May 30, 2002

Why does The Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, an event that tests an increasingly pointless skill, get such glowing, blanket coverage while The World Series of Poker, an infinitely more interesting competition that requires luck, skill, and daring, gets practically none? Is it because one involves cute little nerdy kids while the other involves swarthy, gamblers hunched over large piles of chips? Probably.

But in case you missed it, the 2002 WSOP champion is first-time winner Rob Varkonyi of Brooklyn, who collected $2 million and the coveted gold bracelet. I've linked to the Poker Forum site, which contains great recaps of all the WSOP events, none of which was won by the obvious Donk favorite Ken Goldstein (though he did finish in the money at least once.
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