The Admiring Throng
Yes, that is singular. And funny. Oh, throw in honest for a change. It started with a comment. Luckily, I get all emailed to me. I was taken to task for being dumb. I'll cop to that too but I'm not so sure here. Seeing that most will never see the comments from last July 12
blog, I figure I'll move us both here to prime time.
The post in question dealt with a hand at the bubble and was reported on PokerNews. The hand was nakedly aggressive with – being generous – less than premium cards. Nothing wrong with that AT TIMES. Here, I'll stick with “Dumb as a monkey on a rock.” or whatever the catch phrase de jour is.
Interestingly, we all just watched the ESPN bubble boy hour this week. They showed a lot of pros stealing the blinds but they didn't quite live up to Brett's idea of true professionalism.
Let's review the hand:
The Pro has 92 suited and is out of position
The bubble boy has a single chip and is in the pot with his last 500 in ante
From early position, “The Pro” raises the pot with 93 and there are two callers
The Pro” totally misses the flop and leads out which drives out the other two hands
Now the cards are revealed and THE PRO is actually ahead and goes runner-runner to drive that home
Brett takes me to task for Poker 101 thinking. Brett misses the point:
92 is anything but a premium hand and an out of position bluff here is hardly a level 5 move
The Pro has no idea what bubble boy holds when he drives the other players off the pot
Conclusion: Professionals don't care if they are ahead or behind. Stealing the blinds trumps that six ways from Sunday and in every possible way.
They actually showed the hand Tuesday night. The commentary was non-plus by the move and sure weren't quoting Brett's thinking of it as pure genius.
Brett, you told me the guy was a pro twice like that resolves all issues. Well, I hate to pop your bubble but there are “PROS” out there that are sponging their next buyin and going broke with regularity. Not all are the power house of say … an Eskimo Clark.
When I replied, I started off salting the comment with your interest in that month old post – even if it is timely. That got me a bit of added info. At least enough to make me curious. So I went googling too. It appears you were the “Pocket Fives Live Reporter” so I headed there. Either they don't give you a byline or they deleted your stuff. I did track down posts there under your online name and when I searched there for that I got some hits. The recent ones were all in the off-topic forum. You remain a quandary that my weak-tight mind just can't get around.
But, I do want to compliment your movie review. Your “forgetting your wallet” and sticking your girlfriend with the tab was the naked aggression your fellow pros so admire. I'm sure there is much more but I didn't have time to browse all 5,213 forum posts. Let me throw in a well done for winning the 2008 media event – even if I can't locate the media.
BTW, my bubble problem is playing too aggressively rather than “weak-tight” – especially short stacked as many are at that point. It is a flaw and has bit me in the ass more times than even you'd guess. That bit of fluff about “I play to win” is a pile of crap about 90% of the time. I am above average in that respect and closer to 98%. Thanks for letting me know that it is a professional trait.