FourFlusher, on Sunday, June 10th, 2007, 10:28 AM, said:
"Why is it that when Doyle Bronson makes a FT at the WSOP, no one ever brings up his cheating past?"Excuse me? What cheating past would this be?
Maybe you think Doyle, Slim and Sailor were the only honest professional poker players fading the white line in the "Good ole days" back in texas, but I for one don't for one single minute. I think there is exactly zero chance Doyle didn't cheat back in the day, and I would bet serious cash that "back in the day" was a lot closer than most people imagine. Just because Doyle has a great smile, tells a good story, is a media darling, and is considered a poker "Legend", don't make the man lilly white. Anyone who thinks he's a man of purest integrity who has never and would never cheat is a stone fool. That's not to say the man isn't a world class player, because lord knows he is. But a Dishonest World class player is going to win a honest world class player's money every time. Listen, I have no clue who or how many poker stars have cheated in their past, or currently cheat. I just think the number is much, much larger than the average poker fan would ever believe this whole poker myth of the honest gambler is so weird and funny. Lets break this down.. 1) There is lots of money being gambled 2) Collusion, particularly passive collusion is very hard to catch and prove. 3) Many high stakes players are degenerate addicts to various things and are perpetually running the risk of going broke 4) There is no legal penalty for collusion or any other form of poker cheating 5) The house really cares fck all about people cheating, as long as they get their rake. Cheating in poker is not monitored like it is in the house, 'cause the rake is the rake. So.. you expect me to believe that when huge sums of money are being gambled on, that degenerate gambling addicts, desperate for an edge, won't do something that's almost impossible to catch, has no one really looking for it, and has no legal penalty even if they do get caught, that those gambling degenerates will just choice to take the higher moral ground, just because they are men of their word? Color me skeptical.