DeVore The monster's daddy!
#1

Next up in the Well is a good mate of mine, Dr Pauly who writes for every major poker news site of note and more (in)famously he writes www.taoofpoker.com which is the poker blog that tells it like it is the most honestly in my opinion.

Pauly covers the WSOP for his own site and more recently he's been taken on by poker news to lead their band of reporters.

So, the usual rules apply, no flaming etc.

Please give a big boards welcome to Dr Pauly.

DeV.

Mellor Registered User
#2

Welcome Pauly,
We've been waiting your arrival since the early stages of the well series.
I'll keep it general to start.

When and where did you start playing poker?
Whats is your most memorable moment from the poker table? For good or bad reasons.
Who have you played with that paticularly impressed you?
And who didn't live up to their reputation?

Dub13 Moderator
#3

Welcome Dr Pauly.

What would you recommend I take for a Hangover...?

Scummyscousers Registered User
#4

Ill keep the bull to a minmum

1. Where do you see WSOP in 3 years?
2. What rule in poker would you change and why?
3. Have you ever been assaulted due to poker *insert anicdote here*
4. funniest moment ever at WSOP?
5. How much did Dev pay you to say you are his mate?
6. If you owned an onlne poker site and could see the opnts cards, would you still charge rake? Would you use it? Absolutely Yes? or Absolutely No?
7. What is the best way to stop a bad beat tale teller in his tracks?
8. Rate the last 10 ME WSOP winners in order of ability 1-10(in you opinion)
9. music fav singers/bands etc
10. Ever been stoney broke?


cheers Pauly (are you as tough as Pauly in Goodfellas?)

mewso Moderator
#5

Welcome Pauly. Keen admirer of your blog. I want to take the time to think of some good questions if possible but in the meantime I wonder have you managed to find a good doctor to have a look at your bladder? Either you stalk pro poker players and wait for them to visit the lav or you are in there every 5 minutes

nicnicnic Registered User
#6

enjoy your blog and best of luck and thanks for doing the well. I'm going with the same ?s I asked Dev as I feel they are as appropriate to you


1. best person and biggest bollix re "names" you have encountered through your reporting

2. most/least favorite thing about Vegas

3. would you ever buy into the wsop main event if your bankroll was under $50,000

4.Whats the strangest thing you have ever seen on your travels involving poker

5. Did antesup just give up on this years reporting when Sly was knocked because of perceived lack of interest from here or because the powers that be made your job impossible.

6. something that surprised you when covering an event ( this year at wsop I saw antonious throw a sissy fit after a beat and being surrounded by security which surprised me because of his super cool persona ) anything encountered along these lines.

7. Do you believe in taking shots or are you a bankroll nit

NickyOD Registered User
#7

Hi Pauly, How are you? Thanks very much for taking the time to do this.

1) Are you a member of the WPA and do you think it has achieved anything noteworthy since it was founded. Do you think the WPA will achieve anything next year.

2) Have you ever gotten in hot water because of something unflattering you've written about a particular player. If yes who was it and what did you write?

3) Do you think Phil Hellmuth is a nice man? Seriously?

4) In light of the recent Absolute Poker and WCOOP Main event scandals do you think the future of internet poker currently hangs in the balance or is there nothing to worry about?

5) Clonie Gowan or Liz Lieu?

DrPauly Registered User
#8

1. When and where did you start playing poker?

I started playing card games when I was a kid in New York City. I first played poker for money in high school. I played on the basketball team and we traveled a lot to play in tournaments. We'd play in hotel rooms since we weren't allowed to do much once the games were over. I started playing seriously in college with my fraternity brothers. We'd play lots of Stud, wild card games, and guts games like Four Barrel and Kings and Little Men. I started playing Stud in riverboat casinos in Biloxi, Mississippi during my last year in college. After college, I'd play in Atlantic City when I was running bad at the black jack tables. It wasn't until after Rounders came out that I started playing in the illegal clubs in New York City.

