Side games: 7
Steam control: 8
Against weak players: 7
Against strong players: 7
Best game: I’m not sure, but he has some nice results in no-limit hold’em tournaments
Weakness: He isn’t willing to put much money at risk, even if it is warranted
Dan was a solid player in the ‘80’s before moving on to a successful business career involving some sort of real estate loans. His running-buddy in the ‘80’s was Ray Zee who always ridiculed tournaments (as did many winning cash game players) and advised Dan of the foolishness of playing in them.
What I like best about Dan is that he is not animated, like a lot of poker players, and not too full of himself either. He is incredibly thrifty, to put it mildly. When Dan goes to a new venue his mission is finding the cheapest place to eat. I’m not sure if he owns a car and he used to rent rooms in friend’s houses at discount rates even when he was well off financially.
When Dan made it to the final table of the 1995 World Series of Poker, he proposed a nine-way settlement to the other players. He explained how they would each get enough money that they could invest it and be rich. Chuck Thompson, one of the players and a friend of mine, rejected the idea and told the other players that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a million dollars. One by one, as each player got knocked out, Dan tried to sell the idea, even offering investment counseling. There were no takers and eventually Dan came away with the full million.
Title: Like A Rock
Artist: Bob Seger
Reason for this song choice
I was going to use Danny Boy because of his name and heritage. But a website reader, Joe Farrell from Houston, suggested Like a Rock, since it went along with Dan’s image as a tight player.