One of the most respected names of the first wave of “new school” poker pros takes to his RunItOnce blogspace to opine about the current discussion of poker’s personality problem and why the game, according to WSOP Champion Joe Hachem, “is dying.”
Coming at the problem from the original online grinder/new school set, Galfond talks in his very lengthy blog about a lack of respect between the old and new factions, the “nerd” factor of the young whizkids, and what the veteran can do to help the quality of broadcast poker.
It’s a lengthy read, not without its merits and for those of you who are very serious about poker it’s worth your time. Not really because this advice is going to apply to the majority of players who are out there grinding for a living or hoping to one day satty into a major event, but because it reminds us that respect at the table is needed for growth.
The old school can respect the advanced knowledge of the game of today’s youth while the youth can respect the life experiences of those who have been there and done that.
The blog touches on a large number of topics from Galfond’s personal experience on High Stakes Poker to some suggestions on how to make the nerds feel more at ease. So, if you have 5 minutes and an attention span, check it out.
It’s a pretty unique view, in so much that Galfond is one of very few players that came up in the early online arena and, solely based on his success in that arena, achieved enough notoriety to be featured on TV as an “online guy” before binking a major tournament.
Watch “talented Phil” vs. our Phil from Season 7 of HSP: