Saturday, May 13, 2006

Going to the Dogs, WSOP Media, and Blogjoy

The last couple of days, I've been sick as a dog. I woke up yesterday with a sore gut and a cat coup on my hands. It seems I had run out of cat food and a feline uprising was in full swing. I grabbed my keys and ran a serpentine pattern for the door. Once safely at the store, I ended up buying a 40 lb bag of food as it offered the best price point. In my weakened condition, I felt like the bag outweighed me by 10 lbs. I dragged the bag through the front door with twelve paws at my heels. I quickly opened it to the din of expectant meows, only to realize...wait for it...that I had bought dog food. You know you're in for a bad day when you buy food for a pet that you don't own. Another round trip to the store and the coup was finally contained. The picture is of Seven-Toed Sammy, finally at rest.

I probably could have saved some keystrokes on my last entry if I had waited a few hours. Harrah's released its long awaited Media Guidelines for the 2006 WSOP. It looks like I had it pretty close to the mark thanks to the well functioning rumor mill.

Freelancers and bloggers are going to have to get pretty creative to get access. And anyone that is not one of the "Official Media Providers" will be contending with a lot of restrictions.

I see that I made the same argument as Harrah's - this model is very similar to other major sports media coverage models. But there is a problem with that line of reasoning. The poker media, itself, does not yet mirror major sports media. When the major newspapers came in for the final event last year, most of the reporters knew nothing about poker. They had to ask the bloggers who the major players were. I literally got asked who Johnny Chan was more than once. And yet these are the outlets that will easily score credentials. Some of the best real-time tournament reports in 2005 were filed by Pauly, Otis, and BJ Nemeth. To my knowledge, none of these reporters are working for the "Official Provider" of real time tournament reports.

So while the coverage and credentialing model is one that is consistent with major sports, the current state of poker journalism isn't. That's a problem.

I'm experiencing real blogjoy in my new unfettered blog. First of all, comments rock! Having a comments section in my old blog was also a no-no. So I'm totally loving that. And cc, I'm working up the courage for your suggestion. Nice rack btw.

And with the world in turmoil, it seems that poker may be the international language of peace. I know I will eventually tire of checking out my blog stats, but for now it is a source of wonderment. Thanks to all you bloggers out there, the following countries have found their way to this blog: US, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, India, Pakistan, Argentina, Venezuela, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Estonia, Gibraltar, Mauritius, and the Czech Republic. I've probably left someone out. Hopefully an international incident won't ensue.


Blogger Fuel55 said...

Amy rules.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Fuel55 said...

So does Canada!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

I never actually thought that Amy would be the first one against the wall when the revolution came.....

7:06 AM  
Blogger cc said...

Regarding WSOP media, I think there is an out for Pauly et al to get approved prior. I think Harrah's real challenge, which you suggest, is how do you weed out the real media that doesn't invest and aren't knowledgeable in either poker or coverage. Harrah's obviously doesn't want coverage to deteriorate, which is possible in the short term. They've shown a willingness to put things out and then listen and adjust, so here's hoping they can do the same regarding this.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Falstaff said...

Amy -

Love the new blog and hope you can get good access this year at the WSOP. Just saw the pic of Jen Leo looking up my kilt at the WPBT last December. Can you email me a copy of that pic? Visit me at to grab my email address.



12:17 PM  
Blogger April said...

Aww, your kitty looks just like mine! Orange tabbies rule!

Loving the blog Amy. And it's always good to have another Austin blogger! :)

3:28 PM  
Blogger Miguel said...

Amy, (or should I say Oil Doe)

Great blog. Looks like you're off to a good start. And it also looks like you're moving in good company these days. Congratulations.

Michael (maxxel from PSO)

3:31 AM  
Blogger Miguel said...

Amy, (or should I say Oil Doe)

Great blog. Looks like you're off to a good start. And it also looks like you're moving in good company these days. Congratulations.

Michael (maxxel from PSO)

3:33 AM  
Blogger Dan M said...

Amy, will you be at the WSOP this year? And what's the status of your credentials?

I'm not too worried because they only use velvet ropes to block off access to various places, and I am pretty sure I can slip under them.

4:31 AM  
Blogger amy said...

fuel, I'm lovin' your blog - so you rule too!

C'mon bill, you know me better than that:)

And cc I think you are probably right. Harrah's showed an ability to be flexible last year and I have to think they'll work to find the best solutions again this year.

falstaff, I hope you got the pic. That was my absolute favorite from the blogger convention. I am saving the pic of Pauly giving me the finger for a special occasion. Stay tuned.

April - hasn't the Austin weather been purrfect lately. Orange tabbies have the nicest temperments. My brother also lives with an orange tabby.

Hey maxxel, thanks for stopping by. I try to get over to PSO every once in awhile, but it seems a little quiet there lately.

And Dan, I have no idea what I'm doing for the WSOP yet. But I have every confidence you can and will get into trouble. I only hope I'm there to get it on film. Oh wait...that's not allowed.


6:09 AM  
Blogger PokerTramp said...

Amy just glad to find your Blog. You can thank LasVegasVegas for the link. Use to read you at PP. Glad your back,

1:49 PM  

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