Just wanted to share this photo, which I feature in a recent post about covering the November Nine on my WSOP14 site. I was far from action as a garden variety media member, had to take photos using extreme zoom (with a $150 Canon that does not do well without sufficient lighting or proximity to the target). That said I somehow struck lightning in a bottle and caught Jacobson's expression of sheer joy, at the center of the celebration. This was a moment to remember forever for a grinder who really deserved his $10 million score.
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Creating a digital presence is no easy thing. It takes careful management. One question is, how to balance publicity efforts with a core focus on making A Very Dark Game feel as fresh and uncharted as possible. Threads on forums such as 2+2 are an interesting exposure route. Just be prepared for random conversations, flames, and put-downs - bring an inexhaustible supply of patience to the discussion. That said, dozens, (sometimes hundreds) of reads are generated each time I engage on the thread.
My big news for the week is that an interview I taped was featured on about a dozen House Of Cards-affiliated radio stations (CBS, etc) and will be put up as a podcast soon. The interview is a 45 minute, semi-freewheeling overview of my experience playing the Ironman and covering poker as a WSOP blogger this year. Hosted by Ashley Adams. I find the show name House Of Cards particularly appropriate, considering the Quebec securities regulators raid on Amaya-Pokerstars this week.
NEWS BLAST: I recently discovered a video of the 48 hour, 55 minute continuous APT-RWM Ironman Poker Challenge posted on YouTube by the Asian Poker Tour (APT). Clocking in at two minutes and 22 seconds, the video was put up seven months ago (five months after the actual December, 2013, event). It has generated a whopping 130 views and it is no wonder. The music is bland, the production corporate, and they did not promote the video via social media at all. Did not even contact me to let me know it was up. Basically, they wasted the efforts of a really talented talented photographer and videographer, and made the "most insane tournament ever held" look mundane.
That said, APT is a reputable organization, and I enjoy their live events very much. I know the tournament directors and am going to suggest using the footage in their vaults to construct a longform documentary, with commentary by myself and other Ironman participants.
P.S. About the YouTube screen capture above: The Ironman was the first ever live event so deep structured that we needed to store the chips in racks throughout. Just kidding... this was actually on the bubble, when we were about to consolidate from three to two tables (took 2 hours to get from 19 to 18 players). The racks were necessary because we needed to shift down to two tables within a 2 minute timeframe, for the action to be considered "continuous" by the Guinness Book of Records.
The fashionable Korean guy on my right Lim Dae Hoon busted in 4th and was by far the biggest threat. So glad he busted out preflop all-in against Sandro Simon, when the German hit trip nines on the river against pocket jacks. This was the part of the tournament where I was beyond the hallucination stage and was smelling like an old gym locker, staying awake through an intravenous drip of espresso.