August 29, 2006

ESPN and Chuzzle

ESPN just showed a very nice feature about me during the 2006 WSOP Main Event Day 2 broadcast. They had been collecting footage of me for three years and pretty much got tired of waiting for me to make a final table so they just showed it anyway. It's pretty entertaining. See if you can pick out my Phill Hellmuth imitation.

Meanwhile, I'm back in East Ber Washington State, where all forms of gambling are legal except online poker, which is a felony. So instead of 50/100 Hold 'Em I'm playing $1 Chuzzle tournaments on SkillJam, a site marketed by Microsoft through their MSN Games division. Chuzzle is just one of many games of skill and chance offered at SkillJam, which through the wonders of the Internet, we are able to place wagers on. Why is this legal but poker illegal? Beats me. By accepting wagers on the outcome of a contest, Microsoft would seem to be in violation of the Wire Act of 1961, so I'm not too worried about them coming after me.

4 comments:

BadBlood said...

Your deadpan is spot on IMHO. Well done.

SimonG. said...

Not too worried?? Well, they came after Richard Lee...

http://www.cardplayer.com/poker_news/news_story/1325?class=PokerNews

And although it isn't quite the same thing, I don't see why detail should get in the way of a story...

PokerBarney said...

It's always good to be on TV - congrats! :)

Tony said...

Atrocious, isn't it? Now that the Feds are getting their greedy little mitts involved, what now?

I finally saw the piece from ESPN. Outstanding. I had been avoiding it not only because of the color up scandal that had become the story of the 'net, but also because of our new champion. Not sure he'd be the best ambassador for our game, but we're somewhat stuck with him.