2. Whats is your most memorable moment from the poker table? For good or bad reasons.

I busted actress Shannon Elizabeth in the 2005 WSOP media/celebrity tournament. We were at a table near the rail and the spectators were ten deep trying to catch a glimpse of the chick from American Pie. She limped with A-A. I raised at the cut off with J-J. She moved all in and I called. I was sitting right next to the dealer and pointed to where the river card would end up. "Put up a Jack right there," I said. The flop and turn didn't help me. The river was a Jack and the rail erupted. All my friends went nuts and Shannon was wicked pissed. Everyone on the rail was angry at me because I busted the last big named celebrity left in the tournament, who also happened to be the hottest chick left in the event. I ended up making the final table and winning some prize money -- all of which went to charity. I never would have made it that far if I didn't suck out on Shannon Elizabeth.

3. Who have you played with that particularly impressed you?

Erica Schoenberg is a great player. She's extremely patient and never makes a bad move.

4. What would you recommend I take for a Hangover?

A friend of mine used to have a t-shirt that said, "Avoid hangovers. Stay drunk." Try to drink lots of water before you pass out and that way you won't be dehydrated when you wake up. Smoking lots of pot helps when you're hungover to all hell. Vanilla milkshakes are good to help soothe an upset stomach, along with ginger ale. And when in doubt, a vodka and orange juice always helps.

5. Where do you see WSOP in 3 years?

10,000 players in the main event with the entire WSOP whored out to the highest corporate bidder. Expect to see a WSOP-Asia at some point.

6. What rule in poker would you change and why?

The f-bomb penalty. It's totally ****in' retarded. You should be able to let out a few "****s" slip out without gettingr****in reprimanded. Sure, you can ****in' call someone a **** or douchebag or an assclown, but you can't mutter **** under your breath when someone ****in idiot sucks out on you.

7. Have you ever been assaulted due to poker *insert anicdote here*

Fortunately, no. I almost got into a few fist fights with drunken railbirds while I was trying to cover a tournament over the years. One German guy insulted my girlfriend at the WSOP London and I challenged him to a fight outside... but he was a pussy and punked out.

8. Funniest moment ever at WSOP?

Joe Sebok losing a prop bet to Gavin Smith at the 2006 WSOP and having to dress up in funny costumes like a bear or Spiderman.

9. How much did Dev pay you to say you are his mate?

Not enough. I'm still waiting for my payment.

10. If you owned an online poker site and could see the opnts cards, would you still charge rake? Would you use it? Absolutely Yes? or Absolutely No?

It would be tempting, but wouldn't use it. Absolutely No.

11. What is the best way to stop a bad beat tale teller in his tracks?

Stop them mid-way and demand that they pay you $5 before they finish. Or simply interrupt and say, "And he spiked his one outer on the river, right?"

12. Rate the last 10 ME WSOP winners in order of ability 1-10(in you opinion)

Best to worst...
1. Scotty Nguyen
2. Carlos Mortensen
3. Jesus
4. Greg Raymer
5. Joe Hachem
6. Noel Furlong
7. Jamie Gold
8. Chris Moneymaker
9. Jerry Yang
10. Robert Varkonyi

I haven't seen Noel play much so it's hard for me to rank him....

13. Music fav singers/bands etc...

I used to follow the Grateful Dead when I was in college. My other favorites musicans/bands include... John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Phish, Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band, Galactic, Rdiohead, and My Morning Jacket.

14. Ever been stoney broke?

I came close.... once and lost 90% of my bankroll. But I grinded my way back.

15. Are you as tough as Pauly in Goodfellas?

**** no. He was a bad ass. So is Paulie Walnuts from The Sopranos.

16. I wonder have you managed to find a good doctor to have a look at your bladder?

I drink a lot of water when I'm in Las Vegas. It's important to hydrate yourself in the desert. I also drink a lot of beers on my dinner break... which means I'm pissing a lot after dinner.

17. Best person and biggest bollix re "names" you have encountered through your reporting.

Barry Greenstein is a really nice guy and does amazing things with various charities. Kirk Morrison is a cool dude who you'd love to sit down at a bar and knock back a few pints with. Although I have never had a specific problem with Scott Fischman, he's notorious for being extremely unfriendly to the media.

18. Most/least favorite thing about Vegas.

My least favorite thing about Las Vegas are the slow walking tourists on the Strip. The best thing about Vegas is the food. So many amazing restaurants, and many are extremely affordable. Oh, and I love the sports books... be able to bet on any game. I'm an action junkie.

