New Yorker Festival hosts poker pros at opening night event

Famous poker pros Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer, Phil Hellmuth and David Williamson were the guests of honor at this weekend's "High Rollers Steak Dinner" in New York.

More than 100 attendees paid $200 a pop to sit with the pros at Gallagher's steakhouse and listen to them recount stories and offer insights during one of this year's opening night events at the New Yorker Festival.

Topics discussed included the effects of poker on the social skills of young adults and teenagers, what qualities it takes to be successful and prosper in the long run, business opportunities in the industry, and the positive and negative aspects of poker's current popularity on the American national consciousness, the media, and the poker pros themselves.

The annual New Yorker Festival is held over the course of three days and includes interviews, panel discussions, readings and musical performances by famed authors, musicians and dancers, among others. The four pros invited to participate in the poker panel were part of a weekend line-up that included author Stephen King, musicians Ani DiFranco and Ric Ocasek, Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Chabon, Jhumpa Lahiri and Edward P. Jones, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, and actor Steve Martin. This is the sixth year of the festival.

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