Who are your favorite poker players and who do you think are best/worst ambassadors
My favorite poker players are Sammy Farha, Negreanu and Phil Ivey.
Also I have always followed Josh Arieh since his 3rd place finish at WSOP
main event that Raymer won - thought he was the best player at the final table and throughout ESPN coverage which coincided with me really starting to follow poker on TV. I think Negreanu Doyle Brunson and Arieh are interesting writers on gambling whether it be twitter or blogs and they all seem to "get it" - by that I mean they realize how lucky they are and are positive ambassadors for the game of poker.
Phil Ivey is not a normal human being obv. and I root for him more than any other poker player but I wouldn't cast him as a great ambassador for the game - His willingness to gamble for superhuman stakes may cause an average human to bust their bankroll many times trying to emulate him plus to this point Ivey Poker has been a failure. No one will ever cast Sammy Farha as a poker ambassador but if there was a poker tv show with Farha and Ivey on every day I would never watch anything else - if you are a gambler you have to love watching Sammy.
The worst images out there for poker are Hellmuth and Matusow imo - just horrible behavior so many times people just accept it - also the hundreds of online kids who can't get a haircut or buy a decent shirt for televised final table appearances. Quick shout out to Tony Dunst and Marcel Luske for their sartorial style -- if Bond 18s blog is to believed dressing well plays nicely with the ladies too.....