounding this case is due to witnesses saying they saw two men in the area during the attack. However, what fails to get mentioned more often than not is the actual scenario. For one, they weren't seen together committing the crime. It just so happened that a person similar in stature was walking in the opposite direction from which the shooter ran off from. That doesn't perpetuate two people being the killer(s).
  • Karl Nollsch, the seventeen year old that encountered the shooter from his garage said this person was approximately 6 foot and was wearing pointy-toed cowboy boots and a leather jacket with a stain. This was not the typical attire The East Area Rapist wore, nor is his height a match. However, he did have the appropriate weight, body stature and appeared to be in his early twenties. Moreover, the validity of two separate statements needs to be considered. The woman tending to her lawn said the man's jacket had an insignia. Is it possible the seventeen year old mistook the emblem for a stain, or vice versa (that or the teenager and woman didn't recognize one or the other)? With that being said, it seemingly points to the shooter not being the notorious rapist.
  • In regards of the other male walking in the opposite direction, the general overlay is this individual appeared to have more similarities in terms of clothing, height and weight to The East Area Rapist than the mysterious man Karl Nollsch reported witnessing.
  • In part four of my series, I posted photos of the suspect(s) seen during the crime, along with newspaper clippings detailing the event. I will repost them here for quicker accessibility. You can view one of the original newspaper clippings here briefly describing the tragedy. A revised update was eventually made on one of the suspects. Moreover, the revised composite sketch was mentioned in another clipping accessible here. Finally, a little more insight can be gleaned from this brief newspaper article written by staff writer, Paul Mapes.
  • Brian and Katie Maggiore's dog, Thumper, was found in a neighbor's pool shivering from the cold and fear. From what I have gathered, he survived.
  • Prior to the murders, Katie had supposedly been receiving tedious prank phone calls, not only at her home but her occupation as well at Regal Gas Station. Apparently there are two gas stations with the same name in the general area, because on one occasion the caller told Katie, I'm the person who raped two women in a Regal Gas Station and you're my next victim. You can view the discussion on the proboards and on this wordpress blog. From an excerpt in Richard Shelby's book, "Hunting a Psychopath," he says in chapter 50, Katie had been the victim of crank phone calls, and may have been the target of a stalker. The crank phone caller told her he was the one who raped two women in a Regal gas station, and she would be next. Any more information about this possible stalking, or what may have occurred while in Fresno, has not been made public.
  • There are many questions still left unanswered regarding this crime. One of which is why? The leading assumption is that during the chase for Thumper, Brian and Katie stumbled upon their soon to be murderer. If this person is The East Area Rapist, what exactly prompted him to spontaneously react to killing them? It's hard to comprehend, primarily because the rapist had many alleged close calls, especially in the midst of his stalking the day time, yet he never eliminated other witnesses. The most viable reason would be that the couple encountered him without his mask fully on and they knew him personally or well enough to give police a proper name to identify the suspect.
  • Then again, why murder Brian and Katie Maggiore and not Karl Nollsch, who was practically face to face with the perpetrator? Was he out of ammunition with the many shots he fired upon the couple?
  • Another question that is confusing is how did the shoelaces end up at the crime scene if the shooter is not The East Area Rapist? Assuming the shooter was him, the obvious conclusion is that the shoelaces fell out of his pocket during the chase. Either that or he deliberately threw them on the ground to leave his trademark calling card.
  • If this was the work of The East Area Rapist, the murder of Brian and Katie Maggiore would officially be his first two kills (maybe third if the he's also the Visalia Ransacker who shot and murdered Claude Snelling).
  • There are a few conclusions that can be theorized with this case, all of which are equally terrifying. One) The shooter was The East Area Rapist or he wasn't. The shooter was wearing attire not generally associated with the rapist. Two) The rapist had an accomplice. Three) The shooter wasn't The East Area Rapist, but the other individual in the composite sketch was, and both men were separately acting on their own behalf in the same neighborhood coincidentally.
  • On a final note, I want to share a photo of Brian and Katie Maggiore before their senseless demise. These two people, including ten other people who were met with a similar fate, once had a very happy and fulfilling lives with plans for their future. Their lives should not solely be remembered only by their death, but for who they were as individuals. These pictures hopefully provide just that.
This now concludes part seven. Thank you for taking the time to read this very lengthy entry. You all give me motivation to continue this series. I've never had an "audience" before who look forward to my posts and check this subreddit to see if I have posted another submission. Because of that, I feel as if it's my responsibility to please those who read these entries, as well as spreading the word on the infamous serial rapist and killer.
Sources
The Visalia Ransacker part 1
The Visalia Ransacker part 2
The East Area Rapist part 3
The East Area Rapist part 4
The East Area Rapist part 5
The East Area Rapist part 6
The Quester Files
Cold Case EAONS
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Best action in LA??

I recently moved down from the bay area about 6 months ago where I would play at Casino M8trix (Best cash game action in the country IMO) Wanted to get people's thoughts on where the best action is in Los Angeles - my first reactions are listed down to below but would love to hear other people's thoughts.
Hollywood Park - The nittiest game I've ever come across. Super nice room relative to the rest LA has to offer, but I hate playing here - no action in 5/5 or 5/10.
The Bicycle - This has been hit or miss for me, some nights the 5/5 and 5/10 are super live and fairly soft, but other nights they have been super tight and the 5/10 game has had some regs/sharks.
Commerce Casino - So far this has been my go-to spot. Despite it being a shit hole of a card room (think costco poker), the 5/5 game here is very soft and typically provides very good action. I go back and forth between the 5/5 and the 5/10 game but I've found that the 5/10 game is pretty littered with regs and grinders so lately I've been sticking to the 5/5 game and having a ton of success.
Yet to try: Hustler + Hawaiian Gardens (I've heard HG has some very good action so I will likely be checking it out soon)
Please let me know your thoughts/recommendations.
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If Best Picture Was Decided by Critic Polls (1940-2011)

Using the famed (and recently updated) TSPDT Top 1000 list, I did this fun little project to give some perspective on what critics with hindsight and a wider variety of films believe were the best of the year.
Just a note, this is from a critic POLL, so if you get angry about these choices, they weren't made by any specific critic. And you can't really get angry at critics as a whole, because lists like this don't take into account how much some critics hated the film, only how much others loved it. So keep the anger inside, and let's just discuss like rational human beings.
With that done, let's begin:
1940
Winner: His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks)
Other Nominations: The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford), The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin), The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch), The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor)
1941
Winner: Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
Other Nominations: The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges), Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges), The Maltese Falcon (John Huston), How Green Was My Valley (John Ford)
1942
Winner: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
Other Nominations: The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles), To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch), The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges), Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
1943
Winner: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Powell and Pressburger)
Other Nominations: Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer), Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock), I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur), Ossessione (Luchino Visconti)
1944
Winner: Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
Other Nominations: Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli), Ivan the Terrible Part I (Sergei Eisenstein), A Canterbury Tale (Powell and Pressburger), Laura (Otto Preminger)
1945
Winner: Les Enfants du Paradis (Marcel Carne)
Other Nominations: Rome Open City (Roberto Rossellini), Brief Encounter (David Lean), I Know Where I'm Going (Powell and Pressburger), Detour (Edgar Ulmer)
1946
Winner: It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra)
Other Nominations: Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock), A Matter of Life and Death (Powell and Pressburger), My Darling Clementine (John Ford), The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler)
1947 (Despite the great nominations, it was a horrible year for film)
Winner: Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur)
Other Nominees: Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini), Monsieur Verdoux (Charlie Chaplin), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph Mankiewicz), Odd Man Out (Carol Reed)
1948
Winner: Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)
Other Nominations: Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls), Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu), The Red Shoes (Powell and Pressburger), Red River (Howard Hawks)
1949
Winner: The Third Man (Carol Reed)
Other Nominations: Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu), Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer), Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini), Gun Crazy (Joseph Lewis)
1950
Winner: Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
Other Nominations: Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder), All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz), Los Olvidados (Luis Bunuel), Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson)
1951
Winner: The River (Jean Renoir)
Other Nominations: Le Plaisir (Max Ophuls), Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock), Miracle in Milan (Vittorio De Sica), Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu)
1952
Winner: Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly)
Other Nominations: Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa), Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica), The Quiet Man (John Ford), The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
1953
Winner: Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu)
Other Nominations: Ugetsu Monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi), Voyage in Italy (Roberto Rossellini), The Earrings of Madame de... (Max Ophuls), The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli)
1954
Winner: Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
Other Nominations: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock), La Strada (Federico Fellini), Sansho the Baliff (Kenji Mizoguchi), On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan)
1955
Winner: Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Other Nominations: The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton), Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray), Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse), Lola Montes (Max Ophuls)
1956
Winner: The Searchers (John Ford)
Other Nominations: A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson), Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk), The Killing (Stanley Kubrick), Aparajito (Satyjit Ray)
1957
Winner: Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman)
Other Nominations: The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman), Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick), Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini), Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick)
1958
Winner: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
Other Nominations: Touch of Evil (Orson Welles), Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda), The Music Room (Satyjit Ray), Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati)
1959
Winner: The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut)
Other Nominations: Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder), North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock), Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks), Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)
1960
Winner: Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
Other Nominations: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock), La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini), L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni), The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
1961
Winner: Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)
Other Nominations: Jules and Jim (Francois Truffaut), Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais), La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni), West Side Story (Robert Wise)
1962
Winner: Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
Other Nominations: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford), L'Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni), Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard), The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
1963
Winner: 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
Other Nominations: Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard), The Leopard (Luchino Visconti), The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock), El Verdugo (Luis Garcia Berlanga)
1964
Winner: Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick)
Other Nominations: Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy), The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini), Black God White Devil (Glauber Rocha)
1965
Winner: The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo)
Other Nominations: Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard), Doctor Zhivago (David Lean), The Sound of Music (Robert Wise), Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard)
1966
Winner: Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
Other Nominations: Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky), Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson), Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni), The Good the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone)
1967
Winner: Playtime (Jacques Tati)
Other Nominations: Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville), Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel), Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn), The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
1968
Winner: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
Other Nominations: Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone), Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski), Faces (John Cassavetes), Night of the Living Dead (George Romero)
1969
Winner: The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
Other Nominations: The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov), Kes (Ken Loach), My Night at Maud's (Eric Rohmer), A Touch of Zen (King Hu)
1970
Winner: The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Other Nominations: Performance (Nicolas Roeg), Husbands (John Cassavetes), Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson), Wanda (Barbara Loden)
1971
Winner: A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)
