Just a short post about the announcement yesterday that PokerNews was stopping (for now) it’s popular daily wrap-up column The Nightly Turbo, PokerNews does a lot of things right (and, let’s be honest, some not so right) but perhaps The Nightly Turbo was at the top of the “things done well” list. It was a few short stories, not unlike this blog, to get you through the evening with a good understanding of the top few stories in poker of the day.
I’m not going to lie… I know what you’re thinking, you think I’m going to tell you that The Nightly Turbo inspired this blog…but that’s really the case. Actually, when PKRGSSP started, I was a podcast junkie. Listening to the 2p2 Pokercast, PokerRoad and Huff & Stapes and I wanted to get the word out about these - not so much articles and news. The fact is, while The Nightly Turbo had been in existence for about a year…I’d never seen it. I guess I wasn’t as much a poker news junkie as I initially thought! But, when I dug deeper into poker media, scouring all the sites, and I found it I almost stopped the blog right then and there. PokerNews, the biggest site around, already had a well-done “wrap-up” column, so why should I do mine? (I’m still asking that question on some days)
Obviously, I kept writing because I enjoyed it and I got to put my own opinions right up against any story I wanted. That said, I also have to admit there’s been a time or two I felt the pressure to publish before the media giant did. While I didn’t want to miss anything, I also never wanted anyone to think I was re-purposing The Nightly Turbo on this blog. We’d often have the same stories in the same order of importance. The fact is that The Nightly Turbo was a great way for people, who didn’t want all the extra stuff, to keep up-to-date on a daily basis. I have no doubt PokerNews will replace it with something just as informative, but until then here’s to the original Nightly Turbo for, as far as I can tell, being the first of the news aggregate columns around.
Click here for all the news of the day, courtesy of The Nightly Turbo. (via Pokernews)
It’s hard to get to writing while the excellent coverage of the Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament is going on. Matt Savage’s crew of WhoJedi and VeeRob, once again, cater to the online audience and are bringing us a great feature table.
Watch with us here!
There and on Twitter is where you’ll find me this week so if you want to get in touch about news or views, come find me and hit me up. Otherwise, I’ll try to post links when I have time…like these!
- Here’s the Global Poker Index as published in the USA Today for this week.
- Nate Silver talks to PBS and the topic turns to poker/online poker (as well all know he’s a fan)
- The Mirror UK thinks it knows five skills that separate the sharks from the fish on the felt.
- Leo Margets helps PokerStars give it’s Team Pro ranks a little more of a woman’s touch.
- Looking for something to listen to (instead of watch)? Check out Pokerfuse’s highlighted poker podcasts of the week.
That’s all I have right now…but check back as I may add more soon. We’ll be back to usual links and comments next week.
If you have your OWN you think I need to see…email me the link, your commentary and your Twitter handle and if I agree, I’ll post it!
[Day 1a is over and all the recapped action can be found here]
I knew this day would come. Day 1a of the 2013 Bay 101 Shooting Stars in San Jose…when I’m in New York. Which means that right now, I’ve got a really bad case of poker envy. Everyone’s stack is bigger than mine! OK, you get the joke. But really, so many of the players I played with day in and day out are sitting down with the pros and taking shots at one of the richest bounties in poker. Sure, the buy-in is down to $7500 with bounties being cut in half ($2500 for each of the 50 pros), but that doesn’t take the shine off this one for me and it doesn’t help me deal with the fact that I’m forced to watch it on a live stream.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE watching on the Live Stream and while it’s not the EPT or anything, for watching Day 1a’s, WhoJedi & VeeRob (plus Merchdawg yesterday) do a good job of keeping we railbirds informed but alas, this is but a band-aid for the gaping wound that is my poker heart. I’m literally, watching, typing this blog and listening to Morrissey.
