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The Most Important Person in Poker: Part Two

by Gavin Griffin |  Published: Sep 23, 2020

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In my last column, I discussed my feelings on whether Steve Lipscomb, founder of the World Poker Tour, was worthy of being labeled, The Most Important Person in Poker. This was in reference to a tweet by Mike Sexton, former host of the WPT broadcast, in which he said that Lipscomb did more to grow poker than anyone besides the Binion family. While Lipscomb is undoubtedly deserving of being in the discussion, I’m not sure the Binion family makes the top ten list of those who did the most to grow poker, especially when you take into account Becky Binion Behnen, who almost single-handedly torpedoed the World Series of Poker, but I digress. In this column, I’ll tell you who I think really did the most to grow poker. In fact, I’ll give you three. First, let’s talk about the man with the best name in the history of poker, ...


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