Other Nominations: McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman), Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti), Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby), The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)
1972
Winner: The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
Other Nominations: Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Bunuel), Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman), Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)
1973
Winner: Amarcord (Federico Fellini)
Other Nominees: The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache), The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice), Badlands (Terrence Malick), Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg)
1974
Winner: The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
Other Nominations: The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky), Chinatown (Roman Polanski), A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1975
Winner: Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
Other Nominations: Nashville (Robert Altman), Jaws (Steven Spielberg), Jeanne Dielman (Chantal Akerman), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman)
1976
Winner: Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
Other Nominations: In the Realm of the Senses (Nagisa Oshima), Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders), Network (Sidney Lumet), 1900 (Bernardo Bertolucci)
1977
Winner: Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
Other Nominees: Star Wars (George Lucas), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg), Eraserhead (David Lynch), Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett)
1978
Winner: Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)
Other Nominations: The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino), Dawn of the Dead (George Romero), In the Year with 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi)
1979
Winner: Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
Other Nominations: Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky), Manhattan (Woody Allen), Alien (Ridley Scott), Life of Brian (Terry Jones)
1980
Winner: Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
Other Nominations: The Shining (Stanley Kubrick), The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner), Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa)
1981
Winner: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
Other Nominations: Mad Max 2 (George Miller), Possession (Andrzej Zulawski), The Woman Next Door (Francois Truffaut), Red (Warren Beatty)
1982
Winner: Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
Other Nominations: Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman), E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg), The Thing (John Carpenter), Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog)
1983
Winner: Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)
Other Nominations: L'Argent (Robert Bresson), Videodrome (David Cronenberg), The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese), Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky)
1984
Winner: Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
Other Nominations: Paris Texas (Wim Wenders), Love Streams (John Cassavetes), This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner), Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch)
1985
Winner: Shoah (Claude Lanzmann)
Other Nominations: Come and See (Elem Klimov), Brazil (Terry Gilliam), Ran (Akira Kurosawa), Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)
1986
Winner: Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
Other Nominations: The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky), The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer), Aliens (James Cameron), Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch)
1987
Winner: Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
Other Nominations: Where is the Friend's Home (Abbas Kiarostami), Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson), The Dead (John Huston), Yeelen (Souleymane Cisse)
1988
Winner: Dekalog (Kryzsztof Kieslowski)
Other Nominations: The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris), My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki), Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore), Distant Voices Still Lives (Terence Davies)
1989
Winner: Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
Other Nominations: A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-Hsien), Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen), The Killer (John Woo), Time of the Gypsies (Emir Kusturica)
1990
Winner: Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
Other Nominations: Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami), Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai), Nouvelle Vague (Jean-Luc Godard), Miller's Crossing (Coen brothers)
1991
Winner: A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
Other Nominations: The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski), Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou), The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme), Barton Fink (Coen brothers)
1992
Winner: Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
Other Nominations: Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino), Quince Tree of the Sun (Victor Erice), Orlando (Sally Potter), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (David Lynch)
1993
Winner: Three Colors: Blue (Kyzysztof Kieslowski)
Other Nominations: The Piano (Jane Campion), Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg), Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis), The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1994
Winner: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Other Nominations: Satantango (Bela Tarr), Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai), Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski), Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)
1995
Winner: Underground (Emir Kusturica)
Other Nominees: Heat (Michael Mann), Toy Story (John Lasseter), Trainspotting (Danny Boyle), Casino (Martin Scorsese)
1996
Winner: Fargo (Coen brothers)
Other Nominations: Breaking the Waves (Lars Von Trier), Lost Highway (David Lynch), A Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf), Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh)
1997
Winner: Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai)
Other Nominations: A Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami), Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson), Funny Games (Michael Haneke), Mother and Son (Aleksandr Sokurov)
1998
Winner: Histoire du Cinema (Jean-Luc Godard)
Other Nominations: The Big Lebowski (Coen brothers), The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick), Festen (Thomas Vinterberg), Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1999
Winner: Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
Other Nominations: Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson), The Matrix (Wachowskis), All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar), Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
2000
Winner: In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
Other Nominations: Yi Yi (Edward Yang), Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr), The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
2001
Winner: Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
Other Nominations: Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki), Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg), The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
2002
Winner: Russian Ark (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Other Nominations: City of God (Fernando Meirelles), Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul), Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar), Punch-Drunk-Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2003
Winner: Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (Bing Wang)
Other Nominations: Elephant (Gus Van Sant), Dogville (Lars Von Trier), Oldboy (Chan-Wook Park), Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
2004
Winner: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
Other Nominations: Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul), Before Sunset (Richard Linklater), 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai), Moolaade (Ousmane Sembene)
2005
Winner: Cache (Michael Haneke)
Other Nominations: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu), Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee), Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog), The New World (Terrence Malick)
2006
Winner: The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
Other Nominations: Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa), Inland Empire (David Lynch), Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro), Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
2007
Winner: There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Other Nominations: No Country for Old Men (Coen brothers), Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas), Zodiac (David Fincher), 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
2008
Winner: WALL-E (Andrew Stanton)
Other Nominations: The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan), Synecdoche New York (Charlie Kaufman), Hunger (Steve McQueen), The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
2009
Winner: The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
Other Nominations: Avatar (James Cameron), White Material (Claire Denis), A Prophet (Jacques Audiard), Inglorious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
2010
Winner: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Other Nominations: Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzman), The Social Network (David Fincher), The Arbor (Clio Barnard), Mysteries of Lisbon (Raul Ruiz)
2011
Winner: The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
Other Nominations: The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr), Melancholia (Lars Von Trier), A Separation (Asghar Farhadi), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Note: 2012-2016 films were not included because the biggest film poll, Sight and Sound, was last updated in 2012, so everything beyond that is kind of a mystery in where it stands among film canon. If a film isn't apart of film canon yet, it has no chance of making the list. Expect film canon to slowly catch up in the years leading up to the next Sight and Sound poll in 2022, where everything will thankfully be refreshed
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I have to gush about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. (Same guy who gushed about Vice City)