19. Would you ever buy into the wsop main event if your bankroll was under $50,000?

Probably not. I'd try to satellite in or sell off pieces of myself. I might spend $3 or $4K and try to get backed for the remainder.

20.Whats the strangest thing you have ever seen on your travels involving poker?

Besides all the hookers?? Probably seeing fans treat poker players like rock stars and celebrities. Most of them are normal folks and the rest are dirty scumbags that you wouldn't even let them hold your wallet for two seconds. Yet, there are so many fans who worship pros that it's almost disturbing.

21. Did antesup just give up on this years reporting when Sly was knocked because of perceived lack of interest from here or because the powers that be made your job impossible?

I think it has to do with the media restrictions due to the recent exclusive deals between the major poker publications (Bluff vs. CardPlayer). That really hurts sites like Antes Up which come to cover their own players and the folks who are exclusive media have no idea who the top Irish pros are.

22. Something that surprised you when covering an event ( this year at wsop I saw antonious throw a sissy fit after a beat and being surrounded by security which surprised me because of his super cool persona ) anything encountered along these lines.

I've seen Phil Hellmuth and Phil Gordon kick chairs before. But probably the Eskimo Clark incident... when he kept playing despite his obvious health problems because he was stuck so much and deep in debt that he was risking his life just to pay his debts. At one point he passed out and pissed himself. It was very sad.

23. Do you believe in taking shots or are you a bankroll nit.

Sometimes, you have to say, "**** it..." and go for it. Taking shots is something that you should do from time to time, but you have to be careful and pick your spots. Poor bankroll management is the one thing that hurts layers the most.

24. Are you a member of the WPA and do you think it has achieved anything noteworthy since it was founded. Do you think the WPA will achieve anything next year.

I am not a WPA member. I think what they're trying to achieve is something positive for poker. However, I don't think it will be very effective because most poker players are a selfish bunch and trying to get a group of degenerate gamblers to agree on something is an impossible task.

25. Have you ever gotten in hot water because of something unflattering you've written about a particular player. If yes who was it and what did you write?

All the time. But I call it like I see it. If someone acts like a douchebag or makes a bad call... I write about it. The last instance was David Williams. He's a big fan of my blog and came up to me one day at the 2007 WSOP and asked about something I wrote regarding him. I was joking around more than anything else, but he was a good sport about it once we cleared it up.

26. Do you think Phil Hellmuth is a nice man? Seriously?

He's a devoted family man and I have a lot of respect for him because of that. He also donates money to different charities which is admirably considering most poker players are selfish and not that socially conscious. I believe that most of his antics at the tables are a carefully planned act for the cameras and he does it because he's playing a character or trying to gain an edge on his opponents by tilting them. Televised poker is entertainment and big business... and Hellmuth understands his role.

27. In light of the recent Absolute Poker and WCOOP Main event scandals do you think the future of internet poker currently hangs in the balance or is there nothing to worry about?

I think that the next few weeks will be important to see how things turn out. But I honestly don't think it will affect the future of online poker since AP was a minor site. Poker is too big and in due time, most people will forget about it. Now if that happened on a bigger site like Party, Stars, or Full Tilt.... then the industry would be in trouble.

28. Clonie Gowan or Liz Lieu?

No contest... Liz Lieu.

The Istanbul Registered User
#9

2. Whats is your most memorable moment from the poker table? For good or bad reasons.

I busted actress Shannon Elizabeth in the 2005 WSOP media/celebrity tournament. We were at a table near the rail and the spectators were ten deep trying to catch a glimpse of the chick from American Pie. She limped with A-A. I raised at the cut off with J-J. She moved all in and I called. I was sitting right next to the dealer and pointed to where the river card would end up. "Put up a Jack right there," I said. The flop and turn didn't help me. The river was a Jack and the rail erupted. All my friends went nuts and Shannon was wicked pissed. Everyone on the rail was angry at me because I busted the last big named celebrity left in the tournament, who also happened to be the hottest chick left in the event. I ended up making the final table and winning some prize money -- all of which went to charity. I never would have made it that far if I didn't suck out on Shannon Elizabeth.


