Techie Tuesday Facebook Giveaway

Techie Tuesday Facebook Promo

We’re making Techie Tuesday easier for you.

If you aren’t great at winning poker tournaments, all you have to do is visit our Facebook page & share our Techie Tuesday posts each week in August! Here’s how:

Instructions:

  • Like our Facebook Page so you can see our daily updates.
  • Watch for our Techie Tuesday tournament reminder posts, which we will post every Tuesday throughout the month of August.
  • Share our posts within 24 hours of the date & time we publish them to Facebook.
  • Sharing must be done directly from our page in order to be counted.
  • We will pick a winner and notify them by commenting on their shared post. Fans must respond by messaging us with their full name & address. This is the only way we can reach out to most of our fans, so cooperation on both sides is a must.

Check out the prizing schedule here (the first 2 prizes mimic our August tournament prizing):

  • August 4th – Aduro Portable Backup Battery
  • August 11th – Select Speck iPod Touch Case
  • August 18th – Mota 3 Port USB Car Charger
  • August 25th – $15 Google Play Gift Card
Aduro Backup Batteries
Aduro Backup Battery
Speck iPod Touch Case
iPod Touch Case

 

 

 

Google Play Gift Card
Google Play Gift Card

 

Mota 3 Port Car Charger
Mota 3 Port Car Charger

 

 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions

1. No Purchase Necessary. To enter, entrants must have a valid Facebook account and like the acePLAYpoker page. Starting on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, acePLAYpoker will publish 1 Techie Tuesday tournament reminder post every Tuesday in August. Valid participants must share the corresponding Facebook post to their own accounts directly from the acePLAYpoker page. Participants have a window of 24 hours to share each post. Entries received more than 24 hours after acePLAYpoker’s initial publishing of the post will not be accepted. Each person may only share each post 1 time, but each week resets, so participants may share our Tuesday reminder posts each week.

acePLAYpoker.com is not responsible for lost, mutilated, illegible, incomplete, or misdirected entries. acePLAYpoker.com is not responsible for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the contest. All entries should be appropriate to the matter which they concern and should not display offensive language or commentary. acePLAYpoker.com reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this sweepstakes should a virus, bug, or other cause corrupt the administration, security, or proper play of this sweepstakes. Entries not satisfying these Official Rules will be automatically disqualified.

2. PRIZE: Varies according to schedule.

3. WINNER: Each week, 1 prize winning entrant will be selected by random drawing of all valid entries received by the sponsor, acePLAYpoker.com. The drawing will be held on Thursday of each week (more than 48 hours after acePLAYpoker publishes the initial reminder post). To notify winners, acePLAYpoker will use the tagging method in the post comments section (acePLAYpoker is a page and therefore cannot contact individuals by direct message unless there is already a previous messaging thread). Winner must respond within 48 hours of notice will his/her full name, birth date, phone number, e-mail address, and address. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, the winner forfeits his/her prize and the sponsor will randomly select another winner.

4. ODDS OF WINNING: The odds of winning depend on the number of valid entries received.

5. ELIGIBILITY: Promotion open to residents of the United States who are 21 years of age or older at the start of the sweepstakes, have a valid Facebook account, and follow acePLAYpoker. Return of any prize/notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification, and an alternate winner will be selected. By acceptance of prize, winner agrees to the use of their name and/or likeness for purposes of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Employees of the sponsor and its parent and affiliated companies and their families are not eligible. Neither the sponsor nor its affiliates, subsidiaries, division or related companies are responsible for any damages, taxes, or expenses that winners might incur as a result of this sweepstakes or receipt of prize.

6. WINNER’S NAME: To obtain the name of each winner, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: acePLAYpoker.com Techie Tuesday Giveaway Contest c/o acePLAYpoker, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Winners’ Names request will be fulfilled within four weeks after the prize has been awarded. Requests for winners’ names must be received by September 5, 2015.

7. RESTRICTIONS: Void where prohibited by law.

8: SPONSOR(S): acePLAYpoker.com, Las Vegas, Nevada

Good luck to all of our participants!!

