“Another fascinating topic of these off-the-record talkfests is the star who the public believes is a no-worries millionaire, who is actually so deeply in debt he can’t even see the desert sky anymore. (The big rumor floating around the WSOP from Day One was about the World Poker Tour supernova who is said to be $4 million in the red, despite TV winnings of millions during the past two seasons.)” click
After attempting to decipher Jay‚Äôs comments by scrutinizing word choices, then googling for info on which players have hit the ‚Äúmillions‚Äù mark in televised tournaments and finally having a half hour email discussion with Chops on who it could be, I came to the conclusion that . . .
. . . well, who gives a damn who it is. Seriously, poker is all about taking financial risks and I‚Äôm not the least bit surprised that a pro raking it in from TV winnings is also deep in the red. Go read Aces and Kings and see how many of the greats have dug financial and personal holes for themselves only to stand on mountain tops later in life. As I always say in business, you haven‚Äôt really risked anything to achieve financial greatness if you don’t go bankrupt at least once trying to do so. (To be honest, I haven‚Äôt always said this and I have yet to go bankrupt, nor do I ever want to, but Donald Trump has and look at the piece of ass he ended up with).
Anyway, before I go off on a tangent (well, even more of one), let me get back to Jay‚Äôs post. The way I see it, yes, many poker players are now pop celebs and being such makes them fair game I suppose. But I won‚Äôt be paying much attention. Unlike movie stars who intentionally draw attention to their off-screen lives in order to make more money from their on-screen efforts (ahem, Tomkat and Bradgelina), poker players don‚Äôt need to drum up the hype off the felt to make money on the felt. Sure their lives are flawed and full of drama but that‚Äôs inconsequential and not part of the game. For movie stars it is the game.
In conclusion, as the great modern philosopher Sir Charles Barkley once said: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm not a role model‚Äù, and I guess I view poker players similarly, not as role models but to be judged only by how well they play the game the moment the cards are dealt.
If people want to go ahead and name names, that‚Äôs fine by me‚Äîthat‚Äôs why it says ‚Äúcomment‚Äù down below. But I‚Äôll refrain.
And besides, I‚Äôm too busy reading the celebrity gossip over at TheSuperficial.com