I've been playing the franchise of Grand Theft Auto for 15 years now. And seeing as this is the place to talk about Grand Theft Auto, I figured I would gush about one of the best games of all time: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now, to be honest, each Grand Theft Auto is number one to me. Like, I'm not going to sit here and say that GTA 4 was better than 5 or Visa Versa. I believe they all have their own elements that make them the best. But San Andreas still, to this day, blows my damn mind, as I'm sure it does for others. Let's get started on the gushing.
The Setting - Goddamn... Where do you begin? The first moment you get the chance in the game, open the map, and BOOM! Your mind is blown. The map is humongous. San Andreas has 3, each mostly unique, main areas: Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas. Los Santos gives you the feeling of the hood and city- life combined, with gang members patrolling, with many buildings to see, and many areas to explore. San Fierro gives that hippie vibe (Mostly due to The Truth), and city feel. Also, a dose of Chinatown is there. Then, we come to Las Venturas. I have to say they did a phenomenal job with it. It is Vegas, to the bone. This is where the life really breathes into you from the setting. Las Venturas is packed with the city, hotel, and Casino vibrancy. Who doesn't love that? You'll find the best cars (as far as I can tell) on the roads here. The rest of the map that I didn't cover consists of country side, filled with country-town folk. I do have a few knocks for the setting though, and please understand that I do love the setting, but I feel it's missing a few things. I think two things I don't see in San Andreas that I see in Vice City are different colors and a clear vibrancy from the setting. And that's probably due to the years they take place in, but overall, minus some of Las Venturas, the setting doesn't envelop me into it. This is just my opinion. I don't have palm trees that blow in the wind in San Andreas. Again, I understand that's all due to location, but I think you see my point.
The Plot (CONTAINS SPOILERS) - AMAZING PLOT. You see CJ prove everyone wrong, you see betrayal, and you see a legacy (or empire) being built by CJ for himself. It starts off phenomenally when you realize that Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Penn (Rest In Peace) are the main antagonists. Great job with the voice acting already just to start the damn game. The plot line, in my eyes, follows the L.A. Riots, a little of Boyz N' The Hood, and Menace to Society. It doesn't follow these movies and riots exactly, but I see the influence. First thing you do is build the hood back up. Then, it all goes down. The betrayal of Big Smoke and Ryder is something I did not see at all the first time playing through. Second time though, I caught all the clues :p After the betrayal, CJ bounces back in Angel Pine, and goes to San Fierro to complete his comeback. One thing that I loved about the Angel Pine, and Catalina missions, is that you felt vulnerable as a character in the series. You didn't really know where you were, and you were just staying away from your original home. All shit just seemed real fucked up. You know the rest of the plot. Overall, I just thought the whole thing was perfect. CJ coming full circle was so fulfilling. The only thing I didn't really understand, and to this day I still don't, is that no one really cared that Ryder betrayed as well. Like, he wasn't as big of a factor as Big Smoke was in everyone's eyes. I understand why, but not really. Ryder was a homie to the bone. He seemed like the Godfather of the hood. But, none of that takes away from the perfection of the plot.
The Characters - Carl Johnson: CJ. Excellent Protagonist. Very Loyal after being told he wasn't loyal. Has some amazing quotes. Modest, comedic, loyal, and tough. He felt like a common man, to a certain degree. Like, when T-Bone Mendez was choking him out, he had a realistic reaction: "What the hell?". Ryder - Godfather of the hood (My opinion, before his betrayal). He's Eazy-E for Christ's sake. Very funny to be around. Big Smoke - Seemed like a true brother. Had a lot of fun being with him (Minus Wrong Side of the Tracks). But, he's actually just a fucking snake. I loved how he stayed true to himself even in death. Sweet - Fatherly figure of the hood. He's what I consider an original gangster, because the moment he gets out of jail, he gets pissed at CJ for not thinking about the hood before himself. Cesar Vialpando - Loved the way they threw in a cool love story with him and Kendl. Cesar was so cool. Perfect guy to have as a brother-in-law in the game. Always did the right thing, such as showing CJ the betrayal. Tenpenny and Pulaski are perfect at what they do. Being asshole cops and breaking the law. Ironic. And now, for one of my favorite characters of all time: Woozie. Woozie is like the coolest, most suave guy you'll ever see. Finding out he was blind, and CJ's reaction to it was priceless. When provoked, Woozie is a bad-ass. But really, he's just this leader with very loyal henchmen, and he runs a tight ass casino. He's just cool. I know there are more characters, but I don't want the whole post to be on characters. Overall, the characters in San Andreas are flawless. Very true to life.
Weapons - Huge amount of weapons. From a dildo to a Desert Eagle, San Andreas has you covered. One thing I did like in Vice City better was that the weapons just sounded better, and cooler. The mini-gun in San Andreas just sounds like a mini-gun, and not this weapon that will saw people in half. Maybe could've added another sniper rifle as well. My opinion. But the weapons are fun, and fantastic, and dual wield was added!
