Dear Doyle, thank you for great poker

January 29, 2008 12:11 AM
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Carol, over the years I have had the opportunity to play with many great poker players. Today I am writing an open letter to the best no limit player in the world — a member in good standing of "The Seniors" World Championship of Poker/ Poker Players Hall of Fame and creator of Doyle’s Room on the Internet.

Dear Mr. Doyle Brunson,

Yes, I am sure that most all of the folks who honor me by reading "Back in the Saddle Again" already know you Doyle. There’s Doy-Lee, Texas Dolly and your world famous "Doyle’s hand" the 10-2. You are the famous author of the poker bible (The Super System), the father of Todd and every poker players friend.

Yes, Doyle, I invite you and all our friends to go to my website www.ok-j.com and visit the photo gallery. You are on the opening page with me and Carol and OK-Sarah. If you have time, take a look at your certificate of induction into The Seniors WCOP/Poker Players Hall of Fame.

I have had the pleasure of playing a few hands of poker with you over the years!

I know that you wear 10 World Series of Poker bracelets and that I only wear just one. It’s a gold WSOP bracelet that was awarded to me for being the best all around poker player in the competition.

But very few ever know or care who finishes at the final table. But I hold one record in the WSOP that I don’t really know whether to be proud of. I have finished in third place six times! I was second once and also fourth to Stu Ungar. So no one really knows this old player because if you do not finish first, all you get is money.

Oh, yes there is "The Seniors" WCOP — that I have won and host each year at the WSOP. First is all that counts, except when you go to the bank.

It has been my pleasure to play a few hands with you at the final table in years past and look forward to learning a bit more from "The Guru of Poker" in the near future.

I have been playing in your room and think that it is one of the best on the Internet. Of course, I do like my daughter Sarah’s best (www.OKJohnny.com).

I remember playing with you and Bobby Baldwin at one of the final tables of the World Series of Poker. We were playing down at the old Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas. Of course you do not remember, but we were playing California lowball.

 I had made a 6-4-3-2-A, which is the second best hand in this disciple of poker.

Now you had no way of knowing me at that time, but I had been playing poker with Bobby since he was too young to play. And, I owned him when he was learning how to play back home in Tulsa.

I made the right bet for the pot and conditions. Bobby had drawn two cards and he raised my bet, the correct amount for me to call. Before Bobby could turn over his hand you said, "OK Bobby, show him the wheel."

So you fellows had taken this little Oklahoma Poker Player and taught him one more lesson! Kind of like he had gone to poker college here in Vegas after leaving Tulsa. But I still have a small question. How did you teach him to draw two and make a wheel?

I understand the betting and I understand you knowing that he had a wheel! However, I will never understand how you taught him to draw two and catch those two perfect wheel cards.

I sure look forward to talking with you again soon or just email me oklajohnny@aol.com. If you can, Mr Doyle, Please, tell me how you teach a poker player to call a big bet, draw two and make a wheel!

OK-J Poker Tip

It comes from T.J. Cloutier, one of the very best tournament poker players and member in good standing in "The Seniors" World Championship of Poker/Poker Players Hall of Fame.

T.J. asks, "What does poker break down to in the long run? He answers his own question, "Most of the money comes from somebody’s mistakes! Good players also make mistakes, but they make fewer of them!"

Until next time remember to Stay Lucky!