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Poker is a Dirty Business

Poker is a very glamorized game on the outside, thanks to ESPN, the Travel Channel and other networks broadcasting players as young as 21 years old winning hundreds of thousands of dollars in televised tournaments.

Many are college drop-outs who are riding the wave of the Poker boom, and taking advantage of all the loose money floating around the poker world both online and in live games everywhere.

In almost every city in the civilized world you can find a Poker game 24 hours a day whether it be in a local casino, or a home game. Most, if not all of the players in these games have their hopes and dreams set on becoming the next Average Joe to hit it big in the game we all know so well and obsess over.

What many of these hopefuls don’t realize, is that when the cameras are not rolling, poker is a dirty business.

They don’t see one of the best tournament players of all time borrowing money from everyone he meets on the strength of his name. Or his wife having to FedEx his tournament Buy-in directly to the hotel so he doesn’t lose it in the Craps game on the way to the poker room.

They don’t see a very well known internet player racking up over $100,000 in debt to, and allegedly hacking into the account of another well-known player. After repeated attempts to collect, to my knowledge the debt still isn’t paid off.

They don’t hear all of the allegations of chip-dumping in big buy-in tournaments by a syndicate connected to a well known poker player and mentor.

They don’t hear about how one of the greatest, most well known and respected players of all time allegedly making big money early in his career by playing partners with other locals, to squeeze unknowing tourists of their bankrolls.

They don’t know why a certain WPT final table participant just couldn’t make it to the WSOP tournaments for day two, even though he was in a great chip position. They also have not read the cryptic interviews with the player in regard to his absences, as reported by a known poker journalist.

They don’t know that an astounding number of players in these big-money tournaments are backed, or in debt so much that they see little or no money from what they win. In an interview with one WSOP winner, the player was asked what he would do with all that money. “pay some people back that I owe probably” he replied. “What about the rest?” the reporter asked.

“Oh they will just have to wait.” the player responded.

People seldom understand how shady and desperate people become when large sums of money are involved. Money changes people. It makes them do crazy things, but then again–it also makes the world go ’round.

Good Luck at the Tables

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