WSOP Main Event: Life is tweet

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Mobile phones have always been part and parcel of the poker player's armoury, along with headphones, iPods and tip money. Texting friends your latest news was pretty straight forward, also mandatory if they had a piece of you. But now there's an easier way to let the world know about that last hand you played against a guy you saw on TV, or the pot you just lost to some dude who gave you a rubdown. If you can boil down what you want to say into 140 characters or less, twitter will help you share your plight to onlookers around the world.

Invariably someone knows, or knows something about how an event transpired, roughly, kind of, well not really. But as it filters through the truth outs, is checked, before the bigger picture emerges. Team PokerStars Pros provided running commentaries on their summer this year in the same way, among them Daniel Negreanu (from the golf course), Vicky Coren, Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein and Maria Mayrinck, providing access that was unimaginable just a few years ago.

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Nick Maimone, known as FU_15 on twitter, knows this. Even though he has some of the loudest supporters just five feet away on the rail, he's regularly seen bashing away at his phone providing content for a twitter feed that bleeps news to anyone with access to the internet and an insatiable thirst for World Series news.

For instance there was bad news...

FU_15: 14 July 22.03 via text: 5m lost QJ to QQ on Q73J10

Then better news...

FU_15: 15 July 1.05 via text: "4.5m on break. Carddead but staying very patient"

Elsewhere others are reporting on the same event, if not players then railbirds, providing intimate if slightly bias accounts of the day...

JeffShulmanWSOP: 00.43: Dennis Phillips out, everyone is now guaranteed 178K. Jeff still sitting around the same mark, floating around 5 million.

Then...

JeffShulmanWSOP: 01.16: Jeff just busted jeff duval with a set of deuces. He now has what he thinks is 8 million.

A simple idea that has turned the poker world into one where anyone on the rail can play reporter, although with 140 characters there's not much room for action verbs and grammar. You can even check out our own feeds for PokerStars and the blog, where we maintain high standard of English despite the 140 rule.


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STATISTICS OF THE HOUR

Number of non-feature tables remaining: 2
Approximate distance, in feet, between credentialed media "pit" and non-featured tables: 20

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DISASTER AVERTED OF THE HOUR

Kevin Schaffel, moved to the secondary feature table, who was that close to dropping a stack of fuschia-coloured chips, worth 2 million.

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GIBE OF THE HOUR

"Don't embarrass yourself on TV!" -- friend of Schaffel, at moment described above

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OUT OF CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE HOUR

"Stop poking my muffin!"

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CHIP COUNT OF THE HOUR

PokerStars player Nick "fu_15" Maimone-- 4.4 million

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RAILBIRD OF THE HOUR

2006 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure final table player Robert Ford, railing Nick "fu_15" Maimone.

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OUT OF CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE HOUR

"...and then you could say 'Ship the jerky!'

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BEST SELF-PROFESSED NICKNAME BY A MASSAGE THERAPIST OF THE HOUR

Sugarlips.