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Today’s guest on Chasing Poker Greatness is Lyle Bateman. For those who aren’t familiar with his name, Lyle is a contributing editor at PokerNews Canada. He began writing for the magazine after he was discovered by then Chief Editor Lane Anderson. Lane saw a blog post that Lyle had written — which he’ll tell you about during our conversation — and asked him if he’d be interested in writing something for PokerNews. The rest, as they say, is history.
Lyle has a long list of articles published, going all the way back to 2013. He specializes in covering some of poker’s biggest events. He’s written on just about all of the world’s top live and online tournaments.
He’s an avid online poker tournament player himself and conducts his own poker stream on Twitch.
Lyle is most certainly one of poker’s greatest ambassadors. It’s easy to see that he has a genuine love for being around the game as well as mingling with many of the world’s greatest players as he does his job.
As we talk today, Lyle will share stories about what got him into poker, why he actually sold the first big tournament ticket he ever won, and the strange way his life has gone from working in insufferable heat in Africa to working in insufferable cold in Canada.
He speaks about why he prefers tournaments to cash games, what it’s like to be a part of the press covering live tournaments, and why he likes to have an audience watching when he plays himself.
You’ll also hear some interesting, insightful, and unique advice from someone who is intimately involved with the professional poker world, yet not a professional poker player himself.
His unique viewpoint from somewhere in between inside and outside the game reveals a perspective that few people have.
Also, *HINT* … if you’d like to get more (or less) coverage when playing live poker tournaments, this is an episode you do not want to miss.
Lyle is an amazing guy to talk to, and very easy to listen to as he moves from one story to another.
He’s also someone that you just might be talking with yourself one day as you get closer to your goals while Chasing Poker Greatness.
And so without any further ado, click that download or play button to listen to my awesome conversation with Lyle Bateman