Nothing short of amazing. Carry on, Phil, carry on.
23) Brandon Cantu “Robbed” After “Best Performance in History”
Valid points; atrocious delivery method.
Speaking of polarizing poker figures, