Monday, January 13, 2014

The Old Folks, and Home

Two quick news bites for poker fans.  First, there is a new Poker Tour in the USA, and it’s the Senior Poker Tour, and it kicks off this weekend at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, MS.  The five day event has something for everyone, with big and small buy-ins, Hold ‘em, Omaha and H.O.R.S.E, and a final day “main event” championship.

Does poker need a Senior tour like golf, bowling, tennis, Gaelic football…OK, you get the idea.  It seems as if darn near every athletic endeavor has a senior league or senior tour, and since poker is most likely “less athletic “ than all of the others, why not?  Besides, I can tell you that there is a world of difference in how 50+ fellows play (that’s what people 50+ call each other, fellows, or the informal "fellahs") versus those young whippersnappers who seemingly go all-in every other hand.  Anyway, I hope it takes off and is still going strong once I hit 50. 

(laugh track goes here) – read all about it from Poker News.

The other poker tidbit I share comes from a new start-up venture called “Friend’s Poker Club.”  Maybe you’ve seen their Facebook ads or stumbled upon their website.  If not, I urge you to go there and sign up for their newsletter.  Not that there’s anything there yet (just the sign up page and the promise of things to come, or as they say, “Your poker game at home reimagined!  But they’re doing it right.

How do I know?  Well, one thing they’re doing is a comprehensive survey of what players WANT from the site (imagine if MySpace has done this years ago…Mr. Zuckerberg would be eating Skittles and drinking Jolt Cola instead of champagne and caviar).  No promises that you’d get the call to do the survey if you signed up, but if you do, they’ll reward you (Amazon gift card for me, thank you!).  And a better site to serve you, too (since that’s the whole idea).  Since I’ve got a new book on Home Poker coming out…soon (maybe by the Spring?)…it seems as if there’s some synergy going on here.  Hope so.

Or, and a reminder to go review one of my books on Apple iTunes (iBooks), Nook, Kindle/Amazon, wherever.  Or do ‘em all if they’ll let you.

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