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In today’s 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Matt Berkey’s critique of televised poker, Jen Shahade on jealousy in poker and Jean-Robert Bellande’s latest catastrophe.
1) Berkey11: “Televised Poker is Doing it Wrong”
TV favorite Mike Matusow.
We’re not super familiar with Matt “Berkey11” Berkey’s writing but he certainly hit one out of the park with his recent blog post titled “People Watching is a Spectator Sport.”
In the blog Berkey makes a spirited argument that audiences care more about the people playing than the actual “sport” of poker. Berkey writes:
For so many years poker has been packaged as a sporting event, where the focus lies on the action. The introduction of the hole card cam, coinciding with a booming infatuation by a mostly ignorant audience, appeased viewers for the better part of a decade.
But as the game matured, so too did the casual viewer. No longer do they commiserate with the well-known pro losing as a 3 to 1 favorite, nor do they berate the amateur who shoved Ace-Queen only to get lucky against Kings. People became numb to individuals winning large sums of money, and moreover uninterested in the nameless faces that all play the game fairly competently.
Berkey goes on to praise Poker Night in America for attempting to put the focus back on the stories behind the players. You can check out the complete blog here.
2) JRB Backer: “I Have to Think You’re Not Playing Your Best”
Sometimes life seems pretty sweet for old Jean-Robert “BrokeLivingJRB” Bellande.
Getting backed to play massive poker games, partying around the world, getting tens of thousands of followers on Twitter and rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in poker definitely sounds alright.
Bellande even takes losing with a good sense of humor but he apparently hit his limit last night.
Even JRB gets down however and after a big loss last night he sounds devastated. Check out somber Tweet below:
3) Jen Shahade Talks Jealousy in Poker
Jealousy in poker is one of those things that is incredibly prevalent but no one wants to admit it.
Well Jen Shahade took a different approach this week and decided to post a blog all about that particular emotion and where it fits in poker.
In the world of multi-table tournaments (especially live ones), I believe that jealousy is rampant, though it's hard to tell since it's surely under-reported. Jealousy is built into the structure of MTTs. Part of the dream of having a super deep run in the Main Event or the Sunday Million is the possibility of it not happening. Which means it could be happening to people with similar skill level to you who play similar amounts of volume. If you play mostly live MTT events, you ought to be better than average at handling jealousy, or immune to it (lucky you!).
Fortunately Shahade does have some suggestions for combating jealousy such as swapping percentages (nothing like making your friend’s good fortune into your own).
Check out the complete article on the PokerStars blog here.