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DOYLEISM OF THE DAY: “Life is not a sprint. It’s a marathon.”

by Doyle Brunson |  Published: May 31, '10

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After all my complaining about feeling bad, I went to my doctor and got a complete physical. I thought that perhaps I was anemic or low blood sugar was the cause of my lack of energy. But no, the doctor’s word he used as he reviewed my test results was superb. My cholesterol was 170 and all the blood work was perfect. I had an EKG, Cat scans, X-rays and other tests and all had good results for me. Finally, I got a colonoscopy and if I lived in Arkansas, the doc and I would be legally married. I also asked him to tell my son Todd that he didn’t find my head up there.

The best news of all was that I had very little plaque in my arteries and the heart doctor said, barring some unforeseen complication or disease, I should live into my 90’s so no more excuses, I’m going to have a big year in poker for 2010.

DoylesRoom had the Brunson Beer Pong Tournament at Hogs & Heifers biker bar in downtown Las Vegas. The place was completely packed and we had a ball. Zach Clark, one of the Brunson 10, was my partner and we got to the Elite Eight before losing by one cup. Ty Stewart from Harrahs and Brian Balsbaugh from Poker Royalty came in fourth, confirming our belief the Eastern guys spend all their time in bars. Tony Dunst and Leo Murphy were the winners. Ex football star from Oklahoma, Brian (The Boz) Bosworth was there along with lots of poker playing friends.

I got my special edition copies of my autobiography back from a specialist book shop in CA. They are handwoven with gold binding, special engravings and gold leaf paper. I only got 15 for special friends and family with their name engraved in gold on the front. They are beautiful and cost $800 each. I’m trying to get them reproduced at a lower price for other friends.

At least I’m no longer a bachelor. Louise got back from a 2 month stay in Hawaii because of her allergies here. It’s hard to live alone after 48 years of marriage. My dogs Casper and Cutie were almost as glad to see her as I was. Online poker.

I’ll say one thing, Daniel Negreanu is very vocal about his dislike of UB and the Cereus poker network. I think that he is right about everything that happened, but I’m not sure we should completely throw them under the bus. It seems they are trying to do the right thing now and keep things under control, but how on earth could they allow something like this breach of security? I know some of the former owners are still in the office at UB so they have to go the extra mile with their security. It is a mystery to me how poker players keep going there and that brings me to my next subject.

I hope Nevada watched the Mike Huckabee TV show with his guest being the Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman. I remember everyone was on my case for voting for McCain when Obama was supposedly pro-poker. I knew the election was over when I voted and I was just being a loyal Republican. If I thought my vote would have mattered, I probably would have voted for Obama. But forget about pro-poker, bailouts, immigration, apologizing to other countries for America, budget deficit and all the other problems of this administration. Oscar had the statistics of what happened after Obama’s 2 remarks about “not going to Vegas.” According to Goodman, a gigantic dip in canceled conventions after our President’s first comment and a sharp decline in visitors immediately after his 2nd “stay away from Vegas.” Our mayor said Obama was directly responsible for Vegas being the hardest hit city from the recession. I don’t see how any resident in Nevada could ever vote for Obama after this.

Vegas may never recover.

Besides that, how do you like this quote from Obama’s book, “Audacity of Hope”? “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in a ugly direction.” If that doesn’t scare Americans, what will?

The WSOP has started and my 1st event, the $50k mixed games, was the ultimate nightmare. I went deep, 30 players were left when I busted, 14 away from cashing. Two 12-hour days back to back and then 10 hours the 3rd day. I played well and my endurance was good so I’m not discouraged. I had to make the opening speech and the “shuffle up and deal.” We were honoring my old pal Chip Reese and it made me realize how much I still miss him. Internet poker.

I’m going to rest until the 7 Card Stud tournament on the 4th. I’ve got to get more focused than I have been. My 1st tip that I needed to concentrate more was when I started brushing my teeth with Preparation H this morning  :)

-DB

Doyle "Tex Dolly" Brunson is a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner, best-selling author, and is known worldwide as the father of modern poker. His list of poker accomplishments and awards are endless.

 
Any views or opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the ownership or management of CardPlayer.com.
 

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rngri4
over 11 years ago

Detroit is in worse shape than Vegas......

 
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danoman56
over 11 years ago

It's funny how your opinion of someone can shift on a dime. What I once thought of was one of the classiest men in poker turns out to be nothing more than a birther and an ill informed redneck who blames all of Vegas's problems on a president in office less than 18 months. Take a look at the neighborhoods south west of downtown where thousands of homes sit vacant and vasndalized and tell me that was a result of something the president said. You republicans want to dismiss him as a know nothing but your willing to give him credit for the demise of your entire city because of a couple of phrases. If vegas doesn't come back (and I'm banking on the fact that it will) it's because of the unchecked greed of the corporations that over built and tried to turn Vegas into family fun time instead of what it is "Sin City" Happy to hear you health is good Doyle and I hope you are around for ever, but do us all a favor and keep your Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh quotes to yourself and come up with an original though. Just glad I never activated my account on your site.
Dan Chapman

 
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hitking1
over 11 years ago

hey Dan Chapman, Doyle is not saying that Nobama is to blame for the shithouse side of Las vegas he's mad because he told people not to visit there. What if Nobama told people not to visit your 7-11 that you work at and they didnt, it would make business go way down.

