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TinyCo, Animoca, Large Group of Top Mobile Developers Sign Onto BlueStacks’ GamePop














Drag Racing coming to GamePop


Cologne, Germany (PRWEB) August 22, 2013

At GamesCom in Germany today, mobile company BlueStacks announced the addition of five large app developers to its GamePop Mobile Console: TinyCo, Animoca, Game Circus, Creative Mobile, and Nevosoft. TinyCo brings its popular franchises from iOS and Android, while Animoca brings its own international ecosystem that includes an extensive catalogue of over 50 apps and games. Creative Mobile will add their Drag Racing franchise to the platform. At over 130 million downloads total, it is one of the most popular standalone titles on either iOS or Android. Between the five IP-holders, the addition represents more than 341 million Google Play downloads worth of popular apps arriving on GamePop devices in one day.

“We’re excited to bring several of TinyCo’s flagship titles to the GamePop console,” said TinyCo CEO, Suli Ali. “Our games look great on HD TVs, and GamePop’s custom controller provides an easy-to-use alternative to the normal touchscreen.” This is the first foray into TV for the San Francisco-based developer, which plans to bring hits like Tiny Village and Tiny Monsters to the platform.

Animoca is one of the biggest publishers of mobile gaming titles in the world with an Android first philosophy. Their hits include Pretty Pet Salon, Star Girl, Thor: Lord of Storms and many others. “We’re always interested in expanding our IP to new devices and platforms,” said David Kim, CEO of Animoca. “With its ability to offer our mobile catalog to TV audiences, we find GamePop to be one of the most exciting developments in the world of game consoles.”

GamePop is the world’s first free mobile game console with subscription. For $ 6.99 per month, people get access to a specially curated group of 500 top mobile games on their TVs. Differing from others in the space, BlueStacks has taken a top-down approach to the app ecosystem, signing the most famous IP-holders first in order to more easily attract users.

“GamePop is innovating the mobile gaming business model on TV in a smart way,” said Vladimir Funtikov, CEO of Creative Mobile. “We live in an all-you-can eat, free-to-play world. That goes for mobile games, Netflix, Spotify and increasingly more types of media. It feels like BlueStacks gets that, and that’s why we went with them.”

BlueStacks has said that GamePop will be released this winter. It is currently available for pre-order at http://GamePop.tv/.

ABOUT BLUESTACKS

BlueStacks was founded in 2009 to bring the energy and creativity of the mobile app world to every type of device. The company is funded with 15M from Intel, Andreessen-Horowitz, Radar Partners, Redpoint, Ignition Partners and Qualcomm. The company’s App Player software has over 10 million users. Join their more than 1.2 million Facebook fans at Facebook.com/BlueStacksinc, or on Twitter at @BlueStacksinc.

ABOUT ANIMOCA

Animoca is a leading developer and publisher of mobile games and edutainment apps for global audiences. The company has released more than 300 apps across multiple platforms, with more than 170 million game downloads since its launch in January 2011. Animoca’s Pretty Pet Salon franchise and the Star Girl series have become wildly popular with audiences throughout the world, earning high acclaim from gamers and reviewers alike. Animoca also publishes popular apps for children under its Baby Cortex brand. For more information, visit http://www.animoca.com.

ABOUT TINYCO

TinyCo is a leading mobile game developer and publisher headquartered in San Francisco. Founded in 2009, The company has had several major Top 10 hits in the iOS, Google Play, and Amazon App Stores with titles such as Tiny Monsters, Tiny Zoo Friends, Tiny Pets, and VIP Poker. For more information, visit: http://tinyco.com.











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Pooki’s Mahi’s Treats Half Moon Bay’s Women’s Golf Tournament and Breast Cancer Charity to 100% Kona Coffees and Award-Winning Teas
















Pooki’s Mahi’s gifts start products to Gift Golf Tournament attendees


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 15, 2014

Business Hall of Fame Inductee Pooki’s Mahi announced today its Pay It Forward and Give Back goals focusing on organizations and charities giving back to the local communities. Pooki’s Mahi works with organizations that pay it forward in its supply chain ecosystem.

Disclaimer: Pooki’s Mahi’s CEO, Les Magsalay-Zeller is a member of the Half Moon Bay Women’s Golf Club based in Half Moon Bay, CA.

“As a start-up it is rare and challenging to pay it forward or give back to the local community. A key trait I look for in Pooki’s Mahi’s suppliers (as part of Pooki’s Mahi’s supply chain ecosystem) is a plan to help the local community and how well they execute against it. Partnerships are a two-way street,” says Les Magsalay-Zeller, Founder/CEO of Pooki’s Mahi.

She explains, “I believe you should always thank those who helped you become successful and pay it forward to the local community. This does not mean you give away all your products (free loader effect). As a member of Half Moon Bay’s Women’s Golf Club I’ve met some incredible and accomplished women. In the past I’ve gifted several technology themed gifts. Since last year the focus is on food and gourmet products. Attendees are treated to our newly launched products. In return they’ll provide feedback. Everyone benefits.”

Each Nadia Gift Charity & Golf Tournament attendee is treated to a curated gift set valued at $ 150-$ 200:


Iced teas from Pooki’s Mahi’s Iced Tea collection
100% Kona Coffees in three different grades (Private Reserve, Estate Extra Fancy, Peaberry) used in Pooki’s Mahi’s 100% Kona K-cups
Brown Rock sugars
Gourmet salts: Black Truffle, White Truffle, Alaea Red, Pink Passion, Fleur De Sel, Himalayan Pink, Kilauea Black, Alderwood Smoke, Murray River
Loose leaf teas from Pooki’s Mahi’s Award-Winning Teas collection
Pyramid teas from Pooki’s Mahi’s Award-Winning Pyramid Infusers Teas collection

Pooki’s Mahi is focused on ensuring Pooki’s Mahi’s 100% Kona Coffee K-Cups product line debuts at one of Hollywood’s celebrity gift suite events celebrating the Emmys®.

Reserve your cuppa’ Pooki’s Mahi’s 100% Kona coffee K-Cups (Caffeinated or Decaf) before it’s sold out.

Pooki’s Mahi’s 100% Kona Coffee K-Cups for use in the Keurig® K-Cup Brewing system. Pooki’s Mahi is not affiliate with Keurig, Inc. Keurig® and K-Cup ® are registered trademarks of Keurig, Inc.

The Academy Awards ® is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®. The Gift Suites where Pooki’s Mahi’s products are show cased are not authorized by and is not associated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, The Academy Awards®, or any of its official partners or vendors.

About Nadia’s Gift:

This is a once a year fundraiser for cancer research. The cancer research fund focuses on the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. The Golf Tournament is named after the late Nadia Van Camp who passed away from Breast Cancer. Nadia Van Camp was a member of the Half Moon Bay Women’s Golf Club based in Half Moon Bay, CA.

About Pooki’s Mahi:

Pooki’s Mahi is a Silicon Valley-based etailer offering exotic 100% Kona coffees, award-winning teas, sweeteners, gourmet salts, macadamia nuts and other specialty food products at reasonable prices. Since its online launch in 2013, Pooki’s Mahi products have been a favorite of customers, charities, celebrities and athletes and have been featured at red carpet events including Celebrity Gift Suites and Celebrity Poker tournaments. The products have been endorsed by many celebrities and athletes and seen on several television shows. Most recently Pooki’s Mahi products can be seen on the show “Boys Before Friends,” which airs on Viki.com.

Pooki’s Mahi, founded by Silicon Valley High Tech Executive Leslie Magsalay-Zeller, started with exotic coffees rated 95+ by Coffee Review from the world’s champion roastars and baristas and teas rated 90+ points by World Tea Ratings from the world’s champion brew masters. Today, their product offerings include a deluxe assortment of macadamia nut products, drink sweeteners like brown rock sugar, various gourmet salts and mcuh more. For more information on Pooki’s Mahi selection of exotic coffees, teas and other gourmet food products, visit http://www.pookismahi.com. To keep up with Pooki’s Mahi news an access special offers, join our email list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@pookismahi).    

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Annie Duke Issues Statement on the Psychology of Why People Love Bargains













Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 27, 2013

Renowned professional poker player, speaker and author Annie Duke has released a memorandum exploring the reasons why individuals are attracted to sale items. When confronted with a bargain situation, Duke says, people believe they receive the greatest utility for the purchased item and come away from the purchase more happy than if they had paid full price. Duke explains:

“As an example, when offered a delicious, high-end chocolate truffle for 25 cents versus a lower end Hershey’s Kiss for 1 cent, 40% of people choose the truffle while 40% choose the Kiss. But when the price of both chocolates was dropped by 1c – making the Kiss free and the truffle 24c – 90% of people now chose the Kiss. Why the reversal in preference? The price difference between the two items remained constant at 24c but when the Kiss was free people were significantly happier to get the item… once the Kiss is free it’s endowed with more utility (in terms of happiness or enjoyment). So people choose something they want less simply because they feel they are getting a bargain.”

Citing several studies conducted by behavioral economics expert Dan Ariely, Duke asserts that though sale items make us feel good in the short run, in the long run, we realize that the bargain may not have been worth what we paid at all.

“The moral of the story,” says Duke, “is people just love a bargain – even if it isn’t really what they would prefer at full price.”

To read more of Annie Duke’ s opinions, visit http://www.annieduke.com/blog.

About Annie Duke

Annie Duke has a strong track record of success in the world of poker. She first burst onto the scene at the 1994 World Series of Poker, where she cashed in three events included making the final three tables of the Main Event. A decade later, she won her first WSOP bracelet and in 2010 became the NBC National Heads-Up Champion bested runner-up, Erik Seidel. Duke has appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and tutored Hollywood A-listers including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on the finer points of the game of poker. She is also the author of three books on poker: Decide to Play Great Poker; Heads-Up Tournament Poker; and The Middle Zone. She also authored an autobiography How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker.

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Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Announces Its First Mid-Atlantic Green Hospitality Conference Sept. 15 & 16














Dover, DE (PRWEB) July 18, 2014

The DCWG is an employee collaboration chaired by George Fiorile, General Manager of Hotel Operations at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. The Company’s DCWG is comprised of Jerry Lawrence, Director of Purchasing, Doree Kuhn, Director of Hotel Operations, Gordon Basht, Director of Sales and John Doerfler, Hotel Sales Manager. Doerfler is also the in-house Conference Coordinator.

The DCWG has contracted for conference planning and development, HospitalityGreen LLC, outside consultants who were responsible for co-chairing and co-coordinating the highly successful 2014 Green Tourism Conference in April in Callicoon, N.Y.

“The Mid-Atlantic is poised to cater to millions of green travelers,” says George Fiorile. The region’s proximity to multiple major metropolitan areas positions it as an up and coming destination for tourists, meeting planners and conference coordinators seeking environmentally responsible lodging and food service providers. The main goal of the conference is to educate end users on planning for climate resilience and the economic benefits for maintaining a more efficient and eco-marketable property to generate more revenue, and demonstrating true cost savings.

The Delaware State Senate 147th Assembly in a Senate Concurrent Resolution #52 proclaimed September 13th to September 20th as Sea Level Rise Awareness Week. The conference will open September 15th, the Monday of Sea Level Rise Awareness Week at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Del., the State’s capital.

On Monday, September 15th, registrants will be hosted with a food and beverage reception showcasing and honoring regionally produced foods and beverages. Tuesday September 16th will be packed with information on developing and improving the marketability of your eco-friendly property, tips and advice from regional green initiatives, expert advice on new green financing opportunities, innovations in new construction and highlights of resiliency and emergency planning for large and small lodging facilities and tourist venues from throughout the region.

Various green training programs, networking opportunities in the vendor exhibition area and a luncheon sourced from local ingredients during which a to be announced key note will provide the background for regional collaboration and for eco-revenue generation for all attending businesses.

Attendees will be able to choose from multiple educational forums designed for the lodging industry, food service operations and emergency preparedness. HospitalityGreen’s Green Lodger’s Training, which provides the necessary staff training requirement for TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders Certification, will be offered. Greening Food Services, an annual certificate training, will also be offered along with a special workshop on Emergency Preparedness for large and small operations.

Conference details, schedules, presenters and new conference information will be made available weekly. Conferees may register and receive a special discounted hotel rate by registering on the conference website. For more information on the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Hospitality Conference, please visit and bookmark http://www.2014greentourismconference.com.

To reach the Conference Coordinator, contact John Doerfler at jdoerfler(at)doverdowns(dot)com or 302-857-2102.

About Dover Downs

Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming entertainment resort destination in Delaware. Operations consist of a 500-room, AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel with full service spa/salon and gaming options including slots, tables, poker, online gambling, Keno, professional football parlay betting, nationwide horse racing simulcasts and live harness racing November through April. Amenities include the Rollins Center® ballroom, 41,500 sq. ft. of event space, 13 restaurants/bars/lounges, and retail shops. For more information on Dover Downs, please visit http://www.doverdowns.com.

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HospitalityGreen is a New York based consulting firm specializing in environmental and operations consulting services. For more information on HospitalityGreen, please visit http://www.hospitalitygreen.com



























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NJIT Wins the New Jersey Apps Challenge














Newark, NJ (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

A mobile app created by NJIT students that gives middle and high school basketball teams a searchable database of performance statistics is the winner of the New Jersey Apps Challenge, an innovation contest initiated two years ago by former U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Called Scoutlit, but listed in the app store under the name “Basketball Stats Keeper”, the program allows coaches and parents to track players’ and teams’ progress over several seasons. Over 45,000 teams have registered with the service, which lets users digitally record player statistics on the app and automatically sync them with the website. Data points include shots made and missed, fouls, steals, blocks, and offensive and defensive rebounds.

The contest was launched at a 2012 event in New Jersey at which Lautenberg and then-FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski were joined by leaders from New Jersey’s education, business and technology communities to announce new initiatives to spur high-tech innovation in New Jersey. Three universities – NJIT, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University – participated in the challenge, which was open to students, faculty members and recent graduates.

A panel of judges evaluated the entries based on several metrics, including overall utility and potential commercial success before selecting an overall winner, as well as winners for each university.

“From students to recent alumni, all of the teams entered professional quality software that has been featured in a commercial app store. The winners were separated by only a few points and I am sure that all of these developers have a bright future,” said Donald Sebastian, senior vice president for technology and economic development at NJIT and president and CEO of the New Jersey Innovation Institute, who added that 40 percent of the entrants in the challenge were developers with NJIT roots.

Lautenberg’s vision was to stake a claim for New Jersey as an apps development “Silicon Valley,” and he saw university-related innovation as key to this ambition.

“Before devoting his life to politics, Frank spent several decades building an IT company in New Jersey and understood well from his own experience the vital role that innovative technologies play in advancing not just our prosperity, but our quality of life as well,” said Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, the senator’s widow. “He was enthusiastic about the New Jersey Apps Challenge because it was designed to do exactly that – to spur high-tech innovation and economic growth in his home state. He also thought it critical that we give young people the tools and the opportunity to carry on the great Garden State tradition of invention and entrepreneurship.”

Less than two years after its 2012 launch, Scoutlit became the number one basketball stats-keeping app on both Google and Amazon out of about 50 competing products, and it has been downloaded in all 50 states and every continent except Antarctica. This past season it was among the top 1 percent of the most downloaded Android sports apps.

