By Eric Raskin
Moneymaker, an beginner poker participant with a reputation too sturdy to be real, defied the chances to win the 2003 WSOP major occasion, simply because the dual innovations of on-line poker and the hole-card digicam concurrently arrived to revolutionize a video game long-relegated to smoky bars and dwelling rooms.
More than a decade later, with the online-poker global in an ongoing country of flux, the "Moneymaker effect" keeps to reverberate whereas the reminiscences and insights of the greater than 30 eye-witness members stay as proper and insightful as ever, no matter if you're a participant your self or just attracted to a very good real-life narrative.
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When it came to him, it was just as well that he could contemplate the taking of a human life from within the protective fog of drugs. I was shot, too, wasn't I? Ryan turned his head slowly to the right. A bottle of IV fluids was hanging on a metal stand next to the bed, its rubber hose trailing down under the sheet where his arm was tied down. He tried to feel the prick of the catheter that had to be inside the right elbow, but couldn't. His mouth was cottony dry. Well, I wasn't shot on the right side .
Why the umbrellas, though? Didn't people trust the local weather service? Was that how the cop knew I was an American? Another thing he ought to have anticipated was the plethora of Rolls-Royces on the streets. He hadn't seen more than a handful in his entire life, and while the streets were not exactly crowded with them, there were quite a few. He himself usually drove around in a five-year-old VW Rabbit. Ryan stopped at a newsstand to purchase a copy of The Economist, and had to fumble with the change from his cab fare for several seconds in order to pay the patient dealer, who doubtless also had him pegged for a Yank.
The other gunman turned his head first, then swiveled off-balance to bring his own gun around. Both men fired at the same instant. Ryan felt a fiery thump in his left shoulder and saw his own round take the man in the chest. The 9mm slug knocked the man backward as though from a hard punch. Ryan brought his own pistol down from recoil and squeezed off another round. The second bullet caught the man under the chin and exploded out the back of his head in a wet, pink cloud. Like a puppet with severed strings, the gunman fell to the pavement without a twitch.