NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Joe's NY Times Interview Draws Praise From Some, Ire From Others
June 25, 2021

PokerRoad President Joe Sebok, co-host of PokerRoad Radio, was interviewed recently for a New York Times piece as an authority on Twitter and how it's affecting the world of poker.  The interesting article, discussed how Twitter has changed the way poker is covered by the media and how it has been adopted by even the most unlikely of players as a way to keep people informed, or in the case of their opponents, misinformed.

There's little doubt that Joe was the right man to interview for this particular subject (although admittedly I'm a little biased).  PokerRoad, and our new PokerRoad Nation, has fundamentally changed the way many fans around the world follow their favorite players, creating a new level of interaction and connectivity that has left other sites scrambling to catch up while at the same time creating a new model, which will most likely be adopted by many other non-poker related sport and hobby sites for years to come.

Joe's article gained him praise and attention from such sites as PokerListings.com, who used it as one of their top headlines for June 21st. but others in the media haven't been quite so kind. 

In a recent episode of the Steve Czaban Show (6/24/09), a sports gabfest which can be found on Fox Sports Radio, Steve and his cohorts discussed the article, Twitter and poker in general, with what could only be described as a discussion dripping with sarcasm, dissecting Joe's comments nearly word for word, and by the end some how blaming him, and all of us who Twitter or send text messages (it became apparent that Mr. Czaban doesn't realize these are different), for the complete downfall of western civilization.

Czaban clearly isn't a fan, not a fan of Joe's, Twitter, texting or seemingly poker, which he appears to believe involves little skill and is almost entirely a game of chance. 

Of course Czaban admits he didn't do much research, not even knowing who Sebok was or where the article he was discussing came from, which is arguably too bad.  As an intermediary between the fans and the athletes competing, he may soon find that without embracing (or at least exploring) the possible future of reporting, he could become as outdated, as his show's own ancient sound drops.


Story by Mark Anderson

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