I typically play in some of the private card clubs here in Dallas, and one concern I’ve always had is about the security at such places. I have a bit of fear that I’m going to be robbed at one of them, especially when I’m walking out of there at dawn with a grand or so in my pocket. The news that a private cardroom in Ohio was robbed at gunpoint and the players were forced to strip in order to give the robbers more time to get away didn’t do anything to alleviate my fears. All the more reason to play poker online IMO.
National Lampoon’s Strip Poker?
When Victoria’s Secret decided to launch a new viral marketing campaign to take advantage of all the searches for poker, I didn’t think much of it until I saw them at #1 for the phrase เเทงหวยออนไลน์ in Google. They’d apparently convinced every advertising blog in the country to talk about their new ‘pink pany poker party’ and the resulting Google-bomb worked. But the whole thing highlighted something else that’s been on my mind a lot lately – gender and poker.
I’m amazed at the interest in women who play poker, and I’m not quite sure I understand it. I know that Pokerstars celeb Jennicide gets an unbelievable amount of attention, and while she is lovely, I just don’t understand why guys who are interested in looking at girly pictures don’t just hang out at Playboy’s or Maxim’s website. I run another poker site that gets search engine traffic from phrases like ‘Annie Duke nude’ too. I’m not even going to comment on how many different ways that’s wrong.
So today when I searched for poker news, one of the top items was about a WWE diva (Alexis) who lost the National Lampoon Strip Poker event, which was evidently a big pay-per-view event. For some reason I think the World Series of Poker would make a better pay-per-view event if you’re interested in poker. For me, I’ll take my nudity old-school by watching reruns of Shannon Tweed thrillers on Cinemax.
Tournament Poker and Profanity
Read this article over at CBS News today about how poker is no longer in the backrooms, and that the plan is to clean up some of the vulgarity. I’d read some funny anecdotes about the World Series of Poker this year and their ban on the ‘f-bomb’, but this particular news story today is interesting because it details an encounter a player had with a sore loser on Pokerstars. Apparently the sore loser thought that cussing out a guy in a tournament, berating him, and hurling racial slurs at him were all okay. But when the author of the article emailed Pokerstars support, the sore loser had his chat privileges suspended.
I still don’t understand why people get so mad when they suffer what they think is a bad beat. Surely you WANT your opponents to be making mistakes?