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With Mad Men coming back on Sunday and Community finally funny again, let’s go with Alison Brie to usher in Part I of the Wicked Chops and Gavin podcast.
After some technical difficulties,* Part I of the Wicked Chops & Gavin podcast is now up.
We recorded this one at the Casa de Gavin, so it’s possible that you’ll hear some crying children in the background for the first 15 minutes. In related news, Gavin Smith is a father.
In this one, we cover our thoughts on the Greg Raymer arrest, the WSOP‘s alleged offer to PokerStars to buy the WSOP and Rio, and then delve into a lengthy discussion over the Choice Center. Gavin steps up and defends Choice against the recent Micon Donkdown post. Interesting take.
Give it a listen. We’re figuring out when these will get back on iTunes. Hope to have resolved soon.
Glaring omission from the Awesome 20: Joanna Krupa
Here’s Part 2 of the latest Wicked Chops & GavinTM podcast. What happened to Part 1? Some back-end technical difficulties that we’re blaming on Falcon Heene. Little fucker is at it again. Part 1 should be up later today.
So Part 2 of the podcast was based on a brilliant Gavin Smith idea: the Awesome 20TM.
BLUFF each year puts out their Power 20, where peers vote on the most influential people in the industry. Completely out of spite for not making it We’re taking a different approach though, discussing some of the more awesome people in the industry.
Like when giving an Oscar speech, we kinda Chad Lowe’d this and forgot a few names. Happens. But this is a good starter.
The moment the “Greg Raymer was arrested for soliciting sex with a hooker on Craigslist!” story broke, our phones were blowing up. Friends wanted to see if we knew about it (we had no advance knowledge), and find out if we knew more to the story (we did not).
Raymer is one of the few well-known players who has mostly operated above the fray in poker. Most people would agree WCP is fairly connected within the industry—and we’ve heard stories about vices and transgressions on just about everyone. Greg Raymer, not so much.
Misguided lawsuit with the WPT (and spat with Daniel Negreanu over it) aside, Raymer didn’t really have a stain on his rep. He has been more-than-gracious with his time with fans. He’s consistently represented the interests of poker players through his involvement with the PPA, or testifying on the community’s behalf as to why poker is a game of skill. He’s been a solid ambassador.
You could call Greg Raymer a lot of things, but “asshole” or “shady” typically wasn’t one of them.
Crazy. In a period of just a week, with Jerry Yanggoing busto and Greg Raymer allegedly trying to bust one in a hooker, the two Main Event champs that EVERYONE thought weren’t like “us” (and by “us” we mean “most poker players”) are, well, just like “us” after all.
With that in mind, here are some stand-out things we’ve noticed about the Raymer story:
Despite the Daily News “Poker Her” cover, the story already seems like old news in the poker world. We’re just over 48 hours away from the shock of it, but it feels like it happened months ago. That’s probably because the initial headline was significantly more tawdry, as TMZ and Chad Holloway both first erroneously reported Raymer was busted in a maleprostitution ring. Raymer, as you may know, is married with a kid. So while nobody would rip Raymer for his sexual preference, they would rip him for being a phony. People hate phonies. When it turned out that it was a female prostitution sting and not a male one, a lot of the hot air went out of the balloon, and the story immediately became less interesting. It’s like breaking bad news to somebody with fake worse news. “Timmy, have a seat.” “Am I fired?” “No…but your family is dead.” “Oh my god! No! Why?!” “Ok ok, your family is not dead. But you are fired.”
It seems like Raymer getting busted humanized him a little to the poker community. Turns out, he’s flawed. Welcome to the club!
We’ve also been somewhat amazed at the support Raymer has gotten from the poker community, and could put forth the argument that this ends up making him more popular of a figure in the long run. From Twitter to 2+2, the poker community, which is historically VERY forgiving unless your name is “Joe Sebok,” seems to have already forgiven.
To his credit, Raymer from a PR-perspective has handled the situation as best as he could. He’s taken the anti-Epic/Jeffrey Pollack PR approach by not cowering in a corner and going radio silent.
Pre-BF, we almost got Vikki Blows a sponsorship to play in the WSOP. True story.
We’re unabashed, big fans of the World Series of Poker.
It’s the singular poker event that matters each year. The whole community measures its momentum based on the WSOP’s performance. Is attendance up? Then poker is doing good! A new mainstream advertiser? Poker is accepted! Ratings down? The fad has ended!
Anyway, the WSOP is a big deal. People want to play in it.
And since Black Friday, there aren’t a lot of options for U.S. American players to win entries into the WSOP any more.
As no one in U.S. America can legally win for-money satellites, here’s a list of sites where you can cash a ticket to the big dance.
HogWild Poker – From what we found, HWP has the most WSOP giveaways. Free-to-play prizes include a Main Event seat package ($13,000), six $1,250 packages for the weekend warrior donkaments, and over 20 smaller staking packages going up to $750 in value for the daily deepstacks and satellite events. Our math math math has the total value well over $20k $25k (again, our math sucks) for the next few months in WSOP related buy-ins. Read more about HWP’s WSOP giveaways here.
Attack Poker – The new kid on the block has a “Main Event Challenge.” It awards a $10k WSOP seat. You have to win an entry to a 32-person HU tourney which you have to win as well. More on Attack here.
Face Up Gaming – FUG has an event that awards a $10,000 ME seat, a $2.5k WSOP voucher for second, a $1,500 WSOP voucher to third, and a $1k WSOP voucher to fourth through ninth. Total giveaway worth math math math calculator yep $20,000. More on FUG here.
Surprisingly, that’s about it. Comment section if you’re aware of others. But old mainstays like NLOP, South Point Poker, and new sites like GoldenNuggetPoker are not doing anything as of yet.
Of course, if the WSOP isn’t your bag and you’re more into the WPT, ClubWPT gives away a Main Event seat to all of their live tournaments. Check that out here.
After some technical difficulties,* Part I of the Wicked Chops & Gavin podcast is now up. We recorded this one at the Casa de Gavin, so it’s possible that you’ll hear some crying children in the background for the first 15 minutes. In related news, Gavin Smith is a father. In this one, we cover [...]
Here’s Part 2 of the latest Wicked Chops & GavinTM podcast. What happened to Part 1? Some back-end technical difficulties that we’re blaming on Falcon Heene. Little fucker is at it again. Part 1 should be up later today. So Part 2 of the podcast was based on a brilliant Gavin Smith idea: the Awesome [...]