Missions - Tons of missions. Damn. Too many to describe honestly. And each mission is unique. Great dialogue through each mission. You could be burning a weed farm, stealing a jet pack, or robbing "the army, my nigga". Each mission meant a lot. Tons of side missions as well. I can't tell you how much fun it was interacting with Zero in the cutscenes; "Oh, you knocked his bitch!" So much comedy. Well-timed comedy is the best, and San Andreas has that in these missions, and throughout the game. You have enough missions in this game to the point where if you spray all 100 tags, or collect horseshoes, etc., it won't feel like you did it all for nothing, because you'll still have PLENTY of missions ahead of you (Unless you save that stuff for dead last).
Goals and Rewards - If you want a game with goals and rewards, you need to own Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Holy Shit. You get so many perks from doing all the goals laid out for you. Do you want to have Prostitutes pay you? Do the Pimping Missions. Do you want to be fireproof? Do the Firetruck missions. Want guns to spawn at your house? Spray all 100 tags. There's so much to do. Almost too much. Fuck. You can deliver newspapers on a bike and you get a $2000 asset you can collect appearing at the newspaper company. For beating the game, you get infinite ammo, upgraded health and armor, upgraded cars, the hydra spawns at your house, and a Rhino tank spawns at your house. You have so many goals and rewards in San Andreas that make the game so in-depth, and so fun. And for me, the most fun way to do the vigilante missions is to use a cop motorcycle. It's too much fun. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has MANY goals for you to attain, and rewards for your hard work.
Music - Big fan of the radio selection in this game. Radio X and K-DST were always my favorites. Radio Los Santos too. They got some good music for this game. You can't even get Nuthin' But a G Thang on ITunes anymore (As of last time I checked). The soundtrack is perfect for anyone who wants to go guns blazing, or for someone who wants to chill and kill. My only gripe about the soundtrack is that each radio station each has like those one or two songs that really don't fit. Does Movin' On Up really belong on Radio X? Not in my mind. Other than those few songs that don't fit the radio station, it's perfect.
Vehicles - Too many to list. Very diverse. Jet-Pack! Tons of Planes and jets. Jet-Pack! Plenty of boats for your pleasure. Jet-Pack! Loads of new cars and motorcycles, including a cop motorcycle. Bicycles are new too. They are a ton of fun. Not really seen much outside of Los Santos though. Jet-Pack! The damn game has a Jet-Pack, and by God, they did it right. It's a little OP, but that's why it's a late in-game item. Unless, you cheat :p Great amount of vehicles, and diversity within San Andreas.
Cops and Gangs - Same as always. A little bit harder I think. Cops are relentless in this game. A lot more shotguns than before. They play smarter too. This game though, has a lot of interaction with gangs. Grove Street vs. The Ballas is a compelling story. Bring in Vagos, and you've got a war for Los Santos. The Gang Wars you can take place in are phenomenal. Tons of fun, and it's difficult when it wants to be. And... And... THIS GAME BRINGS YOU GANG MEMBERS FOLLOWING YOU AT YOUR COMMAND! San Andreas did it right. You can get homies to follow you. Fuck. The adventures I went on with those guys. Using the cheat to get anybody to follow you as a gang member has a lot of fun in its own (such as getting an army soldier to follow you). Cops and Gangs are at the pinnacle of perfection in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Miscellaneous Activities - These are all self explanatory, but I need to mention them. Working out and learning moves is incredible. Never thought that would be in a GTA game, and poof! It was done right, too. Clothing and tattoos give you so much customization. And the addition of parachuting is exhilarating. Don't deny it. There are many more activities to mention, but these ones pop out at me.
Overall - You have a lot of play time ahead of you if you want to get 100% in this game. I mean, you have to set aside so much time just to concentrate on everything you have to do. So much detail in this game, and that's why it's the best selling game on the PS2 (Correct me if I'm wrong). Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas brings you everything you could ever want in video gaming, including, but not limited to Dildos and Jet-Packs! You have so much to do. This game is the definition of an Open-World (Sandbox) video game. Go to the gym. Go get food. Go get a tattoo. Go rob "The army, my nigga". Jet-pack everywhere you go if you want. It's that damn fun. This game is so fucking big, and fun. Go explore on your four-wheeler while listening to Hellraiser by Ozzy Osbourne, and try to achieve 100%. Big map, great soundtrack, great interaction with gangs, many missions, a perfect plot, and just the aura of San Andreas makes Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas one of the best creations in the video game industry of all time, and it may be number one (Tied with Vice City).
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I spent the summer playing live poker on the West Coast (Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area). AMA.

