-Soon, I'll get that Hurricane27 article update. Spoilers: Super nice kid. Not a bot. Owns your soul online. How he found poker is an anomaly. More to come. Soon, I promise. I'll find the time to write it up and do it justice.
-Wouldn't it be cool to have a GCP.NET Championship? We think so. Hopefully, it can happen... somewhere, sometime, soon (?).
-About to go Back to the Beau. How can you not love the deeper stacks and better structures the Beau Rivage will offer when they go heads up with the WSOP Circuit event in early September. The pros will be in town chasing points but over at the IP. Methinks I'll be chasing all that money at the Beau. Plus, they got Henry Garrison, Derek Dillman, and Paul Dutsch coming in to help. Great crew there. Think we are pretty lucky as players on the coast with the staffs at the Beau and with what's being put together at Harrah's lately.
So, in the past couple of posts I've been cryptic about a recent opportunity that presented itself that I said was really cool. It is... or I should say was really cool... as unfortunately, my involvement, ultimately, was practically zero.
I met with the producer of a new poker show that is filming its pilot in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago over lunch at Mothers. All this was going on just as I learned of the potential heart condition of my soon to be born son and the expedited delivery to find out if he'd need surgery. So despite being in a bit of fog in my personal life, I still enjoyed a great conversation about poker, poker in New Orleans, and specifically discussed the pilot and premise of the show. To be honest it was a really nice diversion. We had a freewheeling exchange of ideas. I came away happy with the vision of the producer and impressed that one of the aims of the show to really highlight locals who play poker.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to work the WSOP Academy in New Orleans. Jeff Madsen was the lead pro with Layne Flack his right hand man. I mean this in a good way... it felt like the seminars were led by a rapper and a rock star. Madsen's grip on the microphone looked like he was about to segue into a Beastie Boys's lyrics at any moment, and Flack, he's just an affable and gregarious presence. As some one in the class said he could have easily been a stand up comedian. I got more a lead guitarist type vibe.
Either way both presenting players had the presence to hold the attention of everybody in attendance, and both were able to impart a lot of excellent strategy and poker knowledge. They quickly progressed the class from beginner stuff to thinking at a much higher level.
I was there to assist with the hand labs. I rotated through the class with Layne and Jeff. We'd each have a table and deal out hands. After a hand was completed we'd turn ever…