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Repping #nerdlife for as long as he can remember, Bryan Micon is a human male currently residing on earth. As a Bitcoin Baron, professional poker player, husband, and father of one, Micon has committed himself to changing the game while vowing never to work for the man.

Bitcoin, Poker, Cryptography, Anonymous, Gambling, #NerdLife, and a delightful weekly podcast hosted by Micon
30 08, 2014

Wow New Gambit Looks Sick!

By |August 30th, 2014|stories|0 Comments

No bullshit, I don’t shamelessly post affiliate links to bitcoin gambling sites like Gambit unless they are really a cool site that I both trust and actually play on a regular basis.  Just now I logged in and found an awesome new interface complete with an additional game, some interesting version of OFC I’m about to fire on.  Bravo to the team over there – I’ll be blasting.

27 08, 2014

Multiple Newsweek Article Discussion + Bonus YTCracker, DPB, SpiteCheck & MrCuzamano

By |August 27th, 2014|cold call show, radio, stories|0 Comments

Once in a while good ‘ole Micon needs to set some things straight. IMO it was the general anger after viewing the sensationalist cover picture that lead to few in the poker world properly understanding which entities Leah was vilifying in her Sad-Face Online Poker Kid article that I drew all over after seeing for the first time. Don’t worry, I break it all down for you guys then have OPReport Chris on the show to debate the twitter spat of a few days ago over the bitcoin poker Newsweek article. I snap off DPB for Nerdcore legend YTCracker and we reminisce about how we rocked the mic at Defcon over multiple venues. SpiteCheck & MrCuzamano call into the show as well. It’s almost NFL season. Shouldn’t you be firing bitcoin sports @ Nitrogen & fiat DFS at Draftkings? I know I sure as fuck am :)

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27 08, 2014

Are The Haters Ready for DonkDown Radio Tonight?

By |August 27th, 2014|stories|0 Comments

Yes, they are :)

7pm-ish PST Right here on DonkDown. See you then!

26 08, 2014

Well, It’s Tuesday The Week Before NFL Starts…

By |August 26th, 2014|stories|0 Comments

And I just read that DraftKings completed a massive, absolutely astonishingly large $41M round of funding.  Well, if that’s not enough to heat your DFS-loving human blood I don’t know what will do it.  Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS entered my life a few years ago.  As I often do for gambling ventures, I form a team and we shove a bunch of data down a group-devised methodology, then start blasting.  If you don’t have a DraftKings account, by all means click this link and get in the game.  I’ll be firing hard on DK this NFL season.  The first week has $5M Guaranteed.  Holy shit that’s upping the DFS ante this year. There is some $27 event you can win $1M on week 5 – can you say “multiple lineups?” If you don’t bink early in the season, there is always the Week 15 $2.5M Guaranteed Go-To-PCA-Hotel contest & some chance on week 11 to win $1M. Damn DK – you got this degen’s attention. See you guys on DK this year!

25 08, 2014

What It Feels Like To Be A 16 Year Old Girl Living in Gaza Right Now

By |August 25th, 2014|stories|0 Comments

Farah Baker is a 16 year old female from Gaza.  She is a frequent tweeter (@Farah_Gazan) and to me offers a very real look at what it’s like for a civilian to be living in Gaza right now.  Some of you may have seen her debate an Israeli teacher on this Sky News google hangout something whathaveyou video conference.  This is how her night is going:

Damn.  That hits me right in the feels.  Imagine if you rolled the “Where am I born?” dice and got that shitty roll of “Gaza Strip, sucka” and now you have twitter but instead of updating your chip counts or taking pictures of the decadent food you eat, you are most compelled at the age of 16 by the HUGE FUCKING BOMBS FALLING ALL AROUND YOUR HOME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT and that of course would dominate my feed as well if it was happening to me.  IMO the traditional media is a biased ball of sensationalist advertainment.  Read more by real-time searching #GazaUnderAttack.

 

25 08, 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

By |August 25th, 2014|stories|0 Comments

24 08, 2014

Srsly? Even Rich Muny Now?

By |August 24th, 2014|stories|0 Comments

The poker world simply didn’t read this article Leah McGrath Goodman wrote on sad-kid online gambling.  I know it’s long, Rich, but you are some sort of a lobbyist lobbying for Pokerstars and the greater good of poker, so you have to read the whole fucking thing.  At least pay a guy to read it and outline or something, but you need to consume the entire material before shooting your mouth off.

Which doesn’t appear to be Rich’s strong suit, as a quick google or check of my twitter timeline would have surely shown I didn’t fucking support Leah’s sad-boy-poker article.  I drew all over it and labeled it as “Wu-Tang News” because I’m fucking hilarious.

24 08, 2014

Responses to Newsweek’s Bitcoin Poker Article

By |August 24th, 2014|stories|1 Comment

It looks like the recent Newsweek article about bitcoin poker featuring SealsWithClubs is eliciting some responses.  The often-attacked Leah McGrath Goodman has been all over my feed lately for her Satoshi article and for this Online Poker article that I responded hastily to.  More on that Wednesday for DonkDown radio.  Anywho, the article was posted and humans responded on twitter:

Lulz :) I do like seeing my name in print.  No doubt a genetic inheritance from my classically narcissistic mother.

