Hit and Run: PokerStars Boycott Day 2; Atlantic City Renaissance; Online Losses Mount for Ivey
Stars Boycott Day 2: Scabs and traffic holds steady
In poker terms, Day 1 of the player-organized boycott of PokerStars was a bluff that was snap-called. The first day of the strike landed smack dab on a milestone promotion day, and instead of empty seats, the virtual tables were jam-packed with players, as traffic was up nearly 33%.
Day 2 went a bit better, but it would be hard to claim victory, as peak traffic once again bettered any day in the two weeks before the boycott.
Still, organizers are imploring players to continue sitting out, calling this a productive first step in the process.
One of the chief organizers, Dani “Ansky” Stern, has even been calling out the “scabs” who are back at the online tables.
Another interesting development is 888 Poker adding some very player friendly promotions, perhaps trying to appeal to wayward PokerStars players.
– Is Atlantic City about to experience a renaissance in casino gaming? Probably not, but the market is looking a lot brighter than it was just a year ago
– The Global Poker league draft is fast approaching, and yours truly thinks at least one team owner should adopt a radical (figuratively and literally) draft strategy, and select an all-female roster.
– At one time Phil Ivey was online poker’s all time leading money winner, but according to Poker Listings he’s been on a massive downswing since 2012. According to their data, Phil is down $8.8 million at the online tables since 2012.
– Donald Trump continues to be the GOP frontrunner, and he also continues to maintain the chip lead in Jennifer Newell’s fictional presidential poker tournament.
– Online tournament legend Chris Moorman’s strategy book, Moorman’s Book of Poker, is now available in a video format.
– New poker room rule: Protect your cards AND your ears! A poker player got three years in jail after going full Tyson on another player.