Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Smart Poker Player Or "Scum Of The Earth?"

Is Mark Vos a smart player or merely "scum of the earth," as Jonas "Nebuchad" Danielsson so eloquently put it recently?

Actually, the quote was "...when I look up 'Scum of the Earth' in my book I find rats, cockroaches, parasites, Mark Vos, in that order."

And just to make sure that nobody misunderstands how he feels about Vos, Danielsson adds that he's not sure how Vos can live with himself.

Where does all of this blustery ire come from? Vos likes to short stack it. A lot of folks, including Danielsson apparently, don't like the strategy and think that players who use it are... well... scum. In reality, some of the biggest poker players (for example, Chris Ferguson) used it to get their start. Either that or they make sure they use a FullTilt Bonus Code before making a deposit.

We actually think it's a smart strategy if you know what you're doing.

A Rising Star In The Poker World

We may be hearing more about Shaun Deeb in the near future. He's not very active on the live tables, but he's been burning it up online at Full Tilt and PokerStars. At 23, he's already played in 10,000 tournaments and raked in over $2,000,000.

So far in 2009, he's up over a quarter million.

While Tom "durrrr" Dwan drops that much in one $500/$1,000 hand, we have a feeling Deeb's going to making a bigger mark soon.

And speaking of "durrrr"...

durrrr Challenge Update

The Challenge picked up steam over this past weekend as Patrik Antonius and Tom Dwan battled it out over several hundred hands. This past Friday, Antonius had managed to capture a $100,000+ lead over Dwan. Unfortunately, he had to bail out early due to a bad internet connection. We suspect he just wanted to enjoy his lead a little longer.

Sure enough, by yesterday, that $100,000 lead had evaporated. By the way, we're not sure who the old guy is in the right corner, but he's creeping us out, too.

As it stands, nearly 6,600 hands have been played. Dwan is up $1,392.

They have about 43,000 hands left before Phase 1 is over. Remember, the player who comes out on top after the rake (even by $1) wins. For Dwan, that means collecting $500,000 from Antonius. Otherwise, Antonius takes a cool $1 million from Dwan.

We know... chump change.

Another week, another wrap. To recap...
  • Jonas "Nebuchad" Danielsson thinks Mark Vos is right up there with cockroaches and rats on the food chain.
  • Shaun Deeb is starting to turn a few heads on the online tournament circuit.
  • Patrik Antonius was $100,000 richer... for one night.

As always, bringing you the poker news that's fit to print.

See you next time...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"By the way, we're not sure who the old guy is in the right corner, but he's creeping us out, too"

I'm assuming this part was an inside joke of some kind.

That is Steve Z. (Zolthow?)