Scoutlit provides a few analytics at this point, functioning like a stock chart in showing a team’s points over time broken down into free throws, two- and three-point shots, and offering pie charts displaying the percentage of shots taken by different players on a team. Future plans include more advanced analytics, such as a visualization to highlight combinations of players that achieve the best results on court, as well as live datacasts of games so parents, fans, and others can see a play-by-play stream of stats, including shots made and missed, according to David Daudelin ’12 and Kenny Chang ’13, Scoutlit co-founders.

The Rutgers winner is an app that gives access to stories, photos, and other content published by the university’s student-written newspaper, the Daily Targum. The Stevens winner is an app called MeloDroid that allows Android users to sync their iTunes music and playlists to their phone over a wireless network and USB cable, and to use their phone as a remote control for iTunes, among other features.

NJIT additionally awarded two of its teams Honorable Mentions for an app that aggregates data for health care providers transitioning to electronic health records (EHR), allowing them to monitor their progress and to reassess and reengineer their systems, and for an app called Poker-Stats, a poker statistics record for iPhone.

NJIT, New Jersey’s science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Annual Guide to America’s Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.























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UDG Principal Ken Rhyne Participating as Panel Member at 20th Annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Conference and Trade Show













Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 06, 2014

Nationally-recognized Native American designer Ken Rhyne, a Principal with Urban Design Group (UDG), is speaking about casino interior design trends as part of an expert panel at the 20th Annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference and Trade Show. The conference focuses on all aspects of the Indian Gaming Industry and is being held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, OK on August 11-13, 2014.

Rhyne will serve as a panelist for a session titled “One Must Have a Touch of Color: Casino Interiors” on Wednesday, August 13 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Rhyne and the other panel members will discuss casino design trends, the importance of color in gaming interiors and considerations for redesigning casino interiors for a fresh look without an entire overhaul or redesign of the property.

More than 2,500 industry professionals are expected to attend the event including tribal gaming operators, leaders representing numerous tribes, gaming employees, gaming commissioners and vendor partners. The event will feature a welcome reception, golf tournament, poker tournament, tradeshow, educational sessions and an awards banquet.

About Ken Rhyne, Allied AIA, AICAE, Principal, UDG:

Rhyne, a Principal with UDG, is a noted interior designer and pivotal part of the firm’s leadership team. Rhyne, Allied AIA, is a member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE). He has over 35 years of experience in conceptual architectural and interior design projects, including sustainable design, green architecture and the respectful infusion of Native American culture into his work.

His national portfolio includes the Museum of the Seven Feathers in South Carolina, Weedon Island Preserve Educational Center in Florida, Red Hawk Casino in California and the award-winning Cultural Resources Center for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Kampen Eagle Wing Center in Indiana.

Rhyne is also a talented blues singer and harmonica player and is regarded by many as one of the most accomplished blues rock/southern rock artists of our time. The Ken Rhyne Band was a Nammy (Native American Music Awards) nominee for Best Blues Album of the Year. Rhyne is also a member of the Pfeiffer University Baseball Hall of Fame and was a minor league player for the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers.

Through his design, music and civic involvement, Rhyne has served as an advocate for Native American issues throughout his life. He is a Tuscarora Indian and a nationally-recognized designer with a talent for respectfully incorporating tribal culture into museums, cultural centers and other types of facilities.

About The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA):

Established in 1986, OIGA is a non-profit organization of Indian Nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and businesses engaged in tribal gaming enterprises from around Oklahoma. The common commitment and purpose of OIGA is to advance the welfare of Indian people economically, socially and politically. For more information, please visit http://www.okindiangaming.org.

