From crisis can come community
From chaos and confusion can come clarity
From darkness can come light
Friday April 15th, now called Black Friday in the poker community, was a dark day as the DOJ and FBI announced indictments and domain seizures of the three largest U.S.-facing poker rooms. The poker world was thrown in chaos as the news spread and access prevented for U.S. players.
At roughly 8 p.m Friday the relatively under-the-radar QuadJacks.com podcast/radio show went live. Previously a small boutique poker podcaster featuring interviewer Marco Valerio and his small team determined to make some noise. With a mix of humor, outrage, education and community, QuadJacks created an uninterrupted forum for the poker community to react to the incredibly disrupting news.
QuadJacks.com has performed a great service to the poker community by continuously streaming on UStream for over 130 hours straight with no end in sight. Marco hosted the first 60 hours without any sleep. As time passed, the poker community caught on to the noble goal and started embracing the podcast by coming on the show in droves with viewers keeping between 500-2000 for most of the time. Some of poker's best and brightest have taken time away from their normal duties to contributed on the show; tackling every conceivable angle for poker players to better understand Black Friday's ramifications. They created an uncensored and relatively unbiased environment for anyone in the poker community to contribute, vent, or even pimp their own cause.
It's difficult to capture or represent the massive podcast and the dozens of guests. While I have listened to many hours, there are many hours that I have missed as well, so I hope readers will add in the comments any holes in the contributors or share their own personal highlights from the first five plus days of the podcast.
Some of my highlights:
- So many great and candid interviews with many poker players and industry insiders from Dan "Jungleman12" Cates to Joe Tall, Shaun Deeb to goofing on Allen Kessler, Jamie Gold and Jason Senti.
- Fascinating and insightful interview with PPN CEO and payment processor Chuck Kidd
- PokerCPA interview about poker tax and accounting issues
- Fleyshman CEO interview then NJ/NY lawyer who advised him to keep quiet, and next day Victory pulled out from US.
- Kathy Liebert (the most frequent pro contributor) constantly sharing her dislike for Howard Lederer, honestly sharing her perspective.
- Excellent interviewing and questioning by Karak2p2 and Carol the gaming lawyer
- Quality information contributed from noahsd, gary wise, mark gahagan, kevmath, dan michalski, steve tt, and others.
- The birth of the Wombat poker room on Saturday, basically a satire of creating a new poker room from scratch
- Mike Matusow blowing up on the show when his brother was on too. A member of Team Full Tilt, who opened his mind on lots of issues before a phone call in the background shut him up.
- Charlie the conspiracy theorist who was on at 3 am spreading lots of amusing conspiracies.
@AgentMarco - Main/original host - Quirky but has given a marathon herculean sleep-deprived effort (was up around 60 hours straight broadcasting)
@Zekday0 - Co-host who can do serious, funny or prank interviews with equal skill
@petegotaplan - brooklyn 420 humor specialist and CEO of Wombat Poker
@SrslySirius - 2p2 poker song parody legend
@pokeraust - Australian with good contributions
@zbthorton - Another host who has carried a large load too
Assorted friends of QuadJacks - Swag/Eduardo Jackson, @ejace1/Eric Brewstein, @vilageidiot1, @shermanash, @boohaa12
Media members that have contributed
@pokerati - Dan Michalski, covering legal and business issues
@kevmath - Kevin Mathers, poker's master of facts & keeper of knowledge
@Mark_Gahagan - Mark Gahagan, podcaster and writer
@BJNemeth - BJ Nemeth, tournament reporter/photographer and poker analyst
@jesswelman - Jessica Welman, Managing Editor of Bluff Magazine/tournament reporter
@WhoJedi - Jay Newnum, tournament reporter and poker social media expert
@garywise1 - poker blogger and ESPN correspondent
@jonFriedberg - Jon Friedberg, professional poker player and video podcaster
@BartHanson - Bart Hanson, poker commentator, podcaster, cash games player
@noahsd - thoughtful and insightful poker player and 2p2 mod
@veeRob - Rob Perelman, poker reporter who also works with several poker TV crews
@MatthewParvis - Matthew Parvis, Editor in Chief of PokerNews.com
@webjoker - Holland based poker reporter
@bryanmicon - Bryan Micon, professional poker player, podcaster, and co-owner of DonkDown
@happyfreaked - Holland based poker reporter
@MattCWaldron - Matt Waldron, Poker writer
@alcanthang - FTP blogger
@ckrafcik - Chris Krafcik, Editor at Large for GamblingCompliance.com
@ckbwop - Carol, poker player, blogger, and gaming lawyer
@karak2p2 - law student, top interviewer
@toddbterry - Todd Terry, professional poker player, former defense attorney
@PokerLawyer - lawyer and recreational poker player
Poker industry contributors
@_tizzle - Steve, PT executive and poker insider
@PokerCPA - great poker tax and accounting contributions
@PPNCEO - Chuck Kidd, CEO of PPN Poker and also a payment processor. He provided a detailed description of how payments are processed for online poker, and is confident that his process is legal in the U.S. His site continues to accept U.S. players even after Black Friday.
@billrini - Bill Rini - poker blogger and poker insider
@DanFleyshman - Dan Fleyshman, CEO of Victory Poker. His site accepted U.S. poker players before Black Friday, though as a skin of the Cake Network, he processed no transactions and is confident he isn't personally at risk. He made the announcement on Quad Jacks that his site would no longer be accepting players from the U.S.
@JohnWray_pkr - Micros co-creator
@ScottMatusow - brother of Mike Matusow/conspiracy fan
@joetall - DC coach and executive
@dckrantz - Jay Rosenkrantz, DC owner and Micros co-founder
@dutchboyd - Dutch Boyd, player and poker affiliate
@SAMCHAUHAN - Sam Chauhan, mindset coach
@TheTommyAngelo - Tommy Angelo, mindset coach
@vegascoachjen - mindset coach
CEO of Chili Poker - I missed her interview
Professional players interviewed
@pokerkat - The most active contributor Kathy Liebert
@junglemandan - Dan Cates
@PBJaxx - Jason Senti
@steveodwyer - Steve O'dwyer
@NicolakPoker - Jon Nicolak
@jasonkoon - Jason Koon
@allenkessler - Allen Kessler
@jamiegold - Jamie Gold
@realcharder30 - Christian Harder
@tim00 - Tim Fiorvanti
@shaundeeb - Shaun Deeb
@mattStoutPoker - Matt Stout
@TheMavenVT - David Chicotsky
@Jennicide - Jennifer Leigh
@themouthmatusow - Mike Matusow
@shaneschleger - Shane Schleger
@jfricke - J. Fricke
@chicagocards1 - Mohsin Charania
@jonaguiar - Jon Aguiar
@jcalvarado1 - JC Alvarado
@DanBilzerian - Dan Bilzerian
@SUBIIME - Joseph Cheong
@collinmoshman - Collin Moshman
@MattVengrin - Matt Vengrin
@sketchy1poker - Jon Eaton
A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to enlightening and entertaining the poker community during a dark time. I can say I have learned more in the past week about the poker industry than any other week since I started playing poker. While it may vary by guest and hour, I recommend checking out the QuadJacks podcast - http://www.quadjacks.com
THEY TOOK OUR JOBSSSSSS, BRO!