Are poker matches becoming too much like wrestling?
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Are Poker Matches Becoming Too Much Like Wrestling?

Poker legend, elder statesman, and Super System author Doyle Brunson is taking umbrage with an evolving trend in private heads-up poker challenges.

The perceptive 10-time WSOP bracelet winner (who is no stranger to the Twitter streets) is laying his concerns before a captive social media audience this weekend, arguing that poker matches may be getting “out of control” by drawing too much inspiration from the professional wrestling business.

Brunson, who is affectionately known by millions of poker fans worldwide as Texas Dolly, seems unconvinced by the poker world’s 2021 attempt at bringing more entertainment (and possibly wrestling tights) into the competitive arena of real money poker challenges.

All in the name of promoting the game as fun, of course.

Poker Event Promotion: Striking A Balance

The decision by select poker personalities to refine their marketing methodologies and experiment with new ideas has several high profile voices in the industry relaying their opinions on Twitter.

World Poker Tour host Tony Dunst believes there is a balance to be struck between two types of poker viewers: those who deeply appreciate the showcasing of technical ability and those who prefer story-driven narratives (along with their accompanying drama).

Run It Once CEO Remains ‘Sold’ on Poker Brat Narrative

Grudge match arbitrator, Pot Limit Omaha specialist, and Run It Once Poker CEO Phil Galfond can’t stop singing the praises of poker great Phil Hellmuth following Wednesday’s High Stakes Duel II

…much to the chagrin of wife and poker challenge weight-loss guru Farah Galfond.

Easier to Ask For Forgiveness Than to Ask For Permission?

Following years of high stakes tournament play, podcasting, and coaching, Solve For Why instructor Matt Berkey has become resigned to the notion that poker fans are willing to embrace almost any poker programming — as long as it meets certain criteria.

In Berkey’s view, the key is creating well-produced content with an engaging story arc.


“The truth of the matter is… nobody knows what the f— they want. You just have to jam it down their throat. You just have to give them a product that’s well produced and has some sort of story arc to it.” -Matt Berkey

Should poker personalities tone down narrative-driven rhetoric before they pile drive the business entirely?

Or should Texas Dolly grab a luchadora mask, drink more BRÈINFÚEL, and join in the ringside fun?

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