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Black Friday

Today some crazy precedents were set in the world of online poker. The founders of the top three sites that operate in the U.S. (PokerStars, Full Tilt, and Absolute Poker) are being charged by the U.S. government not just for violating acts under the UIGEA, but more seriously, for crimes involving bank fraud and money laundering. Arrests have been made and American players have been blocked from playing real money games on these sites. Their account balances have been frozen, and there is a general panic amongst the community, of which I am no exception. I am a firm believer in an eventual diplomatic settlement between these companies and the government, and am hoping this is just the government making a power play to demonstrate their authority to regulate rather than their desire to end online gaming as a whole.
Although I am Canadian and our accounts have not been frozen, I have spent some time recently discussing potential opportunities with some of these sites and now have no idea where anything stands. I will continue to be optimistic that after this blackout period the poker industry will come back stronger and more organized. A very idealistic portrait of this can be found in this blog.

You can read the actual government press release and summary of charges here.

For some background info, or, if you are a screenwriter looking for your next idea, you can check out the story of Daniel Tzvetkoff.

Today I played a half-ass session trying to take advantage of the overlay. Of course my attention was frantically divided as I waited for any news to appear in my feeds. I also finally got a chance to watch Jeopardy’s IBM Watson episodes. I was cheering for Ken and Brad despite knowing the outcome, and snickered at the machine every time it got a question wrong in a silly way, or when it faked personality.

I am currently watching Party Poker’s Big Game live stream. I was kindly invited to be on this show but after a lot of deliberation decided not to attend mainly for bankroll reasons. I probably could have sold the action for it, but I told myself I didn’t have to jump on the first opportunity to be on TV. I like to be properly rolled when I play cash games because worrying about real dollars leads to sub-optimal plays. I used to do a lot of that and always regret it afterwards for various reasons, even when I win. There was also a pretty long line-up to fit into 48 hours and I wasn’t sure if it’d be worth it to go so out of my way for minimal exposure. I may also be slightly anxious about looking silly on TV. I hear it’s really easy to do that and didn’t want to launch my public “career” before I was ready. Having said this, I think the interactive features of the Big Game are pretty innovative. As I watch some hands play out, I really wish I had gone despite the logic against it because the game appears to be drawing some great action. The audience gets to decide who is to be replaced next, so it keeps the players active. The comments on the side panel has me convinced that we’ll be seeing more interactive poker programming in the near future.

Loose Cannon!

Alright so this is my PokerStars Big Game submission. I only had to play in a bunch of freerolls to get his far, but after checking out the competition, I’m feeling pretty good about my vid, and yet anxious at the same time because it would suck if we worked this much harder than most of the rest of the pack and still didn’t get picked :/

Long story short, I thought we’d only have 3 days to do this vid, so first night I met up with Louis, we discussed what I wanted and he basically told me my script was garbage lol. Next morning we began getting props and shooting, I even had to buy a peachy dress right before I got there because I don’t really have girly colours in my wardrobe, but I knew it’d look nice against the wallpaper he bought. Right after we started, he totally regret agreeing to help me after he realized what a wreck I was in front of the camera lol! I was also super tired and had no idea what to expect, have always hated public speaking, and was torn between wanting to make a generally appealing cliche video and listing my credentials/talking technical babble. Anyhow, after about 10 hours of frantic improv in between technical difficulties, we called it a day. Louis called me later that night after he found the perfect song off one of the royalty-free music sites Pokerstars recommended, and after playing it for me over the phone against my voice, I began to have hope that my video would not suck. I quickly rushed to e-mail Stars pointing out that they had sent me the instructions very late, and asked for an extension, which they ok’d about half an hour later (are you paying attention, FTP support? :D)

So we were able to get together briefly another night to film and adjust a few other random scenes. There was actually a section that was totally perfectly shot from the original day that we couldn’t use because there was this incessant buzzing from the equipment, which was really disappointing because it was a scene where I actually didn’t feel like cringing when watching myself. After watching a rough edit of the final I became even more stoked! This guy is so awesome and I can’t thank him enough for all his talent and hard work while he was in between other gigs and a day job! If it weren’t for him I would’ve attempted to go buy (and later return) some cameras from Best Buy and shoot some monotone snore myself and goodness knows what would’ve happened.

So yeah, I left out a lot of “real” credential stuff I could’ve listed and decided not to talk about real strategy and what not, but overall I think it should fit nicely with what they’re looking for. Let me know what you guys think!