New Design: The World Series of Poker Blog

The World Series of Poker BlogTuesday was the opening day for the World Series of Poker, which has grown to become a six week mega-event for all things poker. Of course, there’s the main event that you see on ESPN every year…You know, the one where the winner gets enough money to support Hollywood-level hooker and blow habits. In addition to the main event, there are a bundle of smaller World Series events that cover other poker games like Omaha, Limit, Pot Limit, and more.

To put it another way, the World Series of Poker has everything except a stinkin’ blog.

Until now.

Introducing: The World Series of Poker Blog

Today, the FullTiltPoker team and I went live with the newly-designed World Series of Poker (WSOP) Blog. The site was created to serve as a one-stop resource for firsthand information from writers and poker pros who are taking part in the WSOP festivities.

For the first time ever, the pros will be providing feedback on the event while it’s happening, and I see this as yet another step in the evolution of poker as it turns into one of America’s favorite obsessions. The all-star blogger lineup over at the WSOP Blog includes (pros in bold):

  • Chris “Jesus” Ferguson
  • Phil Gordon
  • Clonie Gowen
  • Kristy Gazes
  • Jay Greenspan – semi pro writer
  • Storms Reback – co-author of All In: The (Almost) Entirely True Story of the World Series of Poker

A few comments on the design

What you see is actually version two of the design. I had a version one, and late one night, I decided that I hated it :)

So, the next morning, I woke up and created the version that now graces the live site. I’ve never really done a design with “weathered” or “distressed” elements before (save for the comments on this site), so I guess you could call the WSOP Blog a notch on the ole portfolio belt.

Personally, I really like the color scheme employed on the site. It doesn’t have that green felt feel to it, but something about the site still seems to “fit” the poker theme quite nicely, in my opinion. It’s wild west meets casino floor meets the street. I’ve been wanting to do a beige design for a while now, and I finally got a theme where it fit. Sah weet.

Post date and author avatarOh, and although the site doesn’t have a lot of crazy features like the BlogHerald, there is one cool thing that’s worth mentioning here. Since the site has multiple authors, we thought it would be cool to include little avatars of the post authors next to the post titles. The end result is pretty slick, and I’m all for new and unexpected ways of displaying the post date!

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10 comments… read them below or add one

phd June 28, 2006

I like the site and the design. Nice Job! But shouldn’t their photos be on playing cards?


Mike June 28, 2006

Wow ! That’s about all I can say besides….

Big ups ! Props ! Dude !

Proud to say I knew you when.


Evan June 29, 2006

As you know, I’m a fan of the weathered and distressed styles. So… well done as far as that’s concerned.

But, you can’t say you have *no* experience with them, I mean, the comment blocks on this blog has some worn-looking brush work.


David Krug June 29, 2006

Dude, This is not a blog. It’s a website. Their so called blog has no comments. So you just designed a website for them.

It’s good work though.


jenn.suz.hoy June 29, 2006

Just a heads up, you have a broken link in your template:

Single Page Templates

The broken link is the one at the bottom that takes you back to the archives.

Otherwise, nice lookin’ site!


Chris P. June 29, 2006


That link actually works, it’s just a caching problem that they’re having thanks to their server setup.

Thanks, though :)


Jason Brown July 1, 2006

It can be a blog with no comments, a blog is really just an online log of events( a web log , thus the shorten name, blog )

Good work Chris


lawton chiles July 3, 2006

Awesome design man. Getting there with my own XHTML course and CSS. It’s overwhelming, isin’t it?

I’ve got some Adobe questions to throw your way? What else is going on?

Chris, can you do a post on how you go through the design process, from initial contact to finished product?

That would be sweet

Still trying to fix my header images on



Chadwick May 23, 2007

Nice job with the blog. I own a design company and work with many of the top pros in the poker community– maybe we should chat.


Matt Piazza July 8, 2007

I notice that “Captain” Tom Franklin is involved in Day 1B.

Yes, Captain Crook or Captain Con.

Wonder who he bilked to get the $10,000 buy-in. If this chump won the World Series of Poker Main Event, it still wouldn’t be enough to pay off everyone he has cheated or “borrowed” from through the years.


Matt Piazza


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