Weekend Wisdom (8/22-8/23): EPT Kyiv, ESPN Inside Deal, & Daniel

by , Aug 22, 2009 | 6:41 pm

Yes, I’m aware that the weekend is half over, but gimme a break, will ya? Got a couple of things worth watching while checking out the Sunday majors tomorrow or…if your weekend just needs a little poker pep in its step.

First, the EPT Kyiv (that’s how they insist it’s spelled) reached its final table today and will see it play out tomorrow. One of the most interesting aspects of the European Poker Tour is its EPT Live broadcast, with whole cards and great commentators to break down the action. PokerNews reporter Gloria Balding takes us behind the scenes in this video, with a cameo appearance from Benjo. (BTW, big congrats to Short-Stacked Shamus for taking down the media tourney last night/this morning!)

Second, ESPN’s Inside Deal show has kept me interested for three weeks and looking forward to each new show. It’s turning out to be an informative/funny/fresh idea that is pretty dang well done. Check out last Tuesday’s episode with Barry Greenstein as the special guest:

And finally, a few lot of words from Daniel Negreanu in his latest Raw Vegas video diary. He discusses many of the issues he addressed in his blog recently, such as Phil Ivey reaching the WSOP main event final table and his feelings about the Poker Hall of Fame (his nomination, etc.), but he also touches on a recent trip to Toronto to visit his still-hospitalized mother. Thoughts go out to Daniel as his decisions get tougher in the months/years to come.

Watch Daniel Negreanu: Phil Ivey is the Best Poker Player in the World on RawVegas.tv

10 Comments to “Weekend Wisdom (8/22-8/23): EPT Kyiv, ESPN Inside Deal, & Daniel”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    You could also throw in the “Daniel Negreanu is a racist?” discussion:


  2. California Jen

    I kinda hate that discussion. I think the author of that article is digging for something that’s not there and won’t give any sort of link in a post to him. Whether Daniel’s comments are racist or not could be fodder for discussion, but that guy’s opinion (in my opinion) is out of line.

  3. Kevin Mathers

    I’m more of the thought that some of his comments are more insensitive than racist. Although I’m sure Mr. Somach appreciates the hits.

  4. Kevin Mathers

    Just to add, recent interview with Daniel over at http://www.thestrippodcast.com . Still doesn’t care for Annie Duke.

  5. zachdealer

    thats the first time negreanu has made me depressed

  6. DanM

    i thought negreanu’s vlog was awesome … not only did he make me check out two products — ubertwitter and the hair removal stuff — but it’s pretty compelling to understand what it’s like having to make a decision about killing your mom.

    made me realize that no decision he will ever face at the table is that big a deal.

    he’s not a racist btw. he’s a canadian.

    hey jen, check out this post:


  7. California Jen

    Dan, I guess I knew that you already posted the ESPN episode because I remember your comment about a PokerStars-sponsored show discussing FTP news. I just didn’t take the time to look before I posted it…again. Doh.

    Does double-ESPN linkage earn us any brownie points?

  8. DanM

    ***Does double-ESPN linkage earn us any brownie points?***

    Actually, it earns us penalties. ESPN can fuck off! They’re lucky we help them out for free!

  9. Short-Stacked Shamus

    Thx for the shout out, Jen! Am now undefeated in tourneys outside the U.S.

  10. Sean G

    Inside Deal really is a good show, I am impressed. It is very professional for an internet-only broadcast. They have good guests and interesting stories, and I am glad their little comedy bits work so well.

    Thanks for the link to the video and EPT final table, some great heads-up play there.