I was looking to get back into playing poker for a living (live this time) and did a short tour over the summer to find the city that suits me best.
Vegas: Rio, Planet Hollywood, Caesars, Bellagio, Aria*.
Los Angeles: Commerce*, Bicycle.
San Diego: Seven Mile*, Palomar, Lucky Lady, Ocean's Eleven, Pechanga.
Bay Area: M8trix, Bay 101*.
(* my favorite casino in that respective city)
Played mostly NL cash games (5/10, 2/5, 10/20, 1/3, in that order), PLO cash games (2/5/10, 1/3), a decent number of satellites, and some tournaments.
I thought all cities were just fine for someone looking to play my stakes for a living (mostly 5/10, and 2/5 if 5/10 isn't available) but would rank Vegas last due to not-so-good games outside of WSOP and non-poker factors (weather, dating, etc.).
If anyone has any questions about playing in any of these cities or a particular casino or just about anything, feel free to ask.
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Omaha Events for the Week of May 21st

I'm trying to keep this a regularly occurring thing and will edit/update it as needed but, be warned, it is a lot of work to generate this. So if I don't get it out some weeks just know that I didn't find the time for it.

Omaha events for the week of May 7th

Saturday, May 20

Event Time Location Info
Basic Adult Primal Defense 9 AM 88 Tactical, 15350 Shepard St 88tactical.com
Great Strides - Cystic Fibrosis Walk 9:30 AM Aksarben Village, 1920 S 67th St
Spring Garden Volunteer Day 10 AM Big Garden, 5602 Read St
Deer Park Family Fun Day 2017 10 AM Vinton Street Business District
Sculpture Dance 11 AM Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th St
Hypertension 13 11 AM Hotel RL, 3321 S 72nd St Smash Bros. Tournament, smash.gg/hyper13
2nd Annual Omaha Food Truck Rodeo Part 1 11 AM Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave All day event
Populist Party Foundational Meeting 12 PM Omaha Public Library, 215 S 15th St Start a new political party!
The Artist Jam 12 PM Krypton Comics, 2819 S 125th Ave, Ste 261
Destiny Organized Play Tournament 12 PM Sparta Games, 3352 N 108th St Star Wars game tournament
Veg Speed Date Omaha 4 PM WineStyles, 1006 S 74th Plz vegspeeddate.com
MOXIE 6 PM Omaha Performing Arts, 1200 Douglas St bit.ly/MOXIE17
Kurt Crandall w/The Confessors 7 PM Bogie’s Bar & Grill, 14334 U St
The Beat Seekers "Battle Cry For A Declaration" CD Release Party 8 PM Lookout Lounge, 320 S 72nd St $10
The Dear Hunter w/ Fontenelle 8:30 PM Slowdown, 729 N 14th St $23
More Than Blood W/ Black Sky Burning, From The Arc, Those Guys 9 PM Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St $7
Elevate Dance Party 9 PM Bar 415, 415 S 13th St
Sinners N Saints 9 PM Chrome Lounge, 8552 Park Dr
Sleeping Jesus // Ojai // Josh Watson 9 PM Barley Street Tavern, 2735 N 62nd St $5, 21+
Druids, Montee Men, Jump the Tiger 9 PM O’Leaver’s, 1322 S Saddlecreek Rd
Maiden Voyage w/ Silence Is Madness 9 PM Shamrocks, 5338 N 103rd S
Benson Soul Society 9 PM Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave 21+
Grass Bandit w/ Earthbound & Down and Ben Balmer 9:30 PM The Down Under Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth St 21+

Sunday, May 21

Event Time Location Info
Omaha Farmers Market 9 AM Aksarben Village, 1920 S 67th St omahafarmersmarket.com
NE Concealed Carry Certification 9:30 AM Scheels, 17202 Davenport St heartlandfirearmservices.com
Midtown Crossing Car Show 10 AM Turner Park, 3110 Farnam St
West Omaha PubCrawl 10:30 AM Original Draught House, 12411 W Center Rd
Get to know Omaha's new Imam! 12 PM First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St
Maiden Voyage Poker Run XV 12 PM Dillon Brothers, 3840 N 174th Ave dillon-brothers.com/maidenvoyage/
The Green Spot Meet & Greet 1 PM Green Spot, 1110 S 71st St, Ste K
American Vignettes 2 PM Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St
Pints and Paws Pub Crawl 2 PM Infusion Brewing Company, 6115 Maple St adoptaboston.com/omaha-pub-crawl/
Juke Butter 6 PM Love’s Jazz & Art Center, 2510 N 24th St
Bleachers w/ Flor 8 PM Slowdown, 729 N 14th St
Ballyhoo! with The Holdup & Darenots 8 PM Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St $15
Mr. Gay Omaha Contest 9 PM The Max, 1417 Jackson St

Monday, May 22

Event Time Location Info
Extremism in America 10 AM Jewish Community Center, 333 S 132nd St
18th Annual Millard Rotary Golf Scramble 11 AM Oak Hills Country Club, 12325 Golfing Green Dr
Children's Charity Golf Classic 11 AM Champions Run, 13800 Eagle Run Dr childrensclassic.com
Life Size Beer Pong Tournament 6 PM Infusion Brewing Company, 6271 S 118th St $10/team
Using Coupons for Savings 7 PM South Omaha Public Library, 2808 Q St omaha.bibliocommons.com/events/58b06601b1e148330009f4c5
Romero w/ Silence is Madness 8 PM Dr Jack’s Drinkery, 3012 N 102nd St $7
Stand Up Comedy w/ Zach Pugh (L.A.) 9 PM Lookout Lounge, 320 S 72nd St $5

Tuesday, May 23

Event Time Location Info
History and Appreciation of Antiques: Soft Paste Porcelain 9:30 AM Douglas County Historical Society, 5730 N 30th St, #11B douglascohistory.org
Outdoor Bootcamp 5:30 PM Lewis and Clark Landing, 345 Riverfront Dr
Populace Gathering 6:30 PM Elmwood Park, 808 S 60th St Local SCA
Leav/e/arth, Words Like Daggers 7 PM Lookout Lounge, 320 S 72nd St $10
Omaha Gives! Kickoff Concert featuring Frontier Strings 7 PM Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St omahagives.org
Yoga for Well-Being 7:30 PM Omaha Public Library, 13214 Westwood Ln Bring a yoga mat
Andrew Bailie 8 PM Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave $10
Art Angels: Mint Wad Willy, Wrong Pets, Uh Oh, Dead Bob Ross 8 PM Burke’s Pub, 6117 Maple St Part of Omaha Gives
Against the Grain / Cordial Spew / Beryllium Takeover / Nautilus 8 PM Dr Jack’s Drinkery, 3012 N 102nd St $7
Softball Game 8:30 PM Kelley Softball Fields, 124th & Fort St
Lung ~ Crybaby ~ The Natural States 9 PM O’Leaver’s, 1322 S Saddlecreek Rd $5, 21+