Besides that, how do you like this quote from Obama’s book, “Audacity of Hope”? “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in a ugly direction. Whats youre answer for that for that little nugget? HUH How do you spin that one. Do everyone a favor and take a big jump with a sort rope

 
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blindvalet
over 11 years ago

Doyle,

Here is the full quote from his book in which he refers to standing by AMERICANS of Arab descent. He isn't choosing sides, but standing by citizens, and refusing to let them be persecuted because of the color of their skin or that of their ancestors. And remember, apart from American Indians, we are all part of an immigrant community of some kind:
"Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction. "

 
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JaxFull
over 11 years ago

I knew there was some reason I liked Doyle Brunson other than for his poker skills and being a fellow Texan. Politically he gets it. He saw the empty suit coming down the hallway and voted for the other guy. And when the suit made noise about standing with Muslims he understood all too well what that implies. Glad to hear this Master of the Game is likely to be with us for many years to come.

 
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thumper2010
over 11 years ago

Doyle says exactly what is happening with Barrack Hussein Obama and a liberal gets offended. Imagine that. History will show what an awful president he has been. Unfortuately we have to live history first. My opinion is in 2012 America will wake up and vote him out. That's the good news. The bad news is the damage that is already done and whom will our choices be on the other end. By the way before you start, I'm a registered independent, didn't like or vote for George W Bush and Cheney either time. God bless America.

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

So what have you done for this country Doyle?
You could have chosen to become a teacher, doctor, architect, engineer, chess player ...
Instead of that you decided to become a hustler that took millions of dollars
from people, degenerate gamblers (I am sure you have depleted couple of college funds)
You have been promoting website (and making millions of dollars from those offshore tax evading companies) that is basically illegal
in the USA (made illegal by your fellow republicans).

What a hypocrite you are.

But you do not have enough and you are trying to hook up more people.
Thats the only way you can get your monthly paycheck from "doylesroom.com" and then blow away lets say $200.000 at Bellagio.

Yep, that's what America needs. More college dropouts. More degenerates.
Instead of young people pursuing some usefull technical degrees we need more degenerate gamblers.

Have you ever had a remorse taking thousand of hundreds of dollars from
a drunk guy that has a family at home waiting for him?

You are portraying yourself as the righteous one. What a republican. Waht values you represent.
Yes old papa, you can smile and swim in your money, but let me tell you something.
You blew your life and there is nothing to be proud about it.

 
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showtime629
over 11 years ago

It's funny how your opinion of someone can shift on a dime.

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So basically, YOUR OPINION SHIFTED ON A DIME, because you do not respect the political views of a prof. poker player?

That sounds about right for a democrat. It is hysterical to read how many people will dig their own grave, and not even realize it. Say what you want, but when push comes to shove, I want a president who is NOT A FENCESITTER.

Doyle is a self made man...for your idiots clamoring about "colleges" and "degenerates", the joke is on you. College in this country is the biggest scam going, and if you do not realize it, that means you are sincerely out of touch and have no clue about the education system in this country.

And Online poker IS NOT ILLEGAL...Maybe it is your lack of reading comprehension that has fooled you.

 
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stopit5
over 11 years ago

the guy above me is clearly unintelligent. doyle isn't running for president of the usa wtf are u talking about. btw, when you are trying to say 200 thousand, you use a comma not a period you ignorant joke. any money doyle has won has been the result of someone else WILLINGLY gambling with it, and doyle could have lost his money just as easily. and dan chapman wat a horrible life it must be for you to get so upset because someone shares his opinion. sorry the grim reality is settling in for you, and your savior is already so unpopular. take a deep breath my friend you'll be alright, save the keith olbermann rhetoric. oh and of course you're just as ignorant as the other guy, but how do even you come up with corporations making vegas "family fun time" ruined it?? holy shit you're not well-informed.

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

to showtime629:

Drud dealers, pimps are self made too.

Any "lack of my reading comprehension" does not change the fact that Doyle is a republican hypocrite.

And no, I am not a Democrat, Republican, Obama or Tea party follower.

And you can play with words.
Doyle's intention is to hook up more people to play online poker for money (that's how he makes money),
and that is in the USA illegal.

And yes technical degree is a joke, why waste money when all the USA need are
warehouse workers (packaging Chinesse products) and poker dealers.
You are the man showtime629.

 
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thumper2010
over 11 years ago

Doyle is at the top of his choosen profession. I would bet 200k you are not elpokero.
Doyle blogged his opinion in a civil manner. You did not. Thank your God We're still allowed free speech.
You write the words like a victocrat and a hater. Maybe you should read other blogs that don't upset you so much.

 
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danoman56
over 11 years ago

I've never felt compelled to comment on a player's blog until now. There are plenty reason to like Doyle, he's been very nice to me when I've had a chance to run into him over the years. So I was disappointed when I read the blog and it was word for word out the the Tea Baggers/ultra right wing playbook which is intentionally factually inaccurate (lies)90% of the time. I've never repeated a single Keith Olberman quote, nor do I agree with him much the time. You see that is the difference between liberals and right wing nut bags, we liberals are free to think and speak for ourselves. What's even funnier are the comments that followed which were classic and completely unoriginal. NOBAMA, FENCESITTER,Barack Hussein Obama, high school stuff boys. If you really wanted to call him out there are plenty of things he can be fairly criticized for doing or not doing but to fall back on the the old rhetoric is typically Republican and low brow.

 
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BigSlick_MO
over 11 years ago

I think the President actually said that companies receiving bail-out money shouldn't be spending it on Vegas vacations. I agree.

 
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JaxFull
over 11 years ago

danoman56: I've never repeated a single Keith Olberman quote, nor do I agree with him much the time.

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If you can tell whoppers such as this one while maintaining a world-class poker face you'll do well at the tables.

LMAO (that's completely unoriginal, too!)

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

to thumper2010 :
You're right. You can bet 1 million dollars that
I am not at the top of my choosen profession. You would win.

But you know what? I do something usefull and beneficial
for people of this country. When I do my job(healthcare), people thank me.

I am not a hater. Don't be blindsided thumper2010.

I am always trying to be objective.

I do not take anybody's right to speak or play poker.

But it's laughable when people like Doyle are complaining where this country is going.
This country is going where people are taking it.

And Doyle is promoting quick buck mentality among young people.

Doyle as an republican and Las Vegas should not wait for handouts, suckers and donkeys
coming to Vegas and drop their hard earned money.

How about creating something? Promoting some high-tech.

Doyle is a millionare.
How many jobs Doyle created in his life that benefited other people?

If Obama’s 2 remarks caused gigantic dip in Las Vegas income then it is really somthing wrong with Nevada.
And don't forget.
If those money were not spent in Nevada they were spent somewhere else in the USA.

 
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flyer213
over 11 years ago

Please read "blindvalet"'s response. It's the 3rd one on this list. He gives a more complete context to the quote Doyle referred to. It amazes and saddens me to see how people will without question, take out of context partial quotes that the likes of Beck and Limbaugh pull out of their butts and run with them in conversations and blogs without the slightest bit of research or confirmation. You pathetic pack of Obama haters contribute nothing of substance. Your as useless as a crack addict with a syringe perpetually jammed in his arm. Time to grow up. That goes to you too Doyle.

 
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stopit5
over 11 years ago

yes very good liberals are all free-thinking intellectuals who have never used a talking point in their lives and republicans are all racist trolls who are so ignorant the can only hope to memorize one sarah palin line to repeat over and over. must be nice to be so childish that you can create this reality and live in it

 
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R.J. Stuffnpuff
over 11 years ago

Glad to hear your check up went well. No more excuses, get out there and win a bracelet.

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
over 11 years ago

Doyle once again shows why he is the greatest....he still has the guts to tell the truth, and call out all the bluffers. The biggest bluffer around is one Barack Hussien Obama...who actually convinced some poor misguided people to vote for him. A part time state senator, and full time candidate while in the US senate , and a born troublemaker-'community activist' (whatever the hell that is), now occupies (temporariliy thank god) the highest office in the owrld. How did we let this shameful and sinful thing happen? First of all George Bush by being the dumbass twit that he was, created the environment for the silver tougued nitwit to fool many people who normally wounldn't vote for a socialist-liberal-elitist America hating phony to get elected. But all is not lost. The American people soon will...

1. throw the liberals out this novemeber...completely change the congress
2. throw Hussien out in November 2012
3. put all the liberal media out of business by not buying the liberal rags like the New York Times and Wash. Post (newsweek is already going out of business after spending 2 years worshipping Hussien)
4. change network news by stopping tuning into to (PMS)MSNBC and CNN (this has already happened...Fox news has 10 times their ratings)
5. continue voting with their feet by leaving liberal bastions like N York Mass and even Calif....so these states will lose congressional seats in the next reapportionment...

So..in the end...the liberals will lose, adn the conservatives will be stronger than ever...but in the meantime, as Doyle says...Barry Hussien is doing his best to destroy our country. IT is up to every loyal and true American to resist him at all times and vote out anyone who helps him.....

 
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KScityShuffL
over 11 years ago

@ elpokerpro

I would be willing to bet all of my money that Doyle has created far more jobs than you have? Wanna bet?

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

to KScityShuffL:

You do not get it.

Doyle has been taking money from gamblers and that money is missing somewhere.
Yes, he might have helped create casino jobs.
You still need suckers from all over country to supply money for those jobs to survive.

How about creating real jobs, running real business.
Look at the Las Vegas. Now the city is crying and blaming Obama. Pathetic.

Drug dealers, gang leaders and pipms created a lot of jobs too.

It is not all about quick cash. It is about what you do for people.

Look at the Las Vegas. People like Doyle were buying houses, land hoping to
make quick profit.
They did not care that the money supply from China would stop.

They wanted something for nothing. Why so fast?
So they can play golf with buddies for hundreds of thousand of dollars.
That's insane. Thats not the way to grow economy.
How about working for money.

Las Vegas real estate ended up where it is because of greed.

The easiest thing is to blame Obama, right?

 
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JaxFull
over 11 years ago

elpokero: They did not care that the money supply from China would stop

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You can use Chinese money in Vegas? Is that just for Pai Gow poker?

