Tuesday, May 10, 2005

TV Poker (Part 3) - The Cry Baby

The commentators all call Phil Hellmuth 'The Crybaby' and mock him mercilessly. Here is my dissent.

When playing poker at a high level, job number one is to keep your emotions in check. The nature of NLHE is designed to do exactly the opposite, to get your blood boiling, if you will. When Phil is knocked out, he releases all of his pent-up emotions on camera without hesitation, presumably because he's full of himself and enjoys the air time he knows that he's going to get. (If he felt he was giving something away to his future opponents, I'm sure he'd go to his room and break eggs there.)

The commentators may gripe, but they love it. He sells commercials....