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Queen of Hearts ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

The spectacular annual World Series of Poker, currently underway in Las Vegas, attracts the world’s best live and online poker players along with thousands of amateur and professional players as well. And it’s absolutely no coincidence that Alex Dreyfus and crew scheduled the Global Poker League’s Summer Series Heads-Up matches to take place in their studio in Vegas at the same time. No surprise, either, that he decided to break out the much-hyped, but not quite ready-for-prime-time Cube ahead of schedule to provide the perfect contrast to the play at the WSOP. It’s up close and personal, it’s poker standing up, it’s innovative and it’s fun!

Sorel Mizzi - Berlin BearsFedor HoltzThere’s nothing quite like watching the #1 ranked Fedor Holz of the LA Sunset walk into the Cube and let it all out, swapping tells and funny trash talk while playing heads-up against Sorel Mizzi of the Berlin Bears (and breaking all the rules by crossing over to get a look at each other’s hole cards).

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching as the Global Poker League has worked its way into the poker world in just four months, already becoming part of the vernacular. Examples abound, like this headline I just plucked from a poker news site: Congratulations to Jason Mercier of the New York Rounders on your fourth bracelet! Branding doesn’t get any better than that.

I have loved the team competition, the web cams, the feeling of actually knowing some of the world’s greatest poker players. Although I wasn’t that impressed with the Cube at first, as I’ve watched big name players enjoy contending in this totally new and intriguing environment, I understand what a big a step this has been for the evolution of poker for the next generation.

I realize that somewhere in the middle of my 16-blog love affair with the GPL, I may have lost my way. It’s almost as though I was being paid to promote the Global Poker League, while in fact my real job is to promote The Texas Poker Store. I’ve always believed that providing good poker-related content would translate into more customers for our online store, but I’ve yet to see much evidence of that. I HAVE seen evidence that people are reading my blog, and my focus on the GPL has certainly garnered me a whole new bunch of likes and followers on Twitter. From what I’ve seen, the audience for poker isn’t going away any time soon; in fact, it’s on track to keep on growing, so one day my efforts may pay off. In the meantime, I’ll just keep on grinding.

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Texas Poker StoreQueen of Hearts ParisBy: Queen of Hearts Paris

I wrote about the launch of the Global Poker League (GPL) on this blog twice, on February 21st and again on the 26th, the day after the League’s first draft. Since then, I’ve been searching for more news about it so I could keep y’all updated on any new developments, and I have checked their Facebook page daily for updates, but nothing exciting or revealing has been posted as of yet. If anything, it seemed that founder Alex Dreyfus, CEO of Mediarex Sports and Entertainment, may have been playing the League down a bit for fear of having the hype overshadow the results.

Alex Dreyfus, CEO of Mediarex Sports and EntertainmentIn fact, Dreyfus said as much when discussing how successful the first-ever draft had been. In an article titled ” The Day We Sportified Poker,” Dreyfus noted how thrilled he was with the coverage of the draft, both through the five-hour live stream on Twitch, which drew an estimated 195,000 unique viewers and the activity on Twitter, which had poker enthusiasts engaged and arguing back and forth throughout the event. He also raved about the quality of the managers of each of the 12 teams and the terrific job done by the the analysts who kept fans entertained and informed throughout.

I watched enough myself to know how much fun it was listening to the opinions and color commentary delivered by the two superstar poker legends, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu, as well as circuit experts, Joe Stapleton and Eric Danis. After such a successful event, with the highest of production values in place, it makes sense that Dreyfus wants to plan the next steps taken by the new League very carefully. He and everyone else involved know that the League isn’t going to take off immediately; it could take several years to build up interest in and enthusiasm for team poker, and each team will need to work hard to earn the devotion of its own fan base.

For those who are eager to know more, the next news we’re all waiting for is who will each team manager choose as their two Wild Card players that the rules allow for. Most assume that each manager will make him or herself one of the Wild Cards, but their choices for the other spot could be newsworthy. Wild Card players also have to be ranked in the top 1,000 of the Global Poker Index and which player a team manager chooses will give us all some insight into their strategy for the first GPL season. Are they gunning for the most highly ranked players? Or are they looking for a wild card player who is popular and entertaining enough at the poker tables to engage fans? Remember, marketability is the name of the game!

And speaking of downplaying the hype, Dreyfus just announced, via a simple tweet on his Twitter feed, that the GPL will begin its first series of online matches on April 5th — stay tuned for full schedule.

In other words, when we know more, we’ll let you know!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

No one won our Predict the Score contest this week. Several did bet on Ole Miss, but they went over. When we posted our Predict the Score blog a couple of days ago, we wrote; “That’s a lot of talent competing for a game they both need to win. It will be a high-scoring contest, but if the Aggies are for real, this is when they prove it.” So we were right about both teams needing to win. And we were right about the talent on the field. We, and most of the pundits, however, were wrong about predicting a lot of scoring by both offenses, because the high-powered offense of the Aggies simply disappeared.

By game’s end, Kyle Allen was trending nationally on Twitter, not in a good way, and Texas A&M had fallen out of the top 25, leaving just about everyone with emotions ranging from curious to furious. So although Ole Miss won the game and obviously proved that they are “for real,” the Aggies need to figure out who they are and what’s going on with their offense, especially at quarterback, but also with their offensive line, receivers, running game and most definitely with their play-calling, coaching staff and decision-making . . .  all the way to the top . With  almost an embarrassment of riches on the Aggie roster, no Aggie fan should have to feel embarrassed.

Texas Poker StoreThe Texas Poker Store staff  hopes the Aggies get it together in time to face the South Carolina Gamecocks next Saturday at Kyle Field. We’ll post our next “Predict the Score” blog in the next few days, so keep tuned in and may the best predictor win.

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