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
over 11 years ago

elpokero...I hope when the new law takes effect in Arizona...you are one of the first ones stopped. Then you can create jobs in your country...Mexico

 
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mikeyb111
over 11 years ago

Maybe using Preparation H in lieu of toothpaste puts the anti-Obama comments in perspective.

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

Two words: gluttony and greed

But there is still an opportunity to change things Doyle.

 
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dsgnr4hire
over 11 years ago

hey doyle, i think you forgot to have your head examined. physically, you're probably ok but mentally, you're like glenn beck!

 
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thumper2010
over 11 years ago

The truth hurts. Must of really hit home for the liberals on this blog. The majority of Americans will be heard soon enough. Barrack Hussein Obama never had experience to run this country. And I for one am not happy with the results he's produced thus far. Not sure if John Mccain would of done much better. Most certainly he couldn't of done worse. I agree with the majority of Americans that there are many important things like health care that need to be improved. Everything he has done so far is not what middle USA wants or for that matter needs. My opinion. The right and the left can fight and will continue to fight forever. In reality both are in the minorities. The middle is the majority. Barrack Hussein Obama is pushing an agenda to move more of the middle to the left. The result would be to have a true majority. That is a smart plan but not what the middle wants. I really enjoy Doyle's blog. I'm sure every person that has sat across the poker table from him sat down of freely. I'm equally sure they sat down with the intentions of winning. Too many of the bloggers on this site sound hurt and angry. Would be nice if they kept the hurtful mean things to themselves.

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

to crybaby "thumper2010":

So Doyle is implying that Obama’s 2 remarks
are directly responsible for Vegas being the hardest hit city from the recession
and that he cannot see how anybody could vote for him after this.

Now if somebody voices his own opinion about it, it is in "thumper2010"'s opinion wrong,
he should keep the hurtful mean things to themselves.

It sounds like you are too sensitive if you cannot accept other side of the story.
This is a blog with comments allowed.

Actions caused by greed caused the fall of real estate market (economy) in Las Vegas.

 
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clunker
over 11 years ago

"When times are tough you tighten your belts. You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortage. You don't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when your trying to save for college.You priortize you make tough choices and it's time your government did the same" Obama was making a point to use vacation money when going to Vegas not your kids college tuition money. Sounds like a se
nsible course of action to me. Of course a guy like Oscar Goodman who told a 7th grader that if he was stranded on a desert island he would want a show girl and a bottle of gin now thats putting a great plan in place if you run into trouble. Like most politicians if there are problems they are going to point the finger at everyone but themselves. And maybe your mindset about voting as a loyal Republican is one of the big problems with America today. People are no longer loyal Americans their loyal what ever party is going to do the most for them not what is best for America.

 
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clunker
over 11 years ago

Not that voting for McCain was wrong but voting just out of loyalty to a political party whether the canidate of that party is qualified or not is.

 
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1pathand
over 11 years ago

Is there an editor on staff here? Maybe my definitions of abuse and objectionable are different from the staff here at CardPlayer, but that's not my call. It would appear that there are posters on Doyle's blog who believe that name-calling is the only way to make their point. That's pretty sad. I'm wondering why an intelligent post can't make the same point without resorting to a kindergarten mentality. I'm not taking sides on the political debate, I'm just thinking that mature adults can conduct themselves in a more civilized manner. If you believe Doyle's politics are screwed up, that's fine. I would only like to suggest that you stay on point and leave the name-calling at home. I rather enjoy reading both sides of a debate, but this one has turned shambolic at best. I'm new here and I enjoy the blogs when they don't spiral downward into a pissing contest. Have a great day. Carry on.

 
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texasroadgambler
over 11 years ago

Time to enforce the sedition laws?

Perhaps it is the only solution to prevent the destruction of this country by purveyors of hate and intolerance, such as Beck, Limbaugh and any other such gasbags.

Now before all the "howler monkeys" and others gathered here start sniping at this post, look up "sedition" on Wikipedia.

Directly on point, wouldn't you say?

 
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seamarfan269
over 11 years ago

LOL. "just sayin".

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
over 11 years ago

Now you should all be satisfied...you have brought texasturdgobler out of his cave to call anyone who disagrees with him a 'howler monkey' (for the 1200th time). He came to join his fellow ahole libTARDS in condemnation of Doyle Brunson. What he and the rest of Obama worshippers fail to remember is that...

1. Doyle Brunson,,even at his age and health conditon ...is 10 times the man any of you despicable weenies are or ever were
2. It is easy for you failures to criticize a great man...because that is the closest you will ever come to being near him or even being in his shadow
3. the fact that you are liberals...shows you have personality disorders to begin with....that you would call Doyle Brunson the insults you have hurled at him proves this
4.....and Finally, and most importantly, any word from me or other conservatives like Doyle seems to get you all in a tizzy...WHY IS THAT??? ARE YOU WORRIED??? Well you should be...because this fall your precious president and his fellow socialists in congress will be thrown flat on their BIG asses, and they will lose most of their power to ruin our nation. Yes I do remember reading how DEMONS HOWLED WHEN THEY KNEW JESUS WAS GOING TO EXPEL THEM....same thing here...

