World Series of Poker Mania

Written by Tom Howze

The popularity ofrepparttar World Series of Poker gained tremendous momentum from The Travel Channel's World Poker Tour showings. Althoughrepparttar 125423 event had been showing for a number of years on cable, when new technologies such asrepparttar 125424 table camera were used, television watchers began getting involved inrepparttar 125425 hands as they were being played.

Other advancements will also take place sincerepparttar 125426 purchase of repparttar 125427 World Series of Poker (WSOP) from Binion's in 2004 by Harrah's. They will need them because ofrepparttar 125428 sheer increase in repparttar 125429 number of players enteringrepparttar 125430 tournament. In 2003 when Chris Moneymaker wonrepparttar 125431 title and $2,500,000, there were 839 entrants. In 2004 Gregory Paul Raymer became champion after defeating 2576 players and was rewarded with $5,000,000. For 2005,repparttar 125432 WSOP will be estimated to have over 7500 players hammering each other for a top prize of $6,000,000. And most of these will come from Internet poker rooms. A significant number of online poker rooms will host online tournaments to sponsor seats torepparttar 125433 WSOP main event with buy ins that are far less thanrepparttar 125434 $10,000 fee.

The Internet will be instrumental in tournament poker because ofrepparttar 125435 24/7 availability to play large numbers of hands that would take months in just a number of days. This will allow experience inrepparttar 125436 game to be gained much more quickly than one could gain say 5 years ago. Withrepparttar 125437 numerous poker games that are played atrepparttar 125438 annual WSOP, (in 2004 there were 32), anyone can learn and practice any game overrepparttar 125439 Internet in order to compete for a WSOP bracelet and title.

Players come from all walks of life to play atrepparttar 125440 WSOP, both male and female. Butrepparttar 125441 makeup ofrepparttar 125442 top performers has changed. Aggressive players who understand areas of mathematics in analytical professions will come out on top more and more. No longer will champions be made up of just those who have played poker for 20 to 25 years in order to build up razor sharp instincts. This is why so many younger players are being seen winning championship events. A number of newer champions will be current college students.

Managers and PR: One Thing Is Clear

Written by Robert A. Kelly

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Managers and PR: One Thing Is Clear

As a business, non-profit or association manager, you have a clear choice when you set up your public relations. Arrange your resources to generate a variety of product and service plugs on radio, and in newspapers and in magazines. Or, use a broader, more comprehensive and workable public relations blueprint to alter key external audience perceptions that lead to changed behaviors – behaviors you will need to reach your managerial objectives.

Which is why it also seems clear that your department, division or subsidiary can fail or succeed depending on how well you employ a crucial dynamic like this one: persuade your key external stakeholders withrepparttar greatest impacts on your organization to your way of thinking, then move them to take actions that help your unit succeed.

Best place to start is withrepparttar 125421 blueprint itself: People act on their own perception ofrepparttar 125422 facts before them, which leads to predictable behaviors about which something can be done. When we create, change or reinforce that opinion by reaching, persuading and moving-to-desired-actionrepparttar 125423 very people whose behaviors affectrepparttar 125424 organizationrepparttar 125425 most,repparttar 125426 public relations mission is accomplished.

As you can see, because they are important, publicity placements are still part ofrepparttar 125427 blueprint – they just are not, and should not berepparttar 125428 tail that wagsrepparttar 125429 PR dog.

So, if this approach to public relations is of interest, you may be amazed at what could happen. Fresh proposals for strategic alliances and joint ventures; Customers starting to make repeat purchases, and even prospects starting to do business with you; welcome bounces in show room visits; rising membership applications, and community leaders beginning to seek you out; new approaches by capital givers and specifying sources not to mention politicians and legislators viewing you as a key member ofrepparttar 125430 business, non-profit or association communities.

Who shouldersrepparttar 125431 work needed to produce such results? Your own full-time public relations staff? A few folks assigned byrepparttar 125432 corporate office to your unit? An outside PR agency team? No matter where they come from, they need to be committed to you, torepparttar 125433 PR blueprint and to its implementation, starting with key audience perception monitoring.

Please keep in mind that simply because someone describes him/herself as a public relations person doesn’t guarantee they’ve boughtrepparttar 125434 whole shebang. So by all means make certainrepparttar 125435 public relations people assigned to your unit really believe – deep down -- why it’s SO important to know how your most important outside audiences perceive your operations, products or services. Make sure they acceptrepparttar 125436 reality that perceptions almost always lead to behaviors that can help or hurt your unit.

Layout your plan – your blueprint -- for monitoring and gathering perceptions by questioning members of your most important outside audiences. Questions like these: how much do you know about our chief executive? Have you had prior contact with us and were you pleased withrepparttar 125437 interchange? How much do you know about our services or products and employees? Have you experienced problems with our people or procedures?

Use professional survey firms inrepparttar 125438 perception monitoring phases of your program if you can afford them. But your PR people are also inrepparttar 125439 perception and behavior business and can pursuerepparttar 125440 same objective: identify untruths, false assumptions, unfounded rumors, inaccuracies, misconceptions and any other negative perception that might translate into hurtful behaviors.

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