Call it the "Revenge of the Nerds."
The kids that were picked on in high school cause they were really good at math or because they liked spending their free-time playing "Magic the Gathering?" All of a sudden they are 21, and heading to Vegas for the World Series of Poker. Not only that, but many of these so-called social misfits are now sporting huge bankrolls, sometimes worth millions of dollars.
They are rolling into Vegas, and it's a bit of a coming out party for them. They are going to make up for lost time while they are there: blowing thousands of dollars at the Rhino, drinking thousand dollar bottles of champagne and paying for two month stays at the Bellagio. All of that time spent playing Magic is now paying off, in spades. They were the people you never heard from in high school, just keeping to themselves. Now they are the Masters of the Universe, playing in tournaments with multi-million dollar prizepools and making mortal poker players look foolish.
For every Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius, there is a player like Eric Froehlich or Jeff Garza, not the most stylish of all poker players, but lethal at the tables nonetheless. Poker is the perfect equalizer, where the power of the mind and the ability to deceive counts for much more than physical power.
So even though you ruled high school with an iron fist, they will be laughing at you as you toil at your $10 an hour job, while they pop open bottles of Cristal and take down million dollar plus first place prizes at the World Series of Poker. It's a cruel, cruel world.
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