My Confidential Blog :)

    • Xantos
      Xantos
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      Joined: 07.09.2005 Posts: 8,760
      http://confidential.pokerstrategy.com/

      Hey there,

      as our blog system still is not interlinked with the main user DB, you cannot post blog comments with your PokerStrategy.com account and often, the (sadly necessary) spam filter blocks even my serious comments.

      So I thought in order to get feedback on my posts and ideas for future posts, I join the ranks of our honourable forum bloggers.

      I will also answer shorter questions here, e.g. regarding our company, Gibraltar etc.pp.

      A few words on me & the confidential blog:

      My name is Lutz and I'm with the company since 2007. Next to a lot of other stuff, I also regularily blog on the Confidential Blog, which is a kind of coroporate blog.

      The main topics of the blog:
      Office Life: about Gibraltar, our company events, new staff etc.
      Poker Industry: about operators, regulations and interesting developments
      Statistics: interesting and not-so-interesting number games around PokerStrategy.com

      As said, I would really appreciate feedback, criticism and ideas regarding the blog (and of course in general ;) ).

      Best regards,
      Lutz


      Newest Blog Entry:
      http://confidential.pokerstrategy.com/Rakeback_is_not_Evil
      Having grown from a small poker forum into the world's largest poker community comes with a lot of work - but also increased responsibility. Why responsibility? Well, having great business relations with all important operators and - if you agree - also good relations to our community, we are in the position that both the industry and the players listen to us. And who is being listened has the responsibility to use this attention by others wisely and in the best interest of all stakeholders of online poker.
      read more
  • 11 replies
    • supeyrio
      supeyrio
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      Joined: 11.11.2009 Posts: 3,106
      hhello! would like to ask a couple questions:


      what can we expect from pokerstrategy in the coming months/years?

      like a fellow pokerstrategist MBLM mentioned, the blackmember for now is clearly has less incentives for players not living in europe. any plans for pokerstrategist living in other regions? specifically asia?

      is pokerstrategy open to future business cooperation?

      how can one buy a share in pokerstrategy? :f_p:


      yup thats all, love how pokerstrategy works closely with their members


      cheers
    • EagleStar88
      EagleStar88
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      Joined: 06.10.2008 Posts: 7,359
      Always great to see new members blogging :D

      Only joking Lutz, you know how much I love your legendary Statistics posts :f_love:

      Keep up the great work,


      Bart
    • Xantos
      Xantos
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      Joined: 07.09.2005 Posts: 8,760
      Originally posted by supeyrio
      what can we expect from pokerstrategy in the coming months/years?
      Hopefully a lot! ;)

      For the basics, I will just quote a part of a recent company-internal newsletter:
      Dear Colleagues,

      another quarter is over - and these first three months of 2010 certainly felt fast. This month, we are breaking the 150 mark in our employee count here in Gibraltar.

      Thanks to this immense build-up of expertise, we fell well prepared to fulfill our mission:

      • To be the most successful online poker community in any language that we offer.
      • To be the best poker school in any language that we offer.
      • To popularise poker and support sustainable growth of the online poker market to make sure that our members can enjoy long term success.
      In practice, these goals / this mission results in a lot of projects and things to get done:
      • our IT build-up will hopefully result in a faster development also of our front-end, improving features/usability etc.
      • improved QA processes will lead to improving quality of videos/coaching throughout our 18 languages
      • we try to improve service quality in both the customer service tickets and the forum
      • we work hard to always fulfill our promotions policy and make sure you all don't have any monetary disadvantages by playing tracked on PokerStrategy.com
      • ...

      A lot of stuff happens in the background, sadly often without a direct result for a member like you. One big example of the recent 18 months would be our constant fight against fraud - which we need to take in order to continue to be able to provide starters with free $50 (as you all - or at least most of you - also profited from this, you know that this is a key thing).

      Also the past quick growth and the problem of having 18 languages at the same time is an enormous challenge. From 5 guys and 1 server up to 150 guys + IT and 50 servers is a challenge in itself.

      But blah blah aside, to your more specific questions:
      like a fellow pokerstrategist MBLM mentioned, the blackmember for now is clearly has less incentives for players not living in europe. any plans for pokerstrategist living in other regions? specifically asia?
      You are right that it's more inconvenient for non-Europeans to attend a BM event. For one, we are compensating for this with the travel cost support for long-haul flights.

      Secondly, we will have local VIP events (initally for Diamonds, but if it's 40 Chinese BMs, we will certainly do a BM party in Macau ;) ).

      is pokerstrategy open to future business cooperation?
      Could you specify what you aim at?