Yes, I could have gotten on a plane and taken some shots at getting in. I probably could have pieced myself out (not that I’m really +EV but I have a decent rep in the Bay) but it all seemed like reaching too far. Excuses, excuses, I know but that said, I’ll be following the action all week and sending all the rungood I have to the locals who I hope, in this case, cooler the pro, collect the bounties and, for one of them, have a life changing score.
With 250 entries so far on Day 1a (via Matt Savage) and possible (1-time) re-entrys, this could still be a huge prizepool despite the dip in price. Should be great!
Here’s a couple Bay 101 Links for you today…
Join me in the chat on the Live Stream
Here’s the Bay 101 Live News and Photos Blog
More Links for you today…
- Andrew Feldman over at ESPN compiles a new edition of the top 10 list: “The Nuts”. Who’s up and who’s OUT? You gotta do better than win some WSOP event in November to hang around on this who’s who list.
- Sometimes the good guys do win! Over at Casino City Times, they’ve compiled a top ten list of their own…tourney results where the good guys take the lion’s share. I suppose that depends on who you think is good…but it’s a nice stroll down memory lane either way.
- Iowa is looking to crash the internet poker party as they advance a bill to try and join the big three (NV, DE and NJ) in the quest to raise revenue. (Video Included)
- What would you say are the most desirable traits of a professional poker player? How many of those are in you? Well, the Titan Poker Blog ALSO has a top ten list…check it out and see if how many of these characteristics you have in spades.
I’ll add on a little later, maybe tomorrow so check back, and let me know of a story or video that I missed that needs to be shared.
See you soon - JW
As I mentioned earlier, there’s so many links over the past 24 hours that you might be interested in, I had to break it up into two parts. Here’s the 2nd half of the day as I saw it…hope you find something you like! Again, do me the solid of Following on Twitter: @pkrgssp, giving us a RT or Reblog if you like it. I’m kinda, sorta close to 2k followers and I’d be pretty happy right there!
OK…let’s get to it - part 2 of your daily gssp!
- First up: If it’s 7:30pm PST on a Friday you know it’s time for live, streaming poker action with Live At The Bike w/ Bart and Tuck (and sometimes Nichoel).
- Victor Blom, aka Isildur1, talks with Pokerlistings about…well, everything. The highs, the lows, Phil and Tom, and his long lost anonymity. He’s young, great and still, to many, a mystery.
- Poker Royalty announces that Eugene Katchalov is going to remain a PokerStars Team Pro for at least another year. It’s a press release that only a real poker media guy could love. If that’s you, here it is.
- Virgina Supreme Court opts not to rule on whether poker is a skill game, ending the hopes of one man to open a card room there. Special appearance in the court room by Greg Raymer.
- Vanessa Selbst loves to cook! It’s a behind the scenes look, above and beyond her recent AMA, into what Vanessa likes to do when she’s not totally destroying your poker hopes and dreams. (via PokerStars Blog)
- Moshin Charania, aka chicagocards1, talks LAPC Fantasy Poker w/ Marco. Spoiler Alert: he picked Volpe who took 2nd in the event. But did he pick himself?
- Party Poker (and Revolution) move to segregating cash game players based on win rate in order to protect the losing players…aka: fish. Poker Room Ecology protection is what it’s called and essentially if you’re good, you can’t see where the bad players are playing to feed on them. If you’re bad, you can do what you please. The ethics of this are, of course, in dispute as what business is it of the poker room to tell you who you can and can’t play with, right? Only, when it hurts the bottom line…you can throw those notions right out the window. Interested? Check out these links from Pokerfuse, detailing the recent events on both sites.
- Party Poker Player Segregation and Revolution to introduce “Fair Play Technology”
Interested in seeing this in action?
Bay 101 Shooting Stars starts this week and it should be a good one. I’ve got a ton of friends in the field, so good luck to all of them and good luck to you as well, wherever you are grinding this weekend. So go RUN GOOD and hit me up with stories I missed that are worth it.
Until next time - JW