February 5th, 2014… that’s the date when respected High Stakes Pot Limit Omaha player, TwoPlusTwo forum poster, and recreational YouTube personality Joey Ingram aired his first podcast. Originally called the HSPLO Podcast, Ingram would make the decision half a year later to rebrand his show as the Poker Life Podcast before uploading a two-hour episode with “King” Dan Smith.
Yet ironically, it may have been a visit to Los Angeles for the 2015 American Poker Awards that convinced the up and coming live air talent to alter his programming from exclusively high stakes Pot Limit Omaha to encompass more aspects of poker.
The result of that decision — which was perhaps made while attending numerous seminars at the APAs last year — has been a surging live cast that has quickly inserted itself into poker culture of all levels. In fact, the biggest poker news event of the 2015 calendar year (the PokerStars VIP Program changes) found a debate platform on the Poker Life Podcast when PokerStars headline Team Pro Daniel Negreanu appeared in a live 100-minute show segment in November 2015.
Media Person of The Year Nominees
The 2016 American Poker Awards will take place later this month in California. The nominees for Media Person of The Year are: Joey Ingram, Twitch Poker superstar Jason Somerville, PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters and PocketFives Community Manager Kevin Mathers.
All four are deserving of the APA nominations thanks to their numerous contributions to the poker community in 2015. Despite my obvious bias as a fan of the Poker Life Podcast, I would be happy with either candidate being recognized as the winner.
Ingram’s Influence in 2015
Whoever’s in charge of updating the Online Poker Jargon list can add asterisks for terms like Papi, GTO, conversate, allegedly, BGG, and receipts — all introduced to a much wider poker audience by joeingram1 last year. And let’s not forget the all original PLP acronym.
Ingram’s unique qualifications as a legitimate high stakes poker player, longtime community contributor as a YouTuber and TwoPlusTwo forum poster, and highly informed interviewer have rapidly elevated the 31 year old into an authoritative industry figure.
ChicagoJoey’s professionalism shines in every segment because he refuses to “beat someone over the head” with his own views. This is most evident during recent episodes featuring Team PokerStars Pros Negreanu and 2003 WSOP Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker. Although Ingram disagrees with both on core issues, each high profile Pro was given ample opportunity to get his points across uninterrupted and without judgement.
Ingram is leading the way into uncharted waters as we await this month’s American Poker Awards selections. The content offered by the crossover talent could directly pave the way to a more collaborative effort in the future between poker media outlets, poker players, poker sites, and poker forums. With two years of programming, the “Poker Grinder’s Grinder” has bridged an informational gap that has existed for years between the groups mentioned above.
Watch The 2016 APAs Live on Twitch
You can check out the 2016 American Poker Awards live on Twitch Thursday, February 25th around Noon Eastern Time. The ceremony will be followed by the official Global Poker League Draft.
Papi will be on the scene along with some of the most talented and praiseworthy individuals in the poker world. Best of luck to all of this year’s nominees!