Grafton Blogs about the Poker Industry

Grafton Blogs about the Poker Industry

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

One of the UK's most entertaining and affable players, Sam Grafton, has recently opened up about the relationship between poker players and the poker media in a recent blog post.

Drawing on ESPN's portrayal of Daniel Colman following his win in the WSOP's Big One for ONE DROP, Grafton believes that the way in which many pros are now invested in the game is less direct than a few years ago.

Sitting in contrast to the likes of Doyle Brunson, Erick Lindgren and Phil Hellmuth, today's pros are less involved with the commercial side of the game because of the way they've grown up in the game.

Forging their bankrolls and reputation on skill rather than personality, it appears to Grafton that this has caused a disconnect between those at the felt and those in the media.

Although he respects a player's right to shun the spotlight, he believes that it's positive for everyone involved in the game if those at the top use their positions to help mould the "future context in which we all play poker".

Ultimately, Grafton appreciates that both parties need each other, but that each needs to understand how today's relationships are different than they used to be.

Tags: Sam Grafton, Dan Colman