Wednesday, May 24

Event Time Location Info
Omaha Gives Events All day Across the metro area omahagives.org
Memorial Day Flag Project 9 AM Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetary, 58th & Center [email protected]
Food Pantry Boxing Night 6 PM Benson Baptist Food Pantry, 6319 Maple St
Boss' Daughter, Wolves x4, Liar Wire, Bummertown 7 PM Lookout Lounge, 320 S 72nd St $7
Collaborative Screening: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City 7 PM Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St filmstreams.org
PWP's 12th Anniversary Spectacular 7 PM Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St Pro-wrestling
The 402 Presents: Blues Ed Concert 7 PM (402) Arts Collective, 6051 Maple St
Annual Spring Concert of the Heartlight Choir and Why Arts? 7 PM Midtown Crossing
HeartMath with Penny Kowal 7 PM Tomato Tomato, 2634 S 156th Cir $25
SoMo: The Answers Tour with Axcess at Sokol Auditorium 8 PM Sokol Auditorium and Underground, 2234 S 13th St $26
Cool Ghouls (BurgeEmpty Cellar) / Those Far Out Arrows 9 PM Brothers Lounge, 3812 Farnam St $5, 21+
A Low Dough Weekly Comedy Show 9 PM Dr Jack’s Drinkery, 3012 N 102nd St $3, 18+

Thursday, May 25

Event Time Location Info
Bike Night with Banjo Loco 1 PM Dr Jack’s Drinkery, 3012 N 102nd St 21+
Millennials: Own Your Business! 1 PM FranNet of the Heartland, 12020 Shamrock Plz, Ste 105
Outdoor Bootcamp 5:30 PM Lewis and Clark Landing, 345 Riverfront Dr
Big East Tournament Day 1 5:30 PM TD Ameritrade Park Baseball
Activist Happy Hour 5:30 PM Pageturners Lounge, 5004 Dodge St
Chris Antonik 6 PM Chrome Lounge, 8552 Park Dr
Hometown Heroes Event - Salute to Summer Festival 6 PM 8116 Parkview Blvd, La Vista
Basic Active Killer Response 6 PM 88 Tactical, 15350 Shepard St 88tactical.com
DCDP Central Committee Meeting 7 PM CWA Hall 1920 S 44th St Douglas County Democratic Party Meeting
Omaha Improv Fest 7 PM Backline, 1618 Harney St
May Pedal Happy Potluck! 7 PM Omaha Bicycle Co, 6015 Maple St
Skyloft Concert 7 PM (402) Arts Collective, 6051 Maple St $8
Superman's Hero 7 PM OutrSpaces, 528 S 24th St $5
Nic Dean 7:30 PM Funny Bone, 168th & Dodge stanupmedia.com
Karaoke 8 PM Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave 21+
Vox Combo, Vernon John, Pat Gehrman 9 PM The Down Under Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth St
Mic Check Showcase 6 10 PM Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St $12

Friday, May 26

Event Time Location Info
9th Annual Memorial Day Commemoration 2PM VA Hospital, 4101 Woolworth Ave
La Vista Salute to Summer Festival 2 PM La Vista Central Park salutetosummer.org
Gifford Park Neighborhood Market 5 PM 33rd & California
Loessfest 6:30 PM Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Big East Tournament Day 2 5:30 PM TD Ameritrade Park Baseball
Turner Park Night Market 6 PM Midtown Crossing @ Turner Park
Memorial Day Kubat Pharmacy Omaha Adult Open 6 PM Koch Tennis Center, 12440 W Maple Rd Tennis tournament
Dynasty Combat Sports: The Warriors Tribute 6:30 PM Ralston Arena
Star Trek: Attack Wing – Drive 6:30 PM Game Shoppe, 4014 N 144th St Tournament, $5
Live Music Series feat. Darryl White and Singer Deborah Brown 7 PM Love’s Jazz & Art Center, 2510 N 24th St $20
Dirty Dancing Night 7 PM Omaha Ballroom, 5038 S 153rd St omahaballroom.com
Nic Dean 7:30 PM Funny Bone, 168th & Dodge standupmedia.com
Magic: The Gathering Tournament 7:30 PM Game Shoppe, 4014 N 144th St $8 entry fee
Disney's Beauty and the Beast 7:30 PM Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St ticketomaha.com
Gottberg 7:30 PM Bogie’s Bar & Grill, 14334 U st
Midnight MURPH 7:30 PM Crossfit Viral, 3604 N 165th St themurphchallenge.com
Country Road Revival 8 PM Cheeseburger In Paradise, 17304 Davenport St, Ste 100
Kill It with Fire / the Superbytes /Eighth Day Broken/ Stately Wayne Manor 8:30 PM Dr Jack’s Drinkery, 3012 N 102nd St $5, 18+
Venaculas 9 PM Lookout Lounge, 320 S 72nd St $0.89
American Dischord / HeatWaves / The Ramparts 9 PM Sydney, 5918 Maple St $5, 21+American Dischord / HeatWaves / The Ramparts
Eckophonic 9 PM Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St $8
Reality Something // Dirt House // The Morbs 9 PM Barley Street Tavern, 2735 N 62nd St $5, 21+
Joystick 9 PM Ozone Lounge, 7220 F St
Robby Wicks Band with Time Giants 9 PM Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave $7
Rock and Roll Suicide performing ”Are We Not Men?" 9 PM Slowdown, 729 N 14th St $5
Sucettes / BIB / Lazy Wranglers 9 PM Brothers Lounge, 3812 Farnam St $5
Satellite Junction ~ Weird-Air ~ 9:30 PM O’Leaver’s, 1322 S Saddlecreek Rd $5, 21+
Dicey Riley 9:30 PM Dubliner Pub, 1205 Harney St $3

