The world of poker pits man and woman against a deck of cards. No, wait! It's everyone against everyone using a deck of cards as the equalizer and chips as ammunition. Somewhere in the middle of all the chip clatter and table chatter, the game can either pick up speed or slow down to a crawl because one of the 'everyones' always has to tank. That's one of the subjects of The Inside Shuffle today and it's the first one on deck.
The Shot Clock
We had a little fun with the Shot Clock topic in the last Inside Shuffle, catch it here if you missed it. But it's a hot subject right now and the debate goes on.
The team over at PokerNews.com debated the subject — PokerNews' Editor-in-Chief, Donnie Peters, and Senior News Editor, Chad Holloway — after the World Poker Tour polled players at the L.A. Poker Classic on whether or not a shot clock on the tour would be a good idea. The poll also asked if it should be used a) in the money b) final three tables c) and/or final table only.
The debate between Peters and Holloway is definitely worth the read — find it here — and then head over to Andy Frankenberger Offers a Shot Clock Alternative and see what the WPT Season 9 Player of the Year and two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner has to offer as a solution.
The Poker Machine AKA Chris Moorman
It's possible that somewhere in the universe the melding of man and machine took place to create the poker phenomena known as Chris Moorman. Moorman earned his 20th Triple Crown in early February of this year in the Sunday partypoker $200 Guarantee and took home his first World Poker Tour win a few days ago when he bested Glenn Lafaye in the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic.
Although Moorman had previously made it to the final table in other major tournaments — World Series of Poker, WSOP Europe, European Poker Tour and Aussie Millions — this was his first live tournament title.
Moorman's poker resume is above and beyond impressive. How many more titles and triple crowns will he achieve in his lifetime? We're watching...how about you?
Sam Trickett signs with Everest Poker
Britain's top poker pro, Sam Trickett, is the new brand ambassador for the online poker room, Everest Poker. Trickett is excited about his new venture and will be blogging and providing video updates from the World Series of Poker and other circuit stops.
He's probably not the only one that's excited about his new role — Everest Poker players have the chance to share in 10 percent of his winnings at the 2014 World Series of Poker and he plans on playing in 20 to 30 bracelet events. No shares are available in his $1 Million Big One for One Drop entry though.
Kara Scott goes Italian
Kara Scott is a partypoker ambassador, sideline reporter for ESPN, writes for a number of poker outlets and, of course, plays poker professionally. And she's good looking, personable, and on top of her game...not just the game of poker!
She now lives in Parma, Italy, and talked it up about the rigors of living on the poker circuit, and work visas, and coping with life in general when you're always on the move and sleeping in hotel rooms. And now she's learning Italian!
Who did she talk it up with? Lee Davy over at CalvinAyre.com.
It's interesting and informative. Go take a read and then get ready to head for Italy...just kidding on that last nudge but don't rule it out.
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