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Today in the 3-Bet we revisit Doyle Brunson's picks for the Mt. Rushmore of poker, take a second look at the origins of the poker boom and let the great John Candy illustrate what the poker boom was like as we remember it.
1) Brunson Rushmore: Moss, Puggy, Reese, Sailor
Lebron-inspired debates about sports "Mount Rushmores" have been everywhere over the last few days but don't worry - we won't subject you to our take for poker. Who cares what we think, really?
Instead, though, we were reminded of this old post of Doyle Brunson's from 2009, where he named his. That Doyle - always ahead of the curve. His picks:
- Johnny Moss
- Puggy Pearson
- Chip Reese
- Brian "Sailor" Roberts
Poker "would have died" in Texas without Moss, he says, while Pearson "kept poker going" until the WSOP got poker recognized.
Reese was simply the "best all around player" he's ever known. Roberts (now a Poker Hall of Famer btw) "could have been the greatest player of all time if he had the dedication."
He could also "make an argument for Ferris, Addington, Straus, Alto, Barnes, Hooks, Ungar, Cloutier and Baldwin," he said. Asked on Twitter today if he'd change any picks, Brunson suggested another mountain:
2) Moneymaker Didn't Make Poker Boom, Just Tipping Point
While we're on the subject of poker history we'd be remiss to ignore a great post today from veteran poker player and writer Steven Ruddock.
Titled "Good or Bad for the Game: What 15 Years in Poker Has Taught Me" it's a reminder, while the current debates about the state of poker rage, there's always some revisionism when it comes to poker history - particularly when it comes to Moneymaker's win at the 2003 WSOP as the primary catalyst for the poker boom.
Among the important things to remember, Ruddock says, are:
- The WPT predates the 2003 WSOP
- Rounders came out in 1998
- Writer James McManus drew mainstream attention to the WSOP with his final table run in 2000
- The hole-card camera was already a few years old
- By 2003 online poker had been up and running for five years
He also presents five great lessons he's learned that would bode us well to remember going forward. We won't spoil his insight; go read the full post here for the lessons.
3) Go On, Bluff Me
We don't know about you but this is pretty much how we remember the poker boom. That's what it was like, right?