When Doyle Speaks - The Poker World Listens
In certain circles, some people are so respected that if they look favorably upon that person, that person is almost immediately elevated. For example, back in the days when Johnny Carson ran the Tonight Show, if a comedian was invited to come sit and talk with Carson, that comedianâs career was made. Comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and even Jeff Dunham can attribute a great amount of their success due to Carsonâs blessing.
Doyle Brunson would be the equivalent figure in the poker world. While poker isnât comedy, when Brunson speaks, people listen. I think that more people may want to take a listen to Brunson in regards to Amarillo Slim.
Amarillo Slim pleaded âno contestâ in 2003 to misdemeanor assault charges to get felony charges of indecency with a child dropped. Slim recently said in an interview with PokerListings.com that he did this to protect his family and that the charges were bogus. He even stated that his family has signed affidavits that state this. However, as a result of these charges, Slim has not enjoyed the same benefits associated with the poker boom that many legends of the game have received.
This is what Brunson said this past Monday on his blog about Slim,
âAmarillo Slim is the other person that is under scrutiny. He was indicted for some vague thing that happened with his granddaughter. Slim might have said or done something that was inappropriate, but to call him a pedophile or child molester is ridiculous. I spent 10 years traveling and playing poker with Slim and I never saw one thing that I thought was wrong in that area. Poker owes Slim a lot and he should be recognized for that. I donât know how many years Iâve got left, but I would like to bet double or nothing Slim Preston is no âchild molesterâ.â
In regards to Slim, I think perhaps we should listen a little to what Brunson says. Doyle doesnât usually speak out on something unless he feels it pretty deep. He has too much of a reputation to uphold.
However, I found his words about Russ Hamilton very telling as well. Doyle said the following:
âRuss Hamilton is caught between a rock and a hard place. Russ is accused of being the mastermind behind the cheating scandal at UB. The evidence looks like Russ is guilty but Iâve learned to wait for the verdict to be handed down.â
Notice the difference. Brunson mentions nothing other than it looks like the evidence makes Hamilton look guilty. There is no attempt at a defense here. To me the line of waiting for a verdict to be handed down seems to be him saying, âYa, heâs guilty, but he may get away with it.â
Looks like Doyle just gave the equivalent of Carsonâs âpolite applause.â