About the award-winning architectural firm UDG:

Founded in 1975, UDG offers architectural, interior design, and master planning services to its worldwide clientele from offices in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), UDG’s personnel work on a wide range of projects from gaming, hospitality and resort projects to corporate office, university facilities, and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm’s 39-year history, UDG has completed more than $ 6 Billion in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors and 15 design competition awards, and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit http://www.urbandesigngroup.com.











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Full Tilt Poker $ 3.5 Million Merchandise Auction Set for August 2 @ 11am














Full Tilt Poker Polo Shirt


San Dimas, CA (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

Full Tilt Poker, once the largest internet Poker site in the world, will be auctioning off thousands of brand new, top quality, brand name items to the highest bidders by absolute auction. The Auction will include name brand Poker apparel and thousands of Players favorite poker related items, including Leather Jackets, Hoodies, Poker Chip Sets, T-Shirts, Polo Shirts, Golf Clubs, Bar Stools, Dart Boards, Watches, Caps and 100′s of other high end items. The inventory features some of the world’s top brands, such as Bill Blass, Fruit of the Loom, Ohio, Canyon, North End, Gilda and Hanes.

Jay Sugarman Auction Company expects 1000s of Poker aficionados and brokers from all over the world to attend this one day auction either in person or online (via ProxiBid). Just like poker, the auction guarantees live minute by minute action and a lot of strategies to see who will come away as the highest bidder and winner of hard to find valuable Full Tilt Poker items.

More information can be found on the Jay Sugarman company web site http://www.jaysugarman.com or call Scott Grasso direct at 954-946-9951.











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Annie Duke on Improving Transparency in Corporate Cultures













Philadelphia, PA, (PRWEB) September 04, 2013

Renowned professional poker player, author and organizational coach Annie Duke provided her analysis of corporate cultures through the lens of decision-making and transparency. Duke writes:

“When I am asked by executives what the single best strategy for improving critical thinking and decision making skills in their employees is, my answer is to create a company culture in which it is safe to honestly assess the decisions of oneself and others. If employees fear blame, ridicule and being undermined for the admitting of their mistakes, then they won’t admit to them – much less learn from them. If there is no promoting of transparent exchange of ideas and critique then cognitive bias is essentially promoted in its place.”

Duke continues with some examples from companies doing it “wrong:” “The senior employees set a competitive tone where an honest exchange of ideas and opinions was not promoted and undermining others to build up oneself was the norm.”

However, Duke says, this issue is common in all industries, especially poker. “It may seem odd to those outside of poker, but there are these same cultural issues within the professional poker world. Poker players cluster together, forming friend groups that in many ways act like microcosmic companies. Each friend group has a different culture, some that encourage the honest exchange of ideas and strategies, and some that encourage competitive behavior amongst peers, with each person trying to protect his or her own ego – often in sacrifice of the long-term goal of becoming a better player.”

Though this is a wide-reaching and detrimental issue to the long-term success of an organization, Duke continues on to say that with modesty, transparency, and encouragement, it is fixable. “Peer groups that encourage honest critique and transparent exchange of ideas create better players (and I think happier ones) in the long run…Being able to admit to our mistakes without fear so that we can learn from them is the path to efficiency and effectiveness.”

To read more of Annie Duke’s opinions, visit http://www.annieduke.com/blog.

About Annie Duke

Annie Duke has a strong track record of success in the world of poker. She first burst onto the scene at the 1994 World Series of Poker, where she cashed in three events included making the final three tables of the Main Event. A decade later, she won her first WSOP bracelet and in 2010 became the NBC National Heads-Up Champion bested runner-up, Erik Seidel. Duke has appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and tutored Hollywood A-listers including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on the finer points of the game of poker. She is also the author of three books on poker: Decide to Play Great Poker; Heads-Up Tournament Poker; and The Middle Zone. She also authored an autobiography How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker.























