the World Series of Poker to play for the first time is one of the
most exciting things youíre ever going to do in this life.
reality that EVERYONE in the entire world who knows how to play
really excellent poker is here, and you have as much chance of
winning as getting invited to a threesome by Brad and Angelina,
doesnít seem to matter. People of all ages are here to take their
No where is
the evidence clearer that poker is a worldwide phenomenon than at
the WSOP. And you have to laugh when you realize the reason for all
of this was that some guy invented those little tiny cameras and
stuck them into a card table.
So not only
does seeing the hole cards make for some extraordinary drama, it
also makes it possible for people to learn how to play without
having to make embarrassing mistakes in front of other people in a
So what does
it say about out culture that the foundation for this seismic event
is that average folks get to learn something new without having
their self esteem bruised?
Yeah, I know,
I canít decide whoís prettier, Brad or Angelina, either. If only
she had his absÖ, oh sorry, I wandered off a second there.
What we really
havenít looked at is why poker has become so popular. I think itís
pretty simple, really.
craze is the last gold rush. The frontiers are all gone. Mankindís
reach has extended from the oceanís depths to outer space, and as
the population of humans increases on this planet, what with the
globalization of poverty and the coming oil wars, opportunities for
grandeur and glory are hard to come by for the average man, or
But not in
poker. It doesnít matter when I sit down across from Phil Hellmuth
that he has cashed 58 times in the WSOP and I havenít won a
dime, because right now, in this moment, heís getting the same two
cards that I am, and I have a chance.
Moneymaker showed the world what an average guy can do with just
At the WSOP it
can be truly said that hope springs eternal.
And in a world
where one person becomes increasingly irrelevant and powerless,
where hope shrinks like George Bushís gonads on a cold Iraqi night,
poker gives the likes of you and me a vision of the American dream
that we can call our own, and all for the price of an entry fee.
You donít have ten thousand dollars? And if you did and you spent
it on a poker game your wife would thread needles through youíre
eyelids while you sleep? Knitting needles?
Thatís why we
got satellites, baby! And Iím not talking about little spaceships
that the NASA uses to count the nose hairs on Bin Laden's camel. Iím
talking about the little tournaments you can play in to win your way
into the big tournaments.
For the price
of one hour in the VIP room at The Spearmint Rhino, you can have the
chance to go home with more than just a smile.
talk about satellites, your chance for a chance.