Upcoming Promotions & Events

Upcoming Promotional Events

For those of you who are always looking forward to the next big thing, we’ve got some exciting promotions coming up in August & September.

You’ve probably heard about our 2-month Techie Tuesday tournament, but did you know we’re offering a new Heads Up Nightly Freeroll or that we’ll be offering a VIP seat in the Aquarius blackjack tournament Sept. 25-27th?

Here’s a look at some of our upcoming promotions & events:

1. Heads Up Nightly Freeroll

You may have already seen or played this tournament. For those that haven’t, we’re now offering a freeroll every night at 9pm PST. Go toe-to-toe with your favorite players on our site! This one offers great practice before any tournament. The best part? No buy-in, of course. Check out our webpage here for more info.

2. Techie Tuesday Social Promo

In conjunction with our Techie Tuesday tournament, we’ll be sending out reminder posts on Facebook every Tuesday. Share our reminder posts every week in August for the chance to win a techie prize! You don’t have to play in the tournament or even be an acePLAYpoker member to win…you just need to follow us on Facebook & share our posts directly from our page. Each Tuesday will offer a fresh chance to win.

3. Best of Aquarius Month

September is “Best of Aquarius” month for acePLAY cardholders & players. Throughout the month, we will offer $5 coupons for dining and drinking, VIP entry into the Aquarius blackjack tournament the 25-27th, and even hotel stays! Also…did someone say Carrie Underwood concert tickets??

4. Special Sign Up Bonus

We are also offering several September promos via social media. Sign up on our site from one of our Facebook or Twitter links in September for the chance to win a room at Aquarius! This promotion will run all month long, so make sure you tell your friends about it.

Already a member on our site & a follower on social media? Upload a picture of yourself wearing acePLAYpoker merchandise to Facebook or Twitter & tag us to get 15,000 bonus chips. This is not a sweepstakes contest – every participant who follows the guidelines correctly will receive 15,000 chips deposited to their account. This one also runs for the entire month, but it is a one time per person opportunity.

We’ve also got some great things planned for October, but we don’t want to overwhelm you. Just remember, if you have any questions, you can contact us at service@aceplaypoker.com or reach out to us via Facebook messaging. Until next time!

WSOP 2015 Follow Up

WSOP 2015 Interviews

You’ve read our interviews. You’ve seen our pictures on Facebook. Now, check out our video series from our WSOP 2015 Interviews.

Throughout WSOP 2015, we talked to some industry greats. Unfortunately, due to limitations of time, we had to leave out some key information. We took several videos so you can understand more about who our interviewees are & what they do.

First up: Jon Friedberg. Jon offered us some great insight about his start as a Silicon Valley entrepeneur. However, few people really understand what his company, PokerAtlas (also known as Overlay Gaming Corporation), does for the game of poker. In this brief video, he explains more about his company.

 Next up: Ryan Johnson. Ryan Johnson is the Director of Production for magazine & poker media mogul ALL IN Magazine.

BLUFF Magazine’s original founder, Eric Morris, sold his stake in BLUFF in 2012 to become an executive at ALL IN. Ever since, the magazine has grown in circulation exponentially each year. Ryan tells us about how he got his start in a completely different industry & transitioned into the poker industry with his start at ALL IN.

Last, but certainly not least: Dan Goldman.

In Dan’s short videos with us, he explains both his start as a poker player and the benefits & setbacks of playing in live vs. online poker environments. As the former Chief Marketing Officer for PokerStars and a lifetime poker aficionado, Dan’s advice is well worth following.

Here, he tells us how he got started playing poker as a child in a family of poker enthusiasts.

We also asked him whether he prefers playing live or online. Here’s his response:

Don’t forget to check out Dan Goldman’s blog, SmallTalkDan.com, where he posts news, opinions, and great advice for poker players. Also, be sure to check out the rest of our pictures on Facebook or view our videos on our YouTube Channel as well.

That’s a wrap, folks. We’ll see you next time!

2015 Casino Marketing & Technology Conference

Casino Marketing & Technology Conference 2015

As the operations behind acePLAYpoker, we at ACEP Interactive are proud to be a part of the 2015 Casino Marketing & Technology Conference.

Alec Driscoll, ACEP’s Director of Interactive Gaming, will be speaking on a Social Gaming panel alongside Caesars industry executives this  Thursday, 7/16 at the Rio. The topic? “Social Gaming: What Marketers Need to Know.”

The panel will address the pros and cons of the 3 following ways casino properties have responded to virtual casinos: virtual gaming as a separate business, virtual gaming as an extension of property loyalty program, and lack of implementation for cost reasons. We at ACEP Interactive plan to use our experience with acePLAYpoker to champion the idea of building online gaming as a brand loyalty program.

Casino Marketing & Technology Conference Infographic

This sneak peek infographic gives a breakdown of our players according to the results we found from surveying them. We built our marketing strategy based on these results, keeping in mind the 5 key elements for effectiveness.

For more info on the Casino Marketing & Technology Conference, check out the official website here. We’ve also uploaded our case study, Employing the Five Pillars of Digital Marketing. You can check it out here.

We’ll be giving you conference updates on our Twitter pages, @acePLAYpoker and @ACEPInteractive as well as our LinkedIn page, ACEP Interactive, LLC.

Dan Goldman acePLAYpoker Interview

PokerStars Dan Goldman

A couple weeks ago, we had the honor of sitting down with the famed Dan Goldman, one of the original PokerStars executives. Here, he recounts impressive stories & memoirs from his time with PokerStars as well as his predictions for WSOP 2015.

1. How did you get your start in the poker industry & what drew you to the game?

‘I’ve been a poker player all my life – my father taught me the basics of the game when I was about 7…. Over the years, I continued to play somewhat irregularly until I moved to California & discovered live card rooms.

‘In 2001, a long-time poker friend told me about a new company, PokerStars, that was looking for beta testers, and my wife Sharon & I began to play there regularly (in fact, I won tournament #1 and my wife won tournament #2). When PokerStars launched for real money, this same friend mentioned that they didn’t have a marketing department & asked if I had any interest. After 6 phone interviews, I was hired as PokerStars’ first CMO, a position I held through April, 2007.’

2. You have traveled the globe as an ambassador of poker. What event was the highlight of your career in the industry so far? What is the most unusual thing you have seen/experienced?

‘There have been many, many highlights, but there’s no question about the single greatest highlight, which also happens to be a seminal moment in the history of poker.

‘In early 2003, I convinced my boss (Isai Scheinberg) that we needed to start running online satellites for the WSOP. This may seem like an obvious choice, but it wasn’t – no one was doing it, and it represented some substantial risk. The poker boom hadn’t really started at this point – poker was popular, but it wasn’t the wild success it would become a year later. I estimated that we might send 20 players to the Main Event, which has a buy-in of $10,000. This was $200,000 that would disappear from our then-limited poker economy. Isai was horrified at the prospect.

‘But, to his credit, Isai was willing to take some risks…. In January 2003, we started running WSOP satellites & ultimately sent 37 players to the Main Event, representing about 5% of the total starting field of 839 players. And history tells the rest of that story – Chris Moneymaker, a 27-year-old accountant from Tennessee, who had never played in a live poker tournament before, went on to win the 2003 WSOP & changed poker forever.’

PokerStars Dan Goldman

3. What advice do you have for online poker players now & going forward?

‘To new players, particularly young players, I’d strongly suggest that they balance their online play with live play early on. I’m not suggesting 50/50, but poker started as a game of personalities & psychology, and remains so today. New players can get a much better sense for this by playing both live & online.

The other advice I strongly suggest for online players is to keep very good records. This… can tell you things about your game that you would likely never work out on your own. For example, I used to play a lot of mid-stakes NLH on a variety of sites. When I looked at my stats, I found that I was making almost twice as much money per hour playing 5 games of $2-4 than I was playing 2 games of $5-10 on the same site, something that may seem obvious – the $5-10 players were much better, right? But then I discovered that I made nearly 3 times as much money per hour playing the $3-6 games, and at slightly lower risk.’

