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Remembering Chad Brown

by Bernard Lee |  Published: Aug 06, 2014

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Once Chris Moneymaker captured the imagination of every player in 2003, poker became a worldwide phenomenon. Millions of people began playing poker, consequently the World Series of Poker (WSOP) exploded. In 2003, 839 players played in the main event and just three years later the number of registrants increased more than ten-fold to 8,772. To ride the momentum, ESPN decided to televise additional bracelet events beside just no-limit hold’em. When I first started playing poker at casinos, seven-card stud was my game of choice. In the 1990’s, I barely knew what hold’em was. I would regularly play $5-$10 and $10-$20 at Foxwoods Resort Casino to earn extra spending money during my graduate school days. Thus, in 2004, when ESPN aired its first non-hold’em event, Event #3: $1,500 seven-card stud bracelet event, I parked myself in front of the television and even taped the episode on my VCR (remember those machines?). ...


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