Cameras at live games

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How does filming work at live games? I see poker blogs but curious how it all is worked/regulated? I am interested in filming my friend playing PLO and would like to use a camera filming him but also a card camera (low angle go pro or whatever of cards)..just don’t want to come across as dodgey with cameras across a table somehow if I decide to do this to get angles for video. Anyone know how this works?
 
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From personal experience in Vegas, most people use their phones discreetly on the rail or behind their chip stack (if in a cash game) with a pop socket or some other holder. Right now, it seems like an 'easier to ask for forgiveness, not permission' situation for vloggers. As long as you're not holding up the game or filming people's faces or other personally identifiable factors, using a phone with a privacy screen seems to work fine.

If you have more obvious filming equipment, like the GoPro you mentioned, you will most likely have to ask for permission from the poker room manager beforehand.

Fortunately, poker rooms are finally starting to understand the value that vloggers bring and are becoming more flexible with giving permission. For example, Hustler casino in LA just made an announcement that they are vlogger-friendly and will hand out media badges to those creating primarily poker content on their channels. :D
 
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From personal experience in Vegas, most people use their phones discreetly on the rail or behind their chip stack (if in a cash game) with a pop socket or some other holder. Right now, it seems like an 'easier to ask for forgiveness, not permission' situation for vloggers. As long as you're not holding up the game or filming people's faces or other personally identifiable factors, using a phone with a privacy screen seems to work fine.

If you have more obvious filming equipment, like the GoPro you mentioned, you will most likely have to ask for permission from the poker room manager beforehand.

Fortunately, poker rooms are finally starting to understand the value that vloggers bring and are becoming more flexible with giving permission. For example, Hustler casino in LA just made an announcement that they are vlogger-friendly and will hand out media badges to those creating primarily poker content on their channels. :D

That is awesome about Hustler - maybe other poker rooms will follow suit. :)
 
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From personal experience in Vegas, most people use their phones discreetly on the rail or behind their chip stack (if in a cash game) with a pop socket or some other holder. Right now, it seems like an 'easier to ask for forgiveness, not permission' situation for vloggers. As long as you're not holding up the game or filming people's faces or other personally identifiable factors, using a phone with a privacy screen seems to work fine.

If you have more obvious filming equipment, like the GoPro you mentioned, you will most likely have to ask for permission from the poker room manager beforehand.

Fortunately, poker rooms are finally starting to understand the value that vloggers bring and are becoming more flexible with giving permission. For example, Hustler casino in LA just made an announcement that they are vlogger-friendly and will hand out media badges to those creating primarily poker content on their channels. :D


How incredible, it sounds fabulous, I hope I can ever experience a situation like this.
 
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I think it is best to keep my Sony FS5 at the door then lol, I think I can capture great content following him around before he plays on the strip or wherever (his poker talk is documentary worthy, he played back in the day and has phrases that are just amazing TV poker wise)...then figure out other options from there. Old school player, fun to listen to and chat with:)
 
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While on this topic, I’m curious what the local news coverage is of the wsop, I used to work in news and each day the reporter would come up with a story (yes they found their own stories each and every day) sometimes the photog would help with an idea for a story, one of mine was a sweeps piece..(that felt good considering I hardly came up with great story ideas) anyways producers and reporters at news stations are always looking for stories, especially when they can get people to interview that are knowledgeable of the topic, if you or anyone in Vegas has an interesting story when it comes to poker (or any story at all that is interesting and local), I’m sure the producers would love to hear it. Can just email the general assignment desk or call the assignment desk main number. That’s their job, to gather stories. IMO it’s better to contact during the week, that’s when the executive producers work and create amazing broadcasts.


I’m sure the WSOP is covered in general, but there is always a new story within a story, even if it’s covering the same topic over and over again.
 
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How does filming work at live games? I see poker blogs but curious how it all is worked/regulated? I am interested in filming my friend playing PLO and would like to use a camera filming him but also a card camera (low angle go pro or whatever of cards)..just don’t want to come across as dodgey with cameras across a table somehow if I decide to do this to get angles for video. Anyone know how this works?

Curious question I hadn't considered until now :D
 
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There are some YouTube videos out there showing the best way to make a poker vlog. Yes it seems that most use there phones to capture the hole cards. You rarely see more of the table than just what is front of the vlogger.
 
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