4. In your opinion, what is the most rewarding part of the work you do for the game of poker?

‘Poker is a serious game, a seeming oxymoron…. It’s played for more money than any other competition in the world. But, for most people, it’s a social experience that allows them to meet new people, learn while playing, and perhaps win a little money along the line.

‘The thing that I’ve found most exciting & rewarding is helping to create communities of players. At PokerStars, we encouraged our players to get together to play live poker…. At Barona, we hosted regular “Meet the Hosts” events in which players could get to know one another…. This convergence of online poker & live poker makes players happy, creates a vibrant community, and benefits the poker room – at essentially no cost to us.’

5. Who has your vote to win the WSOP Main Event this year?

‘With a projected field of about 7,000 players, I won’t even take a shot at predicting this. Poker is predominantly a game of skill, but to win the ME, you have to play well, get lucky, and not get unlucky, all over a 10 day period. Who would I like to see win? Me. Who do I think will win? I have absolutely no idea.’

For more info about Dan Goldman, we recommend reading his firsthand perspectives on his blog, smalltalkdan.com. Videos & additional photographs from the interview to follow.

Dan Goldman Interview Prologue

Dan Goldman Pre-Interview

What do Dan Goldman and Daniel Boone have in common? Both were pioneers, of a sort. We had the honor of sitting down with Dan & hearing about his profound influence on the game of poker.

On Friday, you will get to read our entire interview (accompanied by photos & video) with former PokerStars Chief Marketing Officer, Dan Goldman. Dan offered so many stories of amazing experiences throughout his career, we couldn’t fit them all into one post!

Here, he shares two of his most distinct memories. Both stories are centered around the infamous 2003 WSOP Main Event, in which he played an integral role in both Chris Moneymaker’s entry into the tournament as well as the emergence of PokerStars as a multinational brand as an outcome of the WSOP’s turn of events (more details on this in the interview). To hear more about Dan’s personal life experiences & thoughts, we recommend visiting his blog, smalltalkdan.com.

What is the most unusual thing you have seen/experienced in your career in the industry so far?

‘My 2 favorite memories involve [the] same WSOP. One happened a few days before Chris won the Main Event & has been well-documented over the years.

‘I had been ‘sweating’ Chris (that is, watching from the rail) through most of the Main Event. I was standing behind him when he got involved in a pot that was a turning point in poker history. Chris played this pot with Humberto Brenes, one of the top players in the world at the time.

‘The short version: Chris & Humberto got all the money in on the flop, Christ with pocket 8’s & Humberto with pocket Aces. It looked like our dream of a world champion was about to vaporize when a beautiful 8 came off the deck, putting Chris way ahead. Nothing changed on the river, & Chris both eliminated a dangerous opponent & amassed a huge stack. If you look at the ESPN video of this hand, you’ll see Chris dance around with a bald guy about 2:00 in – that’s me.’

[Editor’s note: Dan informed us that when this clip aired on ESPN, PokerStars saw one of the largest traffic spikes in its history, nearly crashing the servers.]

‘My other favorite story requires a little background. I worked for PokerStars for about 5 years. For the first 3, I never met my boss, Isai, in person. He hired me over the phone, and we communicated entirely by phone, instant message, & email. We had high & low points in our relationship over the years, but, at the point when the following happened, we didn’t know one another all that well, and I certainly didn’t have any sort of dependable read on him (something poker players count on).

‘I was convinced that the online poker market had missed a gigantic opportunity by not offering cash satellites to WSOP events. I campaigned relentlessly for us to do this & I was so convinced that I was willing to put my job on the line. In December 2002, I had a particularly contentious call with Isai, and may have gone over the top in my vociferous support of the idea. While neither of us were really the type to yell, the discussion became an argument. We got louder & louder, and suddenly I realize that Isai wasn’t on the line any more.

‘My wife, Sharon, who had heard only one side of the conversation say, “did you just get fired?” I told her I didn’t know. I chose to sit tight for a bit, and about 15 minutes later, Isai called back. “We both got a little carried away there. I want to talk to some other people here & we’ll talk about this again,” Isai said.

