I’ve only held off this long because of BG but I just can’t do it any longer. OddJack is slipping into an abyss of meaninglessness with every passing day. The posts don’t even seem as if any attempt is being made to provide value. It’s just a constant stream of cries for help.
Please, please, please Josh Arieh notice us!!!!! If we could just get one poker pro to pay attention to us, even if it’s to hate us, we would feel validated. Damn!!! Give it a rest guys. It’s gotten to the point where your constant reporting on Josh Arieh is making you look like bigger a-holes than you paint him to be. It’s like a little child throwing a tantrum in the supermarket trying to make his parents pay attention. It’s sad, very sad.
The other desperate grasp at relevancy has come by posting more and more girlie stuff trying to lure in the hopelessly horny. Reposting hot chicks in ads, stealing Al Can’t Hang’s cornered market on ladies desperate for his attention, finding any reason whatsoever to mention Isabelle Mercier because several bloggers have the hots for her, writing about Jennifer Tilly’s “Ta-Ta’s”, polls about which celebrity poker player you would like to bang, etc. etc.
Do you guys really think nobody notices this path to the lowest common denominator? I got a call the other day from a poker blogger and the first thing out of his mouth was “Are you in the OddJack lover or hater column?” I asked why and he said because so far today it was 3:1 against OddJack.
Do you think that people haven’t noticed how worthless an OddJack mention is? I can honestly say that even when you link to PokerFilter, which has only been around less than a month, it doesn’t rank in the top twenty referrers. Believe me, I’m not the only one that’s noticed this non-effect. I’m sure Bodog is pulling its hair out at the complete bust on its marketing investment. Damn, Bloglines only shows 13 subscribers to OddJack’s RSS feeds. I know this isn’t the universe of RSS feed readers but even month old PokerFilter has 22.
I’m going to do something that I probably shouldn’t but I’m going to tell you exactly what’s wrong with OddJack. First off, I already told you. Smarmy only gets you so far. I don’t care if you’re part of the Gawker Empire, smarmy in the gambling world is only so entertaining. It works for Gawker but it doesn’t work for OddJack. We all want to make jokes about Lindsay Lohan’s eating disorders. We all want to make fun of what a slut Paris Hilton is. Poker is a whole different bag. Even if I think Arieh’s comments and actions are absurd, he’s still a talented poker player. No matter how many outbursts Phil Hellmuth has, he still has nine WSOP bracelets.
Second, you’re in a tough market. There’s a billion sports betting sites out there and unless you have something truly unique to offer to poker players, we’ve already seen it. Your coverage of the poker scene shows an obvious attempt to cash in on a trend without taking the time to understand it. If you’re going to become a pure T&A rag then show us some T&A. Don’t just make these weak-ass posts so you can pump up your Google rankings with porn keywords. Wow, guys think Cyndy Violette is a MILF? Say it isn’t so. Could you be any less classless than to say “Will you look at that rack?” I can only imagine what the executive meeting must have sounded like. Our numbers are in the toilet! What are we going to do about this? We could talk about Cyndy Violette’s tits. Good, good! Let’s not limit ourselves to just Cyndy’s tits though. Who else has tits?
I’ve chatted offline with AJ, and I actually like the guy, but I’m sure this post is going to earn permanent dick status. Really AJ, you’re no better than Josh Arieh. Tell me in what way you’re better than he is. Tell me in what way anything I’m saying here is more mean spirited than what you’ve said about others. You want to throw your hat in the ring with the Blogfather, Pauly, Las Vegas, Vegas and a hundred other blogs and take over the poker blogging world? You better come with more than what you’ve been coming with because what you’ve been coming with sucks major ass and that’s not just my opinion because the numbers prove it.