With the WSOP Online fast-approaching, now might be a good time to look at some of the players who shot to stardom at the Vegas summer shindig, burning brightly before fizzling out like a damp firework. Jamie Gold is first up…

By: Andrew Burnett

复古传奇sf Amid the high-drama of $millions at stake and being thrust into the Main Event spotlight, how the poker public sees you is something that many players have had to live with for years after.

With Gold, it wasn’t the prettiest of personas that we watched take down the $12million first prize. Irritating table talk, flirting with the rules and on occasion flouting them, Gold bragged and blagged his way to WSOP legend status.

Gold spoke about this just last year, stating: “I think people often judge without the facts. The way it was presented was limited by television. It could be interpreted in a positive or negative way, so I understand. There have been ten times the amount of positive reactions as negative, so I'm grateful for that.”

With some decent poker previous, but not a whole lot compared to the likes of final table colleague Allen Cunningham for example, Gold had managed what most dream of – the life-changing Main Event gold bracelet victory.

And yet, within days he was embroiled in a lawsuit that added to the general public’s seeming dislike of Gold. The news was soon out that a British TV producer, Crispin Leyser, claimed he was owed half of the massive win.

Gold’s $10k ME buy-in had been paid by Bodog.com on the proviso that Gold was to find celebrities to represent the cardroom, and it transpired Leyser was brought in by Gold to help – a 50% cut of Gold’s winnings the alleged deal.

The following year the lawsuit was settled out of court, the pricetag for Gold never publicly revealed, and for those who recall that summer of 2006 and its fallout, it may be all you know about Jamie Gold.

There emerged another side to the man复古传奇sf in subsequent years, though, an entertainment business talent agent who has used his poker fame to host and participate in charity events, as well as pass on his knowledge of being in the spotlight. 

He told Pokernews’ Paul Seaton last year: “I'm now advising companies on how to grow properly and be recognized as superstars in business and I’ve had the time and opportunity to help put on events and raise and donate money [to charity] it feels great and has an impact.”

Another interview backed up his world-view relating to poker: “It's never been about winning as many tournaments as I can. For me it's been about how much money I could raise. How many people I could help. How many people I could inspire to help the world.”

His bracelet is long gone – sold at auction for $65,725 back in 2013 by an anonymous seller, to an anonymous buyer, neither of whom was Gold, who had it seems had already parted ways with his iconic piece of jewellery.

As for the $12million fortune that he won in 2006, most of that seems to have gone too, although Gold has since proved himself a very decent poker player by normal standards.

Two 6-figure cashes and five 5-figure cashes over a decade and a half won’t have unduly troubled the taxman, but that, plus his appearances on shows such as High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark, does reveal a player with knowledge and his own approach to the game.

Gold starred alongside fellow Main Event winners Doyle Brunson (1976/1977) Johnny Chan (1987/1988) Huck Seed (1996) Greg Raymer (2004) and Joe Hachem (2005) in the season 2 opening ‘Golden Men’ of PAD.

A dozen years later and Gold was back on show again, this time starring in a ‘Golden Knights’ week that also featured Canadian legend Daniel Negreanu and Hollywood producer Randall ‘Fofty’ Emmett.

Just like Chris Moneymaker复古传奇sf, it proves you can be a good cardplayer and a Main Event winner and grab your place in the history of poker without being a member of the elite.


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