Liberals...what a hoot!

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
over 11 years ago

texasturdgobler...

verbal diarhea personified

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
over 11 years ago

Doyle...
keep telling the truth...and watch the liberals howl at you! they are worried because they know they will soon be thrown out of power. I bet you can't wait for the coming Republican-conservatiive congress this fall..huh? and this time all the big government republicans will be gone...and the real small government ones will be in charge....
can't wait for Hussien to be humbled....

 
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TXMaxx
over 11 years ago

theobamaone is just another crook from Chicago politics, never held a real job, he in incompetent and is a commie and closet muslim to boot...what's not to like??

Detroit?? LOL Detroit does not count, the intelligent people left long ago, so Vegas has been hurt most "personally" by obama, he should pay the city his fake Nobel prize, his book royalties and pay for the next 20 years.

GL in the WSOP Doyle and good news we will have you around a long time. Hat tip to Chip!

 
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texasroadgambler
over 11 years ago

oldeschool and TMaxx:

Don't look now, but your decaying souls are showing.

People with philosophies like yours are responsible for making this nation virtually ungovernable.

 
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TheSal
over 11 years ago

"Doyle has been taking money from gamblers and that money is missing somewhere."

... elpokero, is there a chance your technical school or medical training did not include a semester or two of economics?

Also, I've got two 4 year technical/science degrees and some grad school hours. In my experience, until the technical person reaches upper management, he's treated like a skilled worker bee. A drone that performs a function and can be discarded at any time, as the market dictates. Ultimately the technical professional is working for those that create and execute business plans and take financial risks they hope will attain rewards.

So your much vaunted technician or scientist is, in fact, working for gamblers. They're just often in a much bigger game than what takes place in Bobby's Room.

 
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coldharbor
over 11 years ago

I assume that all of the people posting here are gamblers. I find it hard to understand how anyone who is pro-gambling can possibly be a Republican. The Republican party has a long history of trying to force their version of conservative "morality" on American society, one of the most recent examples being the UIGEA. The right wing conservative Christian branch of the Republican party (which for all intents and purposes runs it) would love to see all forms of gambling shut down in the US. If you want to see poker banned, they are the party for you! I guess if you live in Vegas it's not important because obviously they can't shut down Vegas (can they?), but for the rest of us who love poker, it should be a big deal.

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

Doyle is one minute loyal republican (choosing whatever values suits him),
then gambler,
then he is contemplating voting for Obama becuase of a chance to legalize poker,
(chance of filling his pockets with more money from online suckers, donkeys - the more the better),
then he figures that Obama is not going to legalize anything,
so he is voting republican,
then he is wondering where this country is going.

Wait a second. He buys a land, might build a hotel or something, might need some cheap labor,
so the next election he is going to vote for Obama who let illegal alliens in.

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
over 11 years ago

Lee the Striker illustrates the following conversation...

Average American..." I like lower taxes'
Liberal...'you are a bigot'

Average American...'the border should be enforced'
Liberal...'you are a bigot'

Average American...laws should be enforced'
Liberal...'you are a racist'

Average American...I don't think Obama is a good president'
Liberal...'you are a racist'

Average American...'I am a Republican'
Liberal...'you are a bigot'

Average American....'Marriage is between and man and woman'
Liberal...'you are a bigot and homophhobe'

Average American....'I will vote this fall against incumbents'
Liberal...'you are a bigot'

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
over 11 years ago

This is their answer for everything.....

And the final and most telling conversation????

Average American...'I DON'T AGREE WITH YOU , LIBERAL'
Liberal....'you are a bigot, racist, and homophobe'

Liberals are so laughable and predictable. Right now they are squealing and howling and yelling, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEIR TIME WILL SOON BE UP.
I cannot wait for the November elections....you liberals come on this blog the day after...please????? I can't wait to hear your take on it...oh yes it would be something like this

Average American...'we kicked the liberals out of congress
liberal...'Americans are all bigots, racists, and homphobes because they didn't vote right'

 
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coldharbor
over 11 years ago

Average American..."I think that I should be able to spend my money as I see fit, and if I would like to use my discretionary income to gamble,the government has no business telling me otherwise."
Conservative..."The Bible tells me gambling is bad. Allow me to protect you from yourself."

 
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My hemmies hurt
over 11 years ago

I just got an idea. Let's return the favor Cuba did to us with the Marielitos. Let's ship all of our tea baggers to Cuba (which would undoubtedly include a few of the dain bramaged morons commenting above). A little reeducation by Raul will tame 'em.

Personally, I respect Doyle's game, his books, and his tv persona. Too, I am not besmirching him in any regard. However, when will we learn to not shove the pedestal under celebrities, athletes, etc.? Hell, more than half of the marriages end in divorce. Why would any of us expect to agree, or disagree, with absolutely everything Doyle, Obama, or even Beck or his ilk, have to say? Hell, I hate to admit I probably like a few of the things that bmpek likes.

Regarding meds mix up: I once mistakenly grabbed Proper PH instead of Preparation H, and vice versa--My ass has no zits, but my face shrunk half an inch!

 
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danoman56
over 11 years ago

oldeschoolpkrr good news
We don't have to imply that you are a bigot.

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
over 11 years ago

Doyle....

Listen to the liberals squeeel....

like little pigs caught in a gate....

like the demons before they are cast out.....

liberals squeeling.....

it actually is a happy sound!!!

they know their end is near....

LObama, Dingy Harry Reid, Botox Pelosi

see you guys in November........!

 
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clunker
over 11 years ago

The fiscal beliefs of Conservatives, smaller government lower taxes are easy to believe in and want. Then you come to the social side of their agenda and you want to puke. It generally goes I want all laws that affect me to be revoked and all laws that pertain to other people who disagree with me to be strictly enforced. And like I said before everyone of these anti anything LIBERAL should be on their knees thanking and kissing Barney Franks GAY LIBERAL rear end for what he is trying to do for poker players. This while leading Conservative Jon Kyl threatens to stop certain parts of government if he dosen't get his anti poker way. Go figure.

 
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TheSal
over 11 years ago

Watching "liberals" and "conservatives" discuss things is enough to make one fear for our country, isn't it?

 
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M8L
over 11 years ago

Politics aside for a moment, I would like to post a story that I think reflects on Doyle's character as a man.
Last night , I was standing in back of my chair at Bellagio for a moment when an obviously exhausted Doyle exited Bobby's Room on his scooter. I stepped out of his way, but a young man blocked his path and begged for a photo with him.
Doyle agreed with a weak voice and paused patiently while the kid tried unsuccessfully to boot a file on his cell phone camera. His buddy showed up with a real camera and they snagged me into taking their photo.
I crouched down to take a level photo with Doyle and his two new "best friends" and what I saw through the viewfinder was rather amazing.
Instead of a weary gentleman in his seventies, Doyle had lit up that neon smile and looked like a ten-year-old boy posing with his Little League team mates.
It is obvious that Doyle enjoys being Doyle, and I have to wonder how many of us would have the patience and courtesy to indulge intrusive strangers when we are bone-tired?

David G
Henderson

 
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JohnnyOnTheSpot
over 11 years ago

Hear hear, M8L. I had a similar experience with him recently. An obviously tired Doyle woke right up and put his best face on for some fans. A true ambassador for poker.

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

to M8L:

You really know a lot about life "M8L"
if you get mesmerized
by somebody who was gambling maybe half day long, gets tired,
then is willing to sit on his scooter for about 5 minutes to pose and smile for a photo.

You paint a picture about somebodys character based on that?
Seems like you were raised like a royalty.

If you wanna see something real, go to look at
people taking care of their wifes, husbands, kids with alzheimer, stroke, autism,
or other problems,
look what nurses, volunteers do in hospitals,
or retired people helping kids on streets and so on.
There are thousands of real people out there.

 
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TheSal
over 11 years ago

@elpokero - did you get outplayed and busted by Doyle and lose a bunch of money? Or where is this hatred coming from? Your never ending onslaught of abuse is getting really curious. M8L never said that the actions he attributes to Doyle compare to those of someone caring for a family member with debilitating disease! YOU said that it doesn't compare, to which the only answer can be: "DUH"

It seems that, according to you, Doyle Brunson has not one, single, redeeming characteristic as a human being. He's lower than a snake's belly. Hitler and leaders of the Mexican Mafia have more morals than Doyle. Doyle's mean to women and kids, and hates America and apple pie. Even if he's nice to tourists, it's only to further his evil intentions of getting them to play poker. Not only that, but he's fat - and that's important, right?? Isn't this the way you view the man?

So that begs the question, WHY are you reading the blog of someone you think is the most despicable man to ever walk the Earth? What could you get from someone you consider about on a level with Satan and Darth Sidious? Isn't Doyle's every word intended to deceive and further his evil schemes? Why read anything he says if this is your view?

Also the "raised like royalty" comment, when put together with your other statements about anyone who makes or has money, reveals some deep-seated jealousies and covetousness problems inside you, in my opinion. There may be some things you need to deal with inside elpokero, that prevent you from viewing the world in a rational and objective manner. Hatred of all who have more, isn't healthy for you, brother. It's obviously eating you up inside and I expect those around you would say you're an angry person.

Maybe that's why you're reading Satan's blog here, because you like to be angry?

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

to TheSal: don't get emotional and don't exaggerate.

"M8L" stated that his "photo-shoot experience"
reflects on Doyle's "character" as a man.
I responded to that statement.

Well, if your logic "to TheSal" works as you write then in your opinion
Doyle must be seeing Obama in the same way as you think I think about Doyle.

Btw. I am not Obama follower. I am about issues, not about parties.

I don't think that Doyle is what you "TheSal" wrote.
But, don't make a mistake about it.
Doyle is a gambler, hustler, predator and yes republican hypocrite.
And yes, it is his business, his life, his choice.
I would never write about Doyle, but when I read that Doyle is basicaly blaming Obama for Las vegas recession
and that Doyle is wondering where this country is going I needed to respond.

How is Doyle contributing to better tommorrow?
yes, he has accomplished something in poker but for God's sake - it is poker.
It's not like he invented some scientific formula that benefits in some way to people of this planet.
It is not like he built a school like Andre Agassi.

Doyle probably does not even know what real life is all about.
(e.g. playing golf for hundreds of thousands of dollars ???)
Has he ever had a steady job for more than a year?

He lives in artificial universe made possible but poker donkeys and wannabes.
And he wants more of them. And yes, quite a lot of them will end up hooked up and bankrupt.
How does it work when Doyle pretends to be a loyal republican?

Doyle, Negreanu and so on can play against pros every day in Vegas,
but they know that now when you have better pros it is kind of hard to make a living.
So they need, want, desire more fish.

Yes, donkeys can get better playing more poker, but most of them will always play like donkeys.
Should they spend hundreds of hours behind computers playing poker? Drop college, girlfriend, family, gym ...?
Is that Doyle's idea about how America will compete with China? (I am refering to previous Doyle's articles)

One should look at the mirrior, then criticize, otherwise one might look like a fool.

 
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TheSal
over 11 years ago

@elpokero"
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"M8L" stated that his "photo-shoot experience"
reflects on Doyle's "character" as a man.
I responded to that statement.
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Yes, you responded to it with a straw-man argument attempting to turn M8L's simple praise of something Doyle did into a comparison to people who care for dying family members. That's just moronic, M8L never said the two compared, you just made that up. People who devote their lives to caring for their sick kids are heroic - but what the hell does that have to do with what M8L said? Does their heroism make a tired, elderly gentleman's effort to buck up and be kind to people he doesn't even know less kind and admirable?

"Doyle probably does not even know what real life is all about." come on, elpokero, the man grew up in impoverished rural East Texas! Are you kidding me? I also grew up in rural Texas - you think it's some freakin' caviar and cadillac glamor place?? Have you ever even BEEN to Longworth??

And all this talk about donkeys and fish and wannabe's - are you everyone's mother? Some people decide for themselves that they want to learn poker and they lose a bunch of money and spend too much time on it. Some folks improve, some don't. Some people spend too much. Why is that any of your business? Why is it any of your business if grown men want to gamble however much they want to gamble on a golf course? How could that possibly affect you?

How is Doyle contributing to a better tomorrow? Well who the hell said he HAD to contribute to a better tomorrow, for one thing? Does everyone have to be some hero of the poor or some world-changing scientist, or else they're nothing in your book?

For another thing I believe that there are millions, yes - millions of people whose lives have been affected positively by Mr. Doyle Brunson. They enjoy watching a true master of his craft play against the best in the world into his mid-70's and they get a little chance to forget their day-to-day troubles. They get inspired that someone can stay mentally focused and bright into old age. They enjoy seeing the excitement of big bets and big pots, and tournament wins. They enjoy seeing an old legend of the game that can still compete against youngsters.

Everything you say can be applied to any athlete, artist, musician or performer. According to you, bringing enjoyment to the world has no value and doesn't contribute. And I call "BS" on that, elpokero.

And if you want to attack what Doyle said about Obama, you'd have to show that Obama did NOT contribute to the economic downswing in Las Vegas. There absolutely were conventions scheduled to come here that cancelled due to the President's statements.

Why not show, in some way - if you can - that Obama's statements did not damage Las Vegas at all, if you want to argue about the actual subject here instead of being grown men's Mommy and looking down on everyone who is not like you?

 
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1pathand
over 11 years ago

@ TheSal

Excellent post, sir.

 
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texasroadgambler
over 11 years ago

TheSal:

You wrote that Doyle grew up in"rural East Texas". And that you grew up in rural Texas. Then you asked if the poster you were addressing had ever been to Longworth.

Doyle did grow up in Longworth, but you're a few hundred miles off as to its location. That would be WEST Texas.

And BTW, it's a ghost town now.

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
over 11 years ago

el pokero =angry, left wing illegal immigrant

 
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TXMaxx
over 11 years ago

Speaking of hating things, I hate what cardplayer has done to the Blogs, no pic and no titles on the front page...TeRRible!

 
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TheSal
over 11 years ago

@texasroadgambler ... ahh yes, yes, I see you're right, for some reason I had it mixed up with Longview in my mind. Thanks for correcting me. I grew up on a cattle ranch north of Nocona, Texas so I'm not personally familiar with Longworth and I've only driven a few times through Longview either! hahah I did live in Odessa when I was a pre-schooler but I wasn't exploring more territory than my backyard then hahahahaha :-)

 
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TheSal
over 11 years ago

@texasroadgambler - I guess, looking at it, Longview would have been a metropolis compared to Longworth! hahahah :-D

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

to TheSal:

you just pick cherries. Actualy read and think about what I wrote.

All I wrote about Doyle was in context of him beeing a loyal republican
and values that the republicans try to represent and force on other people.

My problem with Doyle as a republican is that he is making hundreds of thousands of dollars
by hooking up young kids to gambling (DoylesRoom) so he can finance his expensive lifestyle.

The real objective of Doyle is to make
people deposit money and play poker for money. And that is illegal.

If Doyle was such a champion he would not need to promote online poker that is in the USA illegal
and in the book of conservaties just wrong.

If he is such a great player all he needs is to go to Bellagio and play the best.
Why does he need donkeys if he is such a great player?

I have never tried to force my values on anybody.

I have stated that it is his (Doyles) business whatever he or anybody else is doing.

But what Doyle is doing is hypocritical.

As far as damage done to Las Vegas?
Remember a lesson on economics you were trying to teach me?
Conventions were rescheduled and helped some other areas in the USA. No damage done.

As far as athletes, artists, musicians or performers you mentioned:
There is only positive if e.g. athlete or musician inspire people to exercise or learn music.

I am sure most parents get exited when their child gets inspired by Doyle,
drops out of college, spends thousands of hours behind computer playing poker ...

I guess in your book "TheSal" Doyle can do anything he wants (regardless of conservative values),
then donate bunch of money to republicans, then vote republicans,
then criticize Obama on a blog, then be surprised where this country is going and write about it, BUT
nobody, nobody can challenge him.

Btw. I do not need to prove anything to you "TheSal".

It is impossible to find out but
I twould be an interesting thing to actually know how many profesional poker players
would like their children to follow in their footsteps.

 
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TheSal
over 11 years ago

@elpokero:
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As far as damage done to Las Vegas?
Remember a lesson on economics you were trying to teach me?
Conventions were rescheduled and helped some other areas in the USA. No damage done.
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You know this doesn't make any sense, don't you? Rescheduling conventions to other areas didn't damage Las Vegas, because it helped the other area? What the heck are you blabbering about??

Also I don't like the republican or the democrat party, I dislike them both equally. And I think all politicians are hypocrites. But you went on a personal attack against a person for their political opinions, which you continue here. And I really don't like that, nor do I like your self-righteous attitude that you're morally superior and anyone choosing a lifestyle that doesn't involve saving the world and helping others is to be looked down upon. Nor do I like you thinking you are other people's Mom and that they can't make their own decisions.

Doyle is "hooking up young kids" to gambling huh? I don't see him pointing a gun to anyone's head and forcing them to deposit at "Doyle's Room." As long as the games are fair and everything is voluntary, I just don't see where it's anyone else's business. Also "Doyle's Room" takes players from all over the world as far as I've seen, and in the country where they operate, they are 100% legal, isn't that correct? What, you think they are supposed to enforce US laws in some other country? Is it up to them to tell their players what to do? And I don't know but I assume that Doyle has some kind of worldwide representation and marketing agrreement with the site's operators, which is legal here in the USA. And that makes it his JOB to attract players to the site. He would be a liar if he signed a contract to do that, and then didn't do it.

Also I disagree that online poker is illegal in other than 11 states of the USA. I would bet (ha!) that you don't have proof of this claim. My reading of things says it's still legal in the other 39 states. The UIGEA only makes it an offense for banks and financial institutions to allow the use of EFT's and credit or debit card transactions with online gambling sites. That offense can only be committed by a bank or financial institution. It definitely does not make it an offense to play online poker, that's not even in the language of the bill.

Furthermore no US person has ever been charged or arrested for playing poker online. So how is it that you claim it's illegal?

Still further, the World Trade Organization ruled that US attempts at restrictions on online gaming were illegal under international law and agreements the US had signed off on. So it seems that the very laws which you claim make online poker illegal in the US are,themselves, illegal.

I also believe you are incorrect in thinking that it's relevant to "Doyle's Room" whether the players coming in because of Doyle's name are "donkeys" or not. The site makes a rake from each hand. They don't care who wins or loses, whether you're a donkey or a pro. In fact I assert that they make more from a better player than a bad player, because the better players play more hands at higher stakes tables and enable the site to make more on their rake. So Doyle, if he's marketing on a percentage, would be MUCH better off attracting high numbers of better players than "donkeys." Isn't that correct?

All this backtracking BS that you're putting out now, how you never try to "force your values on anybody" and you've stated that it's other people's business what they do, is not going to work. You've made it quite clear that you think it's your place to judge others and call them names if their lifestyle doesn't meet your approval or you think it's not inline with their political opinions.

I could go on about how wrong you are about athletes and musicians being only positive influences and about poker players' kids, but the sheer volume of errors in your posts is overwhelming.

Besides it appears that you will get all frothing at the mouth and say a bunch of stuff, then when challenged, merely claim you didn't say it or intend it that way. That's not much of a fun debate.

 
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elpokero
over 11 years ago

I apologize. I was completely wrong.
I finally see the light.
Now everything is clear to me. Thank you TheSal.

 
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clobster
over 11 years ago

Mr. Brunson,

I truly have great respect for you as a person, as well as what you have done for the poker industry. I also think you are a very intelligent person, as well as respect you political position. As for as that goes, I respect every posters’ political opinion who has commented on you blog, regardless if I agree or disagree with their position. After all this is why America is the greatest country in the entire world, freedom of speech and freedom to choose.

However, when people of great admiration, like yourself, miss lead the general public by miss quoting world leaders, this American freedom is diminished due to inaccurate information. Especially for our young readers, who may or may not have the foresight to perform their own due diligence to determine if your comments were even accurate.

Below, you will find your quote referenced in your blog and below that, you will find the actual quote from “The Audacity of Hope”. I am not asking or trying to change your political position about Mr. Obama, all I am asking is for you acknowledge the correct quote.

Thanks for your time and everything you have done for our great industry!

Misleading Quote: From Audacity of Hope: "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

Actual quote from "The Audacity of Hope" [pg. 261]: Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

 
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