Hey, aren't you that guy from that thing on TV?
In another lifetime, at an age before time took my brown hair and turned it gray, in a world where telling the truth had more value than a good bluff, in grocery stores in the tri-state area, I was a minor celebrity. Like, really minor. But minor or not, there is a certain lifestyle that goes along with random people stopping you in the middle of a store and acting as if they have known you their entire life.
As a local TV news guy, going out meant there was a 50/50 chance of someone saying, "Hey! News guy! What's the weather going to do?" (I wasn't a weather man.) Or, on another day, "Hey! Sports guy! You think the Panthers are going to win any games this year?" (I wasn't a sports guy.)
Regardless, no matter how meaningless a certain variety of celebrity is, it's meaningful if only in having to live your life just a little bit differently than you would if people didn't know who you were.
Just ask one of the biggest poker celebrities in the world, Mr. Daniel Negreanu.
Listen, there was a time when Kid Poker wasn't even Kid Poker. He was hustling in the pool halls and happy if nobody knew who he was. Today, the guy can't buy a a tofu sandwich without the lady behind the counter asking him to sign an autograph (I might have made that part up, but it's not far off).
Thing is, put him in a police line-up and ask a rando to pick out the poker player, and Negreanu is dead to rights. And he's not the only one.
A while back, the good folks at PokerStars.tv put a few questions to some of poker's biggest stars and asked them what it's like to be a poker celebrity. Negreanu, Liv Boeree, Victoria Coren Mitchell, and Phil Hellmuth all weighed in.
Here's what they had to say.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging