writer's block

Even when I can’t seem to find my poker writing A-game, it’s no excuse to stop stepping into the batter’s box, as it were, and quit swinging altogether.

In this blog post, I talk a bit about why I haven’t been able to summon up the oomph to write much lately. I reflect on the road I’ve taken towards attaining poker world recognition and the weight that that position now carries with it.

I think you’ll find it interesting to read about the poker writing process I go through before clicking Publish.

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Matt Showell

Ever wonder what type of work goes in to being the Editor-in-Chief of PokerListings, one of the world’s top poker media brands?

We had the good fortune of getting an interview with Matt Showell, who serves as the site’s Editor-in-Chief and has been in poker writing for about a decade now. Beyond learning more about the work he’s done and is currently involved him, Matt was kind enough to tell us a bit about his personal life as well.

Hope you enjoy getting to know another great poker writer.

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Las Vegas home game

I’ve written a ton about my experiences this past summer at the World Series of Poker, and there’s still so much more to tell you all about.

Aside for all the poker I played in casino poker rooms, I also took the time one night to play in a local home game. The experiences were unforgettable and I want to tell you all about them, and why it was worth travelling halfway around the world to play in it.

I think a lot of recreational poker players and home game warriors will identify with what I have to say about the experience.

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Haley Hintze

Haley Hintze is a no-nonsense poker writer. Over her 15-year career in the industry, there’s pretty much nothing that she hasn’t seen or written about. Having contributed to a number of different outlets and engaged in various different forms of poker writing, including live reporting, Haley has nonetheless kept a relatively low profile.

For that reason, we’re grateful that she agreed to be the next interviewee in our “Get to Know the Poker Media” series. It’s time to learn more about her and gain a better appreciation of the great work she’s done as a poker writer.

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Phil Galfond

We’re all quite used to seeing the big name online poker operators making moves these days, so it’s refreshing to see of the game’s top players trying to instigate a paradigm shift. Phil Galfond has a stellar reputation and record both at and away from the poker tables. He’s on a bold mission to change things up in online poker by trying to create a site that caters to ALL players, both recreational and professional.

Here are some thoughts on that and an opinion on whether the initiative is likely to succeed or not.

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PlayWPT

The World Poker Tour has innovated a brand new concept with their PlayWPT product, namely, they’ve managed to create a play money environment where the stakes actually matter. By setting ground rules in which players have to purchase play money chips and treating the game with the full integrity of real money poker play, they’ve given true legitimacy to the concept of “social gaming” for the first time.

Learn more about their innovative new product in this review.

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antiquing

While it’s obvious that readers of this blog love poker, we all have other hobbies and activities that we enjoy. Some of us, for instance, are fond of antiquing.

As with many areas in life, skills you hone at the poker table can prove useful away from the felt. If you’re into antiquing, you’ll probably appreciate our list of 5 poker skills that could serve you well as you engage in it.

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Shawn Marion playing poker

It’s always a thrill to see famous athletes and celebrities playing poker. One athlete who has long been a fan of the game we all love is Shawn Marion.

Over Labor Day weekend, the retired NBA star traveled to Oklahoma to play in the River Poker Series at WinStar Casino. He performed like a true champ! Read on to learn more about Marion’s day working the poker tables.

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