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Something has to change – Part 2

February 17, 2011 4 comments

I’m considering leaving the TPT.

In part 1, I talked a great deal about what got me to my spot today.  Here, I want to focus on the coming days and months in front of me.

I want to begin by saying that I love the Twitter Poker Tour.  When I was going through some of my darkest moments during that hell of 12 month period, the TPT was an escape from reality that I could count on every Thursday to simply enjoy a few hours.  It was something that I could look forward to each week. Something that I wanted to participate in, and gained enjoyment from the camaraderie among the group.  When I joined with Geoff in assisting to run the league with him and host the TPT Live Show, I was having fun, and didn’t mind the hours of work that went into it each week.  I enjoyed it, and it kept me busy and distracted, all things that I needed.

A little over a year has passed and there have been a few success stories that I can share with the TPT.  I enjoyed the trip to the WSOP.  I’m happy with all of the guests that we landed for our show.  And I’m grateful for all of the hours on the virtual felt with people whom I consider my friends.  But I look back at all of the  hours that I’ve invested, and I can’t help but think about why I did it.  I did it as an escape from my reality.  I did it because I had hoped that it would evolve into something that generates some kind of money. While it accomplished those things,  it’s also really swallowed several hours of my week without pay.  And I don’t know that I can really justify doing that much longer. Read more…

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Something has to change – Part 1

February 16, 2011 3 comments

August 28th, 2009.  I quit.

I’d never walked away from a job before.  I’ve moved onto different opportunities that were better, and I’ve been laid off a couple of times.  But I’ve never actually just left a job.  I remember the day well, and I remember it being an incredibly difficult and gut wrenching phone call that I needed to make, but just hadn’t really wanted to.  But it needed to happen, and so I called my boss and told him that I just couldn’t live like this anymore.  And I quit.

I had been working as the sales manager for a company that was running out of money.  They had brought me on board to run their sales team, and I was pretty good at it.  Our sales picked up considerably, but our receivables went into the dump as the real estate market in Southern California tanked, and deals began falling through right and left.  That left a large portion of the sales we made uncollected, and our debt began to rise.  But the company had some solid investors that were comfortable dumping money into the concept given the volume of sales that we’d generated.  That was until some of the money was found being skimmed off the top to pay for “business expenses” incurred, like our President’s house payment, and his SUV, and the like.  You know…”necessary stuff.”   The investors turned off the faucets, and the company went into a nosedive. Read more…

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How would you select the Top 200 Poker Players?

January 28, 2011 2 comments
Jeffrey Pollack and Annie Duke are launching a new poker league that is the subject of much conjecture (celeb impersonator Joan Rivers hasn't weighed in yet)

Jeffrey Pollack and Annie Duke are launching a new poker league that is the subject of much conjecture (celeb impersonator Joan Rivers hasn't weighed in yet)

Twitter blew up today with a raging debate about the selection process of whom should be included in the new Federated Poker League (I call it that because it doesn’t have an official title as of yet) that is going to be run by Annie Duke and Jeffrey Pollack.  The intent is to create an exclusive league that features roughly 200’ish live poker tournament players and pit them together in a series of events held at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.  The big topic of debate has been, how do you select the top 200 poker players to participate in the events?

The basic concept of the new FPL (as I’m calling it for this article), would be to have a measurable set of criteria that is a basic mathematic formula that will determine who will get a “card” to play in the events.  Think of the Professional Golf Association.  The PGA has certain players that have earned a “tour card” based on their performances in Golf Tournaments around the globe.  Then, there are open events that have a qualifying process for the players that aren’t Card Carrying members.  Finally, each stop has “Sponsors exemptions” where awards a certain number of spots are given away into their marquee events, that is usually some kind of publicity stunt, or given to some player that hasn’t been able to gain entry because of some extenuating circumstance.  This is the goal of the FPL, to have it mirror what is done by the PGA.  The idea is to get around 200 pro’s together with around 9 qualifiers, making it a very exclusive event, that’s very pro-centric. Read more…

Non Hold’em Poker

November 27, 2010 2 comments
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey won the 6th of his 8 WSOP Bracelets playing No Limit 2-7 Lowball

About a month ago, Full Tilt Poker released a new series of Draw games to their software, which offers the ability for players to add to their current selection of games.  I know a lot of players that simply rely upon No Limit Hold’em as their game of choice, but poker is a game that really requires a variation of play in order to keep it from becoming boring and predictable.

First of all, I love Hold’em.  It’s my game of choice.  It’s probably the most simplistic of the games to explain and learn, and its the game that most people play.  But every once and again, I just need a change-up Read more…

Patching – A good thing or a bad thing?

November 24, 2010 5 comments
Joe Tehan

Joe Tehan earned $725,000 for winning the NAPT Los Angeles, but he lost money when PokerStars made him remove his Full Tilt Poker patch for the TV final table.

While I was at the NAPT – Los Angeles last week, I saw an interesting thing take place at the final table of a poker tournament.  A player was asked to remove a patch.  I’d never seen that before.  I got the reasoning behind it, but I’m not sure if its a valid reason or not.

Let me lay the ground work for the story.  It should be noted that the first 4 days of the NAPT Main Event were played at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens.  “The Bike” has had a long-standing relationship with the World Poker Tour, whereby the WPT has exclusive rights to film poker tournaments for television for their tournament series.  So when the NAPT decided that they would conduct their tournament at The Bike, the players were under the impression that the tournament would not be televised at all.  It’s no big secret that the tournament series is presented by PokerStars, and so it stands to reason that their host of pro’s were all on hand to participate in the event Read more…

Making the World Series of Poker Better

November 19, 2010 3 comments
Jonathan Duhamel

2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel just didn't move the ratings needle

The WSOP Ratings on ESPN came out this week and the final table numbers were bad.  I mean, really bad.  They were worse than 2007 (the year that Jerry Yang won the main event) which was the last year before moving to “The November Nine” concept, and have been on a steady decline from the 2008 year when Peter Eastgate won the event.   Last year’s table with Phil Ivey drew fewer views than I think most people expected, but this year’s numbers can’t be classified as anything other than a disappointment.

The reality is that Read more…

Hanging out at the NAPT

November 12, 2010 2 comments

I decided to play the “media card” and roll on down to the Bicycle Casino to cover the North American Poker Tour for the TPT.  I was pretty jazzed when I saw the list of pro’s that were scheduled to attend, so I figured, why not take a shot at watching some of my favorite tournament pro’s in action.  Day 1a is today, and fielded 330 total players.  Day 1b begins tomorrow, and it will probably have at least as many players based on all the info that I’m getting from most of the players.

Being at the Bike for the NAPT is a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere considering the competitors that are here for a $5,000 buy in event.  So far, on day 1a, the normal PokerStars Pro’s are here with Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, and Jason Mercier all in PokerStars garb.  But there are a number of Full Tilt and Ultimate Bet pro’s in the mix as well (Annette Obrestad, Jeff Madsen, and Scott Clements are wearing FTP Patches, and Eric Baldwin, Adam Levy, and Bryan Devonshire are representing UB). Read more…