Is the Poker Media Allowing Another Black Friday to Happen?

I’m not going to pretend I saw Black Friday coming but PokerStars and FullTilt were on a path where I’m not entirely surprised at the outcome.  Going back to the passage of the UIGEA I’ve been dismissive of their legal arguments about poker being a game of skill.  I even predicted that their demise in […]

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The Death of Poker Media?

I swung by Commerce last weekend to get in a little Omaha and, as is my habit, I picked up copies of CardPlayer and PokerPlayer magazines which are always available in the casino. It’s a habit that goes back for nearly as long as I’ve played live poker in the local Los Angeles poker rooms. […]

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The Changing Business Model in Poker Media

Funny enough Hard Boiled Poker covered a topic I was pondering a blog post about.  I’ve written in the past about the poker media and how the fact that they derived a large percentage of their revenue from the very poker sites that they were covering tainted their motivation to dig too deep or ask […]

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Getting (A)Buzzed

In the comments on my post The Online Poker Arms Race Revisited Kim Lund referenced a post he wrote about Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth leaving UB titled, Annie Duke leaving UB. So?. In that post he makes an excellent, excellent point that I want to expand on. Kim writes: There’s no doubt that poker […]

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Why Do I Do This to Myself?

You know when you have a mosquito bite and you know you’re not supposed to scratch it but you do it anyway? Or when you know you’re not supposed to take those hot irons from the fire and seer your eyeballs out and you do it anyway? Yeah, for me reading Gambling911 is a lot […]

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Racist Joke

“A Mexican, a Jew and a colored fellow walk into a bar… The bartender looks up and says… Get the f*** out of here.” Some of you might recognize that as one of the many racist comments made by Clint Eastwood’s character in the film Grand Torino. It is also what Victory Poker pro player […]

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What the World Series of Poker Means to Me

I want to start off by saying that I am not bitter that I’m not in Las Vegas right now. Okay, a little disappointed that the Rini Inc. private jet doesn’t have enough fuel to get to Sin City but not bitter. That being said, this time of year seems so contrived to me. You […]

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The Weeks That Was

Bluff Magazine recently announced their Power 20 of poker and I’ve seen several people comment here and there about who should or should not have been on the list. Before I give my views, here’s the list: 1. PokerStars 2. Full Tilt Poker 3. Mitch Garber 4. Howard Lederer 5. Ty Stewart 6. Doyle Brunson […]

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Breaking News at Gambling911

I hate to bust chops but some things just can’t be overlooked. Recently Gambling911 ran a story titled Online Poker Sites Charge Players For Not Playing in which they claimed that PartyPoker was now charging an inactive fee on accounts where players had not played after six months. I actually had to go and check […]

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Stop The Presses: Village Voice Discovers Poker is a Zero Sum Game

Sometimes you really have to scratch your head and wonder how people get paid to write such poorly researched content. Graham Rayman, writing for the Village Voice, demonstrates how to take an obvious fact and turn it into something scary in his piece (pun intended) Online Poker Requires Constant Influx of Suckers, Says Leaked Report. […]

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How Slow is Poker News Today?

It’s one thing when some fluff piece, re-written press release makes its way around the poker press but when you keep seeing it pop up over and over again you have to wonder how damn slow is the poker news biz these days. Case in point is a press release / news article that PKR […]

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When is Journalism Not Journalism

Now, it might seem like I’m being harsh on poker journalism these days but I’m really not trying to pick on anyone. However, sometimes you see something and you’re like WTF!?!? Case in point is Gambling911. It’s not like the site has ever been known for its rigorous journalistic vetting of stories. Nobody is ever […]

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Better WSOP Coverage, Please!

Recently Pokerati Dan posted the following on Twitter: @Pokerati: the (temporary) lack of inspiration and passion in poker media’s coverage of late (guilty) makes me giggle. His Tweet struck me because I have long been on the verge of writing something about my disappointment every year with the WSOP coverage. Once a year every poker […]

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Slow News Day at Bluff

I ran across this on Bluff Magazine’s Europe site: I could understand if they used a headline saying that someone was offering to pay Obama’s way into the WSOP main event but to imply this is even realistic is pretty sensationalistic journalism. Since when did Bluff Magazine become Gambling911?

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