Doyle Brunson Is Still Alive

But Is the Dot-Com Ban?

by , Jun 2, 2008 | 7:57 pm

Not in the tournament, I don’t think … but I did just see him hobble by (distinguishedly) in apparent defeat.

Speaking of Doyle, I’ve also noticed Arizona player Mike Wattel decked out in Doyle’s Room gear — a wide-brimmed golf hat and heavily washed golf shirt. Congrats to Wattel for whatever deal he’s worked out. Am guessing it’s no coincidence that he has been logo’ed up by the same room as his ex-girlfriend Cyndy Violette.

(Syntax dilemma of the day: Does Cyndy Violette support Doyle’s Room, or does Doyle’s Room support Cyndy?)

Am also noticing a lot more dot-commage all over the place this year. From my perch in the pressbox, right in front of me I see some Euro journo wearing a big splay on the back of his T-shirt … and several other players in the second-chance tourney right in front of me wearing all sorts of swag.

Not sure yet what this means … either it’s irrelevant because there’re no TV cams around, or in general The Empire* is lightening up over the terrorist threat dot-coms present?

5 Comments to “Doyle Brunson Is Still Alive ”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    I thought the case the previous years was that players would have .com apparel, but then when the main event starts, Harrah’s would crack down hard (especially the year when they had those .NET stickers they plastered on anything .com).

  2. DanM

    They definitely crack down harder on everything during the main event. but in general, dot-coms were a no-no, or at least always were.

    Everything seems to be so much more laid back this year.

  3. BJ Nemeth

    My understanding is that the “.com” rule only kicks in during televised events. The Main Event is televised from the start of Day 1, so it applies throughout.

    Days 1 and 2 of prelim events aren’t televised, so players are free to wear more or less what they wish, including .com logos.

    My level of certainty on this is about 94.6%.

    As for the syntax dilemma, I contend that if the relationship is financial (the site pays the player through a long-term deal), then it’s more correct to say that the website supports the player.

    For the record, a temporary final table deal to simply wear someone’s logo on TV doesn’t count as “support.” You don’t support hookers; you pay them for services rendered and leave immediately after.

  4. DanM

    BJ, I question your use of the second-person singular here, unless of course you are talking about the universal You.

    (And so did I miss Wattel being at a final table? He was wearing Doyle’s Room gear two days ago as well.)

  5. BJ Nemeth

    LOL … I just caught that. When I said, “You,” I really meant, “You and I” in the first use and “we” in the second.