Inside Edge: Is the Player Bigger than the Game?

Amazon Prime’s highly anticipated web series, Inside Edge, features Richa Chaddha portraying an actress who owns a cricket team, the Mumbai Mavericks, alongside actor Angad Bedi whose character is the captain of said team. Towards the end of the gripping trailer an interesting topic arises: What is bigger than the game?

Throughout the realm of any major sport, this hotly contested debate always seems to resurface. Are players really bigger than the game? This certainly seems the case with major sports like cricket. In countries like India where cricket is equivalent to religion, the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni have established themselves as deities who have been revered by fans all over the country. Similarly, Viswanathan Anand is the only name that comes to the non-avid chess enthusiast’s mind when talking about the game of mental prowess.

As a platform to promote poker in india, this pushes us to ask ourselves these very same questions on the poker table. Are the players bigger than the game? Let’s analyse this based on the biggest poker tournament that is happening currently – The World Series of Poker also known fondly as WSOP.

More often than not people tend to remember the spectacle rather than performer. Thousands of people flock to this venue in Las Vegas, referred to as the Mecca of Poker, every year. The highlight of any major poker festival is the Main Event, which is usually the final event on the agenda. What is interesting to note is that these Main Events are seldom won by the same person consecutively. In simpler words, these events crown new champions almost every year. Even the most passionate poker fan will have a hard time keeping track of all these winners.

On the other hand, the Poker life is well known for its glam and jazz. We have all heard of how Dan Bilzerian, former WSOP winner, has shared his “filthy rich” lifestyle on Instagram. With millions of dollars spent and 2 heart attacks suffered in the process, he has made quite a name for himself as a Larger than life poker player. And of course we have the every now and then movie like “Casino Royale” that brings out the player as a focal character over the game.

Such is the nature of the game, such is the nature of the players, but the final question we still fail to answer is whether the player is bigger than the game? Join in on the battle and make a stand for what you think poker speaks out – the player or the game!