Legendary Poker Moment – Poker is one of the gambling card games that more and more people are now playing. Poker has a rich history of iconic events and personalities that have redefined the game and sometimes history. Poker has its own personality, is big, proud and undeniably attractive – this makes it more than just a game, it makes it a revolution.
Here are some of these moments and the poker legends whose determination and incredible charisma helped redefine the game.
Hand of the Dead
James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok is the most legendary poker player of all time. Born on May 27, 1837, Hickok was an American frontiersman, sniper and law enforcement officer. He spends most of his time playing poker in the salon, where he sits in the corner of the room to prevent enemies from stealing behind him.
Ironically, on August 2, 1876, Hickok was shot dead from behind while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, now known as South Dakota. The hands he held at that time were a pair of eights and a pair of aces, which came to be known as the “Hand of the Dead”.
Poker Old Grandpa
Johnny Moss played his first game of poker at the age of 10. He is brought into the world of poker by a group of swindlers and con artists who teach him tricks of the trade such as underscores and card marking.
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Moss started his poker career by traveling the country in search of gambling action. He uses his childhood training to avoid tricks and find places to peek. In 1949, Moss, backed by Benny Binion, participated in the longest recorded poker marathon, and after 5 grueling months of action, Moss managed to pocket a total of $4 million dollars from Nick “the Greek” Dandalos.
Icons like Binion and Moss were responsible for the rise and fall of poker’s popularity and their love of the game led to the creation of The World Series of Poker. Moss took 3 titles under his belt in 1970, 1971 and 1974 and won a total of 8 WSOP bracelets during his career.
Moss is sometimes called the “Great Old Man” of Poker because of his longevity and superior poker play. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of fame in 1979 and since his death in 1997, the starting hand of Ace-Ten has also been known as “Johnny Moss” in his honor.
Poker as a Respected Profession
Doyle Brunson was the first to note that Poker could actually be a profession. Brunson grew up in a small town and tried to work as a salesman until he realized he could make more in one pot than he could in a week selling office supplies.
During the 1950s, Brunson perfected his game by playing poker alone. He would tackle one hand and then try to imagine what the other players would do. He became a very aggressive poker player and much of his success lies in his knowledge of poker player psychology.