Cool. It's nice to be the best, since only one person can be the best. So much for Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Daniel Negreanu, who came in for some serious trashing.
So far Luke hasn't maligned Doyle, Scotty, Chris, Jennifer or Howard but, well, right now he seems to be channeling his invective on Internet players who specialize in heads-up play. Give him time, I guess.
It was fun reading the interview Arthur Crowson did with him. I've been trying to tease out how much of his self-promotion is infantile bluster, how much is Tony G-style subcutaneous invasion designed to derail his next opponent.
My guess is "all of the above" but infantile bluster carries the most weight. Some names popped into my head as I was reading. You may or not be familiar with them.
Ryan Leaf, all-time boom and bust quarterback. Brian Bosworth, the linebacker who wasn't, Chris Washburn, NBA washout. "Super Joe" Charboneau, Rookie of the Year for the Indians in '80; in the minors in '81, gone in '82.
Michelle Wei, good enough to take on the men's tour before ever winning an event on the women's (still hasn't). Greg Cook, Rookie of the Year for the Bengals '69, many of his rookie records still stand. Played one year. Never heard from again. The late Mark Fidrych, Detroit pitcher. 19-9 in 1976; 10-10 '77 - '80.
And, my final thought: Why do these young hot shots act like this? Is it the anonymity of the Internet that encourages it? Is it just youthful enthusiasm? Winning all that money? Are they, perhaps, just a tad unsure of themselves?
For those of us who care about poker, I can tell you, it doesn't help when our young guns act like they're auditioning for the WWF.
Arthur Reber has been a poker player and serious handicapper of thoroughbred horses for four decades. He is the author of The New Gambler's Bible and coauthor of Gambling for Dummies. Formerly a regular columnist for Poker Pro Magazine and Fun 'N' Games magazine, he has also contributed to Card Player (with Lou Krieger), Poker Digest, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Titan Poker. He outlined a new framework for evaluating the ethical and moral issues that emerge in gambling for an invited address to the International Conference of Gaming and Risk Taking.
Until recently he was the Broeklundian Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Among his various visiting professorships was a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Now semiretired, Reber is a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
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