When Will Jaffe lambasted current high-stakes poker players for, in his perspective, showing a lack of passion during televised games, he sparked a heated controversy on Twitter.
In this issue of The Muck, we’ll be discussing your opinions and offering our own on the matter. Let it be known that Jaffe has the right to his own view. It’s his prerogative if he doesn’t want to watch Chris Brewer and the other high stakes crushers compete. Should the high-stakes professionals do more to show off their personality on a live-stream or televised event? is a question without a right or wrong solution.
Rich People React
Several of the top names in the game strongly condemned the tweet. Replying, Dan Smith said “There’s no BS, champions in very difficult competitions put in the work. As competition is reduced, everyone’s behavior changes. If you put me in a good game, I’ll perform as well as Zamani*.
*I would have a panic attack if it happened.”
“Excellent analysis. never previously produced. I’m crossing my fingers for you that you receive plenty of support “Sam Greenwood reacted to Jaffe’s message by being snarky.
Brewer said in a tweet addressed to Jaffe: “The author of this piece is really pretty biased. What I meant was that it may be amusing to include Addamo in the action. The present formula has been quite successful for Hustler, and I realize that I am not the intended audience.”
Yet no one reacted better than Justin Bonomo. In an epic “difficult talk” video, the poker player with the most live tournament wins of all time paid tribute to Jaffe’s comic talents while also showcasing his own unique sense of humor and charisma.
Poker Players Weigh In
What do poker players and spectators who don’t participate in the high stakes games think about this problem? It came as no surprise that there was an equal number of people who agreed with Jaffe’s view as there were who sided with the high-stakes professionals.
To Brewer’s tweet, Jason Mo (@cuntycakes123) replied, “Don’t worry dude some people have dreams to make it to the top and others are okay playing the same game and skill level for 20 years while trying to suck off Phil helmuth for more clout since they detest the game so much.” Mo and Jaffe had been engaged in a Twitter fight for a few weeks before to this.
“The participants don’t get any of the value generated by these streams. No percentage of sponsorship or stream income is being added to the SHR prize pools. Why should they give up EV in the long run to improve the broadcast quality now? “Tom Martell, a former Magic player, questioned.
For the record, @VictoriaL 64 claimed, “I fell in love with poker watching streaming of final tables with the game’s greats, and I don’t find the loud feeds of poor poker by unpleasant personalities for outrageous money in the least appealing.”
“I agree that having the game broadcast on television is great for the sport as a whole, but these big rollers need to focus more on the game at hand if they want to win. Not even Dnegs can be heard in them “In his or her opinion, @jeffephoto said.
“Those who can’t grasp this idea often complain bitterly when they aren’t included in special stream events. You need a ball game to get court access. In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your crap reg Euros “Supporting Jaffe’s position, @QuashHs posted.
“My 22 years of poker experience. I won’t claim to be an expert on the level of play you’re engaging in. Yet I find it hard to think that someone as seasoned as you guys can’t laugh and have fun without compromising your professionalism. I may be mistaken, “A tweet was sent to Dan Smith from @LuxAeternaPoker.
The True Question Is…
The high roller scene has unquestionably evolved over the last decade. Despite his reputation, loudmouth trash-talker Tony G no longer often appears on TV to send players on their bikes. The days of Gus Hansen’s carefree pot-splashing and lavish spending are long gone. And now that he’s out of the limelight, poker star Phil “Unabomber” Laak isn’t quite as endearing as he once was.
Every summer during the World Series of Poker, we are treated to performances by poker superstars like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, and Mike “The Mouth” Matusow (WSOP). However the present age of poker at the hardest and most competitive level, the tournaments and cash games we all watch on PokerGO, is frequently criticized by those who wish the players to display more personality and passion.
Fans of other sports have the same complaint that poker’s superstars lack personality. Several of the best players in Major League Baseball are held to the same standard. Consider Mike Trout, an outfielder with the Los Angeles Angels of MLB. Here we are talking about a once-in-a-generation talent on par with Ken Griffey Jr. Even though he’s just 31, Trout is already a sure bet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Of course, he won’t retire anytime soon since he’s still crushing.
Many baseball fans have a negative impression of Trout because of his perceived lack of charisma, making it hard to sell him to casual fans and maybe even die-hards. Others have suggested that it is bad for baseball when the best player of the last decade doesn’t have a marketable personality, but this is an objectively weak argument.
Angel Stadium goes into a frenzy as soon as the PA announcer says, “now hitting, number 27,” Mike Trout, as if the Beatles had just arrived. His “dull” demeanor doesn’t seem to be hindering his fame. That’s because his bat and glove do the talking for him rather than his words. Angels fans don’t tune in to hear Trout trash talk rival pitchers and pick arguments with teammates; they tune in to see him blast a ball to the moon or jump the centerfield fence to rob a home run.
Trout is focused on improving his baseball skills rather than considering his commercial value. The same can be said of other big rollers who are often blamed for having “dull” personalities, such as poker players Bonomo, Brewer, Stephen Chidwick, and all the others. They communicate only via the use of chips. Bonomo warned in his funny Twitter video that he risks falling behind the competition if he focuses on entertaining the audience in ways other than chip stacking.
These high-stakes poker pros often compete for homes, including opulent Beverly Hills estates. Even with the cameras rolling, nothing changes. So why would they risk losing any of their advantage to appease a minority of poker players?
But, Jaffe and his supporters don’t necessarily err in their way of thinking, either. Everyone has the right to decide whether they’d rather watch professional poker players or a more colorful array of individuals. It’s unusual to receive both in a game of poker nowadays, but is it really a negative thing?
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