Pokeratizen Watch

by , Jul 13, 2007 | 3:44 am

LAS VEGAS–Play has ended for the day, and Josh Evans is alive and well with exactly 400,000 chips — a still comfortably above average stack a slightly above average stack (briefly forgot they started with 20,000 this year), but way behind the chip leaders. (Ten players are already above a million.) He was into the 600s for a while, but gave a healthy chunk to the guy on his left. “I hate this table,” he told me. It had on it the aforementioned big stack, Humberto Brenes, Tobey Maguire, and an online phenom/Jackie’s alum I am learning more about named “The Waco Kid.”

Fortunately for Josh, his table was broken as players bagged their chips for the night … so we’ll see where he starts the day tomorrow — 337 players remain.

15 Comments to “Pokeratizen Watch”

  1. 12eeDe12

    Good luck! Hopefully me and milli will be on the rail soon! oh yeah and


  2. DanM

    By the way, some important peeps from ESPN asked me why I waste my time covering local “no names” like Josh. Anyone care to tell them why his play, regardless of how far he goes, matters?

  3. on tilt

    “Anyone care to tell them why his play, regardless of how far he goes, matters?”

    how about the great deal of exposure of a TEXAN playing POKER and how that noteriety could be used to further the cause of legalization here.

    that’s one thought, i could probably come up with a couple more

  4. Venita

    Well, it matters to us — he’s a nice guy and I’d like to see him take it down. Obviously he’s a talented player . . . and all the big names were once no-names, right? Maybe ESPN will be sitting up and taking notice soon.

  5. Anon

    I’ve worked briefly for ESPN in a non production capacity, but their lack of understanding is not surprising. To spell it out for them, the entire appeal of poker as a televised, cultural phenomenon is 50% the money and 50% the fact that the viewers feel like it’s something that they could be doing themselves. While the “professional” may be better for a purist trying to learn, ESPN (and all media) equally follow the most outlandish/rude/funny etc. irrespective of their card ability, in the hope of creating an interesting product. But that ignores the “that could be me” factor, which is why local no-name reporting is equally valuable- if I’ve sat at a table with Josh, and beaten him, the connection to the poker tournament as a whole is far greater when I read that he is clobbering 90% of the field in the largest event in the world. Undoubtedly, every player in the tournament has played with hundreds that are not in the tournament, and that connection is why many people tune in, check the websites, and respond to Dan.

  6. Venita

    Judy, could you e-mail me, please?

  7. 12eeDe12

    Why it matters:

    1. He is a local boy (obv.) and its great to see one of our own on the grandest of poker stages.
    2. He is a part of the the young online poker pro phenomenon that is taking over the poker world (pairDboard21 on stars, kid is sick).
    3. He has all of his action.
    4. He is a great guy and a solid player. His success is great for the poker world unlike others i.e. Jamie Gold, etc.

  8. Ed

    I would rather watch/read about a local player who worked his way into the money before I hear about Hellmuth or any of the other pros we hear about on a daily basis. This is why I love Dan and the hard work he has done over the years. He gave us a place to play/learn at the free Lodge tournament. He gives us the pokerati invitational each year. He gives us updates on people we may know that live in Texas. What more could we ask for?! Thanks Dan! ESPN could learn a lot from how you cover the WSOP.


    (wipes nose clean)

  9. DanM

    Yeesh, Ed, thanks for the props. Good insight from everyone else.

    I was thinking along the lines of family values, but I guess there’s even more to it than that.

  10. Ed

    Sure..that too. Here at Pokerati we are one big dysfunctionalhappy family.

    Can I be the child you duct tape and throw in the closet when I am bad?!

  11. DanM

    Ed, I so shoulda banned your IP long ago. You are sorta making their point for them now.

  12. Clark K

    The folks at ESPN don’t seem to understand how thin is the line of separation between a player like Josh and the “pros” they love to cover. So forget about family values. Forget about the local connection (though that’s obviously why we have such a keen interest). He’s worthy of coverage because he’s good enough to excel on poker’s grandest stage.

  13. Tessie and Aaron

    Way to go Josh!
    We bow down before you! Love, kisses, hugs and all that mushy stuff! We can’t keep our eyes off the computer – we are addicted to watching your progress. You are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. phillyJ

    Stength ‘N Honor.

  15. TehBRD

    Hey Dan…

    You should go up to that ESPN guy, tell him to look at Josh’s stack, and then simply say, “Scoreboard.”