In professional sports, some athletes naturally become role models whether they like it or not. The same thing happens in poker. It's not what most professional poker players sign up for, but it comes with the nature of big scores and televised coverage. Most of the poker players that are role models don't see themselves as such. They just show up to the tables, do their job, hopefully collect a paycheck, and go home.
Unless you have been avoiding Twitter like it has the flu, then you are likely aware that Joey Ingram made a few videos accusing Americas Cardroom of lax registration processes, excessive bot usage, and possible player collusion. Doug Polk joined the conversation in support of Ingram and also shared some of his views about what is wrong with poker. While Ingram or Polk most likely didn't intend to offend people with their words, some people took offense to their approach and very frank words.
If you read my op-ed last week, you might think I have a beef with poker. I don't. I love poker. Up until recently, poker was my escape from the real world. Whether I was playing or writing, I loved to be able to sneak away and enter a world very different than the one I lived in. These days, writing about poker is where I spend a lot of my time. While I love to play, writing is my passion — my therapy. Sort of sick, I know, but it is what it is.
"We're not that much smarter than we used to be, even though we have much more information - and that means the real skill now is learning how to pick out the useful information from all this noise." - Nate Silver #snhusmm
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".