Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and filmmaker whose career spans more than six decades. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and seven Golden Globe Awards, has won a BAFTA, a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Emmy Award, he received the National Medal of Arts in 2005. Duvall has starred in numerous films and television series, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, True Grit, MASH, THX 1138, Joe Kidd, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The Great Santini, The Natural, Lonesome Dove, The Handmaid's Tale, Days of Thunder, Rambling Rose, Falling Down. Duvall began appearing in theatre during the late 1950s, moving into television and film roles during the early 1960s, playing Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird and appearing in Captain Newman, M. D.. and the lead role in THX 1138, as well as Horton Foote's adaptation of William Faulkner's Tomorrow, developed at The Actors Studio and is Duvall's personal favorite.
This was followed by a series of critically lauded performances in commercially successful films. Duvall has continued to act in both film and television with such productions as Tender Mercies, The Natural, the television miniseries Lonesome Dove, Newsies, The Man Who Captured Eichmann, Phenomenon, A Family Thing, The Apostle, A Civil Action, Deep Impact, Gone in 60 Seconds, Open Range and Generals, Secondhand Lions, Broken Trail, Get Low, Jack Reacher, A Night in Old Mexico, The Judge, Wild Horses. Duvall was born January 5, 1931, in San Diego, the son of Mildred Virginia, an amateur actress, William Howard Duvall, a Virginia-born U. S. Navy admiral, he has English, smaller amounts of Belgian, French Huguenot, Scottish, Swiss-German, Welsh ancestry. His mother was a relative of American Civil War General Robert E. Lee, a member of the Lee Family of Virginia, while his father was a descendant of settler Mareen Duvall. Duvall was raised in the Christian Science religion and has stated that, while it is his belief, he does not attend church.
He grew up in Annapolis, site of the United States Naval Academy. He recalled: "I was a Navy brat. My father started at the Academy when he was 16, made captain at 39 and retired as a rear admiral." He attended Severn School in Severna Park and The Principia in St. Louis, Missouri, he graduated, in 1953, from Principia College in Elsah, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama. Duvall served in the United States Army for a brief period shortly after the Korean War leaving the Army as private first class. "That's led to some confusion in the press," he explained in 1984, "Some stories have me shooting it out with the Commies from a foxhole over in Frozen Chosin. Pork Chop Hill stuff. Hell, I qualified with the M-1 rifle in basic training". While stationed at Camp Gordon in Georgia, Duvall acted in an amateur production of the comedy Room Service in nearby Augusta, Georgia. In the winter of 1955, Duvall began studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, under Sanford Meisner, on the G.
I. Bill. During his two years there, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, James Caan were among his classmates. While studying acting, he worked as a Manhattan post office clerk. Duvall remains friends today with fellow California-born actors Hoffman and Hackman, who he knew during their years as struggling actors. In 1955, Duvall roomed with Hoffman in a New York City apartment while they were studying together at the Playhouse. Around this time, he roomed with Hackman, while working odd jobs such as clerking at Macy's, sorting mail at the post office, driving a truck; the three roommates have since earned, among themselves, 19 Academy Award nominations, with five wins. Duvall began his professional acting career with the Gateway Playhouse, an Equity summer theatre based in Bellport, Long Island, New York. Arguably his stage debut was in its 1952 season when he played the Pilot in Laughter In The Stars, an adaptation of The Little Prince, at what was the Gateway Theatre. After a year's absence when he was with the U.
S. Army, he returned to Gateway in its 1955 summer season, playing: Eddie Davis in Ronald Alexander's Time Out For Ginger, Hal Carter in William Inge's Picnic, Charles Wilder in John Willard's The Cat And The Canary, Paris in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, John the Witchboy in William Berney and Howard Richardson's Dark of the Moon; the playbill of Dark of the Moon indicated that he had portrayed the Witchboy before and that he will "repeat his famous portrayal" of this character for the 1955 season's revival of this play. For Gateway's 1956 season, he played the role of Max Halliday in Frederick Knott's Dial M for Murder, Virgil Blessing in Inge's Bus Stop, Clive Mortimer in John van Druten's I Am a Camera; the playbills for the 1956 season described him as "an audience favorite" in the last season and as having "appeared at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and studied acting with Sandy Meisner this past winter". In its 1957 season, he appeared as Mr. Mayher in Agatha Christie's Witness For The
Barry Shulman is an American poker player who has enjoyed success in competitive poker tournaments over the past 15 years, is the CEO of CardPlayer Magazine. Shulman was born in Washington, he began playing poker while studying at college in the 1960s. He worked in real estate for 25 years before moving to Nevada in the early 1990s, he used his retirement funds to purchase Card Player in 1999. Shulman first finished in the money in a World Series of Poker event in 1997 at the $3,000 pot limit hold'em event, he has gone on to cash another 11 times since and won a bracelet at the 2001 World Series of Poker in the $1,500 seven card stud hi-lo split 8 or better event. In October 2003, Shulman made the final table of the World Poker Tour Ultimatebet.com Poker Classic II in Aruba. He finished fourth in the event won by Erick Lindgren, he has made the final table of a Professional Poker Tour event, finishing 2nd in 2005. On October 2, 2009 he won the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, beating Daniel Negreanu heads up for the $1,305,542 first place prize.
