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Old 12-10-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Phil Galfond Stepping Down From BlueFire

http://www.bluefirepoker.com/blogs/f...ond/a-sad-day/

Just posted the news in his latest blog, any idea why?

From Phil Galfond's thread:

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I posted this on my blog, but it was moved. My attempts to get it re-posted haven't worked, so I'm posting it here, as I want to make sure my message gets read. I don't have anywhere else to post. I hope this will be okay, Mods:


Hey Guys,

Where do I start? I guess there actually aren't that many options… I'll start with the point of this post, and go from there:

As of today, Bluefirepoker.com and I are parting ways. It’s very hard to walk away from something I helped build from the ground up, but the most difficult aspect of this is the fact that I’ll miss the community… the members and my fellow coaches. Please know that it was a very difficult decision that I struggled with for a long, long time. I'm sorry that I can't elaborate further.

Thank you to the coaches who joined our team, especially the small group who started the journey with me: Jason, Giggy, Niman, and Don. I’m extremely proud of the videos we’ve put out as a team over the last three years.

For the members who tuned in every week for my videos, thank you. I hope that I was able to improve your game as much as I tried to over the course of your membership. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my ideas with you, and I always have tried very hard to make sure you get something out of it.

I believe that the best way to teach and learn is through ideas, the thought process, and constantly questioning yourself… not through absolute statements. I made it a goal to fully share the way I think about the game, which includes uncertainty, but initially, I was scared about how that would be received:
“I thought Phil was supposed to be teaching us. Why is he unsure of the best play half the time?”

I started off trying to seem less uncertain, but my constant questioning of myself still leaked through. Once I saw how well you responded to it, I felt very safe to teach the way that I felt was best: Openly sharing my ideas, my thought process, my mistakes.

I guess my (long-winded) point is, the members here have helped me become a better coach, and as a result, a better player. So, thank you. Thank you for all of the comments, critiques, and questions on my videos and blog posts. I genuinely enjoy teaching poker, and the feedback from members makes it so much more rewarding for me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate those of you who gave feedback regularly.

As you guys know, I’ve always tried to teach ways to think about the game, rather than just tips or tricks. If I succeeded, I hope you’ll be able to take those tools and continue progressing. You’ll just need to find someone else to continually repeat how he doesn’t understand his HUD and tell you to “take care” every week.

For the members, I'll be making four more videos, and then saying my final goodbye. I'd like to try and customize these last four as much as possible for you guys, so please tell me exactly what you’d like to see or hear me talk about.

I’ll be discontinuing my blog here after this post. I don’t know if I’ll continue blogging somewhere, but for now you can follow me at http://twitter.com/philgalfond. I’ll work a little harder to keep it updated.

I guess then, this is goodbye.

Good luck, and take care, guys.

-Phil

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Old 12-10-2011, 07:09 PM   #2
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

bluefirepoker stocks are down
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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bluefirepoker stocks are way down
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:15 PM   #4
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

eh, as far as i was aware, phil WAS bfp... gg. downloading rest of his vids and cancelling membership lol
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:15 PM   #5
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

Reminds me of when Doyle Brunson left Doyle's Room
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:16 PM   #6
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

how long til leatherass bails?

i'll set the line at ~3.5 weeks
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:17 PM   #7
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

Bummer. I've long wondered how coaching sites are faring post BF. Hope they can keep business going.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:19 PM   #8
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Reminds me of when Doyle Brunson left Doyle's Room
haha i was thinking the same thing.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:20 PM   #9
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

putting out a vid a week is ridic grueling. he probably also had to deal with a ton of BS from customer service side, as well as development side.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:22 PM   #10
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also theres probably some internal struggle w/ making good content, but not hurting your bottom line too much
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:25 PM   #11
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bluefirepoker stocks are down
Hello pink sheets.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:26 PM   #12
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

I wrote in a email of complaint about the site this week. Hope i wasn't the catalyst.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:36 PM   #13
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I wrote in a email of complaint about the site this week. Hope i wasn't the catalyst.
you were one of many
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:41 PM   #14
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

i wonder if anything will happen with pokerstatic. loved that site.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:54 PM   #15
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He had to toss either his company or his slide.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:03 PM   #16
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blog is down. hopefully he adds an addendum that names leatherass as new head of bluefire
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:06 PM   #17
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

Love Phil's vids. Seems like a great guy with a ton of insight and integrity. GL to him and prob GG to BFP.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:08 PM   #18
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you can view the blog on google cache, weird that it was taken down and also his twitter seems to be deleted
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:09 PM   #19
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Strange alright. Last minute change of mind?
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:14 PM   #20
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

I don't understand how he can "leave" his own business. Selling it to someone?
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:14 PM   #21
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Hmmph I was trying to figure out a training site to sign up to and BFP was the one I was leaning towards.

Guess I'll wait and see.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:18 PM   #22
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Hmmph I was trying to figure out a training site to sign up to and BFP was the one I was leaning towards.

Guess I'll wait and see.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:20 PM   #23
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

Hey Guys,

Where do I start? I guess there actually aren't that many options… I'll start with the point of this post, and go from there:

As of today, Bluefirepoker.com and I are parting ways. It’s very hard to walk away from something I helped build from the ground up, but the most difficult aspect of this is the fact that I’ll miss the community… the members and my fellow coaches. Please know that it was a very difficult decision that I struggled with for a long, long time. I'm sorry that I can't elaborate further.

Thank you to the coaches who joined our team, especially the small group who started the journey with me: Jason, Giggy, Niman, and Don. I’m extremely proud of the videos we’ve put out as a team over the last three years.

For the members who tuned in every week for my videos, thank you. I hope that I was able to improve your game as much as I tried to over the course of your membership. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my ideas with you, and I always have tried very hard to make sure you get something out of it.

I believe that the best way to teach and learn is through ideas, the thought process, and constantly questioning yourself… not through absolute statements. I made it a goal to fully share the way I think about the game, which includes uncertainty, but initially, I was scared about how that would be received:

“I thought Phil was supposed to be teaching us. Why is he unsure of the best play half the time?”

I started off trying to seem less uncertain, but my constant questioning of myself still leaked through. Once I saw how well you responded to it, I felt very safe to teach the way that I felt was best: Openly sharing my ideas, my thought process, my mistakes.

I guess my (long-winded) point is, the members here have helped me become a better coach, and as a result, a better player. So, thank you. Thank you for all of the comments, critiques, and questions on my videos and blog posts. I genuinely enjoy teaching poker, and the feedback from members makes it so much more rewarding for me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate those of you who gave feedback regularly.

As you guys know, I’ve always tried to teach ways to think about the game, rather than just tips or tricks. If I succeeded, I hope you’ll be able to take those tools and continue progressing. You’ll just need to find someone else to continually repeat how he doesn’t understand his HUD and tell you to “take care” every week.

For the members, I'll be making four more videos, and then saying my final goodbye. I'd like to try and customize these last four as much as possible for you guys, so please tell me exactly what you’d like to see or hear me talk about.

I’ll be discontinuing my blog here after this post. I don’t know if I’ll continue blogging somewhere, but for now you can follow me at http://twitter.com/philgalfond. I’ll work a little harder to keep it updated.

I guess then, this is goodbye.

Good luck, and take care, guys.

-Phil
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:24 PM   #24
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

honestly, I had never even heard of Bluefirepoker until I saw this thread

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Old 12-10-2011, 08:28 PM   #25
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Re: News: Phil Galfond leaves Blue Fire Poker

The sites been lackluster for a while, no good midstakes NL content at all. Someone thought Leatherass was the solution to that!? :S
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