When it comes to the poker public’s perception, the game of poker is losing its luster. It seems like gone are the days of big personalities and big bluffs. Now, it’s a young crop of 20-something button clickers who, as far as the casual ESPN viewer is concerned, are all the same dude.
It’s the same faces over and over winning tournaments—young, 20-something guys who look, dress, act, and talk the same. It’s like Eminem performing “The Real Slim Shady” at the 2000 VMAs with a bunch of clones. They’re all the same guy.
In fact, with the exception of a few of the biggest names in the world—Daniel, Doyle, Antonio, Phil, Phil and Phil—poker celebrities are becoming a dying breed. Is it because the media isn’t exposing the public to the new breed? Or is it just that, like Hachem says, the up-and-coming superstars are lacking the life experience to make them someone the everyman can relate to?
Whatever it is, it’s a problem—and in this excerpt for Bluff Magazine, Steve over at Wicked Chops talks about the desperate need for the industry to fill the personality void of it’s young champions.
It’s well worth your time.