Intro: For well over a year, the Las Vegas and Poker blog has provided top-notch coverage of poker tournaments, personalities, and issues. The Poker Prof and Flip Chip are synonymous with poker blogging. On a side note, let‚Äôs come up with a better name for ‚Äúblog.‚Äù You just can‚Äôt type a sentence and make it sound cool by ending it with ‚Äúblog.‚Äù You just can‚Äôt.
Anyway, the Las Vegas and Poker blog is one of our daily reads, and it‚Äôs the focus of our latest Blogfile. So take in the Poker Prof as he waxes on his full-time gig: poker blogging.
See. You just can‚Äôt.
WCP: How‚Äôd the Las Vegas and Poker blog originate?
PP: The blog started as a hobby that grew out of selling poker chips via eBay. I discovered that blogging and poker were far more enjoyable than sales. The blog really became a focal point when we obtained media access to the 2004 World Series of Poker, we have been covering major poker events in Vegas ever since.
WCP: You still selling chips on eBay (or elsewhere) or does LVV and pokerplayernewspaper.com supply all of your income now?
PP: Got away from the chips almost as soon as we got into them.
WCP: All right Prof (seen right, photo from OJR), you’ve been closer to the Vegas poker scene longer than many blogs out there. What are some of your favorite memories/stories from covering poker in Vegas?
PP: The most memorable moment for me was the Barry Greenstein/Charlie Tuttle nexus at the World Series of Poker this year.
For those who don’t know the story you can read it at: http://www.lasvegasvegas.com/pokerblog/archives/000551.php
Next to that would be the day I partnered with Stan Sludikoff on PokerPlayerNewspaper.com. It allowed me the resources and freedom to build an extensive content management system specifically engineered with poker in mind.
WCP: You were with Mike Matusow when he was sentenced for drug distribution and sent to jail for six months. What was your take on his sentencing? Since his release, he’s obviously been doing well (as his final table appearance at the WSOP ME showed). In your talks with him since the release, how do you think jail time affected him?
PP: Point in fact, FlipChip was with him. Matusow‚Äôs jail time was the ultimate bad beat, the stance in the original post I think sums everything up. As far as jail time, he took 9th at this year‚Äôs World Series Main Event. I think that says more than anything.
WPT: Give us your favorite Vegas:
a) Card Room:
PP: MGM Grand at the moment
PP: Impossible to answer!
Here are the last three restaurants I’ve visited all of which I’d recommend.
1. The Palm Steak house at the Forum Shops
2. Fellini’s at Sam’s Town
3. In-n-Out Burger
c) Free show:
PP: Fountains at the Bellagio have to be seen to be believed.
WCP: Speaking of "have to be seen to be believed," Shana Hiatt or Courtney Friel?
PP: This answer deserves a book and I’ve addressed it several times from different angles (best posts available below). Should it happen across the board? Without question, as should the legalization of every other Malium Prohibitium crime out there. Best to let the people decide. Will it? Doubtful in the extreme. The standard response of a industry to a perceived threat is to absorb it or quash it. Right now the Brick and Mortar Industry is trying the quash approach.
Some Prof thoughts on legalization:
WCP: What would be your dream 6-person table to play with? Can be living, dead, or ficticious people…
PP: Ahh, the dinner question… well for a round of poker… I suppose I’d invite the following:
See. You just can’t.