When we talk about gambling and some of the greatest gamblers of all time we must also talk about the greatest gambling game of all time and that is poker. When I have watched movies about the old West such as tombstone among others you will always see someone gambling at a high stake poker table in a saloon such as the great Doc Holliday walking away with 12 wins in the role. Poker has been so ingrained in the psyche of America that it will never lose its historical value and popularity among us. Well it’s the year 2009 and poker is still the world’s most popular gambling sport and for good reason. Poker combines the mental ability to memorize hands along with the ability to know what your opponent is thinking. One must almost be a mathematician and a psychologist to become a great poker player and one can’t love poker without watching the grand daddy of all poker tournaments and that is the World Series of poker.
The World Series of poker has become the most popular and televised poker event in the world with people coming in from all corners of the globe to sign-up to try and play and win the main event and it doesn’t come cheap to get in. Just by signing up to play you are out $10,000 from of the start. One of my favorite WSOP tournaments was the 2005 World Series of poker and I will explain why. There were many great stars in that event such as the great Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and many others but in 2005 the World Series of poker bracelet and $7.5 million came down to a dramatic finale between two newcomers and relatively unknown poker players Joe Hachem and Steve Dannenmann. Joe Hachem was almost unknown in the world of poker and was a chiropractic practitioner before he entered this event but because of bad luck due to a rare blood disorder, he decided to give up his chiropractic career and concentrate on poker.
Steve Dannenmann was also relatively unknown until he signed up for the main event. Steve originally only put up 50% of the signing fee and the rest of that was put up by his good friend Steve Ditzel, and when Steve came in second to Joe Hachem he also split 50% of its $4.5 million winning with Ditzel so they both came out of this as millionaires. It wasn’t the fact that Joe Hachem won $7.5 million but it was how he won it, and it all started on the last hand in which Joe Hachem started off with a 7-3 offsuit and flopped a straight on the river to completely shock Steve Dannenmann who was himself holding a pair of aces, and if I was a gambling man I would’ve said 9/10 times Joe Hachem would’ve lost that hand but 2005 was the year of destiny for Joe as he used his savvy along with a little help from the poker gods to write himself a ticket into poker immortality. Aussie Aussie Aussie Oye Oye Oye.
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