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Continuing to support Rafe Furst and Phil Gordon

September 28th, 2011 6 comments
Rafe and Phil

Rafe Furst and Phil Gordon will continue to have my support for everything that they've done in the fight against cancer.

Change can be a good thing sometimes.  It’s inevitable in life that as time goes on, things change.  After all, we’re not immortal, and we’re far from perfect.  As a result, things will be different.  Change can be tough, and it can be good.  But it’s an element of life that we must all cope with.

April 15th remains a landmark day for me in many ways because of the way that it changed my life.  Gone are the days that I spent playing online poker.  Gone is my online poker bankroll, seemingly tied up in what looks like a sea of mismanaged assets and misappropriated distributions among owners of a site that has fallen to pieces.  I can no longer play online the game that I’m passionate about, nor can I carve out the time or the bankroll to play the game live.  I’ve been forced to move on from poker, despite holding onto the love and the passion of the game.  Things have changed. 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…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #14 Gavin Smith

December 23rd, 2010 1 comment
Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith winning his first WSOP Bracelet was one of the best stories of the year

When you’re able to see something in person it typically has more meaning.  I was in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker to cover Event #47, a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Event for the Twitter Poker Tour.  One of our own was playing, and was entering into Day 1b on Sunday.  When I arrived on Saturday, I decided to check out action in the other tournaments running, and a special event had evolved at the ESPN Featured table in the Amazon room at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino.  Event #44 (a $2,500 Mixed Hold’em Event) had played down to a final table, revolving between Limit and No Limit Hold’em.  Also playing was Event #45 which was a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event and their Day 2 was winding down. Because a friend of mine (Alex Outhred) had a good sized stack in that event, I stuck on his rail for the remainder of the evening, and all the while kept sending glimpses over to the Featured Table where a unique event continued to unfold.  When play wrapped for the night, I finally headed over to watch and claimed a seat to witness an event that I will remember forever. Read more…

Adam Levy joins us this week in the Twitter Poker Tour

November 4th, 2010 No comments
Adam Levy

Adam "Roothlus" Levy joins us on The TPT Live Show during the Twitter Poker Tour event tonight

I’m really looking forward to this months Twitter Poker Tour events.  It’s been a lot of work getting all of the prizes up and running for the league, and I hope that it’s going to pay dividends.  I’m anxiously awaiting the result of how many people actually register for the event, and hope that we can actually grow this thing.  Last week’s 67 entrants was a decrease in participation from the 82 the week before, but I’m hoping that with the new leaderboard, and DeepStacks Prizes for the month, that we’ll see a big pick up in numbers.  If we get less than 100 for the first week, I think I’ll actually be upset about it.  But I have hope that this will continue to be the best online poker league anywhere. Read more…