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Annie Duke on Novak Djokovic and the Willpower of Athletes













Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 09, 2013

Renowned professional poker player, author and organizational coach Annie Duke provided her analysis of Novak Djokovic’s amazing performance during marathon tennis matches in the U.S. Open, and the major contributor to his success: his amazing ability to delay gratification. Duke writes:

“Djokovic’s diet is legendary. A few years ago, a distant #3 in the world, Djokovic adopted a gluten-free, caffeine-free, processed sugar-free diet that he credits with his rise to the #1 ranking. Is the diet Spartan? For sure. But it seems to be paying off. There is no doubting that Djokovic is the best conditioned athlete in tennis, as evidenced by his ability to outlast in these marathon matches. This kind of self-control is unusual, even among elite athletes who are generally better at trading off the present in favor of the future.”

Duke cites a famous example of a research study on delayed gratification in four year-olds:

“The most well-known research in the area is the famous ‘marshmallow experiment’ originally conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford. The simple question asked of four-year-olds in the ground-breaking work was ‘can you resist eating a marshmallow sitting in front of you for 15 minutes if you know that by waiting you will get you two marshmallows?’ Turns out, not surprisingly, four year olds are pretty bad at delayed gratification with 70% of them failing to wait. In fact, the average wait time is less than three of the 15 minutes required to get the second marshmallow.

“But 30% of the children do wait and get the second marshmallow. And it turns out that ability to wait is correlated with lots of good stuff happening as the kids grow up, like lower BMI, better scores on standardized tests and more confidence. Self-control is a predictor of success.

“One would have to assume Djokovic would have been the star of the studies, easily waiting the 15 minutes for the second marshmallow, then choosing to eat kale instead to avoid consuming the processed sugar in the fluffy treat.”

She continues with an analysis of whether the ability to delay gratification is an inherent trait, or something we can be trained to do.

“So is the ability to delay gratification something you’re born with and just part of your temperament? Or can it be trained up? Research does show that there is a correlation between the inability to delay gratification as a child and that inability as an adult, but that relationship is much less stable than, for example, intelligence between childhood and adulthood. That suggests that self-control can be trained up.

“In fact, some new research out of the University of Rochester, suggests that self-control and delay of gratification can be influenced by environmental factors. The study shows that kids who have reliable, predictable interactions with adults before being subjected to the marshmallow test were able to delay gratification on average four times longer than kids who did not have those interactions. That is an increase of an average wait time of three minutes to twelve minutes.”

Overall, Duke concludes that, while it is difficult to train yourself to delay gratification, it is indeed an effective technique, and one that we can all learn with a bit of practice. “That’s a glimmer of hope for those of us not born with the mental fortitude of a Djokovic. We may not all be trying to be the world’s #1 ranked tennis player, but the more we nurture our own ability to delay gratification, the happier and more successful we are likely to be.”

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2014 Food & Beverage winner Pooki’s Mahi announced today it extended its partnership with Rakuten Super Logistics (formerly known as Webgistix) to augment orders for its award-winning teas, 100% Kona coffees and specialty food products from multiple channels. Pooki’s Mahi’s makes operations excellence a top priority so that the company can offer repeat customers faster delivery at no extra charge. As an etail business, the company requires a strong and flexible partner to handle fulfillment – and Rakuten Super Logistics fit the bill.

Pooki’s Mahi uses three types of sales orders / Bill of Materials (BOMs) to create and fulfill orders in the five product lines: PTO (Pick To Order), ATO (Assemble To Order) and EATO (Embedded Assemble To Order). One of the challenges Pooki’s Mahi initially encountered was finding a fulfillment partner that could handle all three types of sales orders while at the same time offering a competitive cost structure and managing the end of life products including expiration dates. Rakuten Super Logistics continues to meet their needs in these areas.

“Pooki’s Mahi has always focused on three key functional areas: operations excellence, product quality and technology,” says Pooki’s Mahi’s CEO Les Magsalay-Zeller. “Operations excellence is a top requirement for Pooki’s Mahi’s customer base. We believe that to achieve operations excellence our supply chain ecosystem needs to be simple; it needs to be easy on the fulfillment partner.”