‘We did ultimately run satellites, which is how Chris Moneymaker won a $10,000 WSOP seat for $82 and went on to make history. The day after Chris won, I got a five-word email from Isai that I printed out & had taped to the wall over my desk for 2 years: “I guess you were right.”‘

Jon Friedberg acePLAYpoker Interview

Jon Friedberg WSOP Interview

With the WSOP 2015 Main Event drawing near, we spoke with Jon Friedberg, CEO of Overlay Gaming Corp (publicly known as PokerAtlas). As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur-turned-poker enthusiast, Jon has become somewhat of an industry visionary.

 

1. Poker is growing in popularity among entrepreneurs. How did you develop an interest in the game?

‘I discovered poker at a local Indian casino while attending the University of Arizona in Tucson, and immediately fell in love with the game. Throughout most of my college years, my evenings were spent at the tables with my textbooks, and doing homework in between hands.’

2. As a former WSOP bracelet winner, how did you get involved in the business side of gaming?

‘I have always had a passion for business, and pretty much everything related to entrepreneurship. Playing poker and running a business are actually very similar to one another. After taking a hiatus from the Silicon Valley startup scene to play full-time, I learned a lot about the challenges & opportunities facing the industry. Like most players, winning a WSOP bracelet was a dream…however, I felt like I needed another challenge. I set out to accomplish more in poker by focusing on building a business to address the various opportunities that I felt existed. And that is where I am today…playing a much higher stakes game of poker, called business.’

3. What advice do you have for online players?

‘My best advice for online poker players is that they can expect their results to correlate to what they put into learning & becoming a better player. Practice makes perfect, but there is no such thing as a perfect poker player…so all we can do is continue to learn & improve our games, & adjust our playing styles based on the games & opponents we face.’

4. The last 5 years have brought a bevy of change to the industry with the emergence of gaming websites & new regulations. As an industry visionary, where do you see the industry trending over the next 5 years?

‘I think it is without question that online poker will look very similar to the multi-state lotteries (like PowerBall) within the next 5 years. Poker is a game of critical mass, so the more states that are involved, the more each of them benefit. Right now Nevada & New Jersey are serving as guinea pigs for other states observing. Once another big state launches online poker, the rest will fall like dominoes…and they will all pool their players to create larger prize pools & game selection. The prizes won’t be as large as PowerBall, but I think the same states that participate in PowerBall will also eventually offer online poker with a shared player base between them.’

5. Poker legends such as Doyle Brunson & businessmen such as Jack Binion have undoubtedly made an impact on the game of poker as we know it today. Who would you regard as the single most influential person in the history of the game?

‘This is a very tough question to answer because there so many people that played key roles in poker becoming what it is today. While Jack Binion was definitely the most influential person in creating the WSOP & professional poker industry as a whole, I think Chris Moneymaker was more influential in bringing poker into many millions of households. So ,neither deservemore recognition than the other, but I think Chris Moneymaker’s lucky streak in 2003 created the single most influential shift in the game than what anyone else has ever done.’

6. From a player perspective, which WSOP event are you looking forward to the most?

‘I always look forward to the Main Event more than any other event. I love playing NL Hold’em against soft fields when the big prize money is up for grabs. The Main Event has more amateur & novice players than most of the other events & has by far the biggest prize pool, so this is the one I look forward to playing in more than any other event in the WSOP or throughout the year.’

Jen Mastrud acePLAYpoker Interview

Jen Mastrud HPT Interview

As a pioneer & notable female of the poker industry, Jen Mastrud
has one of the most interesting stories we’ve heard. We talked with her about how she got her start with HPT as well as some of the highlights & challenges she faced.

1. I understand you were the Director of Operations for HPT for some time. Tell us about how you got your start in the industry & ended up in this role.

‘With 10 years of marketing & PR experience, I joined the HPT team as the Director of Public Relations in 2009. I found something about the challenge appealing, so I took a gamble. During my first week in the office, the internet was shut off for nonpayment, the owners took off on a last-minute gambling trip to Vegas, and the cops called looking for a former employee. I stuck with it because the team was great, the owners were supportive, and I saw potential. 6 months later, I became the general manager. When the company was acquired by Pinnacle Entertainment, I was promoted to Director of Operations.’

2. What were some of the highlights of your time with HPT?

‘I’m probably most proud of the expansion. Originally, the task was to transition a regional tour into a national brand. During my time as Director, we grew the tour by 60% & gained a big presence on the West Coast. We televised more poker tournaments than anyone in the world. It was a bazaar 6-year ride for me, from moonshine to private jets.’

3. What were some of the challenges you faced with HPT?

‘One challenge unique to HPT was the logistics of moving TV production gear all over the country. We had a record 24 events in my last year – from coast to coast. It became very difficult to get everything where it needed to be on time. The equipment, including the TV table, cameras, the set, etc., weighed a ton, causing the truck to break down frequently.’

4. At this year’s American Poker Awards, you were on the Future of Poker panel. Give us some insight on the industry trends you expect to see over the next 5-10 years.

‘That was a great event. New media was a big topic of discussion, specifically Twitch. We also discussed tour operators working more collaboratively. Everyone on the panel predicted continued growth at the mid-stakes level.’

5. You entered the industry at a time when women were not very prominent in poker. Why do you think the industry initially struggled to attract female players to the game?

‘The overall demographic is definitely predominantly men, but HPT was a bit of an exception to the rule. We had female champions & many, many women at our TV tables. We hired the 1st female poker commentator, Maria Ho. Why is HPT more accessible to women? It could be simply because the mid-stakes buy-ins have a lower barrier for entry in general. Player often remarked about the low pressure, fun environment. It’s welcoming for everyone.’

6. Who, if anyone, has your vote to win the WSOP main event this year?

‘Like anyone who depends on the health of the industry, I’m hoping for a champion who has a good story to tell, attracts media attention, and represents the game well.’

Jim Anderson acePLAYpoker Interview

Jim Anderson Interview

Many of you know him as Dr-Golf. Others in the business know him as a friend or fellow poker enthusiast. We sat down with Jim Anderson, one of our long-time players, to ask about his experience competing among some of the industry’s top players in the 2015 WSOP Senior Event.

1. Tell us a little about how you first got involved in the game of poker.

‘I started playing poker about 25 years ago, mostly home games back in Florida at Washington D.C., but more seriously over the past 5 years, since moving to Vegas…. Being a golf professional & having been a member of the PGA for nearly 20 years, golf remains my 1st passion, however, poker is a close second. Between golf & poker, Vegas is the perfect fit for me.’

2. I understand you played in the Senior Event in this year’s WSOP. How did you prepare for the tournament?

‘Despite being my first WSOP event, I wasn’t too concerned with the 12 or 13 hours of poker in 1 day, so I thought it was more important to have a playing strategy that I could (and would) stick with throughout the day. I decided on 3 things: play in position only, play small ball poker & don’t press the action. The strategy worked as I was able to build my chip stack from 5,000 to about 25,000 chips by the dinner break, thus giving me an above-average stack.’

3. Can you tell us a bit about the event? Give us the playing format, buy-in, starting stack, etc.

‘Event #40, The Seniors Championship, was a NLH event with a $1,000 buy-in. The starting stack was 5,000 chips & there were nearly 4,200 entrants. We were scheduled to play 11 levels (1 hr each) on day 1. By the dinner break (after level 6), the player count was down to 1,400. At the end of day 1 (around midnight), more than 3,600 players had been eliminated.’

4. Describe your most memorable round of the tournament.

‘Obviously my last round is my most memorable. With a decent chip stack & only 2 levels left for the day, I was dealt AK on the button. Everyone folded to me & I raised to $2,400 with the blinds at 400/800. The small blind folded & the big blind (also the chip leader) decided to go all-in. He had just lost a big pot & I figured he was on tilt or thought I was trying to steal the blinds with my position raise. I really don’t like playing pre-flop poker, but I didn’t think he was that strong & I was right.’

‘I called & showed him my AK, he had QJ. He said, “wow, I thought you were just trying to steal the blinds with your position raise.” The flop & turn came up empty for him, but the river gave him a queen & put me out. I could have folded AK there, but my read was correct & a double up there would have put me in great shape for going into day 2 with day 1 winding down. Oh well, that’s poker!’

