Just like the name Michael Jordan is synonymous with basketball and Pele’s name connects with football, there is a name that is inherently conjoined with bling2. This name is Doyle Brunson. It is this man who brought poker to the masses. His life and actions are fit to be documented in the form of an autobiography or movie. He was born on the 10th of August, 1933 in Longworth, TX. Doyle began playing poker when he was in high school. He was also a great basketball player in those days. He was well on his way to play with one of the fifty greatest players in the NBA. However, an accident in a gypsum factory led to a compound fracture in his right leg. This took him away from basketball and he went on to earn a Masters degree from Hardin Simmons University.

He went to work in a normal job, selling business machines, until he started playing poker while he was there to service the machines. When the card playing became more lucrative than the machine business, Doyle knew that there was another calling for his skills.

Now Play Multiple Poker Games on Xbox, PS2 and GBA – With 2K Sport’s World Poker Tour 2K6

2K Sports that is a brand of 2K Games and Take-Two Interactive, has just released World Poker Tour 2K6. Licensed by World Poker Tour, this casino game is a take off from its TV show. The game showcases real WPT casinos. Also included are actual commentary from show hosts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Pattern. Players of  World Poker Tour 2K6 can try their hand at playing with virtual representations of pros. Great players like Phil “Unabonber” Laak and Erick Lindgren are there to play with, in this pack. Players will now get to show poker faces too  with the PS2 EyeToy camera peripheral. This pack for sure promises great entertainment value!

Because poker against pixelated players can often be unsatisfying, the Xbox and  PS2 version both offer online support. World Poker Tour is rated E for Everyone and sells for $19.99.

AOL and Harrahs Entertainment Join Forces to Jointly Host WSOP

Harrahs Entertainment has associated with AOL to create a co-branded cyberspace home for the World Series of Poker Tournament. This new online poker site will have free-play poker rooms. There will also be event updates and poker related content to reach out to a wide audience. In addition, 12 poker fans will get an opportunity to win a free seat at the $10,000 buy-in No limit Texas Hold’em world championship event. Players must be more than 21 years of age. This is a pairing of the best poker brand witht he best online gaming brand. Jeffery Pollack, vice president of sports and entertainment marketing, for Harrah’s Entertainment said that AOL’s powerful reach will be a major plus point. He said that it will help more people get a chance to play at the World Series of Poker.

The announcement seized the opportunity to publicize the World Series of Poker, which will take place nest summer at the Rio All-Suite & Casino in Las Vegas. During the 2005 World Series of Poker, more than $52 million in prize money was awarded in the Main Event alone, and every player who advanced to the final table won at least $1 million.