Published on February 5th, 2008 2:36 am EST

The cards are everywhere - In the air - The King is holding the king cardCan young poker players finally start to gain respect in the eyes of the old, grizzled veterans of the game? Will the "old guard" of poker continue to dismiss and malign the current crop of young poker talent, or will they finally start to realize that maybe they are overmatched by the young talent that is currently dominating the game today?

If you look at the past 12-18 months, you just can not deny the fact that the "youngsters" are absolutely dominating the game. Last year, you had the emergence of players such as Jonathan "Fieryjustice" Little, Scott "Bigriskky" Clements, Jared "Wacokidd" Hamby and Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad, amongst others.

So far in 2008, almost all of the big "live" tournaments have been won by players no older than their mid 20's.

Alexander Kostritsyn took down the 2008 Aussie Millions and he is 21 years old. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier took down the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure and he is 26 years old. Michael "Timex" McDonald won the EPT Dortmund tournament and he is 18 years old. Tom "Durrrr" Dwan and Justin "Zeejustin" Bonomo continue to go deep in major live tournaments.

Gavin Griffin, just 26 years old, has an EPT title, WSOP title and WPT title under his belt, along with 4.4 million dollars in lifetime cashes. Griffin is the only poker player to EVER accomplish this feat.

The funny thing is that despite all these results, young "Internet" players continue to get belittled by many of the "old guard". They'll grumble about luck, they'll grumble about variance "catching up to the young players", and they'll grumble about how the young players just use math to determine their decisions, and don't really play poker.

In the end, the results speak for themselves. I expect this trend of domination to continue. Why? Because the young players are overall much better poker players, and the "old guard" are just too stubborn to adapt.


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