Saturday, May 27

Event Time Location Info
TOTC Kayak Bass Series 5:30 AM Cunningham Lake $20 entry
2017 Annual Walk Against Distracted Driving 8 AM Zorinsky Lake safeandfreedriving.org
3rd Annual 5k Walk/Run for Bladder Cancer Awareness 8 AM Chalco Hills Recreation Area walk.omahabladder.org
Buffett Cancer Center Open House 9 AM Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, UNMC nebraskamed.com
Omaha Farmers Market 8 AM Old Market
19th Annual Remembrance Walk 9 AM Millers Landing, 151 Freedom Park Rd griefsjourney.org
May Food Pantry Day! 9 AM Benson Baptist Food Pantry, 6319 Maple St
Soles for Haiti- Shoe Drive! 9 AM Accepted Christian Church, 14633 Industrial Rd
Star Wars Destiny Store Championship 10 AM Game Shoppe, 4014 N 144th St $15 entry fee
Meet and Greet with our DOGS 11 AM Long Dog, Fat Cat. 16909 Burke St, Bay 126
Food Truck Extravaganza 12 PM Infusion Brewing Company, 6271 S 118th St
Pug Meet & Greet 12 PM Nature Dog, 13366 W Maple Rd
Summer Reading Program Kick-Off 1 PM Omaha Public Libraries across the metro
Interactive Performance/Drumming - Youth Focused 1 PM Benson Branch Library, 6015 Binney St
Golf Tourney/ Customer Appreciation / Casino Fundraiser 1 PM Johnny Goodman Golf Course, 6111 S 99th St cornbeltleague.com
Ramadan: The holy month. 2 PM Islamic Center of Omaha, 3511 N 73rd St
Memorial Day Massive Block Party 4:30 PM Downtown Benson memorialdaymassive.com
Omaha Improv Fest 2017 6 PM Dubliner Pub, 1205 Harney St
Vibes Summer Concert Series 6:30 PM Village Pointe Shopping Center
Schools Out Water Balloon Fight! 6:30 PM Deer Park BYOBalloon
The Dollar Brawler 7 PM Lookout Lounge, 320 S 72nd St $1
Argentine Tango: Dancing and Social with Viviana and Gustavo 7 PM Hotel RL, 3321 S 72nd St
SunSets Music Series 7 PM Fun-Plex, 7003 Q St $10, 21+
Matt Hackett 7 PM Burrito Envy & Tequila Bar, 6113 Maple St
Omaha Improv Fest 7:30 PM Bourbon Saloon, 311 S 15th St
Seether 7:30 PM Sokol Auditorium and Underground, 2234 S 13th St
Nic Dean 7:30 PM Funny Bone, 168th & Dodge stanupmedia.com
Toke (NC stoner metal) / Bonghammer / Blackseer / Modern Color 9 PM Dr Jack’s Drinkery, 3012 N 102nd St $8, 18+
Trivia Night! 9 PM Julio’s, 2820 S 123rd Ct
Linoma Mashers 9 PM Growler USA, 16274 Evans Plz
The Ramparts // Layden & the Lion // Chaos Revolution Theory 9 PM Barley Street Tavern, 2735 N 62nd St $5, 21+
Nebraska Left Coalition Presents Hardcore/Hip Hop Against Fashys 9:30 PM O’Leaver’s, 1322 S Saddlecreek Rd $5, 21+
Dicey Riley 9:30 PM Dubliner Pub, 1205 Harney St $3

Sunday, May 28

Event Time Location Info
Omaha Farmers Market 9 AM Aksarben Village, 1920 S 67th St
Memorial Day Weekend Ukulele Mass 10 AM Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson St
Memorial Weekend to Remember 11 AM Zorinsky Lake Park $7
Meet & Greet with Little White Dog Rescue! 1 PM Green Spot, 1110 S 71st St, Ste K
Lindy in the Park 1 PM Stinson Park
Drag Queen BINGO 1 PM FLIXX Lounge & Cabaret, 1015 S 10th St
Magical May Mysterium Match 1 PM Spielbound, 3229 Harney St
Julie Baker Presents Rhythm 'N Broadway 4 PM Living Stage, 3321 72nd St
80s Party 5 PM Fox & Hound, 506 N 120th St
Big East Tournament Day 4 5:30 PM TD Ameritrade Park Baseball
Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) ~ The Electroliners 6 PM O’Leaver’s, 1322 S Saddlecreek Rd $5, 21+
Whalers Skate 6:15 PM Motto McLean Ice Arena, 5015 S 45th St
Kyle Harvey CD Release with Brad Hoshaw & Justin Lamoureux 7 PM The Down Under Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth St
Magnolia (Julianne Moore: Selected Work) 7 PM Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St filmstreams.org
Nic Dean 7:30 PM Funny Bone, 168th & Dodge stanupmedia.com
Divas Night w/The Ed Archibald Trio 7:30 PM Omaha Lounge, 1505 Farnam St
The Bloody Lips / Buggy Lewis & TRG / The Tiananmen Squares 8 PM Dr Jack’s Drinkery, 3012 N 102nd St $7, 18+
La Arrolladora, Los Huracanes Del Norte, Noel Torres, Revancha 8:30 PM Ralston Arena
2017 Memorial Day Concert Party 9 PM REHAB Lounge & Nightclub, 2615 S 120th St iloverumba.com
International night 10 PM Rhythmz Lounge, 10841 Q st 21+
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