Saturday, April 22, 2006

Poker Writers
No wonder we get a bad rap from the players and tournament staff. Media on the whole are treated like 45 year old hookers. - Pauly from Tao of Poker
Because the World Series of Poker will soon be upon us, this time of year always makes me think of Andy Glazer who was to poker writing what Doyle Brunson is to Texas Hold 'Em. Or given the controversy that surrounds his death - a better analogy would be that Andy was to poker writing what Curt Cobaine was to grunge rock.

Andy Glazer was a good writer. "Good" is the way I think of Glazer as a writer (and as a poker player for that matter) because you would read something Andy had written and your immediate first thought was "man that's good!"

I didn't think it would be possible for someone to replace Andy Glazer as the king of poker writing but Pauly McGrupp has turned the trick. Pauly's writing is addicting and intoxicating.

Their styles are polar opposites. Glazer was more about the strategy of poker and Pauly is more about living in the moment. I doubt if Andy ever mentioned in print taking a piss next to Dan Harrington but Pauly makes info like that a regular feature.

Anyway - read Pauly's latest dispatch from the World Poker Tour Championship and tell me you don't come away thinking, "man that's good!"

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