I’m very excited about the 2009 WSOP and am thrilled this year to be getting information real-time. In the past, I had to wait months for the televised version. Today, I am connected via Twitter to the poker pros I like and those that report on them and the poker events…Not that many of them are following me; most are not. (Shout out to Chris Moneymaker [@CMONEYMAKER ] and Mark Seif [@marcseif] who are!)
Funny that I used the word connected. I feel that I know them better because I have been following their tweets for several months. I’ve even written about the good, the bad and the ugly tweeters in the poker world in Following Poker Pros on Twitter. You come to know who is family-centric, party-centric, into living life to its fullest, into whining and/or beating up on themselves, etc.
In following the Poker Pros, you can’t help but come across scores of reporters who tweet about them. Lots report on busts, chip counts, and levels. Great information when you are following a tournament. One reporter that stands out from the crowd and one of my personal favorites is –> BJ Nemeth of Atlanta Georgia.
BJ Nemeth is a photographer for the PokerRoad Photo Blog. BJ tweets about current stats AND the general events surrounding the 2009 WSOP.
I took notice of BJ the week before the 2009 WSOP began when he photo-journaled his drive from Atlanta to Las Vegas on Twitter. Seemed like every couple of hours there would be a tweet from BJ re: his progress. Tweets were short; photos spoke a thousand words. On Memorial Day, BJ stopped in Oklahoma City and shared photos of the memorial. (Very appropriate – Thanks, BJ.) BJ went something like 37 hours without sleep, tweeting and photo taking along the way.
Okay, flash to this past week and 4 great days of the 2009 WSOP! BJ’s photos really give you a sense of being there. The photos are large, full-screen snapshots that give more detail than smaller images convey (See Maria Ho’s hand on Day 4). You see your favorite poker pros up-front and personal. (Ohh, too close at times 🙂 ). BJ has captured smiles, painful grimaces, thoughtful reflections, poker radio shows, poker pros, talent-laden tables, big hands, and outright fun (see Norm Chad vs. Annie Duke in the Lemonade Challenge on Day 4.)
If you are a visual person like myself and want to be up close and personal at the 2009 WSOP, start following BJ Nemeth [@BJNemeth] on Twitter.
Sampling of BJ Nemeth’s photos:
May 30th – 2009 WSOP events captured by BJ Nemeth
May 29th – 2009 WSOP events captured by BJ Nemeth
May 28th – 2009 WSOP events captured by BJ Nemeth
What about you? Who are you following? Who’s your favorite 2009 WSOP reporter?