Being Real

Sometimes what I say publicly creates controversy. To that I say, “Oh well.” If someone asks me a question, I’m going to answer it honestly. Recently as I was running up the stairs I was interviewed about the Poker Hall of Fame. I mentioned that my vote would go to Bruno Fitoussi who isn’t even nominated, and went on to explain that I think the process doesn’t weigh heavily enough the influence of European players like Bruno, who’ve helped grow the game globally. I mean, they are now giving away World Series of Poker Bracelets in France! I have to think that part of that was due to Bruno’s early efforts to convince Americans to come to the Aviation Club in Paris, and also holding a WPT event there. Bruno, with pamphlets in hand would play high stakes poker at the Bellagio, and let people know about what was going on overseas and was very effective in helping poker grow in France. None of that made the interview, but this did: Later I was asked about Annie Duke’s nomination. So I said something like,