PokerNews Podcast Special: Poker Hall of Famer 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."
|00:24||Welcome to the show|
|02:24||Sponsor: GG Poker|
|02:45||Sponsor: Run It Once|
|03:30||Crandell Addington joins the show|
|07:00||Origin of the World Series of Poker (WSOP)|
|10:15||The early days of the WSOP|
|14:30||Poker at Binion’s Horseshoe in the 70s|
|15:35||Retiring from poker|
|18:45||Not really a tournament player|
|19:44||Not really “winner take all”|
|22:00||Government leads to paying out more spots|
|24:33||Going heads-up w/ Bobby Baldwin|
|25:25||Keeping on top of what’s happening in the poker world|
|26:50||Being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame|
|28:13||Best dressed and being called “Dandy”|
|30:00||Did Johnny Moss vs. Nick the Greek really happen?|
|31:00||How Brian “Sailor” Roberts changed the game|
|35:30||Ever get robbed?|
|36:17||Did you ever imagine poker would get this big?|
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Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.