I was watching some poker recently and a few players caught my attention as people I won’t like. I can break down whether I like someone pretty quickly based on how “real” they appear. I like Phil Helmuth even though he berates players and thinks they’re idiots because that’s just who he is. These below players though rub me the wrong way.
Brian Hastings – How big of a hole are you in, bro? I count 4 ads on your shirt in a tight area. This is the definition of selling out. Advertisers come up to you because they know you’ll be on TV and they’ll give you X amount of dollars to wear their patch. It’s not enough that you have a chance to win $7.5 million dollars that you have to take a couple grand and turn yourself into a tool. Sell out, for me oh yeah.
Phil Laak – The epitome of stupidity. This genius actually wears these goggles when he plays. If this isn’t being starved for attention, I don’t know. There’s no way he can see better with those on. They don’t enhance his ability to play better. They only make him look like an idiot which I suppose could play to his advantage as his opponents obviously think this. What a loser.
Scott Seiver – He was recently on the Super High Roller Tournament ($500,000 buyin) staring down Brian Rast like a complete douchebag. You have to watch it to believe it and I looked for the clip and couldn’t find it. There were 4 players at the table and he was sitting side by side with Brian Rast. When the flop was dealt, he just stared at Rast waiting for him to make a move. I don’t mind looking at the player rather than the cards. I do mind when you stare directly at your opponent for 2 minutes in a state that screams, “I’m trying to intimidate you.”