How Social Media and Technology are Changing the Poker World

Published on 11 April 2013 by Pokerlistings 4998

The poker world is always changing, always evolving but in recent years the biggest developments we're seeing are coming by way of new technology and the exploding popularity of social media. We speak with poker Twitter king Daniel Negreanu plus Jess Welman and Jonno Pittock from the WSOP live streaming webcast to shed some light on how these new tools are changing the poker world. Keep checking for all the action from the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.

Matt: Welcome back. The Main Event is up and running, and today we're going to take a look at how social media and technology is making this a tournament to remember. Hashtag changing the poker world.

Daniel: Well. there's a lot of benefits to the whole social media thing. Fans from all across the world, they can watch the online streams and all that sort of things. There is the other side too though that you look at where the trend has been to show hold cards during play. I know that this is, it's easier to watch. It's better for the fans and stuff. But it's not better for the actual play of the game because it changes things a little bit where you have now people sending cards in and obviously take advantage of that as well. But if it's for the betterment of the game overall, then I'm okay with it. I don't know necessarily that it is the way of the future, but if it is, it is.

I use twitter mostly. I use this an account called, well, my account, @realkidpoker and I do @theendchips because I find when people just tweet their chip updates 12,816 at the break, 13,400, no one cares, it's so boring. So if you do care, you can follow my account and @theendchips. What happens is, in your feed, if you're following both, you see both. And that's basically what I use that for, if I'm having anything fun going on, then may be I'll tweet it to everybody I'm at a final table, I'll make a deep run. Otherwise, I just use that because I find them to be mundane and boring. You want to throw down?

Jonno: Of course, I think pthe media has definitely changed. Not only changed the game, but changing the game. We're live streaming every final table basically, every bracelet event and the 50K we do on Sunday and essentially, it's just, you know the guys film it and we sit on the couch and we get to have a chat about the action and thankfully, I've got some great commentary coming through from some guests that are coming in. Guys like Jesse Sylvia coming through and Grant Levy was in there today. We had Mel Judah yesterday for that 8 game and Mike Leah came in as well and he was fantastic yesterday, just sort of commentate Phil Ivey's ninth bracelet, was fantastic.

Jessica: I think the response that I've seen so far on social media has been pretty good because we've won. We have a great 8 game expert in there, Mel Judah who was been, not just calling the action but giving people a certain amount of education. And well, I know that there are training sites and there are places that you can get really intense action. Being able to just get a lesson in the game. For a lot of recreational fans that tune into see Ivey, tune into see Negreanu and they're, "Wooo, what is happening here? There's cards everywhere. What's going on?" If they can learn about these games because the players that they love and want to see play are playing them and have someone explain it to them as it's unfolding before their eyes. It's a really great opportunity and the live updates are a nice addition to that, that you can then say, "what was that hand?" and you can go back and you can see it and, for the live stream, it's always been nice to have it as an educational tool for players out there in addition to entertainment.

Jonno: Years ago, the WPT started airing out here and then the World Series of Poker [inaudible 00:03:22] really became popular in Australia. But other than that, there really wasn't any place to watch it. Now, you can go to pokertube, youtube, you can watch it on ESPN, or on [inaudible 00:03:30], it's on now. There's just an incredible amount of information and sites like poker listings and other strategy sites where people can sit there and see some multimedia content. It's just literally changing the game as we speak.