Aim your browsers here in an hour for a chat with poker superstars Howard Lederer and Andy Bloch. They’ll be here primarily to discuss the bill sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) that would legalize and regulate online poker and online gambling. But feel free to inquire about poker policy in general, including the raids on neighborhood games we’ve discussed here, the history and culture of the game, and whatever else tickles your fancy. Because we’ll only have them for an hour, however, I doubt they’ll be answering much in the way of tips on strategy, etc.
Andy Bloch is one of the guys who beat the Vegas casinos at blackjack, providing the inspiration for the recent movie 21. He has won over $4 million playing professional poker. He’s one of the sponsoring pros at the poker website Full Tilt Poker, where he donates all of the money he wins on low limit games to charity. Read more about Bloch at his website (or follow his Twitter feed).
Howard Lederer has two World Series of Poker gold bracelets and has finished in the money at the event 38 times. He’s probably one of the most well-known faces of the game. Wikipedia puts his lifetime live winnings at $4.8 million. Lederer is a co-founder of Full Tilt and on the board of directors of the Poker Players Alliance, the lobbying group that’s trying to get the online game legalized. Read more about Howard here.
PPA also helped set up this chat.