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…
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.
I should probably piece together the emails I sent to my investors for the WSOP and my summer. Some good nuggets in there that are not here. Wow, I'm really behind in updating.
Fast forward to this past month where I played the Beau and the IP. I want to give a quick shout-out to both staffs, for carefully planning two series at once that I think helped each other out rather than competed to the detriment of the other. Genius of Henry Garrison, Paul Dutsch and the decision-makers at the Beau to stagger their re-entry event and Main Event with the IP's. Personally, I think having these tournaments at the same time can draw better than having them back to back. I know this year scheduling kind of forced both casinos in the same slot. However, if possible with a little coordination and co-operation (which I realize could be more difficult then it was this year going forward) they could both really benefit. It's not unrealistic to think two big events at once could make…