State of the Poker Union

by , Jan 22, 2009 | 2:55 pm

This has been out for a few weeks now, but I’m reading it for the first time … found via Pauly, who also let us know about John Caldwell’s unexpected-at-this-moment-in-time-but-not-surprising departure as editor in chief of PokerNews. I know most of you don’t really care about “Shecky’s” business, but you should, because he has been instrumental in shaping how you get to follow tournaments on the internet … and though I’ve had my beefs with PN’s claims of being the “independent” source of poker news (they recently changed that to “#1”), overall, PokerNews, under Caldwell’s leadership, developed into something that arguably made the game far more enjoyable for players and their friends … and isn’t that what all of this is about — the pursuit of better poker?

Before he left, Caldwell assembled a panel of informed and influential peeps in the poker world to hear their thoughts on key poker issues. The panel included Bluff editor-in-chief Matt Parvis, big-name agent Brian Balsbaugh, WSOP Commish Jeffrey Pollack, Pauly, PokerDB founder and AP/UB scandal-solver Nat Arem, top-notch tourney director and Commerce Casino poker room honcho Matt Savage, and high-stakes pro and Team PokerStars guy Barry Greenstein and asked them all the following questions:

  1. You’ve been sent back in time to Jan 1, 2003. If you could, what one thing that could be attributed to poker’s “boom” would you prevent or change?
  2. Will we ever again see a regularly occurring, brick-and-mortar cash game that is bigger than the biggest games found online?
  3. Will 2009 bring a formal regulation of online poker at the United States federal level?
  4. What group within the poker world do you believe to be most affected by the global financial crisis?
  5. If you could enact one change to the 2009 WSOP – what would it be?
  6. Compared to the 2008 WSOP Main Event, will there be more or fewer participants in this year’s Main Event, and why?
  7. Will poker grow overall in 2009? If so, what area is likely to show the greatest growth?
  8. If there was one change that you would like to see specifically made to the online game or by major online sites in the coming year, what would it be?
  9. Could a brand new online poker room storm to life in 2009 and somehow capture a major share of that market?
  10. Can you think of something that doesn’t really exist in the poker world today that will be a given five years from now?

2 Comments to “State of the Poker Union”

  1. DanM

    10 – Pauly:
    >>The only way they can do that is to regulate and tax online gaming, prostitution, the legalization of certain drugs, and probably they’ll have to go in and muscle a piece of the porn industry and start regulating and taxing that.<< The reason online gambling prohibition is different from drug prohibition is because there are multi-multibillion-dollar industries based on the illegality of drugs. With the possible exception of loosening pot laws -- if the Californians continue to handle near-legal pot well -- you won't see drug legalization because there are too many people who stand to lose their jobs and way of life (and thinking). So they will be fighting hard against it. That's where online poker is at such a critical point now ... because there really exists no strong, organized, societally entrenched opposition.

  2. Pierre Fromage

    Damn American potheads!