Before selecting Rakuten Super Logistics, Pooki’s Mahi started selling on Amazon using Amazon Fulfillment to handle all sales orders in 2012 – but there were limitations. “Amazon Fulfillment is great at the standard (PTO) orders, but it doesn’t handle any assembly (ATO) or custom (EATO) orders,” Magsalay-Zeller said. “Custom orders are important to Pooki’s Mahi’s charities, wholesale customers and Red Carpet Events it showcases its products to. After vetting many potential fulfillment partners, Rakuten Super Logistics was selected in May 2013 and we started a lengthy pilot.”

She explains, “The selection was made because of Rakuten Super Logistics’ 2-Day Delivery Network with fast and reliable shipping, the ability to handle assembly (ATO) sales orders, the capability to handle global order fulfillment, shipment optimization and flexible technology.”

“When Pooki’s Mahi communicated to us their fulfillment needs, we were excited to welcome them into our fulfillment network,” said Joe DiSorbo, CEO of Rakuten Super Logistics U.S. (formerly Webgistix). “We treat fulfillment as a partnership, and understand the increasing importance of providing quick and reliable shipping to customers across the world in order to continue to protect online merchants’ reputations. Our 2-day delivery network continues to provide a reliable delivery network for Pooki’s Mahi merchants and customers. ”

“We have established a great partnership with the Pooki’s Mahi team in order to provide their online customers with products on-time,” said Kyle Henzel, COO at Rakuten Super Logistics U.S. “We work closely with the Pooki’s Mahi team on a daily basis to ensure that their product makes it from Point A to B, but also provide them with flexibility to meet their shipping needs. We keep their customers top of mind 100% of the time, a mindset that has allowed us to establish such a valuable relationship with the merchant. We look forward to continuing this relationship as the company continues to grow.”

Pooki’s Mahi outscores its competitors in Amazon and Rakuten’s marketplaces with a perfect score of 100% for shipping, service and feedback received. Pooki’s Mahi’s customers have provided high marks for customer service and were ecstatic orders would be received quickly without paying extra.

Magsalay-Zeller says the company continues to evaluate requirements and may consider adding another fulfillment partner to meet the global sales growth, since Rakuten Super Logistics does not have the extensive global fulfillment centers (physical location) like Shipwire (now part of Ingram Micro).

About Rakuten Super Logistics:

In 2013, Japan-based ecommerce giant Rakuten acquired Webgistix to offer customers same day shipping and 1-2 delivery through the Webgistix strategic network of company-operated fulfillment centers. Webgistix was rebranded to Rakuten Super Logistics. It’s mission is to provide the best order fulfillment services for merchants’ online buyers, from shopping cart to order fulfillment and delivery. Visit Rakuten Super Logistics to obtain a quote.

About Pooki’s Mahi:

Pooki’s Mahi is a Silicon Valley-based etailer offering 100% Kona coffees, award-winning teas, and other specialty food products at reasonable prices. Since its online launch in 2013, Pooki’s Mahi products have been a favorite of customers, charities, celebrities and athletes and have been featured at red carpet events including Celebrity Gift Suites and Celebrity Poker tournaments. The products have been endorsed by many celebrities and athletes and seen on several television shows.

Pooki’s Mahi, founded by Silicon Valley High Tech Executive Leslie Magsalay-Zeller, started with exotic coffees rated 95+ by Coffee Review from the world’s champion roastars and baristas and teas rated 90+ points by World Tea Ratings from the world’s champion brew masters. Today, their product offerings include a deluxe assortment of macadamia nut products, drink sweeteners like brown rock sugar, and various gourmet salts. For more information on Pooki’s Mahi selection of 100% Kona coffees, award-winning teas and other gourmet food products, visit http://www.pookismahi.com. To keep up with Pooki’s Mahi news an access special offers, join our email list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@pookismahi).    

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