This Lance Armstrong cheating business got me thinking about drug testing in other sports and before long I was wondering what would would happen if they introduced it to the big poker tournaments?
Numerous players over the years have been partial to the odd illicit substance.
In Des Wilson’s book “Ghosts at the Table” he revealed that Bobby Hoff, the 1979 WSOP main event runner up, used to leave a line of cocaine by the bedside for when he woke up. Could this have given him an unfair advantage?
And if you’re going to talk about banning illegal drugs, why not prescription drugs too? You could argue that whacking a load of valium into your system to keep calm might give you a better poker face while you’re enjoying that warm comatose feeling. And what about alcohol?
Most people would probably be happy playing a drunk but Scotty Nguyen took down the 2008 $50k H.O.R.S.E event while getting obnoxiously smashed and T J Cloutier had a friend who could be the toughest player in the world slightly drunk but the biggest fish ever once he was totally hammered.
So this week’s question is: “Should poker players ever be drug tested?” Answer this week’s poll and leave a comment with your Twitter username to be in with a chance of winning an Irish Open satellite token.
Congratulations to @theblackrose84 for winning last week’s poll.