Lee Jones' Journal

Making it right for a customer

The names in this story are fictitious. The story is not.Because I've been associated with PokerStars for more than a dozen years, people often reach out to me with concerns and issues that are no longer part of my official responsibilities. Which, from my perspective, is plenty cool. They tell a st...more

by Lee Jones on November 18, 2016 6:26 AM

Get your hand reviewed and win

One of the best ways to get better at pretty much anything is to go back and review how you did it previous times. Why do you think pro sports teams look at game films and chess players crawl through previous games they've played (and that the experts have played)?Needless to say, this applies to po...more

by Lee Jones on October 28, 2016 2:35 AM

A thread from a problem to a streamathon

Let's start with the core issue and work from there:According to this report from the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC):African American children [aged] 5-19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of whites. This disparity is greatest among those 11-12 years where ...more

by Lee Jones on October 12, 2016 2:07 AM

Poker as distraction

So there we were... me and my wife and six others parked in a beach house about 50 feet from the Caribbean Sea. Doing the things you're supposed to do - eating too much, snorkeling, and having deep conversations. I mean, as deep as the conversations can get when you're standing in three feet of clea...more

by Lee Jones on July 22, 2016 2:04 AM

Letting one off the hook

Over the course of a poker career that's lasted a bit over three decades, I don't remember all the times I've flopped the nuts. Or "been dealt the nuts" in those dusty evenings of ace-to-five lowball games at Garden City in San Jose.But I'm pretty sure I'll remember this one. It's been a few months ...more

by Lee Jones on June 7, 2016 8:09 AM

A newbie at Run It Up Reno

Less than a month after PokerStars and Jason Somerville jointly hosted the Run It Up Rumble in Atlantic City, Jason did the third installment of his Run It Up event at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. I was fortunate enough to attend - not as an organizer, but as a representative of ...more

by Lee Jones on June 6, 2016 7:03 AM

Making poker fun again

Do you remember when you first tried poker? I don't, because I was five (maybe) and my dad and I were sitting on the living room floor. He was dealing five-card draw to me and explaining the ranking of the hands. These are the actual chips we used; I saved 'em, you know: He said don't keep a kicker ...more

by Lee Jones on May 18, 2016 5:43 AM

Welcome to Lee's Trout Stream

Sadly, this is not an invite to a real trout stream, with babbling waterfalls, caddis hatches, and native brookies. It is, however, an invitation to a stream of sorts - in this case, a Twitch stream. If you're not familiar with Twitch, don't be alarmed - you're in good company. Basically, it's a pla...more

by Lee Jones on April 15, 2016 7:56 AM

Running it up in the Bahamas

You may be familiar with the commercials for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - basically somebody happily eating chocolate bumps into somebody happily eating peanut butter, accidentally combining the two foods. At first, they're upset, but then both try the chocolate-peanut butter combo and think, "Wow, ...more

by Lee Jones on December 29, 2015 2:04 AM

The hardest part of the job

As I write this, the EPT Malta event is winding down. Niall Farrell has just won the main event (and about €530k), the confetti gun has covered him, runner-up Alen Bilic (€440k), and a handful of others with metallic chaff, and the camera crew are packing up and tearing down.The EPT roadies are gett...more

by Lee Jones on October 31, 2015 11:35 AM
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