• Major League Baseball 2K12's preliminary round for its $1 Million Perfect Game Challenge is over, ending at midnight Pacific time on May 1. I'm told 2K Sports is still evaluating all of its data and verifying some late perfect games thrown, but it appears that the field of eight is set. You can see who they are here, but please note, these are not officially certified finalists. Still it appears "C. Bates" (DHG F1YB0Y21) has hung on for the No. 1 overall spot, throwing a gem with Danny Duffy of Kansas City against the Detroit Tigers on April 16.
A 2K Sports representative told me that the total number of attempts from the April 4 contest opening to April 30 is 942,895. Of these, more than 900 perfect games have been confirmed, a success rate of nine hundredths of one percent, but still astronomically larger than the rate of perfect games thrown to all of the major league baseball games played since 1876. Only 21 have been thrown in 136 years of baseball.
• Griffin Benger has won about $3 million playing online poker, but he's used to grinding away long hours in front of a computer screen. He's also "Flush_Entity," a former top-ranked professional Counter-Strike player. He explains the differences in the two pursuits in this interview with Poker Listings. "In poker, you don't have to be the best of the best to make money, whereas in Counter-Strike to win the money you had to beat all the best players in the world and be number one," he says.
• Finally, congratulations to Steve Noah, the chief at Operation Sports. Earlier this week he announced that he's quitting his day job in IT ... to devote all of his time to running one of sports video gaming's magnet sites and most developed independent communities. Again, it's no secret I check in on OS daily, and I know how much it means to Steve to have built this into a full-time gig.