In January 2010, Shulman finished 3rd in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, winning $1,350,000. As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,300,000. Shulman's 15 WSOP cashes account for $1,577,968 of his tournament winnings total. Shulman has two sons: Jeff Shulman, president of CardPlayer Media and one of the 2009 November Nine, Michael Shulman, an American writer and owner of online magazine, ShulmanSays. Shulman has two stepchildren from his second marriage. An "E" following a year denotes bracelet won at the World Series of Poker Europe 52 Tips for Texas Hold'em Poker ISBN 0-9758953-0-3 52 Tips For No-Limit Texas Hold'Em Poker ISBN 0-9758953-1-1 cardplayer.com World Poker Tour profile Interview with businessweek.com Myspace page
Thuận B. "Scotty" Nguyễn is a Vietnamese American professional poker player, a five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, most notably as the winner of the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2008 World Series of Poker $50,000 H. O. R. S. E. World Championship, he is the first and only player to win both the WSOP Main Event and $50,000 Players' Championship. Scotty Nguyen was born in Vietnam; because of the conflict in Vietnam, his mother sent him out of the country, first to Taiwan. He came to the United States at the age of 14 after finding a sponsor in California, he was expelled from school for spending too much time in underground poker games. Nguyen was employed at Harrah's poker room. While with Harrah's, he lost most of it playing $3 -- $6 stud, he wanted to gamble regardless. His luck improved in 1985 when he was invited to Lake Tahoe to deal in a no-limit Hold’em tournament, he played cash games all night with the meager bankroll he brought with him. He felt he was invincible.
He gambled his bankroll up to $1 million. His name spread around Vegas and soon he began playing poker with Johnny Chan, Puggy Pearson, David Grey, he purchased a Chevrolet Camaro for $17,000, a Corvette for $21,000, a condominium for $60,000 all in cash. He was winning $50,000 to $900,000 a night. Bad habits plagued Nguyen. After a costly losing streak, he ended up going broke. Nguyen was spared $5,000 in cash. Nguyen had to rebuild his bankroll after losing his million, his next success came at the 1997 World Series of Poker where he won the $2,000 Omaha 8 or Better event, netting a profit of over $150,000. Nguyen blew this bankroll again and was broke shortly before the 1998 World Series of Poker. Nguyen had to play in a small satellite tournament which he did not have enough money to buy into. Mike Matusow decided to bankroll 1/3 of the buy-in. Nguyen is noted for playing with lots of emotion, he split 1/3 of the winnings with Matusow. On the final hand of the 1998 World Series of Poker's Main Event, a full house was dealt on the table.
Nguyen made the memorable quote to his opponent Kevin McBride: "You call, it's gonna be all over baby!" McBride called. I play the board." Nguyen beat McBride with a better full house by holding 9♣ J♦. Nguyen's Main Event triumph in 1998 was followed by tragedy—the next day, one of his brothers was hit by a car back home in Vietnam, killed. For this reason, Scotty does not wear his 1998 WSOP championship bracelet. After making several World Poker Tour final tables, Nguyen won a WPT event in January 2006, defeating Michael Mizrachi heads-up in the fourth season Gold Strike World Poker Open when his A♠ Q♠ made a flush against Mizrachi's A♣ J♦ on the first hand of heads-up round. With this WPT victory, Scotty became one of only 6 people to win both the main event of the World Series of Poker and a World Poker Tour title. Nguyen earned a second-place finish at the 2007 World Series of Poker in the seven card stud high low split eight or better event won by Eli Elezra. Scotty stated after the event that he hadn't played cash games in over two years because he enjoys a friendly environment, difficult in serious cash games.
Scotty nearly made the final table of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 11th place out of a field of 6,358 and earning $476,926. At the 2008 $50,000 World Series of Poker H. O. R. S. E. Event, Nguyen exhibited what many have considered objectionable, rule-breaking behavior, including a soft-play in a hand with Erick Lindgren. In the broadcast of the prestigious event, Nguyen was shown drinking numerous alcoholic beverages while swearing and scolding others at the final table, drawing criticism from commentators. Following the event, Nguyen issued an apology to his fans and stated that the event's editing depicted him unfairly, he cited issues like exhaustion, frustration with the perceived gloating of Michael DeMichele, pressure to succeed as reasons for his unconventional behavior. Nguyen formally apologized to the fans in an interview, said that he no longer blamed any other players for his behavior, that there was no excuse for his behavior at the 2008 H. O. R. S. E. Event. In 2009, Nguyen won the inaugural LA Poker Classic $10,000 H.
O. R. S. E World Championship at the Commerce Casino's annual LA Poker Classic Series, which earned him $339,743, further cemented Nguyen's reputation as one of the greatest masters of all variations of fixed limit poker; as of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $11,700,000. Of those winnings, $5,100,999 have come at the WSOP. Nguyen has made appearances on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour playing Elimination Blackjack. Nguyen made an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in April 2004. In January 2012, Nguyen was named as team captain of the Expekt Poker pro team for EPT Deauville; the team included Julian Kabitzke and Jack Salter as well as EPT London 3rd-place finisher Andre Klebanov. World Poker Tour profile
Lucky You (film)
Lucky You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Curtis Hanson, starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore and Robert Duvall. The film was shot on location in Las Vegas; the screenplay was by Hanson and Eric Roth, but the film was inspired by George Stevens' 1970 film The Only Game in Town. Set in 2003, Huck Cheever is a young and talented poker player in Las Vegas haunted by his relationship with his estranged father, L. C. Cheever, a two-time World Series of Poker Champion. Huck is a regular in Vegas poker rooms but needs $10,000 to get a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event. After a good night at the Bellagio hotel's poker room, Huck goes to a party and meets aspiring singer Billie Offer, who has just arrived in town. Billie's older sister Suzanne warns her that Huck is "hustle 10, commitment zero." Back at the Bellagio, Huck is doing well at the tables before L. C. returns to town from the South of France. Huck greets his father coldly; the two play heads-up. Loan shark Roy Durucher tells Huck that he plays poker as well as anybody, except for his reputation as a "blaster" who always goes for broke.
Roy proposes to stake Huck in the $10,000 main-event with a 60% — 40% split of any winnings, but Huck refuses. After failing to borrow money from his friend Jack, Huck goes to Suzanne's place hoping for a loan. Instead he runs into Billie. Huck proposes a celebration and at Binion's Horseshoe he shows her how to play poker. L. C. arrives and shows Huck a wedding ring of Huck's late mother's that Huck had pawned and that L. C. has redeemed. Huck loses his winnings. Over dinner, he explains to Billie. Huck says his father taught him how to play on the kitchen table with "pennies and dimes." They make love after dinner. As Billie sleeps, Huck steals money from Billie's purse. Huck plays in a "super satellite" for his entry to the main event, he appears to have the seat won. Roy agrees to stake Huck and gives him an extra $1200 so that he can repay Billie, he apologizes to her. They run into L. C. who wins all of Huck's stake money for the World Series in a quick poker game. Billie holds the stopwatch in a golfing marathon.
She declines to cheat for him. Huck gets a black eye, they warn him to return the $11,200 stake that he owes to Roy or get a seat in the World Series within 48 hours. When Huck goes to Suzanne's apartment looking for Billie, he learns Billie has gone home to Bakersfield. Huck sells the wedding ring to his father for $500, makes the 10 grand playing poker in one night to buy a seat in the World Series. Huck travels to Bakersfield to tell Billie that he meant what he said when he felt they had a chance at something special. Back in Vegas, having found the entry money, Huck enters the World Series, he and his father both advance to the final table of nine. Billie looks on from the audience as Huck and L. C. have a showdown. Huck deliberately folds a winning hand. A few minutes L. C. gets rivered and goes out in second place, losing the title to Jason Keyes who had "won his entry in an online satellite". After the tournament, L. C. offers his son a one-on-one rematch, playing only for pennies and dimes.
