Another example of the sickness we have for playing poker:
Huck Seed wins $500,000 in the NBC Heads Up Championship and says during his winner’s interview, when asked how he feels: “I’m glad you asked that question, because I have had trouble expressing my emotions in the past…when I won the WSOP I didn’t feel anything.” He doesn’t elaborate (perhaps due to a shitty NBC edit) but either way…it’s just another day at the office.
photo credit: Russ Okon – russokon.com
I was just reading a little about Twitter via Techcrunch and got to thinking how this can effect the poker world. I must admit I’ve done little outside of set up a profile and send a few texts to my twitter page, but it is intriguing nonetheless.
You can see it’s impact in a site like Pokerroad – where a large portion of the homepage is dedicated to this live stream of internet consciousness.
At this point I’m not totally convinced of the usefulness of this tool outside of celebrity stalking, but it does have the opportunity to direct traffic via the web. And with the popularity of such outlets like US weekly and TMZ it should be no surprise that Twitter is being taken over by celebrity chatter. I did read a cool post on Kanye West’s blog about how he doesn’t have a twitter, doesn’t want one, and thinks its a giant waste of time because he only blogs about 5% of what he’s up to, and the rest of the time is spent being creative. I like his stance on this…but I digress.
The interesting thing about this trend is that the internet is evolving from a passive stream of consciousness (static pages, blogs, etc.) to a more real-time, ‘live’ mass of thought (twitter, digg, forums, desktop tickers, etc). From a marketing perspective, these tools are increasing the efficiency of ‘word of mouth’. One could argue it’s the holy grail of ROI, and at the heart of any successful brand/product/idea or viral marketing concept.
Twitter allows groups of similiar thinking individuals to gather information simultaneously and ‘swarm’ about the web together. Think about it like a group of bees, going to where the honey is, and leaving just as quick when the honey is gone.
We are clearly all a bunch of ridalin deprived ADD kids, and don’t want to invest time in searching, when we can be told where the latest and greatest is, happening now. Real time = Now = Less Time spent finding what’s hot…
A site like Full Tilt could leverage this medium to ‘promote’ big games that are happening, as they are happening. There are plenty of rail birds that log on to watch Durrrr and Ivey or Sigmund or whoever play nosebleed stakes – if they could communicate with that audience via a live stream of happenings then the swarm would know when to log on.
Although, what do I know, I just have a tiny lifestyle brand…but what I do know is that tomorrow will not look like today.
The complete schedule can be found here
but I thought I’d highlight some interesting stuff:
First big buy-in – $40k No Limit event #2 on 5/28 – this is a good way for the ‘real players’ to start off the WSOP, and to generate some excitement around the circus as most likely it will be a star studded final table.
Economic Stimulus Event – $1k No Limit Event #4 on 5/30- No Rebuy – Event #3 – cheapest way into the WSOP this year…
First 6 Handed Event – $1500 No Limit, Event #9 on 6/3 – these are fun, action packed, crap shooty but fun.
Cheaper HORSE Event – $3000 HORSE, Event #21 on 6/9 – HORSE is fun, lots of people don’t know how to play all the games so, but this is the slightly higher of the cheaper buyins so perhaps this field is a little smarter…
Heads Up Championship – $10,000 HU, Event #29 on 6/13 – nothing more needs to be said…
Shootout Event – $5,000 NL – 1000 people Max, Event #41 on 6/21 – win 2 sng’s make a wsop final table…
50k HORSE Championship – Event #49, 6/29 – $50k – big names, fun thing to watch
Main Event – $10k Obviously, Event #57 – circus circus on 6/3……
A new way to play?
I have gotten used to throwing wireless mouse about the room like a football, but I suppose this could work just as well.
Apparently it works with poker stars, full tilt, and other major poker rooms. While I have not tried it, the controls kind of look backwards to me with the ‘scroll wheel’ being on the left side – for a no limit player you would be using that all the time, and I think I’d rather use my right hand for that….
Either way, I like seeing innovations attempting to make online poker more fun, comfortable, easy to play, so good job.