Let's see where this one takes us.
Hoy is pimping the Full Tilt BBT3 Write-In Contest over on his blog today. Check it out here, then come back.
Now, some selections from the comments section:
$1000 and a hotel room for a week's worth of work on the WSOP? I made $500 a day, plus
hotel for 11 days of work two years ago. Sounds like a raw deal to me.I suppose
if someone just wants a free vacation to watch the WSOP that might be fine for
them... but blogging the WSOP is damn hard work. It's not going to be a
vacation. It's grueling.
Seriously, ditto on what Luckbox said. A hotel and $125/day per diem? That's
a goddamn joke. At bare minimum, even an inexperienced blogger would be paid
around $2,000 for that amount of work in addition to the accommodations and per
diem. A pro like Luckbox or myself would command $4K-$5K for that amount of time
and the hours involved.Not to mention that for a regular guy or gal with a
regular job, this would mean either (a)lost wages or (b)sacrificing valuable
vacation time to work for free! If anyone looks at that as a super-cool Vegas
vacation, they seriously need their head examined. Or at the very least to talk
to someone who has covered the WSOP before. This is NOT A PRIZE. This is Full
Tilt exploiting bloggers.
I wish I could stress this more... unless the
working demands of FTP are less than I would imagine... this can in NO WAY be
considered a vacation.It's LONG, LONG, LONG grueling hours.Now, if all FTP
requires is one post a day on the action... then by all means, take your
vacation if you've got the time and enjoy yourself.But... my guess is that there
will be bigger obligations than that. If you don't mind working 12 hours a day,
at $125/day (that's about $10 an hour), then jump all over that.I'm just saying
that you shouldn't allow yourselves to be exploited. If you don't mind being
exploited and think this will be fun... just be prepared for it to not be nearly
as much fun as you think.
First, I'm not re-printing these comments to set up any kind of slam or flame. I respect these two people quite a bit. In case you don't know (and how is that possible?) Change100 and Luckbox are two blogger legends, they've been around since the Blogazoic Era, and because of their silly-strong skills have had the chance to cover poker events for a variety of media sources. They know their stuff, and I don't think they're trying to stir the pot. I don't think they're being negative. They're good peoples. I think they mean an honest and friendly warning to anybody who is thinking of entering this contest. They know what covering the WSOP as journalists is.
However . . .
My take is this: For what CJ and Otis and Change and Pauly and Gene and everybody else does, when they actually cover the WSOP and other major poker events . . . $1000 and a room wouldn't be worth it. They have worked their assets off, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates their efforts. They work. It's a job that is more than full-time. They are writing for employers, they're professional writers, and they're very professional about it. Gotta respect that.
However, I'm taking it as a given that this is a prize. Which means it isn't an employee/employer relationship. As long as I'm correct in guessing the nature of this gig, I do intend to write something for this, and I expect some others will too. Whoever wins, I fully expect them to go as a prizewinner. not as a journalist, or as an employee of Full Tilt, freelance or otherwise. Perhaps it is a bait-and-switch. But until I hear differently, I'm giving the benefit of the doubt to the site that's freerolling us for nearly $50K. Al and whosoever else has worked on this has wangled so much dangle for us, for friggin' free. Now here's an offer of a prize, so I'll assume it's a prize.
Should I be lucky enough to be selected and find my schedule free enough to go, my intention will be to have fun, and to occasionally try to make people shoot milk out their nose while reading my words. I already do that for free from home. I could do that in Vegas. If it turns out that I'm expected to do a job? Well, I'll take a page from JJOK, and say . . .
What? They're going to fire me?