Through the looking-glass
These are the kinds of days that make me glad for my job. I had casually mentioned the turmoil going on in the online poker world right now to a boss of bosses of sorts who's based in our bureau (who I've been comparing notes with college football lines each week) and he said it would make a good story. And his authority cuts through the work bureaucracy like a set against ducks.
At the very least, it's been interesting. Former Poker Stars communications director Nolan Dalla described his libertarian views on the Internet Gambling bill, and CardPlayer columnist Jan Fisher, whose writing I haven't been fond of in the past, was genuinely interesting to me.
"How'd you find me," Craig asked, an image of Matusow on High-Stakes Poker appearing every time I shut my eyes.
"I, um, read your blog," I said. He went out of his way to explain to me the entire friction between himself and Card Player that I had been meaning to ask him on his blog but never had the chance to ask.
The dozen or so interviews today were cathartic for me. It was good to know that people are still playing and there likely will be options for both playing poker (Full Tilt) and for depositing (phone cards) in the weeks and months ahead.
POKER CATS NOTEBOOK: There's some kind of convention the weekend I'm going to be in Las Vegas (Nov. 2-6) and all of the room rates are sky-high, even for really sucky hotel rooms. So I went back to the old, reliable Sahara poker-room rate.
The poker room rates this weekend are absolutely packed at the Gold Strike and Horseshoe. I can't even get a room at the Horse. So I called up Sam's Town and got their $25/night poker room rate with no problem. Otherwise it would have been about $100 a night at Gold Strike. It'll be interesting because Sham has been at odds with his constituents for a while (hasn't fared well at that room). As Mark says, it's an election year, and Sham, the mayor of Sham's Town, has to be with his people.