If poker is a game of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror, then writing about poker is quite often seemingly endless monotany interrupted by occasional episodes of exhilaration.
The wonderful staff of writers at Poker News do their very best to make the game fun for readers. I’m constantly marveled at how creative they are in describing what basically amounts to a repeat of cards, hands, and flops that has been seen and reseen many times over. Nothing is original once you’ve been covering this game for a few years. You end up seeing it all. Over and over and over.
What makes the game special, and magical on occasion, are the people and personalities. Even the bizarre moments can be wildly entertaining to read about. Consider the following account posted at Poker News, and linked to the coverage at WSOP.com.
There are many writers here who also do some great work. I wish I had time and space to link to all of those who help to give us different perspectives, as well as a few laughs. My deepest gratitude to everyone who sacrifices their summer to be here at the Rio in Las Vegas.
The following incident which happened right after the dinner break was written about by two outstanding writer-reporters, Remko Rinkema and Rich Ryan:
With Henry Orenstein at the 2014 WSOP moments after he cashed out in eighth place in the Seven-Card Stud World Championship.
A few days ago, when Henry Orenstein entered the $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud event here at the 2014 World Series of Poker, not many thought he had much of a chance playing against many of the best players in the world. Let’s face it, at 90-years-old, just making it through the grind of the three-day poker tournament would be difficult enough, let alone outplaying the rest of the field.
Thanks to Remko Rinkema at Poker News for this nice feature and tribute to 90-year-old Henry Orenstein, who participated in today’s $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud Championship. This marks his first appearance at the World Series of Poker in several years.
I was interviewed by Remko and was asked about Mr. Orenstein. It was a great honor to speak about him, albeit briefly.
Who’s the evil trickster responsible for bait and switching the Blue Bunny ice cream machine? That’s the refigerator full of frozen tasty treats inside the employee breakroom here at the 2014 World Series of Poker.
At today’s official gold bracelet ceremony, Chad Brown was awarded an honorary World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
Here’s the speech that WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel delivered onstage in front of a packed tournament room that fell eerily silent: