1. Hello, my name is Matt Savage and I have been asked by Dan Cypra of PocketFives if I would be interested in doing an AMA for PocketFives. I have not been an active contributor for P5's but have always had a lot of respect for the community so I am happy to do it.

    I am currently the Executive Tour Director for the World Poker Tour and Alpha 8 Series, a founder and board member of the Tournament Directors Association (TDA), and Tournament Director for Commerce Casino, Bay 101, Seminole Hard Rock (WPT), Thunder Valley (WPT), WPT China, and the Alpha 8's.

    I am active on social media (Twitter and Facebook), email, and text but hope there are some questions you still may have of me. I will try and be as honest and forthcoming in my answers as possible!

    Thank you in advance for your participation,

    Matt
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  2. which player berates dealers the most?
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  3. By the way, Matt's AMA will start on Thursday, January 16 at Noon Eastern Time and run for 24 hours. Please post questions for him in the meantime!
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  4. was topenga that hot in person?
     
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  5. Is Savage really your sir name, of have you had it changed to sound badass?
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  6. Which tournament or Casino is the most fun for you when running tournaments?
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    Originally Posted by smcrawford2 View Post

    was topenga that hot in person?

    hahaha That's Ben! lmao
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  8. Other than Americans, from which country are the people complaing the most?
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  9. That are some possible thoughts about bringing a WPT to South America near in future?
    Maybe Punta del Este or Sao Paulo?
     
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  10. What's your professional opinion on re entry tournaments? Good or bad for the long term health of tournament poker? Will this continue to be the trend since casinos/tournament sponsors/operators can generate much more rake?
     
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  11. How do you feel when players contradict other tournament directors in different tournaments in which you have no part of by tweeting you their issues, asking for proper rulings, etc?
     
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  12. do you play much poker?
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  13. how obnoxious is allen kessler in real life
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  14. do you think your coworker brian can do better than his current vietnamese dealer girlfriend at bay 101?
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  15. From your days as a poker chip runner



    To your days as globe trotting TD



    Do you think the key to your success was your relationship with Matt "the crier" Affleck?
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  16. I think that Negreanu is clearly correct in the whole first card off the deck rule, But it seems that he is pissing and moaning about every little thing lately and trying to constantly call you out on very minor issues, especially on twitter. My question is How annoyed with him are you? Has his constant whining diminished your opinion of him at all? Does someone with his resume have more of an effect on you than a no-name player as far as complaints are concerned?
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  17. Why are certain casinos reluctant to change payouts to account for chops?
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  18. Why have we not seen the WPT expand the tour in North America to the Midwest? Are we that small of a market?
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  19. In the poker world, what are you most looking forward to/excited about for 2014?
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  20. When the new casinos open in NY will you bring WPT to town? What has been the staying power of No Limit Hold 'Em? Thanks for your time. GL at the tables.
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  21. What's the big ruckus over the first card off the deck rule?
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  22. Can you make any comment on the Jay Newnum situation ?

    We understand from his statement, that he has "stepped" away from Poker for the foreseeable future, and therefore it's assumed he would not be doing the Blogging for the LAPC Event at Commerce.

    Knowing that his arrest for the theft of Dealer Tips at a recent Foxwoods Tournamanet has now been submitted to Griffin Investigators, would he ever be allowed to do the blogging at Commerce or a WPT event again ?

    What are the chances we would see Jay doing the photo blog at Commerce or WPT events in the years to come ?

    Thanks.
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  23. hey matt, thanks for everything you do for the poker community, especially tournaments, TDs, etc. Thanks for always answering absurd questions on twitter.

    my question is: if you could change or add one rule for tournaments that you know would never get approved by the TDA, but you tihnk it would really benefit the game in some way, what would it be
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  24. Hi Matt, great to have you here on P5s! I have a question regarding a recent discussion involving, among others, Lee Jones. The discussion was about the future of poker, particularly poker sponsorships. Lee, and others, believe we should be thinking big about sponsorships with mainstream companies that would eventually lead to things like added prize money to big events, buy ins covered for sponsored players, potentially even large stipends. Counter to that argument was a very good point by Kim Lund, at least in my opinion, that there's still a major perception problem with big buy in events. This perception - mostly true from what I can tell - is that people aren't really putting up that big money and that many, if not most, are partially or fully staked and that there's a near constant barrage of people looking for someone else's money to put up for a big poker tournament. Kim believes (and I at least partially agree) that it's going to be hard for poker players and large poker tournaments to get mainstream sponsorships as long as there's always a perception of money lending, insider game (i.e. players' fortunes being linked together), and possibly even broke degeneracy.

    I realize some of these points may be unpopular, but curious your take on this whole discussion.
     
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  25.  
    Originally Posted by sirswish6 View Post

    which player berates dealers the most?

    IMO there is a clear winner to this one and his name it is "Angry" John Monette. Odd that opinion of "he's a nice guy away from the tables" holds true and I actually like the guy but have both dealt with him running tournaments and played with him and it's pretty brutal to be a dealer at his table.
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    Originally Posted by smcrawford2 View Post

    was topenga that hot in person?

    Who is Topenga?
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    Originally Posted by elendil View Post

    Is Savage really your sir name, of have you had it changed to sound badass?

    LOL, It is my real family
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    Originally Posted by ZomBParadox View Post

    Which tournament or Casino is the most fun for you when running tournaments?

    I'd have to say Bay 101 and the Shooting Star but I'm biased because San Jose is home for me but also the poker action is really crazy up there at that time. we get 250 players in the megas months in advance and not even the WSOP could do that in a and based event. We also have the biggest poker "fans" up there as well which adds to the atmosphere.
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  29.  
    Originally Posted by RhoNin View Post

    Other than Americans, from which country are the people complaing the most?

    The French, always the French :-)
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    Originally Posted by r_torrez View Post

    That are some possible thoughts about bringing a WPT to South America near in future?
    Maybe Punta del Este or Sao Paulo?

    It's happening, not sure where yet but South America is a place the WPT and I really want to be!

    Hablo Espanol mas o menos tambien
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