5. What are some of your favorite tournaments to play besides WSOP?

‘For live games, I play at Stratosphere, The Orleans, and The Mirage primarily. The Stratosphere has a great Bounty & Deepstack tournament. The Mirage has excellent daily tournaments (11am), and The Orleans Friday & Saturday night events attract many players.’

6. Who has your vote to win the main event this year?

‘Mark Newhouse…why not?’

Eric Morris acePLAYpoker Interview


Eric Morris Interview

Our second in a series of interviews during WSOP 2015. Eric Morris, original founder of BLUFF Magazine & current Director of Operations at ALL IN magazine, told us how he got started in the industry and offers his advice to online players.

1. As the founder of BLUFF magazine & a current executive at ALL IN, you are quite a veteran of the industry. Tell us about your journey in becoming an influential entrepreneur in gaming media.

‘I have been involved in the industry since 1998 and published the 1st magazine specifically reaching the online gambler. The magazine was titled “Gambling Online Magazine” & was really a groundbreaking publication. BLUFF was somewhat of a spinoff, but obviously more focused around poker & lifestyle surrounding the game. When I launched BLUFF in 2004, it was never my intention to be a stats & strategy type publication. BLUFF was about celebrating the lifestyle attached to the game & the personalities around it.

‘My time now is spent running poker operations for ALL IN media house. I am once again enjoying being part of a very innovative company [that] I believe will be bigger than BLUFF ever was. We have so many talented employees & an ownership that has a very clear vision on where they want to take the company. Outside of poker, ALL IN has now moved into both the daily fantasy sports & eSports verticals, as there is a huge synergy between the 3 audiences who will enjoy our content.’

2. Name a few of the most prominent emerging industry trends you’ve experienced in the last 10 years.

‘There have been so many trends in gaming over the past 10 years, I really do not even know where to start. For a while, televised poker was on almost 24/7…when that died down, live streaming started to become more prevalent. Now Twitch is the newest trend…. As for the game of poker, I can remember people stating that poker was just a fad or trend & it would fall by the wayside[sic]. I can most definitely state that poker is not a trend and, as regulation occurs, it will continue to grow & prosper.’

3. As you are aware, online gaming has become a hot topic in recent political debates. What argument would you make in defense of online gaming websites?

‘There really should be no argument against regulated online gaming. There are just too many reasons to regulate it & not enough to keep it from becoming legal. Currently, you can gamble in every US state in some capacity. Whether it’s the lottery, bingo, horse & dog racing, poker, slots…[or] fantasy sports, you can find some place to make a bet. Online is just an extension of what is already available to the masses. By regulating online gaming websites, the government is able to not only tax players, but to ensure payouts & fair play. Factor in the number of jobs that will be created & it’s a giant win…. I think most people understand the real benefits.’

4. It must be a great feeling to be on the edge of something big, as you were at the start of both BLUFF & ALL IN magazines. What is the most rewarding part of the work you do for the gaming industry?

‘I have to say, it is incredibly rewarding to have created a product that was innovative & received well by the poker community. When I started BLUFF in the basement of my house, I had no idea how big the brand would become. I am very proud of the product I produced…however, the most rewarding part was developing lifelong friendships with so many great people…. I feel like the game has given me so much more than I can ever give back & I am incredibly humbled to know how lucky I am to still be a part of the poker community.’

5. There has recently been a large push for gaming sites to adopt a mobile strategy. Where else do you see online poker trending throughout the next 5 years?

‘What a great question & really hard to answer at it’s incredibly difficult to know what new technology will be introduced & available in 5 years. I hope to see online poker regulated in more states & eventually at the federal level. Personally, I am not a fan of mobile gaming. I would never play real money poker on my mobile device. I much prefer to play on a laptop or PC & just feel the overall experience is more enjoyable.’

6. We have to ask this one. Who has your vote to win the WSOP main event this year?

‘How do you not pick Phil Ivey vs. the field for any poker event he plays in?!’

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