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Entry from October 05, 2016
Cadillac of Poker (Texas Hold ‘em nickname)

Texas hold ‘em has been called the “Cadillac of poker,” after the General Motors luxury car called Cadillac. American poker player Doyle Brunson coined the name in his book, titled How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker or Super/System (1978). Although the Cadillac car has lost some of the prestige that it had in the 1970s, the “Cadillac of poker” term is still popular.

Rounders (1998), a film about high-stakes poker, contained the line:

“The game is no limit hold ‘em. The Cadillac of poker.”


Wikipedia: Texas hold ‘em
Texas hold ‘em (also known as Texas holdem, hold ‘em, and holdem) is a variation of the card game of poker. Two cards, known as the hole cards or hold cards, are dealt face down to each player, and then five community cards are dealt face up in three stages. The stages consist of a series of three cards ("the flop"), later an additional single card ("the turn” or “fourth street") and a final card ("the river” or “fifth street"). Each player seeks the best five card poker hand from the combination of the community cards and their own hole cards. If a player’s best five card poker hand consists only of the five community cards and none of the player’s hole cards, it is called “playing the board”. Players have betting options to check, call, raise or fold. Rounds of betting take place before the flop is dealt, and after each subsequent deal.
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Television and film
Prior to poker becoming widely televised, the movie Rounders (1998), starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, gave moviegoers a romantic view of the game as a way of life. Texas hold ‘em was the main game played during the movie and the no-limit variety was described, following Doyle Brunson, as the “Cadillac of Poker”.

Wikipedia: Doyle Brunson
Doyle F. Brunson (born August 10, 1933) is an American poker player who has played professionally for over 50 years. He is a two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion, a Poker Hall of Fame inductee, and the author of several books on poker.
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Brunson authored Super/System, which is widely considered to be one of the most authoritative books on poker. Originally self-published in 1978, Super/System was the book credited with transforming poker by giving ordinary players insight into the way that professionals such as Brunson played and won, so much so that Brunson believes that it cost him a lot of money.

OCLC WorldCat record
How I made over $1,000,000 playing poker
Author: Doyle Brunson; Allan Goldberg
Publisher: Las Vegas, Nev. : B & G Pub. Co., ©1978.
Edition/Format: Print book : English : 1st ed

OCLC WorldCat record
Doyle Brunson’s super system : a course in power poker
Author: Doyle Brunson; Allan Goldberg
Publisher: Las Vegas, Nev. : B & G Pub. Co., ©1979.
Edition/Format: Print book : English : 2nd ed

Google Books
Poker Faces:
The Life and Work of Professional Card Players

By David M. Hayano
Berkeley, CA: University of California Press
1982
Pg. 84:
Some pros consider Hold ‘Em poker, played for no-limit or table stakes, the Cadillac of poker games.

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Are poker players athiests?
Al Axelband
3/31/98
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Of course, Doyle was not incorrect. He was quoting from the book without mentioning the author. For example, “No limit Hold’em is the Cadillac of poker games.” That’s from Super System.

IMDb.com (The Internet Movie Database)
Rounders (1998)
Quotes

Mike McDermott: [Narrating] The game is no limit hold ‘em. The Cadillac of poker.

11 September 1998, USA Today (McLean, VA), “‘Rounders’ hedges bets with Damon in the ante” by Susan Wloszczyna, pg. 11E:
The card playing is well-staged, and even those who don’t know a Texas hold-’em ("the Cadillac of poker") from a Texas hoedown will get a vicarious charge out of the action.

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pot limit vs no limit hold em
earl hamman
10/15/98
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No Limit as Texas Dolly says “is the Cadillac of Poker” and requires “living on the edge”.  These are the big boys and not only will you walk home, you may be looking for a job when the big boys get through separating you from your bankroll.

Google Books
Players:
Con Men, Hustlers, Gamblers, and Scam Artists

By Stephen Hyde and Geno Zanetti
New York, NY: Thunder’s Mouth Press
2002
Pg. 18:
That is why Doyle Brunson, twice World Poker Champion and author of Super/System, the best and most sophisticated of how-to poker books, called no-limit hold ‘em “the Cadillac of poker games.” The possibilities and subtleties are infinite.

Google Books
1000 Best Poker Strategies and Secrets
By Susie Isaacs
Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.
2006
Pp.: 83-84:
Only the best competitors with the most money played. Years ago, in 1978 to be precise, Doyle Brunson coined the phase, “No-limit hold’em is the Cadillac of poker games.” In 1978 a Cadillac was the premier, top-of-the-line automobile. Brunson felt that way about the game of no-limit. Poker just doesn’t get any better.

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Ute
‏@Ute
und ich agiere nach dem 10. gebot : du sollst täuschen!!! zumindest bei #texasholdem “The Cadillac of poker”
2:03 PM - 12 Nov 2008

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The History of Texas Hold’em: The Cadillac of Poker
Posted February 12th, 2016 by Matthew Pitt & filed under Teach the People.
Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker variant played today, but that hasn’t always been the case. Games such as draw and stud once dominated card rooms of Las Vegas and beyond until Hold’em rose to prominence in the 1960s.

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