A highlight from #193 Robbie Strazynski: The Fall WSOP & Mixed Game Festival


Krasinski. Welcome back to chasing poker, greatness, sir. How are you doing? I'm doing great. Good to be back for the third time. I think am I the first repeat you are not, I think. One of these days I'll be the first three people. But it's good to be back. It's a fun show and thanks for inviting me on. I appreciate it. I think the other I'm afraid of leaving people out. Carlos Welch has been on three times. Nick Howard has been on three times, not counting the detox files. And I think Barry Carter has been on at least three times. He just got 7000 books to pimp all the time. So yeah, the more times than they're here for him. Yeah, he just he just likes a good pummeling so he comes on and almost himself and gets pummeled if Dara comes on. And you even got puddle, pummeled when Jared Hitler came on. I think Jared Tyler has actually been on three times as well. Very nice. So it's a good crowd to join. Yeah. I mean, the reality is, you know, when I aspire to release a podcast today, well, I'm always in need of content. There you go. Pretty supply. Pretty easy rule, right? So let's catch up to what you've been doing since the last time you came on the show. Oh, I don't remember when the last time was, but Sheldon adelson had just died. That was if we want to set the time timeline. It's gotta be, I mean, it's not a year yet, but it's got to be close. Man, a lot of water under the bridge since then, I've certainly kept busy. It's one of the things I just do. I grind a lot. It's not about Bragg or anything. I really just fill my time a lot and I've done a lot of work to do. So thankfully, that's good. I guess the thing there are two major things that overwhelming majority of my time was basically focused on invested in kind of sort of related. I really just sort of felt that it was time to take hard player lifestyle. You know, my site dot com. To the next to the next level and then we're sort of two big components of that. One of them was doing a full website redesign. It's no longer the poker blog. It's just card player. And lifestyle and it's just a lot more content than you could see stuff from almost 12 years now of putting articles together and publishing them. They're much more easily accessible, well categorized. It's a much more intuitive layout. And just the nuts and bolts of it were there, but it was a matter of making it look good and thankfully all the feedback that I've received has been overwhelmingly positive about that. And also just speeding things up. It was a very long overdue redesign. We did the logo, the color scheme. Everything you can imagine. So I don't know how to do that stuff, but so this is the first time that I actually put money and paid people rather than calling in favors and doing barters and stuff to make that happen. But I realized, hey, if you really want to get somewhere, sometimes you got to put your money where your mouth is. And it was kind of long overdue. It had been four and a half years since I did the last redesign and that was kind of like a hat together job with friends and well meaning people and all that stuff. But this is now I want to believe that this kind of brings us into the conversations of the major poker media sites. So that was part of it. And the second thing I said is dealing with everyone behind the scenes and making sure it looks good and finally launching whatever it was 8, 9 months after conception, I had my first ever live event in Las Vegas. That just happened a few weeks ago. You know, from October 4th through 7th, this is something I had been planning to announce on March 10th, the march 11th, 2020, and we all know what happened. So I had all the pieces together, all the ducks in a row. And I just kind of had to hold onto this be very tight lipped for about a year and a half. It's called the mix game festival. And we gave away a platinum pass from poker stars of $30,000 prize package. The first one that had been given away in about a year and a half, we announced it on July 11th. And then put all the pieces together of just promoting it and making sure it's okay, people know what they're getting a whole bunch of swag and companies I work with. So both of those initiatives to get back to the original question is they took a lot of time, a lot of effort, but I know what the goal was, what the destination was with each of those initiatives and it's pretty cool. Got to be honest to be sitting here with you and I'll lay October when we're recording this and like, wow, we did it, you know? Nothing was perfect, you know, there were some bumps along the way and a little bit of the iceberg believed beneath the surface, but that's what I've been busy with among other poker media activities. Yeah, I mean, unless you're the WSOP, it's really hard to pull off a festival flawlessly without any feedback or pushback, complaints by anybody, but maybe maybe one of these days you'll reach the WSOP level of I sense a slight bit of snark, just they're just slightest. Taste it. Take it for what you will. Take it for what you will. But I mean, the reality is like managing it's a tough logistical problem with a lot of moving pieces. And of course, everything is not going to be completely smooth. That's just the reality of life.

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