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  1. Kevin

    November 8, 2010 10:46 am, Reply

    And why not? Just because he is Canadian?

    Every year when the final table for the main event occurs, many people in the poker community are asking the same question you pose here.

    And the fact is, not very many main event final table winners or players have gotten the kind of mainstream media attention that some people feel may help poker become more socially acceptable in the mainstream.

    Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreaunu, Greg Raymer…the who’s who of online poker sites that online poker players know well…but whom the general public would be pretty hard pressed to identify.

    Some people thought that Joe Cada might be the one. But apart from appearing on Leno and making a few mainstream news media appearances in the days following his win, he hasn’t come close to achieving the kind of mainstream acceptance that some in the community dream about.

    Poker is a niche community that most people outside the poker community will never understand and unfortunately some of them will not even ‘accept’ the right of this group to exist even though they don’t understand it.

    To put main event winners on such a high pedestal and ask the question “are they good for poker?”, I think is just unrealistic expectation.

  2. hecubus

    November 8, 2010 11:33 am, Reply

    I agree with Kevin… I don’t get the obsession with this question… the answer, as it has always been since Moneymaker, is “he will be insignificant for poker.” Poker will always be a niche. It’s brief moment outside the niche came and went, and was a once in a lifetime occurance.

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