Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
On March 3rd I wrote a blog titled, “Isn’t PokerStars’ POWER UP Really Alex Dreyfus’ HOLDEMX?” In it, I went over all that I had enjoyed about the inaugural Global Poker League, primarily to get some answers concerning whether or not there would be a second GPL season!
And, as the title suggests, I was also pointing out what seemed like a tremendous similarity between the GPL’s HoldemX and PokerStars’ new game called Power Up. (Not out of the question, since PS is the exclusive online poker sponsor of the GPL) So I posed the question: Had PokerStars simply taken over the product?
After I posted my blog, I tweeted it out, hoping to attract the attention of Dreyfus. I wanted his response concerning the two similar games, but what I really wanted to know was if he was abandoning the U.S. for China, where all the attention seemed to be focused.
I made the tweet intentionally provocative, and was quite pleased when Dreyfus responded with the following tweets:
Hmmmm. I guess I have to take his word for that one! After all, he’s never lied to me before!!
Dreyfus then continued to tweet, with me responding in order to get my two cents in regarding much-needed GPL improvements:
So I had my answers, in 140 characters or less! But I really missed the boat by not publishing those responses then.
Instead, on March 16th I posted a blog titled, “GPL Making Great Use of its Down Time” in which I praised the strategies, especially their dynamic, high-quality videos,being implemented by Dreyfus and the league during the long lull in GPL action as Alex Dreyfus’s team (and their PokerStars sponsors?) take their time to make some much-needed improvements to all things GPL (website, merchandising, marketing and the Cube to name a few).
In other words, I buried my own story, which was later covered by Earl Burton in pokernewsdaily.com on March 19th and on cardschat.com on March 20th. As John Reger wrote: Just because the second season has been delayed, Dreyfus said not to mistake that for quitting on his brainchild. He did, however admit there were some problems with the inaugural run of the league and said those need to be corrected before another year of competition can get underway.”
In fairness, I should note that the majority of the aforementioned articles dealt with Dreyfus and the GPL’s expansion into the gigantic poker market in China and other countries, a topic I will cover in a future blog. But one thing is clear; I should have posted THIS blog on the 5th of March!
Guess I was way too distracted with all the action at our own local poker tournament.