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Daniel Negreanu’s VlogDaniel Negreanu with Marissa Rachelle (video/blog) is back which means it’s WSOP time again! With Bazanji’s “The Life I Chose” setting the hot hip hop beat for the vlog , @realkidpoker tells his fans he’s ready for action. He’s definitely displaying some high energy as he makes his green smoothie, teases his super-hot girlfriend Marisa, and heads off to the gym to sweat – after four days playing the Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria he says he definitely needs a workout. According to Dnegs, he lost six pounds during the SHR, but it sounds to me like he came out ahead anyway (actually, he came in 2nd and added another $3 million to his bank account).

Negreanu’s Vlogs are fun to watch, and I always look forward to them. His enthusiasm and love of the game are infectious, and his walks through the casino can be highly entertaining as we pick up the Rio atmosphere and try to spot who’s at the different poker tables. Nevertheless, there are times when his high voltage personality can be somewhat grating (like when he spots a very mellow Phil Ivey at the poker table and shines his spotlight on him). Clearly, the attention was not welcome.Daniel Negreanu's Vlog

The engaging parts are when he takes us behind-the-scenes, which during the first three Vlogs included watching him be “Pool Daddy” as he cleaned his swimming pool before his viewing party for the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals (his beloved Vegas Knights are in the finals in their first year!). Daniel knows how to throw a party; his house is perfectly set up for partying and watching sports and he seems so comfortable just hanging out with Marisa, his friends, family, and 20 pizzas, cuddling with his two adorable dogs, and even taking on a buddy to play chess.

But then, after the Knight’s loss (they were down 2-1 as of this writing) he “has to go to work,” which is not a bad gig if you’re a superstar poker player. During breaks in the action, Daniel walks the corridors of the Rio and explains why he is currently down $212,500 K after three days at the tables. So far he’s played in the $2500 Mixed Draw, the $10K Omaha 8 Championship and the $100K NLE High Roller. He’s pretty casual talking about hands he lost, misplayed or just didn’t get the cards and takes us through several of the more interesting ones.  I find it refreshing to hear him be so open when’s not playing well, or when he bluffs or how his mind works against better players vs. unknowns.

He didn’t do anything in the Omaha 8, which happens to be one of his favorite poker variations. Still, Negreanu is ready and eager for more action. As he put it at the end of Vlog 3, “There’s plenty of poker left kids. Don’t get discouraged; I’m not.”

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I had no idea how much of an impact blogging about the Global Poker League would have on me, beyond simply enjoying watching the GPL matches. I quickly bought into the new league created by GPL founder, Alexander Dreyfus, including the competitive “team” play, or “sportifying” poker concept (starting with the Inaugural Draft) the use of web cams, getting to know the personalities and strategies of world-class poker players, the informative but also highly engaging commentators and hosts.

I knew right away which teams I’d root for; the two teams representing the cities where I’d spent most of my life – The New York Rounders and the L.A. Sunset. And I got excited as my two teams continued moving up in the standings of the Americas Conference through the first online phase of the GPL. I’m ready, and more than a little excited, to watch the first of the 48 Heads-Up Cross-Conference Live Summer Season matches tonight, June 6, as the GPL begins Heat I, Match 81 in the studio in Las Vegas.Fabrice SoulierAaron Paul

And of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m especially eager to see the debut of talented actor and team wildcard, Aaron Paul, who will be playing for the L.A. Sunset. He is scheduled to go heads-up against the team manager of the Paris Aviators, Fabrice Soulier, at 8 P.M. Eastern time. Most poker fans and players would undoubtedly say that Paul was over-matched, but we all know anything can happen in poker.

I’ve mentioned in prior blogs my concerns about the production values of this live, in-studio phase after the GPL got off to such a high-quality, professional start. I’ve also talked about my biggest concern, which comes later when the GPL takes its Playoffs (the top four teams from each conference) to TwitchCon San Diego, where it will compete for the attention of video gamers, a brand new demographic with millions of worldwide fans. There is plenty of time to delve into those concerns later.

For now, I want to get back to the amazing impact the GPL has had on me. Not only has it expanded my general knowledge about poker, but it has also brought me a whole new group of followers and fans; “poker people” have begun to follow me on Twitter. On a more personal note, a few people mentioned to my husband how much they were enjoying my blog about the GPL, which they were learning about through me. Some even thanked him for the great content. A few referenced seeing “member of the GPL” next to a particular player’s name at the SHR Bowl and/or the WSOP and now knowing what that meant!Fedor Holtz

On an even more personal note, I can’t believe the difference between me this year and me at the same time a year ago. My husband has always watched WPT action and tournaments like the SHR and World Series of Poker on TV, usually after I fell asleep. (In addition to his attending the WSOP every year as they draw close to the Final Nine) Now, I stay up with him. Not only do I recognize many of the players, but I actually feel like I know many of them personally. When I saw that the Super High Roller Bowl included Fedor Holz, Brynn Kenney, Jason Mercier and three other GPL team members, I was immediately drawn in: I KNOW these guys! I watched all the coverage of the Final Table, and was happy that Fedor finished second.

It’s not just that I’ve come to recognize so many live and online, national and international poker players (besides the always recognizable Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth) but I can actually follow the action. I understand what each player is doing based on his or her hole cards; I know if they’re bluffing or limping or value betting and it suddenly makes poker exciting to watch.

Kid Poker - The MovieEven within the context of a movie or TV show, if the characters are playing poker, I “get it” on a whole different level now. We watched “Kid Poker” the other night on Netflix and found it extremely entertaining. I’m sure I would have enjoyed it last year simply because Negreanu has a great rags-to-riches story and he’s so cute and charismatic, but this year I was mesmerized because I “got it.” After eight weeks of watching GPL matches and hearing them analyzed, I could fully appreciate the Kid’s ability to read players, figure out what was in another player’s hand and bet accordingly . . .  and it was truly mind-blowing.

The GPL has already had a major impact on me; now I’m anxious to see if it can catch on big within the next few years.

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