Jul 02 2009
Does anyone care about this stuff now?
From USA Today:
Doyle Brunson was in prime contention when he quit the 1972 World Series of Poker. He said he was ill, but that was a fib.
Brunson left because some news reporters and TV cameras started showing up at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. Back home in Texas, he had kept it a secret that he played poker for a living.
Now, with the World Series marking its 40th year, thousands of players from around the world are drawn to its spotlight. TV coverage and attention far beyond what Brunson encountered are part of the allure. Surprise winners have become the norm, and the WSOP has made that a selling point.
Look, even I’ll admit that Poker was getting kind of cool after Chris Moneymaker won the entire thing back in 2003 (he also apparently went broke right after winning). I even started playing Texas Hold ‘Em online. But poker is a different animal. I’m glad I didn’t get sucked in.
You look at all these dudes who play for 10-12 hours online a day. Then you actually meet them in person? Pretty sure they’re the same people who wind up at Star Trek conventions and Porn Conventions putting up the photos they take in plaques and stuff.
What it comes down to is this: You’re watching a bunch of very not good looking guys who are tremendous dorks winning tons of money right in front of you. That might give some people “hope” but it sure as hell annoys me.
I’d rather just watch Baywatch.
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