Doyle Brunson, "Poker After Dark" intro (YouTube, 1:00 clip):
"There's an old saying, the only thing you need to play this game is a chip and a chair. But to sit down and win against the best, you need a whole lot more. Poker actually isn't about winning and losing, poker is about making the right decision. You gotta know when to call, when to fold, and when to push all-in. Luck's just the door, you gotta come in through the window. That's where the skill comes in. You gotta have the courage to bluff. Courage doesn't necessarily mean the absence of fear. But you gotta swallow that pride and you gotta throw your hand away when you know you're beat. When you're really on your game, you can look your opponent in the eye and you know if you've got him and you know if he's got you. It doesn't matter how good you are, everything can change when those cards are in the air. We don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing. That's poker, folks."
1. Phil Ivey
2. Daniel Negreanu
3. Doyle Brunson
4. Allen Cunningham
5. Chris Ferguson
6. Sammy Farha
- Poker After Dark
- WSOP (one-time characters, like that Dmitri car salesman guy in '06)
- old WPT
- Full Tilt Poker
- used to like TruePoker, but not enough ppl for big sit & go tourneys
Favorite hole cards:
How long 'til the bubble bursts? I think its past its peak and on the way out of the mainstream. You can only watch the same scenarios played out so many times.
Is it a sport? Not a chance. Not sure why its on ESPNc, probably b/c people watch it.
Surprised this hasn't been a topic yet. Perhaps b/c poker was lame from commercialization before this forum (but, you probably still have an opinion on the subject). Its hard to point out at exactly what point that happened. I'd guess around 2004. I think Rounders played a big role in getting it to the forefront. Kind of like all the rice burners on the road after Fast & Furious. But I still love to play, its a great social medium and good way to multiply $20.