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Joe Hachem thinks “Poker is Dying” – Is He Right?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Earlier this week, 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem discussed the current state of poker during the Aussie Millions. And what he had to say about poker wasn’t exactly glowing.

After reflecting on past WSOP Main Event winners, which included ripping on Jamie Gold and Jerry Yang for ruining the champions’ legacy, he expressed his opinion that “poker is dying.” The reason why he believes this? Because Hachem thinks that the game is no longer fun for amateurs, with “young geniuses” bumhunting all of the fish and not offering up any interesting conversation.

The Aussie also mentioned how there are less Antonio Esfandiari’s out there, or rather guys whom the fish love to play with, even when they’re losing money. He added that watching poker on television is “like watching paint dry” because of the lack of personalities today. Furthermore, poker TV shows no longer focus on a pro’s style, personality or what they’re like away from the table. He closed by saying that some of the young ME champs like Ryan Riess and Greg Merson need to think about all of this since they’re ambassadors to the game.

So is Hachem right about everything that he said? You can’t argue with the point that poker is full of bumhunters these days, who play seek and destroy with the fish. The game also features less dynamic grinders who make poker more enjoyable to watch on TV.

But on the other hand, nothing Hachem said is an original idea. He’s just another person to jump on the fact that poker has transitioned into a more strategy-focused, mathematical game, where you either pour hours into becoming great, or you lose your bankroll and dignity.

As for if poker is dying, well, global online numbers suggest that plenty of people are still interested in playing. And this should continue as new markets open up across the world. But the live realm is still a big part of poker, and if famous pros don’t start developing some personality and social skills at the table, it will eventually hamper online poker too.

Aussie Millions Results are In!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Aussie Millions is one of the most popular and intense international poker tournaments, held each January in Melbourne, Australia at the Crown Casino. This January the Aussie Millions event took place between January 14 and January 31 and hosted a week of satellite tournaments and a week of competition. Tournament games included No Limit Holdem, H.O.R.S.E., Pot Limit Omaha, and more.

At the end of Aussie Millions week it was Tyron Krost, an Australia native, that took home the $2,000,000 prize. Krost qualified for the event by playing online satellite tournaments. He invested around $700 during the whole process, which may seem like a lot. However, his $700 investment led to a $2 million win, which is pretty nice in my book. I really like the idea that players who could not afford to enter tournaments like the Aussie Millions or WSOP under other circumstances are able to win their way in through online satellites.

Krost is 23 years old and this Aussie Millions win was his first major poker tournament win, though he also cashed in on a couple of events during the 2008 World Series of Poker. At the end of the tournament these were the top players at the Aussie Main Event Final Table:

1st Place: Tyron Krost with $2,000,000
2nd Place: Frederik Jensen with $1,100,000
3rd Place: Sorel Mizzi with $715,000
4th Place: Kosta Varoxis with $450,000
5th Place: Peter Jetten with $350,000
6th Place: Steve Friedlander with $250,000
7th Place: Anette Obrestad with $175,000
8th Place: Stephen Shelly with $125,000