PokerStars looks to add Aussie to its posse
If the bright lights, honking cars, and hordes of people weren't enough clues, the giant sign gave it away. I was standing in Times Square. Still jet-lagged from my return from Austria, I thought I might be a bit confused, or at the very least, seeing things. I admitted to myself, the bright lights of the big city might be getting to me.
Then again, I was pretty sure of what I'd seen.
I was staying at the luxurious W Hotel, the kind of place where brushed steel and new age music are just about everywhere. Where there is no steel, there are rocks with thoughtful words like "wisdom" and "wonder" printed on them. The more I looked at them, I found myself more and more sure of what I'd just seen. It was not a wish, but it was certainly a wonder.
The scene was a PokerStars party, where New York's biggest media and poker folks were having a little fun. Single table satellites were running as hot as the room. Bad beats were crushing everyone from the writers to the pros. As I attend these events pretty regularly, I get used to seeing World Series of Poker championship bracelets. After all, everybody knows PokerStars is home to 2003 champion Chris Moneymaker and 2004 champion Greg Raymer. Just as things got rolling, though, another wrist started reflecting the room's lights.
The room was abuzz with familiar faces. Raymer, Moneymaker, Isabelle "No Mercy" Mercier, PokerStars Card Room Manager Lee Jones, Nolan Dalla, and many of my friends in the media were all in attendance. My camera rarely stopped clicking.
Uber Poker Blogger, Paul "Dr. Pauly" McGuire
Joe Hachem talks to a reporter
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Seth shows his Stuff
And this one is an Aussie...named Joe Hachem.