Adam was insinuating that he likes this bitcoin poker article but thought her sad-face online poker article was paid propaganda:

Then this guy launches a salvo with this thinly veiled accusation:

Leading to this:

Because I know personally that neither me or SwC paid Leah or Newsweek and our interaction was entirely organic:

Do I have confirmation like on the blockchain?  no.  Would I bet $5k that she didn’t get paid off by Adelson to write the sad-kid online poker story?  yes.

Then Leah smacks the guy down:

So in summation:  twitter fights are stupid, twitter cards are awesome, SwC didn’t pay for the Newsweek article, haters are likely to continue hating, and I’ll try and set homeboy straight on Wednesday:

 

 

 

23 08, 2014

Newsweek Article About SealsWithClubs Bitcoin Pokers

By |August 23rd, 2014|stories|0 Comments

Recently I had a chance to talk to Leah McGrath Goodman at length about SealsWithClubs, as she decided to do a bitcoin poker story in Newsweek. I’m sure the author alone will stir some emotions in both the bitcoin and poker world, but I found the article to portray bitcoin poker in a positive light. Any questions about it please hit me up on twitter, leave a comment on this story, or hit up the newly re-opened DonkDown Forums.

21 08, 2014

Politics Are In Poker

By |August 21st, 2014|stories|0 Comments

Robbie Strazynski wrote this article where he vilifies Olivier Busquet & Dan Coleman Pokerstars / EPT for wearing allowing “Save Gaza” & “Free Palestine” T-shirts to be worn by players during a televised EPT high roller. Check out the image PokerListings snapped:

BOOM BITCHES! RIGHT IN YOUR JEW FACES POKERSTARS!

Now, this could be a reaction to this:

where we once again have DN shooting his mouth off in his classic “I am smart. I have an opinion!” sort of way. Standard parrot of everything pro-Israel he was watching on the traditional media. Fair enough, the guy is a bit simple but hey, 300k+ twitter followers can’t be wrong – he’s a strong voice in poker. I think LivB and the newly minted “Silent But Deadly” Daniel Coleman think as I do, that Gaza is an atrocity and they wanted to voice as strong counter-point to DN.

Anyway so Robbie really didn’t like to see these brash pro-Gaza shirts:

And mentioned an exchange we had on the FaceSpace, where I pointed out that Religion and Politics are a big part of life, and life is often discussed at the poker table. There has been a long standing unwritten rule in poker that you don’t discuss religion or politics at the table. Like many long standing rules, this is a bad one. If you are going to make this rule, then let’s also group the blatant misogyny in there too, because if it makes me feel uncomfortable, imagine what it does to the women that play. The point is some guys are assholes, some are idiots, and they are all going to blast their mouth off at the poker table. There is no real civility to be expected in everyday poker table talk. Some are speaking solely to agitate you – how could topics be off limits? What will the rules be to enforce them? TDA rule on politics? How many times can you say “Obama” before it’s a 1-rounder? What if you just ordered “ice” and they thought you said “ISIS?”

I understand televised poker tournaments are different than your average $1-$2 NL cash game. Each promoter of said events can have their own rules regarding clothing, political statements on clothing, topics of discussion at the poker table, and every other aspect of player conduct. The NFL, NBA, and PGA are really poor models to follow in poker, because most poker is not televised. For the few prestigious events that are televised, players who have no sponsor like LivB & DCole are playing strictly for themselves. They have no affiliation to any brand or company to uphold, unlike the traditional professional sports. If a flag is OK, then do you allow the Palestinian flag even though they are not widely recognized and are only 141 square miles and basically totally dominated by Israel who controls their air, sea, 3/4 ground borders, & their power grid? What about the ISIS flag? Surely not that flag. North Korea? Slippery damn slope. Whoever is running the televised event makes the rules. Pokerstars decided these types of polarizing messages on shirts are -EV, so they banned them now:

Meh. Sure. Whatever. It’s their series, their call. Calling for a uniform rule? Meh, Whatever, maybe every venue and series will listen, maybe they won’t. Don’t really care. I think in general, humans should talk to each other about their world viewpoints. I think it helps us learn about each other, maybe question ourselves a little. I had a great conversation with Eli Elezra at Bellagio about a week ago, where he commented that we shouldn’t ever talk politics after reading my twitter feed. I said I thought just the opposite, I’d like to go to dinner and discuss anytime. We traded 10 minutes of civil discussion on the matter, and while I don’t think we are solving world issues, I think having civil conversations about it helps both sides to understand why the other feels so strongly. To make social constructs restricting this type of information exchange to me seems to the detriment of all. We are adults playing a slow gambling game that takes days to complete where they liberally serve alcohol – seems like a proper setting for politics and religion to be discussed. Headphones always and option.