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PokerStars Blog turns eight years old

I'm sitting here at my desk. It's sort of scuffed. There are rings on it from coffee cups and too-wet glasses. There are a couple of stacks of poker chips from all over the world. There's a painted donkey (don't ask). This desk is well used.

It occurred to me as I sat here that when I wrote the first post for the PokerStars Blog, I didn't have this desk. Hell, I didn't have a desk. I worked out of a chair on the first of three laptops I've burned through during my time covering PokerStars news.

That first post was eight years ago today.


My desk, today

In the run-up to creating this blog, I'd run a separate site to chronicle the 2005 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the first season of the EPT. The PokerStars Blog, like a lot of other things at PokerStars that have become a regular part of the programming, was an experiment.

I remember wondering on the day of that first post how long we could make the PokerStars Blog last. At the time, I was the only writer. It was sort of exciting. It was sort of scary. I remember some snarky 2+2 poster saying I was just some guy who was "trying too hard." Looking back, the first post probably was a little hacky. Nonetheless, we kept trying.

The journey to this point is a long one. I wrote about the beginnings in How the PokerStars Blog Got Its Start. I mentioned it again this time last year.

But today it occurred to me how far things have come over the past eight years. To wit: today I've been all over the world without leaving this scuffed desk. My longtime friends and colleagues Stephen, Howard, and Rick are all covering the EPT in Berlin. Our young upstart turned intern turned freelance world traveler and troublemaker, Alex, is in Macau covering the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon event. Dave Behr is--at this very moment--packing his bags for a 9pm flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the Latin American Poker Tour. I've had the pleasure of working on all of those tours over the past eight years. They were experiences I never expected to have.

But what is most surprising to me is all of that is happening right now. This isn't coverage spread out over the year. This is happening now. My colleagues on the PokerStars Blog will be working from several continents in the next few days. Next month, our team will cover more than 140 tournaments for the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).

Why? Well, maybe we tried too hard. Or maybe we tried just hard enough. Regardless, I'm proud of this blog, and I'm proud of the people who make it what it is. For those people out on the road right now, it's largely thankless work. It's made up of long and sometimes tedious hours. But they do it, and they do it better than anybody in the business. About that I'm sure.

So, from this scuffed desk to all of them: thank you for the hard work you do to make this blog what it is. And from this scuffed desk to you, the reader: thank you. I never expected so many of you to come and stick around for so long. Thanks for taking the ride with us.

For now, it's back to the desk. SCOOP is just a few weeks away, and our coverage isn't going to plan itself.

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging

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