In days gone by the game of poker was reserved for dimly lit barrooms, and
back rooms filled with smoke. Times have changed. Poker has become nationally
recognized as a game, not a bar-brawling excuse for fighting. Millions follow
the world series of poker.
Initially the world series of poker was an event held in Las Vegas mainly to
draw publicity. Now the world series of poker is nationally televised, and has
huge crowds as the games progress. There’s even been best-selling books written
about the world series of poker.
No longer an evil, threatening type, the world series of poker attracts the
interest of everyone. Men and women alike are mesmerized by people like Mike
"The Mouth" Matusow, who recently won $1,000,000.00 at the tournament of
champions in Las Vegas. This tournament began with 114 players. The final table
lasted more than eleven hours. Phil Hellmuth, gave Mike a close run being the
second highest chip beginning the second day of the tournament.
There’s a wide variety of influences and personalities of those who play the
world series of poker. Everything from the cowboy type, to Rene Angelil, who is
the manager of the international diva, Celine Dion has made it to the world
series of poker. The variety of the kinds of people who make it to the world
series of poker isn’t limited to the old time evil perception of those who play.
One of the oldest and most well know poker legends who playing in the 2005
world series of poker was Doyle Brunson Brunson with a 50 year poker career, is
perhaps the most widely known professional poker player. Unfortunately and
surprisingly Brunson was eliminated on the second day of play at the tournament
Steve Dannenmann a modest 39-year-old CPA and mortgage broker from Severn,
Maryland got the attention of the poker world by outlasting 5,617 players in the
main event at the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP). He was within one hand of
achieving championship, but ended up as the second place finisher to Joseph
Hachem. When asked about his achievement and winning $4,250,000 in prize money,
Dannemann is reserved. He says he is just lucky to be playing with so many great
players. Yet, as witnessed by his participation in the 2005 Wolrd Series of
Poker, Dannemann's mild manner hides a tremendous talent in tournament poker.
The World Series of Poker is a fascinating event and the 2006 World Series of
Poker promises to show-case world-class talent and excitement. Be sure to check
About The Author
David Olsen has been writing about online casinos and casino strategy for
over five years and is considered an authority in the online gambling world. His
latest website, Play Video Poker, is all about video Poker with special
attention paid to Online Poker. Visit His site to learn more
http://www.playvideopoker.us. Mr. Olsen works from home and is married with
one young son.
This article was posted on November 27, 2005