Jim McManus wrote a recurring weekend column on poker for the New York Times. It was short-lived, missing the mark it seems for both poker zealots and the general population alike. Sunday’s article on the death of Frank DeSena, unfortunately, was read more widely.
The most powerful point made by the author is that these underground poker rooms in Manhattan are really a place for poker players to convene and play poker, much like a Bridge Club. Sure, money is won and lost, but these are not the room that Chip Reese and Doyle Brunson played in throughout the country to scrape a living together. These are almost like co-op’s, simply sharing expenses for a comfortable locale with cookies and snacks included. From the NY Daily News, the death seemed to be an accidental bungling by bad guys. No arrest currently, just a widow and child left behind.
Check out these two posts by Annette “annette_15″ Obrestad regarding her WSOP Europe bracelet win. Post 1 and Post 2