Industry leader the Australian Poker League (APL), is once again showing everyone how it’s done by being the first provider to allow poker enthusiasts across the country to participate in an interactive podcast, live from the May NSW Pro Open tomorrow (Sunday).
The podcast will be broadcast from the tournament, to be held at Penrith Panthers in Sydney. Still in its trial phase, the podcast will allows poker fans to simply click on a podcast icon, which will be located on the APL Live Reporting Facebook page from 9pm.
Once connected to the live podcast, players will be able to follow the action and send in questions relating the tournament in real time. First trialled at the April NSW Pro Open, the podcast received plenty of positive feedback from those who participated. Popular questions included player updates, blind levels and chip counts.
Players at the final table also received messages of support from family or friends following from afar. Most messages were answered within minutes of being sent, creating an ‘interactive rail’ for those who could not be at the venue.
APL Special Events Manager Daniel Milford said the initiative was ground-breaking for the industry. “This podcast allows people at home to experience the atmosphere and excitement of our big tournaments, even when they can’t make it to the event,” he said.
“We believe this is a first in Australia and are proud to offer it not only to our player base, but to family and friends who want to cheer them on.”
Milford, whose reporting played a key role during the first trial in April, said the aim was to eventually create a live podcast for all APL major tournaments.
“Ideally we’d like to see a live podcast made available for all our bigger events like State Champs, Sydney Champs and so on.” He said the podcast was suited for anyone with an interest in poker because reports were communicated in straightforward language.