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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
If there's a second poker Rushmore, he's on it.
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:
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:
He's still a kid to me :-) Next mountain for sure RT @Bhara99 3m @TexDolly would you swap any for Ivey now?
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) February 19, 2014
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.
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