Friday, November 06, 2009

Shamus the Scribbler Betfair Bound

With the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event restart just a day away, most all of our thoughts are focused toward the Nevada desert. I’ll likely be posting some here later today and over the weekend, as I can’t imagine being able to resist commenting on the proceedings in some fashion. Might as well warn anyone who doesn’t want to know how things are going to avoid Hard-Boiled Poker (and just about every other poker-related site, too) until the show finally airs on ESPN Tuesday night.

I’ve yet to join any of the “pick’em” pools that have sprung up all around us during the last few days. I might still do so, but am kind of reluctant, partly because I don’t really want to follow the final table with any particular rooting interest regarding who finishes seventh, sixth, fifth, etc.

Like anyone else, I’m highly intrigued by the prospect of a Phil Ivey win, and I’ve also given some thought to the various consequences for each of the others coming out on top -- the whole “is it good for poker?” thing. A question which, by the way, the always cogent Nicole Gordon has addressed very well regarding each of the November Nine over at PokerNews.

But really, I’m just excited to see how all nine of these guys handle the situation. And to see what cards come their way.

Of course, while I am certainly thinking about what’s happening at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino over the next few days, my thoughts are turned in the opposite direction as well -- across the Atlantic toward the U.K. Why? That’s because today marks the debut of a new column of mine over on Betfair!

Some of you recognize Betfair as the sponsoring site for the recent World Series of Poker Europe. It’s the largest online betting company in the U.K., and includes a fairly popular online poker site under its tent. The recently-turned-21 Annette Obrestad is probably the site’s best known sponsored pro.

Included on its site is a nifty poker blog to which Betfair has invited me to begin contributing. Am starting out today with a book review of James McManus’s Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, a book I have written about here a bit. I also interviewed McManus last week, and for my next Betfair piece will be sharing that interview. The plan at present is for me to be posting over there once per week, and it looks like Fridays will be my day.

If you don’t have the Betfair blog already listed there in your favorite reader, here is the RSS feed. And if you happen to check out the review, do let me know what you think!

I’ll be posting more book reviews over there, I expect, as well as other pieces covering different poker-related subjects. I’ve already used two exclamation points in this post, so you can probably tell I’m fairly psyched about starting the new column. Much thanks to Dave Allan and the folks at Betfair for bringing me aboard.

Meanwhile, I’ll be talking to you again over here soon.

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Blogger bellatrix78 said...

Grats Shamus!!!
So I guess that means I can't entice you to a prop bet on the final table, huh?

11/06/2009 12:42 PM  
Blogger bastinptc said...

Congrats on the new gig.

11/06/2009 5:04 PM  
Blogger change100 said...

Thrilled for you about the new gig! Many congrats and very well-deserved. So nice for once to be hearing about friends getting jobs in poker rather than losing them.

11/06/2009 5:07 PM  
Blogger Ignatious said...

congrats on the new gig! well deserved to one of the best poker writers out there.

11/06/2009 6:05 PM  
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11/06/2009 6:48 PM  

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