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What to watch today at the WSOP – Mike Sexton looks for a repeat

June 17th, 2011 No comments

"The Poker Ambassador" Mike Sexton looks to add another WSOP Bracelet in an event that he won 22 years ago

Yesterday’s action at the WSOP had 6 events running simultaneously, which has become the norm these days in the Rio.  One tournament wrapped up as the final table of Event #24, the $5,000 NLHE Shootout came to a close.  A bracelet was awarded to Mark Radoja who collected 436,568 reasons to be happy.  I collected a reason to yawn.  It was a mostly uninteresting story about some guy who plays the WSOP every year since 2007, but had his biggest score ever in this thing, winning his first career bracelet, yadda yadda yadda.  Last year, he finished 3rd in the $5k NLHE 6-max event for more than $200k, but he finally climbed the mountain to poker greatness.  Again…yawn.

So here’s what’s going on and what I think is interesting in the events that will transpire today: Read more…

What to watch today at the WSOP – The Norman-Chad-Ament

June 16th, 2011 No comments
Norman Chad

We all know the affable Norman Chad from ESPN's telecasts of the World Series of Poker, but Chad may have a shot at a bracelet of his own.

I want to do this daily, but I’m not making any real promises here.  Basically I was thinking about doing a quick little piece on the things that I’m interested in seeing in the upcoming day, but I don’t know that I’ll actually hold myself to a daily commitment of blogging.  After all, I’m not getting paid for it, and sometimes life (and er…um…motivation) gets in the way.  So when I do get to it, the piece will be here.  When I don’t….well….tough noogies.

First let me start by congratulating the people that won the 23 bracelets so far in the series.  You’re awesome.  I’m not.

I particularly enjoyed the story of John Juanda besting Phil Hellmuth to gain bracelet number 5 and prevent PH from hitting number 12.  I couldn’t take my eyeballs off the livestream…until what seemed to be the final hand of the event and they killed the broadcast.  I had to find out through twitter that Juanda took it down because the feed went down in the closing seconds, but the rest of the match was a slow painful grind anyway.  2-7 Lowball is one of the more painful games to watch, so it was hardly mesmerizing.  Juanda really tore up Hellmuth heads-up and overcame a more than 3 to 1 chip disadvantage to take home the gold.  He’s certainly worth of acknowledgment.

I also want to sent congrats to my buddy Tristan Wade for final tabling the $1,500 NLHE event. Read more…

Accepting the loss of online poker

June 16th, 2011 4 comments
Greiving

It's been 2 months since the online poker shutdown, and I'm still completing the grieving process.

I hate beginning blogs by saying “I apologize for not writing more often.”  But the reality is, I really hate that I’ve been too depressed to put my fingers on the keyboard and just see what comes out of it.  I think that the combination of having online poker taken away from me on April 15th, and being on the outside of the WSOP looking in, along with the acceptance of having to get a real job that pays only slightly less than minimum wage, finally just all caught up with me. The last couple of days have been somewhat of an acceptance that while I didn’t get what I wanted, I’ll just simply have to grab myself by my belt-loops and trudge through it all.

Let me first start out talking about the WSOP.  It’s been pretty painful to watch all of my friends at the WSOP this year and realize that there is no way that I can join them.  I’m not backed to play in events, and I don’t have a gig this year that would allow me to attend.  My last ditch efforts and solicitations to bring my passion and knowledge of the games, and my abilities to some media outlet to cover the events just came up short.  I couldn’t find a single source to bring me aboard for this year’s events, and I wasn’t financially capable of doing it on my own dime this year.  So I was one of those “outside looking in” guys that got to watch everything take place without me.  Now that the first 2 weeks are a memory, it’s hitting me that I really missed out.  I’ll take some solace in the fact that I’m traveling out to Las Vegas with the family from June 28th – 30th, as we’ve got two nights comped.  So the plan is to steal time away from the family for as many hours as they’ll let me to hang out at the Rio and see some of my friends.  At least I should be able to get one day in…hopefully that will satisfy some of the loss. Read more…

Is my kid still too young to have a Facebook account?

June 2nd, 2011 No comments

At what age is it appropriate for kids to start using Facebook?

I took this question to twitter today to find out how young is too young to be on Facebook?  But I wanted an avenue for people to expand on their thoughts that was greater than just 140 characters.

Before we get too deep into this, Facebook has in their terms and conditions an age requirement that children must be at least 13 years of age to have a Facebook account.  This is largely because their site, which shares personal and private information including name, age, address, and other such data, falls under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) of 1998.  Facebook has to answer to COPPA as well as the Federal Trade Commission, which determines that the age at which children are mature enough to exchange information such as what transpires on Facebook at 13.  This is from the Facebook Terms and conditions page: Read more…