Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Olivier Busquet / JC Alvarado fight audio documentary

Over the last few weeks, myself and PokerCast producer Ross Henry have been working hard on a behind-the-scenes all access audio documentary on the $270000 fight between JC Alvarado and Olivier Busquet.

We've interviewed both men in-depth about their stories, their backgrounds, their reasons for taking the fight, their fears, their concerns, their ups and downs. We'll also have interviews with coaches, training partners, friends, and fellow gamblers. It's a compelling story, and one that we think deserves to be told well.

Ross and I have always had a love of good narrative audio storytelling (think This American Life, Radiolab, and other NPR/Gimlet-style productions) and we want this to be our contribution to that genre. Obviously we're both also seriously interested in both MMA and the poker/gambling world. I think that with my MMA/poker background, and Ross' formal training (he went to school for broadcast journalism), we'll be able to tell this story as well as it deserves to be told.

We are asking for your support/begging for money. I was always turned off when podcasts asked for donations, but I am starting to realize how expensive (in terms of both actual dollars and cents, as well as time) putting together a high-quality audio story really is. If you're willing to support us, we would like to do multiple episodes (I can't say exactly how many hours the edited final version will be) and release them all to the public on a donation basis.

If you're interested in donating this cause, you can either:

1. Send me money on PokerStars (Unassigned).
2. Send the money on PayPal by clicking this button:

3. Contribute to the Indiegogo campaign.

For those looking to minimize fees, Indiegogo is cheaper for smaller donations and PayPal for larger ones.

Thanks so much for your support! We're very excited about this project and are very much looking forward to creating a high-quality documentary that will be enjoyed by fight fans, poker fans, and the general public alike.