Their relationship is restored, as is Billie's in the final scene. Eric Bana as Huck Cheever Drew Barrymore as Billie Offer Robert Duvall as L. C. Cheever Debra Messing as Suzanne Robert Downey Jr. as Telephone Jack Horatio Sanz as Ready Eddie Jean Smart as Michelle Carson Kelvin Han Yee as Chico Bahn Michael Shannon as Ray Danny Hoch as Bobby Basketball Evan Jones as Jason Keyes Phyllis Somerville as Pawnbroker Many of the players seen are actual poker pros. They are: Three others featured in the film play fictional characters, they are: Jennifer Harman as Shannon Kincaid John Hennigan as Ralph Kaczynski David Oppenheim as Josh CohenWorld Series of Poker Host Jack Binion Tournament Director Matt Savage Eric Bana was cast in the lead role in September 2004. Drew Barrymore was cast in January 2005, but did not accept the job because of a lack of singing ability. Debra Messing was cast in February 2005. Doyle Brunson served as a poker consultant on the film. Eric Bana and Robert Duvall were coached for months by Brunson on how to play like professional poker players.
Matt Savage served as a tournament consultant, while Jason Lester served as a consultant on scenes involving the Main Event championship. Filming began on March 28, 2005, in Las Vegas, where a majority of filming took place. Filming took place over nine days in the parking lot of Dino's Lounge on South Las Vegas Boulevard. A set was built on a soundstage in Los Angeles, used for interior scenes of the bar. Other filming locations in Las Vegas included the fountains of the Bellagio resort, Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel, the Jockey Club timeshare on the Las Vegas Strip. In April 2005, scenes were filmed at Summerlin's Bear's Best Golf Club, at Tiffany's Cafe inside the White Cross Drugs store; that month, filming took place at the Silverton Casino Lodge's 117,000-gallon aquatic tank, where Debra Messing spent 16 hours filming a scene dressed as a mermaid in the casino's mermaid show. The scene was cut from the film. Filming took place at the Cosmopolitan resort, under construction a
Jennifer C. Harman is an American professional poker player, she has won two World Series of Poker bracelets in open events, one of only three women to have done so. Harman won her first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2000 at the No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball Event, she had never played that game prior to the event, but received a five-minute tutoring session from Howard Lederer before playing. She won her second WSOP bracelet in 2002 at the $5K Limit Texas hold'em event, she was the first woman to hold two bracelets in WSOP open events, joined by Vanessa Selbst in 2012 and Loni Harwood in 2015. In 2004, Harman took a year away from poker to have her second kidney transplant. Problems with her kidneys – shared by her sister and mother, who died from the same illness when Harman was 17 – had plagued her since her childhood. Since her return to the poker tournament circuit, Harman has finished 4th at the World Poker Tour Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, 5th in the inaugural Professional Poker Tour event, 2nd in the WSOP Circuit Championship Event at the Rio.
Harman authored the limit hold'em chapter for Super System II. Harman is the only woman, a regular player in the "Big Game" at Bobby's Room, the high-stakes cash game at the Bellagio, she was an active participant in "The Corporation", a group of high-stakes poker players who played Andy Beal for limits of up to $100,000/$200,000. Harman has appeared on the GSN series High Stakes Poker and on the NBC series Poker After Dark, where she won Week 8's tournament. In 2007, Harman finished as runner-up in the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe, where she lost in the HORSE event to Thomas Bihl. Harman was a member of "Team Full Tilt" at Full Tilt Poker; as of 2016, her total live tournament winnings exceed $2,700,000. $1,022,174 of her total winnings have come from cashes at the WSOP. Although Harman has had success in tournament poker, most of her wealth and prestige has come from playing in high stakes cash games. Harman starred in the American reality television series Sin City Rules on TLC, she appeared in the 2007 Warner Bros. film Lucky You.
In 2015, she was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. In 2004, Harman took a year off from poker to have her second kidney transplant, she founded Creating Organ Donation Awareness, a non-profit organization to raise money for the cause. Harman is a frequent charity poker tournament host. In March 2009, she organized a number of poker celebrities including ESPN analyst Lon McEachern and Howard Lederer in a two-day event that raised $111,000 for the National Kidney Foundation with the help of Curtis and Co Watches and Dream Team Poker. Harman is an active fundraiser for the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for which she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through live tournaments and online tournaments at Full Tilt. In April 2009, she hosted the 3rd annual Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament at the Venetian poker room in Las Vegas; the tournament has raised over half a million dollars and, in the past, has featured prizes such as a seat at the World Series of Poker Main Event, dinner with Jennifer and Pete Rose.
Harman was married to stylist Marco Traniello. They have twin boys. Traniello and Harman have since divorced. PokerListings.com Player Profile