Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Why Poker Media Coverage Is a Hard and Thankless Job

Why Poker Media Coverage Is a Hard and Thankless Job

No surprises for me here, as I have a few friends in the media industry, but this might be enlightening for some of you who don't have a clear idea of what those in the poker media actually do :)

Via Steve Ruddock featuring Jennifer Newell (@WriterJen), Chad Holloway (@ChadAHolloway), and Lee Davy (@Chingster23)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ivey Stories: Picking Phil Ivey's Screen Name + My poker name backstory

What would YOU pick if you had to pick Phil Ivey's screenname for him?

What are the best screennames you've seen out there?

I had chosen ZomBParadox prior to my poker days as a possible DJ name, until I learned that I'd be a happier Producer than DJ.  But it stuck, and I used it on MySpace, a bunch of music sites, and eventually PokerStars.  I had a nickname of Zombie back east, given to me by a stripper friend in Ohio, because I walked in all decked out in black leather one night, and she said I looked like Rob Zombie, and the name stuck, forever more!  It fit with my nocturnal life at the time, with my "vampire tan", driving around to parties in 5 state radius with my DJ friends, when I wasn't sleeping my day away.

My original nickname on the West Coast, had been Wookie (also Chewbacca, Chewy, etc) but there were quite a few "Wookies" all over the internet.

I later researched and chose TheWookieWay (as in doing things "the wookiee way") for my official poker "brand", and to use on all the sites.  I even wrote to LucasArts/LucasFilms to ask for permission to use "Wookiee", which is the correct spelling, because I had friends that worked at both places, and I wanted to make it "official".   Their official response was "no comment".   They are notorious for serious copyright protection and defense, so I went with the slight misspelling, but safe, Wookie.  In fact, I didn't actually type that. *waves hand* "This is not the copyright infringment you are looking for..."

Unfortunately, PokerStars only allows for 1 name change in a short period, and if it's been longer than that, they won't let you change it!  I am stuck with ZomBParadox forever on that site, unless I want to break TOS, and risk losing an entire bankroll.  So, ZomBParadox it is!  Though, on just about every other site, forum, or account, I have TheWookieway.

Back to the task at hand, #Day5 of the #MainEvent of the World Series of Poker, where Phil Ivey has busted on Day 4, but DanSmithHolla is in the top 5...

Friday, July 4, 2014

World Series of Poker 2014 - Interviews?

The World Series of Poker
Las Vegas, 2014
July 4th, Independence Day

It's been an interesting year, so far, and the Main Event starts TOMORROW, July 5th, 2014.

The BigOne for OneDrop, won by Daniel Colman, after defeating Daniel Negreanu heads-up, declined interviews.  Excellent blogs and posts on both sides of this issue, and both sides are right.  Who is more right?  That is for YOU to decide.

Daniel Colman:
His reply on 2+2 after winning: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=43862667&postcount=2552
background info on an interview before the OneDrop via a forum (previous blog post here has the link)

Daniel Negreanu's take via his blog on Full Contact Poker:

Mike Sexton's take on his blog via PartyPoker:

EDIT: adding post from WickedChops:

EDIT 2: Adding awesome post from Phillip Gruissem, and my favorite of the bunch about poker players making a difference

It's been 4 years since I first "live-tweeted" the Main Event, but with potential media jobs available at later events, I may do it again this year, so they know I'm experienced..

I will start blogging the link outposts again, as much will be going on, but only those links I think you would find interesting, and so you have them all in one place.

There supposedly will not be any livestreams since ESPN will be broadcasting, as far as I know at this point, but if any pop up, I will certainly post them here on my blog and Tweet them out.  Follow @PokerParadox if you want JUST my poker tweets, as a convenience.

Until next post, I wouldn't be a Wookie if i didn't say,