Yesterday was a pretty crazy day. For those that somehow didn't read about it, the FBI/DOJ indicted some online poker executives and payment processors on various charges. The best way to stay updated on this story is of course Twitter. I'm constantly amazed at how great Twitter is for real time news. You're doing yourself a huge disservice if you aren't on Twitter even if you are only following and not contributing yourself. Off the top of my head, the best people to follow for online poker updates are: @kevmath, @pkrgssp, and of course @taylorcaby.
I've been doing this a long time. I'm a dinosaur in the internet poker world as I have been playing online poker since May of 2003. I don't want to say I have seen it all because no one has ever "seen it all," but I've seen a lot. I was one of the youngest readers on RGP, a message board that pre dates TwoPlusTwo. In fact, I was a teenager lurking on that board back when all the name TV pros used to post there. I was there when the UIGEA was passed in 2006 and PartyPoker pulled out of the market. I was there when the Neteller founders got arrested and everyone freaked out.
Through it all, poker has not only survived, but it has thrived. I think that eventually that will continue to happen. I am hearing the "but this time it's different" opinion from a lot of people. Of course that is possible, but I don't think it's likely. I was going to go into some more thoughts as to why but honestly that really isn't important now. What's important to me is that I look forward to new opportunities and ideas.
That brings me to this: I'm hiring. I don't know who or what or how much, but I figure there are a lot of smart people out there who might be looking for new opportunities and challenges. Most of the people I work with today I have met randomly on the internet*, so let's see what happens here. If you think you've got some talent and would like to work with our team, get in touch. Tell me what skills you have, impress me. I will personally read all of these emails and respond to you if I think there could be a fit. I'm going to be purposefully vague about what I am looking for because I don't want to discourage anyone from applying.
*Andrew is the only person in our entire company that I knew in real life before we worked together. Literally everyone else were "strangers" from within the poker community before they joined our company. A majority of our employees I "knew" from IM or Forum conversations before we hired them. Pretty cool.