The poker community is celebrating the return of PokerNews as the official live reporting team for the upcoming 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Each summer between 2007 and 2014, poker fans all over the planet followed PokerNews for live reporting from the floor of the Rio in Las Vegas, but WSOP organizers brought the operation in-house for 2015 and 2016.
That move drew sharp criticism from the close-knit community of poker pros and dedicated fans, with many voicing their complaints on Twitter via the #BringBackPokerNews hashtag.
Unable to replicate or replace the comprehensive combination of live updates, running chip counts, video interviews, podcasts, and other aspects of PokerNews’ media contributions, the WSOP has bowed to public pressure by reversing course.
Beginning on May 30, when the 48th annual WSOP commences, PokerNews will return to provide live reporting for all 74 gold bracelet events on the schedule.
Seth Palansky, who serves the WSOP’s vice president of corporate communications, issued a statement praising PokerNews’ live reporting bona fides:
“It’s great to have PokerNews back in the fold at the World Series of Poker. They are the foremost authority and have written the book on tournament live reporting. Having their experienced team of personnel at the 2017 WSOP will ensure poker fans across the globe stay digitally connected throughout our 74-event, 50-day festival.
PokerNews and the WSOP have a long successful track record together and we are thrilled they are back as the official live reporting team of the WSOP.”
Matthew Parvis – chief creative officer of PokerNews parent company iBus Media – also referenced the company’s longstanding history covering poker’s most prestigious tournament series:
“I remember following the WSOP live updates on PokerNews well before I even worked for the company, so to say I’m excited that we’ll be back on the floor of the Rio for the entire summer is an understatement.”
We’ve invested lots of time and resources into making sure poker fans get all the information they crave from major poker tournaments.
Among those resources is the popular MyStack app, a proprietary PokerNews product designed to turn recreational players into their own live reporters.
Recognizing that a significant portion of their reader base during the WSOP season represents friends and family of recreational players who are running deep, PokerNews launched MyStack in 2013 to allow anybody in the field to update their current chip counts.
By taking a few seconds in between hands to update their count – using any iOS or Android powered mobile device – players can add their name, nationality, and chip stack to PokerNews’ official live updates for any bracelet event.
One of the common complaints levied against the WSOP’s in-house reporting efforts concerned the absence of a MyStack equivalent, and the corresponding lack of focus on recreational players.
Parvis commented on the flexibility afforded by the MyStack app, which was designed to level the playing field during continuous coverage of major tournaments with massive fields:
“MyStack will never replace our traditional live reporting, but it’s a great addition at events like the WSOP that have huge starting fields since it’s simply impossible to track thousands of runners each day.
We’re excited to share some of the improvements we’ve made with the app over the past two years with the poker community and the WSOP.”
The 2017 WSOP kicks off on May 30 and runs through July 17 – with buy-ins ranging from $333 to $111,111 in events spanning the spectrum of poker disciplines – culminating with poker’s World Championship, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.