Claysmith Gaming: Making Poker Cool Again by: Jeffrey Smith
Chris Moneymaker set the poker world in motion in 2003 when he won the World Series of Poker. It was the perfect marriage of the world's most prestigious poker event being bested by a novice. This unlikely tale was told in front of millions through the eyes of hole card cameras on ESPN. Prospective players of all ages thought to themselves: "Wow, this is cool".
Instantly millions of people took to playing poker in garages, basements and kitchen tables all across the country. I once had a man describe a similar boom in Israel like this: "People are going crazy for poker here in Israel. They are playing in homes, at taverns, in parks and even on rooftops."
I don't know if this was an error in his English translation, but I would love to see a game of poker being played on a rooftop. (I'd probably buy in) I never clarified with him if people were actually playing poker on rooftops or not, because I love thinking that perhaps it could be true. read more