Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Gambler

I watched a really interesting epidsode of Beyond the Glory today about poker legend, Doyle Brunson.

I really don't know much about poker. I learned to play it on an Amtrak train from Los Angeles to Philly thanks to some fellow passengers killing just about the same amount of time. However, I didn't know anyone who played, so I lost the "how to's" of it shortly thereafter.

Watching this documentary didn't require a PhD in poker, though. It was an interesting glimpse into the life of Brunson, a poor kid from Texas that turned the "lemons" of a freak injury, that caused the end to his NBA dream, into the "lemonade" of becoming a poker legend.

He even wrote a book about his strategies. According to the show, he charged $100 for each book and sold 300,000 of them at the time. Smart, smart man--at the game and at life; both of which, at times, is one big gamble.

Brunson just seems like the type to look a challenge and grave disappointment in the eye and find a way around it. I admire that in people and I guess that's why the show caught my attention.

**Also given some attention in this documentary was poker player, Barry Greenstein, who donates a lot of his earnings to help children in need.


Old NFO said...

You're right RT, he is a very interesting fellow- Made and lost millions, or so people say, but he never stays down. He's always looking for the positive.

RT said...

I guess it is refreshing to hear stories about someone who didn't have a victim-like attitude. He overcame quite a few setbacks in life. He just happened to do it in a way that most people don't.

I think in the comfort offered by our present times allows for us to feel like victims a bit more than the generations past.

Stories like that really interest me.