The Micros aren’t dead, even though American online poker kinda is (for just a little while longer?). But they do have, you can see, a new relationship with PokerStars — though they explain in the episode write-up that it’s just a one-off for now …
Spoiler alert: cameos this episode from Nanonoko, Negreanu, Phil Galfond, Vannessa Selbst, Chris Moneymaker’s bobblehead, and Noah Stephens-Davidowitz.
Extra LOL for As the Button Moves, a “Photoshopera” on the NVG network.
Longtime Pokeratizens might remember the days when we were all about the poker comic strips. Back in ’06, my favorite was +EV (by Bobby Crosby) — the story of an online grinder trying to balance his professional poker pursuits with family life. Hot wife, cute little daughter named Scarlet … and I think they had a cat.
I rediscovered +EV shortly after Black Friday, and saw the comic had grown even more entertaining. Now Bobby C wants to turn the best-of into a book … hard and soft. He’s almost there with his kickstarter campaign, too — having already raised more than half of the $5k he seeks. (You get a copy of the book with a donation, so check it out!)
Joe Navarro in 2009 … Sam Chauhan in 2010 … every year, we see personalities who burst into poker seemingly outta nowhere generate major buzz without ever playing a televised hand. In 2011, I think it’s safe to say after three episodes my favorite new characters in poker are The Micros.
Good writing, clever animation, and a dash of parody played out by Lego characters in 10-minute episodes on YouTube … It all makes for an LOLably “real” look at the poker world in an internet era, with extra ha-ha on the nouveau poker riche.
And keeping it real in this episode … a bodacious semi-fictional appearance by Tatjana Pasalic: