2006 seemed the perfect year for poker. The Moneymaker effect had been ramping up the game for a few years and online poker sites had free reign to compete, which forced them to keep improving. The game kept getting bigger and it seemed like nothing could stop it. Of course, that was all halted by the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which passed that October, leading to a gradual decline of the industry.

    2006 seemed the perfect year for poker. The Moneymaker effect had been ramping up the game for a few years and online poker sites had free reign to compete, which forced them to keep improving. The game kept getting bigger and it seemed like nothing could stop it. Of course, that was all halted by the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which passed that October, leading to a gradual decline of the industry.

    Pokers Heyday
    For those of you who missed the heyday of poker, it was a beautiful time. A time when money rained down upon us from the heavens. New players were getting into the game everyday hoping they could be the next instant millionaire, and losing millions of dollars in the process. The poker economy was alive and well and the 2006 World Series of Poker was the epitome of this. Out of the 8,773 people who entered the main event (still a record to this day), as many of 60% of them qualified through internet satellite. And everyone wanted to be a part of it.

    This was when advertising on poker shows was still socially acceptable, so mainstream brands like KFC and Degree anti-antiperspirant were throwing money at the game. And we had TV commercials for poker sites, so they would compete with each other to see who could be the funniest and most outrageous, to lure people into playing on their site. Of course, all this money trickled down to the players. It was rare to see a player without sponsorship apparel from Paradise, Party Poker or even Golden Palace.

    A Different Time
    Everything was so different then. Chris Feguson and Annie Duke were looked upon as heroes, instead of pariahs. You would have 5 limpers preflop. The entire 2006 WSOP, the announcers did not use the term 3-bet or range a single time. And instead of saying someone flopped a backdoor flush draw with an over, they would simply say, "He missed the flop." A rare appearance by Microsoft Word creator, Richard Brodie, may be the first televised reference to game theory optimal play in poker history. Daniel Negreanu had yet to secure his multi-million dollar deal with PokerStars. Of course, he still had a bit of a condescending streak. When someone raised his 300 chip bet to 5,000 and said, "That's poker," he snarkily replied, "That's not poker. That may be how y'all play it but that's not poker."

    The Cast of Characters
    The cast of characters was better back then. Nowadays we have a bunch of quiet, thinking players. Great for learning the game, but terrible for bringing in fans. This is why you don't see chess on TV. The main event coverage began with Mike "The Mouth" Matusow talking shit on the feature table. He didn't last long, but luckily we had guys like Humberto Brenes, Dmitri Nobles and Prahlad Friedman waiting in the wings for that air time.

    Jamie Gold
    All this time, an expected character was waiting in the wings, secretly accumulating a mountain of chips. In fact, Jamie Gold was only mentioned once up until day 4, when they suddenly pointed out that he has 10 times the average chips stack. We don't know much about how he got the chip lead. But we sure learned a lot about he maintained it. Jamie Gold was referred to by the announcers as a talent agent, turned TV producer. But as the coverage showed, he had just as big a place in front of the cameras. He verbally bobbed and weaved his way into one of the most decisive victories in WSOP history. Sure, he caught an amazing run of cards. But he used psychology to get maximum value for those great cards, eliminating countless players on his road to victory.

    He wasn't afraid to get in there and trade insults with a cocky, brash Eric Molina, who has barely been seen since. But for the most part, he was downright charming. You could tell that by spending time with these players, he grew to consider them as friends. At times he was apologetic when eliminating players. And although there were a couple controversial moments that where he broke the rules, the floor was never called and you could tell that on his end it was less collusion and more being a nice guy. And this sincere innocence is part of what makes him so endearing.

    I was able to speak to Jamie about this series, his plans for the summer and what he is up to now.

    Jamie Gold Rule
    Whether or not the "Jamie Gold Rule" is good for poker is irrelevant. It is the rule now and there is no changing that. But in the 2006 World Series, Gold exemplified what the game of poker is about. He did whatever it took to win. Nowadays poker psychology is more about bet sizing and timing tells. Back then it was about talking. And he talked his opponents into folding when he was bluffing and calling or betting into him when he had the goods. Using every tool you can to win is what makes a good poker player.
    But aside from poker, Jamie is a good person. There was a classic hand with David Einhorn, who had vowed to donate his winnings to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Gold said, "Your money's going to charity. Don't waste it." "Why don't you join me in that," replied Einhorn. But Jamie's money was going to charity. It was going to support his father, who had Lou Gehrig's disease. And he hasn't stopped giving. He is on the board of director's of The Giving Back Fund, which has created 240 foundations and currently runs 45 charitable foundations for legendary athletes, corporations and celebrities to affect change around the globe. He also frequently hosts charity poker tournaments, including the first ever joint United Nations gaming event for the Global Creative Forum.

    2006 was the perfect storm of poker and remains my favorte WSOP to watch. Poker may never be the same, but it is my hope that we can have another boom and in order that to happen, we need a great new cast of characters like Jamie Gold. Until then we must adapt and take it as it comes. That's what Gold is doing. He has replaced his poker website patches with patches of his own companies. Each of which donates a large portion of earnings to charity.

    Please visit www.bbopokertables.com and www.youstake.com for more info on some great companies for poker players. For more info on Jamie's life visit jamiegold.com, www.haasportman.com and www.givingback.org.

    250 Thank You Ticket
    I am giving away three 250 guaranteed freeroll tickets to people who respond below. What was your favorite WSOP to watch and why? Entries must be received by 10AM EST Wednesday to qualify.

    Good luck!

     Filed under: Poker, Tipsy Talk, Tipsy Tips, Jamie Gold, WSOP


    seanrc: So cool
    Mon, 06/05/2017 - 15:36

    Great read/watch first heard of Jamie late on the high stakes poker programming that use to run, Picking a specific WSOp event to watch would be hard, I find i can reallt get into almost any game slow/fast big/small and still enjoy it while observing and reporting in my head, Thanks for the continued thread of great articles and interviews. looking forward to the next one thanks isnortbooze

    abdou: You should not worry
    Mon, 06/05/2017 - 19:56

    Patience is the key to relief

    Linux911: i need a ticket
    Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00

    Basically the final tables, because to watch the whole event there is no desire and only those types of poker that are interesting to PLO and NLH.

    isnortbooze: Giving away 3 tickets to 250 GTD freeroll!
    Mon, 06/05/2017 - 22:27

    Please read the article and watch the video and let me know what you think!

    abdou: I read the article twice watched the video, honestly did not how
    Mon, 06/05/2017 - 22:40

    If you give me a ticket I will be grateful

    hitduper: exactly 2006 & 2017
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 06:56

    I selected 2 wsop event 2006 & current,
    Jamie m gold is my favourite with2006 main event he I remember that amazing movement in final event when jamie defeated Paul wasicka with Q 9 hand and onboard cards Q 8 5 and wasicka have 10. 10 but can't improve it,,
    And now I hope that he glory again in this current event..

    Marukh666: 2016
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 07:42

    my favorite is a previous year 2016,
    i was really enjoy while watching that QUI NGUYEN make glory in usa Earnings: $8,005,310.

    Biggi: ticket please
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 08:47

    2016, is very good allin
    Here look:

    joicypoltas: another nice day in betcoin with isnortbooze
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:21

    My favourit event was 2006 and 2016 because of my two favourit poker player got top position in that event,
    In 2006 a phychological attacker JAMIE M GOLD.
    In 2016 a Lucky+risky player QUI NGUYEN.
    Like these player both of from USA.

    wishiswish: 2003 and previous
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:34

    i appreciated jamie gold, but my favourit event is 2003 and 2016.
    2003 is a historic event of poker which attract not just Us poker player but Asia and Europe too.while in 2016 there is no question about Qui nguyen playing style.

    Angle4run: jamie in 2006 and now again
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:57

    On in the best poker tips is using psychology which jamie gold use in poker thsts why i like jamie and 2006 his winning movement.
    And hope he rise again with his ability (psychology).

    Underworld: I don`t have favorite WSOP :)
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 19:25

    I actually never followed any WSOP from start to end, I watch videos on YouTube and there is so many great hands from previous years and I can`t say which one was better, cause I watched just the best ones :)
    With betcoin.ag I will follow this year WSOP more closely, I hope we will watch good poker, with some amazing hands.

    brizvegas76: 2003 WSOP main event stands alone
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:47

    Several reasons why the 2003 main event was/is my fave to watch. First, as we all know, the boom never happens without it. Second, the nostalgia of the look and feel of the tournament is unparalleled. It has all the elements needed to make an event a cult classic from the noir-esque decor of Binion's to the overtop cast of characters like Farha. It feels like an old card room you dreamed of playing in, at least for me. Third, without "the bluff" poker is never the same. The fact that a novice could turn a busted up and down draw into a bluff that gets one of the best gamblers in the world off a winning hand, told an entire generation that they could do it too. Fourth, it was not the best year in terms of production value in front of the camera by ESPN but it felt the most authentic, it wasn't a carnival yet filled with the over the top and ridiculous. It welcomed us to a world of Stu Unger, Doyle, Chip, Ivey and Matusow, a world i am happy to say i have never left. So for all those reasons, and a bunch more, I'll take 2003 any day of the week.

    BigThangz: fav wsop
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:57

    theres pretty much 3 wsops that worth spending the time to watch my order would have to be MONEYMAKER for entertainment value I rember just sitting there tuning in week after week just hoping he got TKOd by Farha, 2nd would be the Greg Raymer series great shit talking that yr, and 3rd Jamie Gold yr he was fun to watch and even funner watchin the other players steaming out the ears......since then like Jamie Gold says in the video poker has been boring to watch and not worth watching since the yr he has won.....I still watch on espn but its nothing I care if I miss

    BigThangz: oh yeah
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 21:05

    who could forget Ellix Powers......

    michigan1: My fav by far is when Ryan
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 21:16

    My fav by far is when Ryan Riess a michigan guy won it in 2013 while wearing his lions jersey for a cool 8.4 milly!!

    oriole: WSOP 2003 was my favorite,
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 21:43

    WSOP 2003 was my favorite, because the amateur Chris Moneymaker made poker go boom. With just $39 he won a sattelite to main event and against all odds won the whole event. He outbluffed Sammy Farha in the final heads-up battle. His win inspired many to start playing poker and it's when poker truly entered mainstream conciousness.

    BustAllDay: 2015
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 04:13

    McKeehen was amusing to watch cause of how creepy he was. I personally hated him at the time, thought he was a cocky bitch, but he grew on me overtime. You wanted to peacefully make a decision on your hand, good fucking luck, you've got someone eye fucking you with the stare of death. Well done joe

    shandefoye: 2008 - The Inaugural November Nine & 2016
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 07:07

    Great to watch an amizing movement of both 2008 & 2016 event.
    I remember to watch with my friend in China and want Ivan demidov Russian win but he placed 3rd..while in 2016 my favourite Nguyen show that he always a professional poker in USA.

    Fishwitchipz: ><>
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 07:22


    xiyanxook: me with 2015 and 2016
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 08:18

    Joy Mckeehen is my favourit he won 2015 main event for $7.7million..
    And Qui nguyen makes glory last year that why i like those events.

    isnortbooze: Congrats brizvegas76, Angle4run and BustAllDay
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:04

    You guys win the tickets this week!
    It is so hard to pick from all these great responses, but I am trying to make sure it is fair and everyone wins at least once before I start giving out seconds. But we are almost at the point where everyone has won, so please keep up the great answers. I truly enjoy reading them!

    BigThangz: oh its like T-ball
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 18:17

    this is a everybody gets a trophy league? lol j/k great articles man keep em coming

    EyeWonBTC: It's a sad world where everyone gets a "participation trophy"
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 20:24

    We give every kid a trophy so they feel good about themselves. Then we let them out into the real world where nothing works that way. Then they realize they've been lied to their entire lives and they can not be or do anything they want.


    "Trophies used to be awarded only to winners, but are now little more than party favors: reminders of an experience, not tokens of true achievement. When awards are handed out like candy to every child who participates, they diminish in value. If every soccer player receives a trophy for merely showing up to practice and playing in games, the truly exceptional players are slighted. The same applies to teams. Regardless of individual effort or superior skills, all who participate receive equal acknowledgement."


    "The humble participation trophy has taken on a twisted meaning over the past few years, as it's gone from "shiny thing we give six-year-olds at the end of their soccer season" to a powerful weapon in the ongoing War on Millennials. Participation trophies, if my Aunt Cathy is to be believed, are a stupid reward that parents feel compelled to give their below-average children, and are symbolic of how complacent and unmotivated my generation is. They also apparently prevent any chance of you becoming a functional, helpful member of society."

    daffyD: theres something about
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:40

    theres something about getting in the head of your opponent..when properly done you almost always take his money..nice one scot..always look forward to your posts

    twirlspin: Scott another really
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 20:27

    Scott another really entertaining interview, thoroughly enjoyed it!

    For me the 2006 WSOP is my favorite. For two reasons: 1) it was one of the more entertaining challenges to watch and I really enjoyed the banter between players (Disagree with the rule but it is what it is now) and 2) personally I was so stressed out at work that year watching the WSOP while I played online or at a friends house was an enormous escape for me!

    I always liked Jamie's persona projected through the media but after watching this interview have even more respect for him! Thanks for a great intervew!!!

    spazballz: LIEF FORCE
    Sat, 06/10/2017 - 01:12

    not sure of the year but it's the one were Leif Force final tabled and started crying. That much money did volumes for him and his family. In this case it for sure was a LEIF changing sum of money I know i won't get a ticket but that is my opinion of the best WSOP!!#

    imdust: man the good old days i
    Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:22

    man the good old days i qualified for the 2006 ME for $5 lol

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