Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Nugs: Team Shaniac, Poker Beat's Last Waltz, Le WSOP d'Europe, Hit the Road Kotter, and Change100's American Idol Report

By Pauly
Los Angeles, CA

It's Friday. Finally. Slack off as much as you can today before you rage it up on the weekend. I seriously hope some of these glimmering nuggets of poker news will entertain you for the next 10-15 minutes...

Shaniac circa 2006 (photo by me)

Congrats to Shaniac for becoming the latest batch of sponsored players for Team Poker Stars: Online. Now go kick some ass, take some names, and make George Clinton and everyone else on the Mothership proud of you. (You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure)

The Poker Beat is nevermore. Three cheers to the gang at the Poker Beat podcast for a great run. Poker's version of the "sports reporters" made their mark with unique personalities. I was fortunate that Scott Huff invited me as a guest on a couple of episodes. Listen to TPR's final episode here. (Poker Road)

Au Revior, London. Le WSOP d'Europe mouvements vers la France. Yes, the WSOP-Europe is moving to France, leaving its home base at the Empire Casino in London and relocating to Casino Barrière in Cannes. I covered the first two installments of the WSOP-Europe, but haven't been back since. Hmmm... with the French version of Lost Vegas due out this year, there's a very good chance I'll be in Cannes pimping books. (

Hit the road, Mr. Kotter. Last season, A.J. Benza got the boot and Gabe Kaplan manned the booth solo. It was a little...awkward. Kaplan needed a partner to play off of and help set up his one liners. But now...Kaplan is dunzo. He will be replaced by Norm Macdonald. I was one of the few people who liked his version of Weekend Update on SNL. Anyway... Shamus' take on the latest changes at High Stakes Poker. (Hard-Boiled Poker)

I'm not a fan, but some of you might be avid viewers of American without further ado, here's Change100's Top 5 American Idol Hollywood Week Hopefuls. (Pot Committed)

Proud to announce that the one and only SirFWalgman is no longer a "special guest" at Tao of Fear. He's now a full-time cast member with a special feature titled The Waffles Report, which is the perfect forum for his rants and raves about a multitude of topics. I guess you can say that he's our version of Andy Rooney. (Tao of Fear)

One last thing... how about some heady pimpage in Twitlandia? On Fridays, the cool geeks (isn't that an oxymoron?) on Twitter created a meme called "Follow Fridays." So in that vein, may I suggest that you follow a few different accounts that I author and/or manage...
As you can see right above, I recently created a new account for my soon-to-be published novel Jack Tripper Stole My Dog. Follow @JackTripperBook for updates and announcements on the publication date and pre-sales.

Just and FYI... my main Twitter account is @taopauly. I currently own/squat on @taopoker and @DrPauly, but those accounts are inactive.

Have a groovy weekend. Take lots of Twit Pics. NGTFOOMO.

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