This Last Month in Poker History

by , Dec 1, 2008 | 4:30 pm

A few people have asked me WTF I’m talking about saying that November 2008 will go down as an historical month where everything changes/d. To spell it out, you have:

The November Nine — historic simply as it pertains to the conclusion of a single not-so-little tournament that seems to be the barometer for all things related to the poker industry.

Midnight Rule-push for UIGEA Regs — we’re just one of 100 single-issues affected by the Bush administration’s attempts to party it up like frat boys and trash the joint before checking out … but regardless, it means we have a whole bunch of additional clean-up to do.

60 Minutes/Washington Post Exposés — whether it’s determined to be fair-and-balanced good-for-poker coverage or a damning hatchet job hacked with a double-edged blade of lies … the Thanksgiving weekend stories represent the official exposure of the online poker biz, hairy warts and all, to the non-poker world.

Clonie Gowen vs. Full Tilt Lawsuita loyal soldier turns on her poker-biz commanders, with attempts to air grievances in American court threatening to bring the multibillion-dollar operations of a super-private jurisdictionally challenged business into the public domain. While FTP reps actively petition the Feds to let them open these books but only if they can pay extra taxes, the former Full Tilt covergirl arms herself with a taser gun and takes aiming at a Red Pro.

Formation of Cereus — the two most scandal-ridden online poker sites officially join forces to create a recovering cheater supersite, flooding their own tables with “refund” money to keep the action moving.

Plug Pulled on — hardly the biggest deal in the bigger picture … but PartyPoker’s apologetic canning of Dr. Tim represents a new fiscal reality facing even the most legitimate of online poker sites and their workers.

Introduction of HB 222 in TexasTake 2 on trying to bring the game that had everything to do with the creation of an $18 billion industry (subject to all the hubbub above) back home where it belongs.

All this, of course, is going on in the midst of a major lawsuit related to internet authority in Kentucky — where unprecedented government action has shaken up/down the online poker industry, forcing noticeable shifts in business ops and resource allocation. Clearly:

6 Comments to “This Last Month in Poker History”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    As Jerry Seinfeld would have said: Who are these people?

    Seriously though, when you put all that stuff together it really shows how momentous these 30 days could be for the poker community.

  2. Cotty

    You forgot to mention the most surreal and disturbing episode ever from the infamous Tao of Pokerati Podcast! I will never be able to listen to Piece of my Heart or Let it Be without thinking of it.

  3. tbonezz111

    such the fortune teller dan… really…. 2009?? How about a little leftovers for 2008?? Dude… seriously… lay off the scotch 🙂

  4. DanM

    oops! duly corrected.

  5. Johnny Hughes

    You are really right about the big month for poker. Since poker was all over the news for the things you list, my friends on local talk radio mentioned poker several times. Add in Michael Phelps.

  6. DanM

    That’s all we’re looking for, really … for poker to get as much cred on sports radio as swimming.