LATB to offer nightly Twitch and YouTube live streams from California poker room.
The Bicycle Casino will host Doug Polk Week starting Monday evening featuring cash game action that will be broadcast via the poker room’s live streaming outlets through Friday, November 10th.
Polk — who has taken the poker world by storm in 2017 with his entertaining YouTube videos, unique Poker Night in America content and WSOP High Roller for One Drop victory — will join a cast that includes fellow Upswing Poker featured pro Ryan Fee, $2 million live poker cash prize winner Bryce Yockey, poker pro Antonio Lievano, Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram, and high roller Daniel “Jungleman” Cates along with several other live poker personalities.
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Doug Polk vs. Abe Limon HU4ROLZ Challenge That Never Was
Loyal viewers of poker content are likely to recall a $10,000 heads-up challenge that was to take place between LATB partner Abe Limon and Doug Polk back in February of this year.
That live show never took place however, as the duo were unable to come to terms following an on-air rant by the PokerSesh host that lambasted Polk for not calling-in at the beginning of a preliminary program set up to promote the event. Polk claims that he was unaware that he was expected to appear from the very beginning of Limon’s podcast, and made several unsuccessful attempts to join-in on the conversation 15 minutes after the fact before a brief dialogue that failed to advance the dispute.
The exchange (which can be viewed below along with some nifty editing by YouTuber weezinsuffy) was seen in real time by at least hundreds of poker enthusiasts who had tuned-in expecting the interview.
Will Regulated California Online Poker Become Reality in 2018?
With new online poker legislation signed into law by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf last month, many U.S. regulated online gaming proponents are looking to California as an important hurdle to overcome in 2018.
The Golden State was, by itself, the sixth largest online poker economy worldwide before Black Friday 2011 — but has yet to formally legalize real money Internet poker wagering within its borders.
Efforts to regulate online poker in CA appeared to be on an upward trend back in 2014, when a coalition including PokerStars and The Bicycle Casino reached out to lawmakers via big name personalities Jason Somerville and Daniel Negreanu. At the time, there appeared to be broad support among veteran players to forego “bad actor” language that would prevent the world’s largest poker site from operating in California.
However, Amaya Inc. (now known as The Stars Group) acquired PokerStars shortly thereafter, and immediately began making unpopular changes to its product — such as price hikes — that decreased profit-making opportunities for professional online poker players.
What began as a debatable difference in opinion between net-withdrawing players and PokerStars came to a head in late 2015 when company executives decided to arbitrarily cease cashback payouts to its highest volume customers. The move resulted in massive ill-will towards a site that was once considered by pros to be far-and-away the most authoritative online poker platform in the world.
Since that time, would-be competitors of PokerStars have gained a political foothold in the CA regulated online poker narrative, which is best outlined by this USPoker op-ed authored by online gaming consultant Adam Small in August 2016 (see “Why keep PokerStars out” section).
Regardless of the complications facing potential online poker regulation in the Golden State, Doug Polk has rapidly become a must-watch personality when he’s in front of the cameras, while openly collaborating with live casinos in ways that promote the game we all love to a global fan base.
Doug Polk Week begins tonight, exclusively from the Bicycle Casino on Live at the Bike.