PokePopCast 21: 2018 Pokemon Worlds Head Judge – Next Level Judging

I was able to sit down with Richard Walkoski, AKA Big Daddy Snorlax, the Judge Lead for the Pokemon World Championships and discuss high level judging concepts. It’s a pleasure to share some time with Rich and let a lot of people get to hear him since he doesn’t spend a lot of time of Social Media. Please excuse the noise and commotion in the background.
They were taking apart the World Championship as we sat and talked.
Take a look and enjoy.

PokePopCast 19: July 2018 Rule Docs Updates

Pokemon Organized Play updated all of their Rules Documents on July 11 2018. They are found here:  https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/about/tournaments-rules-and-resources/

In the article below this, we posted a summary of all of those changes along with explanations. On this episode of the PopCast, we review the important changes and clarifications that all Judges AND Players should be aware of.
Here you go and enjoy:


PokePopCast 17: Interview with Doug Morisoli

Last week I had the pleasure to drive down to the Virginia Regionals with Doug Morisoli. Many in the Pokemon community know Doug for his wonderful pictures that he takes at many large events. What many don’t know is that Doug is also a terrific Judge and has a lot of knowledge about how to be successful. We are pleased to present our interview with Doug.


PokePopCast 15: Prize Card Penalty No More!

Well now! Pokemon has just released the quarterly updates to Organized Play rules and regulations and with no fanfare they introduced a major change to the Penalty Guidelines! Prize Card Penalty and Multi Prize Card Penalty are gone and have been replaced with a new “mechanism”.
Check out the details in the latest PopCast:

And you can also see the new Penalty Guidelines document for your self here: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/about/tournaments-rules-and-resources/

PokePopCast 14: Judge Seminar 2018 – Q&A

Sorry for the delay in getting the rest of the Judge Seminar edited and posted. It was in very bad shape and it took a lot of work. But I do want to thank Ryan Alperstein for getting some of this on video. He jumped in at the last minute and without him we wouldn’t have anything to work with at all.

Check out the Q&A in the video and let me know if you have any questions that rise from it! I’ll get a new PopCast up soon.

The PokePopCast 13: Judge Seminar – Cheating

This is a special edition of the PokePopCast. Vince Krekeler, the TO of the St. Louis Regionals held in Collinsville IL, sponsored a Judge Seminar along with Pokemon Organized Play. Unfortunately, the streaming of the seminar fell through, but we were able to gain access to some video thanks to Ryan Alperstein (AKA Bullados on the forums). In this first video, we present Vince’s presentation on Cheating and what we can do about it.


Below are the slide presentations for the TCG topics presented:

Cheating In Pokemon Powerpoint Professor Cup 2018

Prof Seminar 2018 Shuffle Sleeves and Marked

Prof Seminar 2018 Slow Playing

The PokePopCast 12: Penalty Guidelines 8.2 Marked Cards (and the TX Regionals Ruling)

In this Episode of the PokePopCast, we KO two Pidgey with one stone.
We go over the next section of the penalty guidelines and take the opportunity to see how they apply to a recent ruling at the TX Regionals that was controversial with players. Discuss in the forums at the link below.

Oh, and I’ll be part of the Judge Seminar that will be held next Friday at the St Louis Regionals. The Judge Seminar will be streamed for those not able to attend in person!! So, if you have a chance, check that out. We’ll post the link to the stream when it becomes available.

In the meanwhile, enjoy: