Apr 17, 2010

Showman of Poker Game: Stu Ungar

In December 2009 poker celebrated the tenth anniversary of the death of Stu Ungar - still arguably the greatest poker player in history (even if not for some the best poker player, he was undoubtedly the best player as gin rummy is known). 

Though he was an extremely troubled life, his talent at all card games were all simple men staggering, and some anecdotes about him are legendary: his participation in tournaments to thirty 10 000 USD on which it won ten, including three Main Event of the WSOP (two wins in a row); up to $ 30 000 paid on the river with a single height 10; almost telepathic qualities that enabled him to achieve this status in its own player.

Despite extraordinary skills, Ungar experienced major setbacks. He was a compulsive gambler and a drug addict, who was regularly losing millions of dollars in horse racing and drug use. Ungar is probably the greatest example of problem gamblers have evolved among the best in the world. It was certainly the most gifted who ever existed, but when we enumerate the factors necessary for success at the tables, such as money management, emotional control and discipline, he was terrible.

 Ungar compare to another such legend Chip Reese, who despite great discretion throughout his career (mainly because of its limited participation in tournaments due to its better performance in cash games), had earned - and kept - millions dollars while being able to remain perpetually calm and serene.

Who is the best of both? He is able to display your cards, then losing millions on tilt or fall into bad habits? Or is it that you largely dominates, does not tilt, always playing with a monetary security and raising millions of dollars to anyone sitting at his table? In my opinion this is Chip Reese, although Ungar was one of the biggest in the game, it was far to appear in the best professionals - it takes more than just skills.

If it obscures his faults, Ungar was one of the most real poker. His generosity and heart were legendary, and his death was a huge loss. To put his character in perspective, I leave you with a history of Doyle Brunson, speaking of this generosity. So they both walked in the street a man came up to ask if Ungar could lend him some money. Ungar immediately released $ 100 and gave the tip. Then they continued walking Brunson asked his friend how he knew this man. Ungar replied "How do I know? If I knew I would have give $ 200.