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PokerNews Podcast Special: Poker Hall of Famer Crandell Addington

Hosts:
Chad Holloway @ChadAHolloway
Guests:
Crandell Addington

In this special edition of the PokerNews Podcast, Chad Holloway welcomes guest Crandell Addington, a Poker Hall of Famer and one of the original Texas road gamblers.

Addington, 81, has been retired fro the poker world for decades, but he took time to sit down with PokerNews and chat about the early days of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and how the game has changed.

Among the topics covered are his friendship w/ Doyle Brunson, how Brian "Sailor" Roberts changed the game, being best dressed and nicknamed “Dandy," and his thoughts on what the game has become today.

"A guy that's really a non-tournament player, me, winds up holding the record for the most final table appearances at the Main Event."

In one such story, Addington says: "I was lucky enough that I didn’t get robbed. I knew a bunch of those outlaws, and from time to time I’d help them if they got broke, if they needed some money, so they never did rob me.

"It was mainly guys who did that for a living that was sticking up poker games, so you didn’t have a bunch of crazy dope addicts running through the door where you might get shot at any minute."

In another, he states: "The irony of this is, I was never really a tournament player, and I never played in anybody else’s tournaments. I only played in the Main Event because Benny wanted me to … A guy that’s really a non-tournament player, me, winds up holding the record for the most final table appearances at the Main Event."

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Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson & Jack Binion
Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson & Jack Binion (c/o Image Masters)

Time Stamps

TimeTopic
00:24Welcome to the show
02:24Sponsor: GG Poker
02:45Sponsor: Run It Once
03:30Crandell Addington joins the show
07:00Origin of the World Series of Poker (WSOP)
10:15The early days of the WSOP
14:30Poker at Binion’s Horseshoe in the 70s
15:35Retiring from poker
18:45Not really a tournament player
19:44Not really “winner take all”
22:00Government leads to paying out more spots
24:33Going heads-up w/ Bobby Baldwin
25:25Keeping on top of what’s happening in the poker world
26:50Being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame
28:13Best dressed and being called “Dandy”
30:00Did Johnny Moss vs. Nick the Greek really happen?
31:00How Brian “Sailor” Roberts changed the game
35:30Ever get robbed?
36:17Did you ever imagine poker would get this big?
39:44Oddschecker Ad

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