      With regards to poker, we will continue to add operators as partners that are good for the player and the market. Like we did with PKR some time ago.

      how can one buy a share in pokerstrategy? :f_p:
      Not possible, as PokerStrategy.com is a private company ;)

      If you are interested in stocks that are related to online poker:
      Playtech (operating iPoker)
      PartyGaming (operating PartyPoker)
      888.com (operating 888 poker)

      Best regards,
      Lutz
    • supeyrio
      supeyrio
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      Joined: 11.11.2009 Posts: 3,106
      hi Lutz,

      since it occur to me that you are pretty much a logic person, i would like to know of your opinion on the impact pokerstrategy has on the "poker economy"
      as we all know, pokerstrategy has a business model that focuses strongly on poker education. how do you think this will shape the "poker economy" if pokerstrategy continues to expand vastly?
      i'm thinking along the lines of a school in a pond converting baby fishes into sharks; in straightforward terms, the tilting equilibrium of fish and sharks.

      well, i really love your reply hence i'm threw another random one, hope it doesn't take up too much of your time or at least you get paid to do so(replying while at work :f_p: )!

      haha, yes i know it's private, if ever going public, please offer pokerstrategist shares first before launching IPO! LOL if it is even in anyway possible

      i'm most definitely staying tune to this blog

      thanks alot !
      f_thumbsup:
    • Xantos
      Xantos
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      Joined: 07.09.2005 Posts: 8,760
      Hey supeyrio,

      first a short notice on a new blog post (Korn wrote the column, so even two posts on one day - very rare for the blog ;) ):
      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/news/world-of-poker/Column-A-View-on-Short-Stacking_31885

      to your question:

      I'm pretty convinced that if you take the first few hundred PokerStrategists, a lot of them will be big winners & Black Members today. But that was when everyone was hand-picked.

      That massively changed and from all what the operators tell us (we do not get deposit/cashout data directly) we know that today, we are a 'contributing affiiate' in the sense that the players we bring are 'ecologically balanced'.

      Nowadays, PokerStrategy.com hands out tens of thousand of $50 bankrolls every month. With Tell-A-Friend, we incentivise thousands of members to do their chore for popularising poker.

      Most of these new players just do not have the will / energy / ambition to become winning players - now matter how good the education is you offer to them. You yourself know that even with the best videos & articles it's hard work to become a sustainable winning player.

      Small example: can you imagine someone who never posts here in the forum to be a winner? Of course, some might be. But in average? Just about 10% of all new Free $50 recipients even do even just a single post in the forums. [Pretty sure way fewer than deposit own money.] After a few months, it's just a mere 2% of them still being active in the forums.

      So if you look here at the forum, you have a very restricted view on the players PokerStrategy.com generates. The community (i.e. this forum, the VIP events etc.) are just a small share of what we nowaday generate as poker players.

      Plus, I'm pretty sure we're a big contributor to market making. In average, the Russian poker player is losing money just like his peers from Finland or Canada. And without poker being popular due to success stories, there would not be so many players. But of course, due to selective perception, you see more 'good Russian shortstackers, all brought by PokerStrategy.com' than all the recreational players we generate & that are generated in new markets as soon as poker reaches a certain base-popularity there.

      Poker in general is still growing, and in markets like Japan, China or India, it's just beginning now. I personally am upbeat about the market, currently.

      Lutz
    • supeyrio
      supeyrio
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      Joined: 11.11.2009 Posts: 3,106
      immense and insightful reply, kudos Lutz.
      shall drain your energy further when i have more worthy questions :f_p:
      thank you for your sharing:)
    • Xantos
      Xantos
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      Joined: 07.09.2005 Posts: 8,760
      Recently wrote two new entries:

      1. About why you should bring your Friends to PokerStrategy.com (but that's obvious anyways, right ;) ):
      http://confidential.pokerstrategy.com/Three_reasons_to_bring_your_friends_to_PokerStrategy.com

      2. About the recent performance of poker operators at the stock markets, which is quite uplifitng:
      http://confidential.pokerstrategy.com/Strong_Performance_of_PartyGaming_at_the_Stock_Markets

      Suggestions about topics etc. are also appreciated!
    • supeyrio
      supeyrio
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      Joined: 11.11.2009 Posts: 3,106
      Originally posted by Xantos
      Recently wrote two new entries:

      1. About why you should bring your Friends to PokerStrategy.com (but that's obvious anyways, right ;) ):
      http://confidential.pokerstrategy.com/Three_reasons_to_bring_your_friends_to_PokerStrategy.com

      2. About the recent performance of poker operators at the stock markets, which is quite uplifitng:
      http://confidential.pokerstrategy.com/Strong_Performance_of_PartyGaming_at_the_Stock_Markets

      Suggestions about topics etc. are also appreciated!
      maybe some demographics of pokerstrategy members? how many boys and gals, how many basic/gold/blackmembers, from what country etc etc
    • Xantos
      Xantos
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      Joined: 07.09.2005 Posts: 8,760
      Strangely, I had an activity downswing right after I wrote my last post here. But finally managed to catch up a little, including Demographics Part 1 ;)

      http://confidential.pokerstrategy.com/Demographics_of_PokerStrategy.com_-_Part_1
    • supeyrio
      supeyrio
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      Joined: 11.11.2009 Posts: 3,106
      heyo, nice figures there! saw you mention me in your blog :f_love:
    • TwiceT
      TwiceT
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      Joined: 15.07.2007 Posts: 4,796
      hey xantos,

      good idea to link us here to your articles!

      did u also write about :
      - nr of real money players overall 2003-2010
      - accumulated turnover of all poker rooms (i just know some figures from stock market listed ones)
      - comparison of gambling and porn market (i guess porn is the biggest online market) and maybe even e-commerce in $


      if so, pls link me. thnx.

      if not, tell us when u write about it.