Juxtaposition: what would you give to have it the other way round?my Question??

El Stuntman Registered User
#10

Hi Dr Pauly...questions, questions...

Why is there such a dearth of good writing about poker? I can think of only a handful of decent books about poker (Alvarez, the first Holden, McManus) but a ****load of dross - why is this the case?

On a related topic, when are you going to write the ultimate poker novel? Get cracking!!

Your blog makes frequent references to the joys of strippers, boozing, gambling and recreational drug use - please provide a link to the most debauched tale of yours involving one or some (but preferably all!) of the above.

You're lucky enough to travel lots on the poker circuit - outside of America, what would be your preferred country to live in and why?

Who is the biggest degenerate on the professional poker scene and why?

Is High Stakes Poker a set-up for the cameras? Sssssh, we won't tell anyone....

What's your opinion of the current president of the US of A? Who (of the major contenders, no fantasy Liz Lieu presidencies please) would you like to succeed him and why?

Are you sick of the 'corporatisation' (if that is a word ) of poker, even though this provides you with your livelihood? If there is a 'soul' of poker, has it been sold out to the highest bidder and Disneyified beyond belief a la the current WSOP circus?

listmania!
blondes or brunettes?
East Coast or West Coast?
lemons or limes?
natural or silicon?
Amsterdam or New Amsterdam?
Hemmingway or Mailer?
Tournaments or Cash?
Showing a monster bluff with The Hammer at the final table of the WSOP ME or writing a Booker Prize winning novel?

Thanks for doing this

RoundTower Registered User
#11

hi Pauly, thanks for doing this well.

DrPauly said:

20.Whats the strangest thing you have ever seen on your travels involving poker?

Besides all the hookers?? Probably seeing fans treat poker players like rock stars and celebrities. Most of them are normal folks and the rest are dirty scumbags that you wouldn't even let them hold your wallet for two seconds. Yet, there are so many fans who worship pros that it's almost disturbing.


Is there something ironic about this from someone who makes his money from building up the pros? For example during the WSOP you had a section on "last 5 pros I pissed next to".

I haven't read very much of your blog. I was linked to it a few times and I thought you were a good writer. But I was turned off by the fact that every second sentence was "then I went to play at PokerStars, which is one of my favourite sites along with Full Tilt Poker , etc". It looks like you don't have as many affiliate links now. Is this partly due to the UIGEA or is it just coincidence? Do you feel it is difficult to comment objectively on internet poker sites when you work as an affiliate for so many of them?

I second the Allman Brothers recommendation, for almost anyone.

Scummyscousers Registered User
#12

Paulie,
I'm sure you'll be hit with a barrage of Qs but whilst there is an early head scratching lull, I'll crack a few more, I won't hog anymore after this....I read the blog for the 1st time last night...v. interesting.


Q1. Where would you place the top female pros in terms of top 100 players in the world. (take a stab)
Q2. Daniel Negranu appears to be a very affable chap . Tell us of his dark side.
Q3. Do you think a rule should be placed into Poker to penalise blantant slowrollers.
Eg If a player slowrolls should he be warned by the dealer and if reoffending penalised in some way. Or is this something we just have to put up with.
Q4. Vegas -> Have any of the famous poker players been robbed/mugged with large poker winnings to your knowledge.
Q5. Do the 'mob' have a big say in what happens in Vegas or is it the year 2007
Q6. What the most you've ever won in a hand and describe the action.
Q7. Have you ever played strip poker ? Describe the cheating action.

Drakar Registered User
#13

Scummyscousers said:
....
Q7. Have you ever played strip poker ? Describe the cheating action.

Trinny & Susannah say dress in layers.

Mellor Registered User
#14

Scummyscousers said:
Q4. Vegas -> Have any of the famous poker players been robbed/mugged with large poker winnings to your knowledge.

Didn't a couple of lads try to rob Brunson, but he faked a heart attack and the guys ran for fear that the crime would be more serious if he died.

Lex Registered User
#15

Hi Pauly, big fan of your blog.

Do you practice any BR management for your sports betting?

Was there ever a prop bet you regretted taking part in?

On average how many people visit your site weekly?

whats your favorite poker book & non-poker book?

Family Guy or the Simpsons?

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