The second episode of the PartTimePoker Podcast is now available! PokerStars has been all over the headlines the past couple of weeks, so Andrew and I took a look at both the good news and the bad. Meanwhile SportAccord thinks Match Poker should rightfully be considered a sport and PokerStars has an outrageous new cash game format available.

PTP Podcast Episode 2: Interesting Times for PokerStars

What else could we talk about for our second episode than everything that has happened at PokerStars in the past two weeks? First there was the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million, the PokerStars New Jersey launch, and Spin-and-Go satellites to the EPT Grand Final. Next, they announced a rake hike, to the dismay of many. Scarcely a day later, Quebec’s financial regulators announced that CEO David Baazov was being charged with crimes related to insider trading; he has since taken a leave of absence.

In the course of discussing these issues, we digress into related subjects including re-entry tournaments, satellites, “Fermi problems” and why people play poker.


Andrew weighs in on the value of a free card

Last week, I wrote at great length about a twist on the game of 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, allowing players the option of straddling in first position in order to receive an extra card during the first round. I took a stab at the mathematics behind this decision and came to my conclusions, but here on the podcast I give Andrew a chance to weigh in.

Does he agree with my assessment, or would his strategy be different? Tune in and find out.

Podcast Links

Here are links to the various stories discussed on the podcast, for your further reading enjoyment:

Quick Hitters

– SportAccord, the umbrella organization for international sports federations, is poised to declare poker – specifically “Match Poker” – a sport. Conventional poker formats don’t pass the organization’s “no reliance on luck” criterion, but the Match Poker variant pioneered by the International Poker Federation, which is based on the same principle as Duplicate Bridge, seems to mitigate the luck component enough for SportAccord’s liking.

– Almost all players who lost their Full Tilt Poker accounts during Black Friday have been reimbursed by now, but those who had money on Absolute Poker continue to fight against uncertain odds to find some form of compensation.

– James Guill at PokerUpdate took exception to my characterization of his buddy (and mine) Robbie Strazynski as poker’s canary in the coal mine. I plan on responding to Guill at greater length next week, but in the meantime, his take on the importance of enthusiasm in the poker community is worth a read.

– If all the PokerStars drama above isn’t enough for you, what do you think of the new Spin-and-Rake cash games, just launched today?