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Bruno Politano, the GPI, and Mario Ho Spreading the Poker Love

A few days after Global Poker Index CEO Alexandre Dreyfus said that we should “sportify” poker, that’s exactly what’s been happening, thanks to a little luck and strategic planning by Bruno Politano, the Global Poker Index (GPI), and Maria Ho.

#VAMOFOSTERA Social Media Campaign Goes Viral

World Series of Poker (WSOP) November Niner Bruno ‘Foster’ Politano might have the shortest stack, but it seems he may have the most fervent following.

The Brazilian, who recently signed with 888Poker, is the subject of a social media campaign called #VAMOFOSTERA that has seen a YouTube video attract over 31,000 hits.

The three-minute video contains good luck messages from some of Brazil’s biggest sports stars, and amongst them are the former AC Milan and Real Madrid star, Kaka, and the Barcelona star Neymar.

Neymar is an avid poker player, and pictures of him playing poker whilst recovering from the back injury that he picked up during the World Cup were circulated around Twitter during the summer.

Brazil is a hotbed of poker, and in 2013, the Brazilian Series of Poker attracted 2,446 players, which at the time was a record for a PokerStars-sponsored live event.

The WSOP Main Event final table will be broadcast “live” on ESPN on Nov. 10th & 11th, and Politano is sure to have one of the noisiest and passionate rails of the remaining nine players.

Here is the three minute #VAMOFOSTERA video. How many stars do you recognize?

The GPI and Cinesport: Insane Poker Bets by Poker Players

At the tail end of September, the GPI announced a ground-breaking deal that saw them hook up with the web syndication company Cinesport, enabling them to broadcast poker-related news segments to over 100+ newspapers in the U.S.

That work has begun in earnest with a segment shown on the American sports news website XNSports, that sees Cinesport’s Noah Coslov talking to the GPI’s Eric Danis in a 3:49 minute video entitled: Insane Poker Bets by Poker Players.

Danis brings Coslov up to speed on three famous bets of the past including Ashton Griffin’s winning bet that he could run for 70 miles in 24 hours; Andrew Robl’s losing bet that Jay Kwik couldn’t live in a Bellagio bathroom for 31 days (Robl bought out of the bet for $40k after just four days); and finally, the insane Brian Zembic, who won $100,000 for having breast implants, and has kept them in ever since, earning $10,000 every year that he keeps his rather large man-boobs.

Danis looks extremely comfortable in front of the camera, and it looks like a great way of getting poker in front of the eyes of a wider sporting audience.

You can watch the video right here.

Maria Ho on Fox2 Now “Last Woman Standing”

Another member of the poker community who looks extremely comfortable in front of the camera is the beautiful and talented Maria Ho.

The 2014 WSOP Main Event ‘Last Woman Standing’ was a recent guest for John Pertzborn on Fox2 Now. Ho dazzles as she speaks about her performance in the 2014 WSOP, her role as Strategic Commentator for the Heartland Poker Tour, and how she finds it much easier to play against men than women.

“When I look into a guy’s eyes I can tell when they are lying to me,” says Ho.

You can watch Ho’s interview right here.



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Lee Davy

Life can be viewed as the sum of the parts or the parts themselves. I believe in the holistic view of life, or the sum. When dealing with individual parts you develop whack-a-mole syndrome; each time you clobber one problem with your hammer another one just pops up.