Global Poker Index Launches Free US Print Magazine
Global Poker Index (GPI) is to launch its first US magazine during the 2014 World Series of Poker in a step that GPI owner Alex Dreyfus says “represents an exciting milestone” for his company.
A free print edition is being made available within the U.S. with the first copy being distributed at the Rio during the upcoming WSOP and then finding its way to other key Las Vegas casinos such as Aria, Venetian, Wynn, Golden Nugget and Bellagio.
“In less than three years, the Global Poker Index (GPI) has become the world’s poker ranking authority – endorsed by players and industry stakeholders alike,” said Dreyfus in the foreword of the first magazine before adding, “Without this support our growth simply wouldn’t have been possible.”
Gracing the front cover of the first edition of the GPI Magazine is Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst who during an in-depth interview talks about spending a lot of time in Europe for Season 10 of the European Poker Tour, how the game of poker has evolved since she started playing the game, her WSOP plans, her projects away from the felt and much more besides.
There is plenty of other content for poker players and fans of the game to enjoy, much of it based around the upcoming WSOP such as survival guides and players to watch, plus the top 1,500 players according to the GPI ranking system.
“I see the magazine as another stepping stone and encourage anyone who isn’t in the GPI Top 300 to see if you have made it into the GPI Top 1,500 list,” said Dreyfus. “GPI’s mission is to promote poker players more effectively, more fairly and to a much larger audience.”
The magazine launch is the first of many new releases planned by Dreyfus who promised lots of surprises and new features from the GPI and WSOP.
In addition to the print magazine, there is a digital edition of the Global Poker Index magazine that can be accessed from around the globe and can be read online.
As the Dreyfus begins his latest adventure, one of poker’s longest-running print publications announced it is discontinuing its print newspaper and taking its operation fully online.
Poker Player Newspaper has been a permanent fixture in card rooms in Las Vegas and all around the United States of America for over 30 years, but the May edition is to be the last as owner Stan Sludikoff has decided to cease the printed form of the newspaper.
In an open letter to card room personal, Sludikoff said: “For the past 30 years PPN has failthfully served card rooms across the country in print edition available every two weeks. Costs to provide this service have escalated past a point of feasibility in our current business model.”
“Accordingly, effective immediately, we will be publishing Poker Player Newspaper exclusively on the Internet at pokerplayernewspaper.com”
Although Sludikoff is eager to continue the Poker Player Newspaper, it appears he is prepared to bow out and step down if the right offer is tabled.
“At this point in my life (of nearly 79 years), given my desire to pass the mantle as well as to work through the economic pressures as expeditiously as possible, I am looking for a working partner/investor or alternatively for a full buyout of my family–based Poker Player business which has operated since 1982.”