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the Global Poker LeagueI used to write extensively (as in 30 blogs) about the Global Poker League (GPL). It was something new and exciting, and watching its Inaugural (and only) Season is what turned me into a poker fan. I often praised the vision of the GPL’s innovative founder, Alex Dreyfus, who came up with the whole poker “team” concept, with team managers and a “Draft” just like in the big leagues. I bought into what I considered my poker “home” team: the LA Sunset, and rooted for them with almost as much passion as I had once felt for the NY Yankees. For a solid nine months, poker had been “sportified” and I was a self-proclaimed fan-girl.

I checked back in my archives and realized that the last time I wrote about the GPL was in December of 2017, almost a year ago. In it, I was speculating about what had happened to the promised and much anticipated Season Two. I still don’t know any more than I did back then and trust me – I have Googled it to death. For a brief moment, I thought I had struck gold this time when I clicked on “Global Poker League Second Season Waits While Expansion Occurs in China, Other Areas” but it turned out to be an article in Poker News Daily, written by Earl Burton on March 19th, 2017. I had covered the same information in my last blog. In another March 2017 post Americas Card Roomfrom Americas Cardroom, author Bob Garcia wrote a blog on the same topic, and ended with the statement: Fans of the season one show are reportedly expecting a date for the series to return.

Yes, Bob! You were right!! I’m not sure now whether or not your original intention was to be facetious, but in retrospect it sounds more and more likely that the joke is on us –the GPL’s once-devoted and highly disappointed fans.  I, for one, feel kind of foolish for devoting so much time and energy trying to win over fans to the Global Poker League; I guess I never expected it to be a one-hit wonder. Oh well, I’m on my way to put down my buy-in, get some poker chips and hit the tables.

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I asked my husband, Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, if there’s a time limit on the players’ action in his weekly poker game. He said no, unless someone is obviously wasting time on every hand, but that rarely happens.

But time has definitely been a factor on the professional circuit and stalling has become a concern recently in live tournaments, notably the World Series Of Poker. When a player takes too long to act, the game slows down, and with many of the coveted audience of millennials and GenZ’ers already thinking that poker is too slow to interest them, that’s NOT a good thing.

So, to pick up the pace to appeal to a broader  audience, similar to the concept behind the Global Poker League (and by the way, where are you Alex Dreyfus?) and partially in response to the controversial slow-betting ‘speech play” of  William Kassouf in last year’s WSOP Main Event, we saw a new clock rule at this year’s WSOP.

The two-minute rule was eliminated. (The old rule was that someone could call the clock after a “reasonable amount of time, which was actually two minutes. Then the dealer had to call for the floor manager. The floor manager slowly responded, walking over to ask the dealer if the player had a “reasonable amount of time.” If he answered yes, the floor manager gave the player another minute to make a decision on his hand!) That’s some serious time-wasting!

The new WSOP rule isn’t a great improvement. Now, players can call the clock whenever they want to. The same process occurs between the dealer and floor manager. The floor manager can then give the player anywhere between 0 and 30 seconds to make a decision.

Some of the older, iconic players love the clock. In fact, Daniel Negreanu has stated that he doesn’t like playing games without a shot clock and has reduced his No-Limit Hold’Em schedule until the WSOP institutes one. He’s not alone; a vast majority of players like the shot clock, especially those who also play online and are accustomed to a much faster pace.

The World Poker Tour, however, has heard the message loud and clear. They have announced that the WPT will be using a 30-second Action Clock during all Main Tour events, to be utilized one full table off the money bubble and remain in play until the conclusion of the tournament. Players will be limited to 30 seconds for each action, but will also receive time extension chips for use during difficult moments in the later stages of the tournament.

As Matt Savage, WPT Executive Tour Director, stated, “The World Poker Tour is proud to be the first to implement the Action Clock across its Main Events. He thinks that speeding up the game is a no-brainer.

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As some of you already know, I am an amateur when it comes to poker. Although my husband and I own the Texas Poker Store, an online poker supplies site, I had a full-time job until last year and he pretty much ran the business on his own for close to five years. He also wrote the blogs, often running them by me for some (badly needed) editing. Naturally, I picked up a bit of poker knowledge from doing that, but not much.

Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisNot only that, but I never particularly enjoyed watching poker being played, live or online. My husband is the poker enthusiast, which is one of the reasons we created the Texas Poker Store in the first place. He’s the one who plays in a friendly poker game once a week and online most nights. He’s the one who has gone to Vegas to cover the WSOP Final Nine each year and he has the photos and poker stories to prove it.

When I retired a little over a year ago, I put my toe in the water and agreed to write a few blogs. It seemed only fair considering that I’m the one who was a communications coordinator at Texas A&M for eight years. Of course, I looked for topics I understood (like March Madness, Texas A&M football — anything to do with sports) and used the blog primarily as a marketing tool to attract visitors to our site.

And then I discovered the Global Poker League.

I was fascinated by the idea that there was something new in the poker world that nobody else really knew about. I could become an expert in a topic that was actually about poker. Sports fan that I am, I bought into Alex Dreyfus’ innovative vision to “sportify” poker by incorporating team competition, along with good digital content and enough entertainment value to provide a new kind of “fan experience.” I considered myself a new kind of fan, so it suited me perfectly. Besides, Dreyfus absolutely needed ambassadors to help him make poker more mainstream, and I decided that I was the perfect person to be that ambassador for our site.

My first blog about the new league was titled “What is the Global Poker League (GPL) and Why Haven’t You Heard of It? I admit it; I loved knowing something about poker that our followers didn’t know about, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to introduce this exciting new concept to our readers.

I wrote approximately 30 blogs while following the inaugural year of the GPL. I was both a fierce promoter and a fairly accurate predictor of the problems the league might encounter, and I never hesitated to offer Alex Dreyfus my constructive criticism. (Although he follows me on Twitter, victory enough for my first year, I doubt he ever actually took any of my advice).

The important thing is, in the process I got hooked on poker.  I watch it with my husband on late night TV and I understand what’s going on. When he comes home from his weekly poker game and starts describing his bad beats, or how he drew the gut shot straight on the river or how he bluffed and won with a pair of 3s, I sit in rapt attention instead of yawning.

But I’m still an amateur, a newbie, a vital part of the audience the GPL hoped to attract. Nevertheless, as an amateur, I thought it would be fun to continue writing this blog in my authentic newbie voice, bringing up poker terms I still don’t get, or discussing poker strategies that I, and maybe even some of you, might not totally grasp. If you’re a new-generation poker fan, we can learn together. If you’re an old-time player, you can make comments and add your wisdom to the conversation. Or make fun of me; it’s okay. Either way, I can continue blogging without acting as if I know more than I do. Hopefully, you’ll continue to follow me, and every once in a while, decide to purchase something at the Texas Poker Store.

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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.

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I made the tweet intentionally provocative, and was quite pleased when Dreyfus responded with the following tweets:

Alex Dreyfus and Queen of Hearts Paris

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:

Alex Dreyfus and Queen of Hearts Paris

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.

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