Approximately six-and-a-half years ago, Adam Schwartz joined us for lunch after dropping by the 2+2 office in Henderson, Nevada to discuss what would be okay to say and not to say on the website about their poker show Rounders. It was obvious to me that this discussion was silly and the best thing to do was to bring this show directly into 2+2. So, I made the offer and Adam agreed. Thus began our relationship with Mike Johnson and Adam and the Two Plus Two Pokercast, easily one of the best things that we ever did on 2+2 was born.
Our latest show, Pokercast Episode No. 326, which is available now, will officially be Mike’s last show, and he’ll be missed. Hopefully, Mike will still drop in on occasion and perhaps even be a guest host every now and then. But for this Publisher’s Note, I want to talk a little bit about my role related to our Pokercast and my relationship with Mike and Adam.
I quickly realized that these two guys knew a lot more about how to run this type of show than I did, and the best thing that I could do to assure the show’s success was to do nothing. So, my role was to do nothing, and Mike and Adam took care of virtually everything, from getting the guests, to recording the shows, to what questions to ask and how long to keep a guest on, and the show was a huge success.
For those interested, the first 2+2 Pokercast, Episode No. 1, has had a total of 23,806 downloads, but many of those downloads have occurred over the years, so the initial number was much lower. Our peak show, in terms of downloads, was when Mike and Adam interviewed Howard Lederer, and that number is 4,298,885. So as you can see, Mike and Adam were incredibly successful.
Anyway, I just wanted to take this moment to say goodbye to Mike as one of our regular hosts, and to wish him the best of luck in the future. Not only was Mike a great host, but over the years, he, as well as Adam, became a good friend. As for the 2+2 Pokercast, Adam will still be with us and we still expect to have a terrific show.
Goodbye Mike, you’ll be missed, and thanks for all those great years.