Originally Posted by kschuster
lmao @ some of these.
"all you need is a chip and a chair"
-norman chad (WPT commentator)
FYI, at Treetop Strauss: Chip and a Chair (http://www.pokerlistings.com/poker-hand-of-the-day_treetop-strauss-chip-and-a-chair?show=all)
Yesterday, we covered the alternate story linking Treetop Jack Strauss
(http://www.pokerlistings.com/poker-player_jack-straus) to the phrase “All you need is a chip and a chair”. Today we look at the mainstream version of the tale, the one that history managed to record successfully.
When Strauss embarked on his World Series career, things looked promising. He was aggressive before aggression was a keyword in every poker player’s vocabulary. His reputation as a strong, unpredictable player intimidated opponents into folding up like so many lawn chairs. He finished second to the great Johnny Moss
(http://www.pokerlistings.com/poker-player_johnny-moss) in his first series in 1971. He was primed to take his seat on the throne.
Unfortunately for Strauss, ’71 was as close as he’d get in that decade. Other, more dedicated players surpassed him as he lived life to the fullest. He couldn’t keep up with the players who spent more time at the table than he did. His WSOP
(http://www.pokerlistings.com/live-tournaments/wsop) seemed to agree with the sentiment, plummeting downwards through the turn of the decade.
Finally, Strauss broke through in the 1982 Series to take the title, but not before a very close brush with elimination. Strauss was knee-deep in a hand whose details have been forgotten by time, but we do know that at one point he silently moved his stack into the middle of the pot. His opponent called, matching him chip for chip. The cards were turned over and Strauss had lost.
Jack stood up, put on his coat and started collecting himself when he found one last $500 chip underneath his ****tail napkin. The fact he hadn’t actually announced himself all-in meant that he was still alive, surviving on a technicality. By today’s rules, he would have been eliminated, but the ruling stood and Jack survived.
He took off the coat, sat back down, moved all-in on the next hand and won. He moved in again and doubled again. Two days later, he was the only player with chips, as a ten on the river helped his A-10 beat Dewey Tomko
(http://www.pokerlistings.com/poker-player_dewey-tomko)’s A-4 to win the title. We’ll go into more detail on that tomorrow.