NASCAR Texas Hold ’em
Since when did Texas Hold ‘Em poker become NASCAR?
Every once in awhile I’ll catch the occasional WSOP tournament segment on ESPN and I started to notice a trend. Just recently I caught a brief portion of Poker After Dark on NBC, and this trend seems to be in full swing.
Poker After Dark boasts “When the world’s best poker players and the game’s biggest personalities get together to play in a high-stakes, winner-take-all tournament, you never know what’s going to happen.” Maybe not, but I sure do know what will happen. I’ll see things like over-sized sponsor logos poorly stitched on loud hockey jerseys. Logos awkwardly placed on 10 gallon hats, scarves, Banana Republic shirts and expensive sport coats. It seems that every player is sponsored by someone. fulltiltpoker.net, pokerstars.com, ultimatebet.com and the list goes on… Poker stars are supposed to be cool. They’re the representatives of the bad ass gunslingers from the old west. You know, the guys who were ready to draw guns if the cards didn’t go their way.
Do you really think Billy the Kid would have let someone place a giant logo on his cowboy hat?