October 29th, 2010
By Jerry Whittaker
Taking a look at the latest inductees to the WSOP Poker Hall of Fame, we see that poker games are for gentlemen and thinkers. For example, there are two inductees for 2010, one is Dan Harrington, who has more than a few WSOP bracelets to his name, in fact he has eight. He is also a world championship chess and backgammon player, a former managing partner in a bankruptcy law firm and the former co-founder of Anchor Loans. Mr. Harrington was voted into the hall of fame by a panel of his peers and these are not board members of Anchor loans, they are great poker players.
The other inductee is Erik Seidel also a WSOP bracelet holder, with many cashes under his belt and a success story quite like no other. He is the founder of Full Tilt Poker, which is one of the best, biggest and most well known brands for providing poker games online.
It takes a lot of brains, gumption and situational thinking skills to be a great poker player as these two gentlemen are. Who would have thought that poker was a “thinking” mans game with the bad rap it had, say a century ago in 1910?
This supposedly the game of drinkers and reprobates, although another posthumous inductee to the poker hall of fame not only had a reputation as a poker player, he also had a reputation as an American Frontier Marshall who practiced zero tolerance with outlaws, was a sharpshooter and toured East with Buffalo Bill. This was James Butler Hickok, or Wild Bill Hickok. These are men with pretty impressive resumes, and Mr. Hickock also happens to be one of the three Poker Hall of Fame inductees who died, while involved in a poker game.
Let’s take poker players a step further and look at Michael Konik, although not inducted to the Hall of Fame as yet, this man is a walking cornucopia of skills and successes. Not only does he play championship poker, he is a World Champion blackjack player, golfer, improvisational comedian, actor with a degree in drama from NYU, he is an author – not of poker books – proper books, notable Global Poker Tournament TV presenter, has appeared on Jeopardy where he finished in second place and has appeared on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Greed and Quicksilver, so he enjoys thinking for game shows too. Where ever does Michael Konik find the time to play poker games? He just does! Oh, I forgot, he is also a jazz singer.
This is as talented as legendary poker player you will find, he also wrote the hysterically funny “The Man With the $100,000 Breasts and Other Gambling Stories” which is a must-read for anyone with a sense of humor. These are the gentlemen and thinkers who play poker games today and we have not even scratched the surface of talent as yet.Post at 12:17 pm UTC by Jerry Whittaker