I’ve been cruising news tidbits that have to do with…??? You guessed it! Poker! I know that’s hard to believe but it is what it is. How many choices can one make in life that won’t send them to a poker game at some point? Unknown. I still chuckle about my poker beginning now and then and how it affected my life. Naw…not going to bore you or me with that right now.
I found an update on Molly Bloom in yesterday’s tidbits. If you aren’t familiar with Molly Bloom, are you living under a frigging rock? She set up high limit action for the celebrities and stars, like Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and a host of others. Bloom also was indicted in a major online gambling bust – along with 33 others in mid April this year. In that list of names was Bill Edler, Abe Mosseri, and Peter Feldman, to name a few. None of them showed up at the WSOP this year that I know of…small wonder.
But back to Bloom, she’s back in the news due to her ‘tell-all memoir’ that should be coming out in 2014. If she does tell all, it should be one helluva story, but my guess is that she’ll only tell ‘some’ and it won’t be all the goods on all the guys.
So…while pulling up a few memories of the ‘old’ days of dealing at Bellagio, I had a flash of Annie Duke when she was playing/teaching/working with Ben Affleck on his poker skills. I dealt one of those games. She was so animated, and captivating, and ‘in her element’ that it’s fun remembering it.
Of course life has kicked her to the curb from the pokermobile. I don’t know what happened at Ultimate Bet, frankly, at this point in my life, I don’t give a damn. I can’t stand liars and cheaters but I don’t know that she did or did not – even with the supposedly new evidence that came out a few months ago on the tapes that tell all, how could one positively know she was involved in it? Her statement on the leaked audio file is here.
I can’t help but wonder why Phil Hellmuth is still a superstar and Duke’s taken the brunt of the public bullshit when he was right there with her.
Googling her brought me to her new website on decision science. We were never good buddies, but we mingled and got along, and I had a certain amount of respect for the way she carried herself. I hope she’s as animated and captivating in her new element as she was that night at the poker table.
Gotta run…I’d fly but my broom is out of commission.