May 4 2011

Mainstream Media’s Poker Pieces: Perspective, Comparison, and a Poker Face

written by: Jennifer under Poker Comments: Comments Off

Poker finds its way into many a strange news story, sometimes even those about the game of poker. The woman who made the WPT final table in Florida caught the attention of a UK writer, an investment website dedicated a column to poker lessons, and numerous articles pointed out that President Obama kept a pretty solid poker face before telling the world that Osama bin Laden was dead. Poker sure ran the gamut this week.

Woman at WPT Final Table = Band Mom or CEO?

News that a woman made the final table of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown in Florida this week spread like wildfire, as even the Daily Mail of the UK wrote a story about Abbey Daniels. But the headline demonstrated that a “band mom” would be better received by readers than the fact that the woman was also the CEO of a 400-person company. While both jobs are rewarding and deserving of mention, it was her motherly duties that grabbed the writer’s attention.

Investing Lessons in Poker

The Guru Focus website released an article this week regarding the many lessons of poker that can be used to become a smarter financial investor. While this is not a new topic, the piece goes into great detail about playing styles, learning from mistakes, and setting up a personal strategy. The overlaps of poker and the stock market continue to be a learning tool, as evidenced by this latest article.

CNN Notes Obama’s Poker Face

By far, the biggest news of the week was President Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed. Interestingly, Obama knew since Friday of the mission and murder but kept it hidden behind his “poker face” throughout a weekend of visiting a tornado-ravaged city, hoping to see a space shuttle launch, attending a White House Correspondents dinner, and playing a little golf. Even amidst jokes about bin Laden at the aforementioned dinner, he kept the big news under wraps until the announcement could be made.

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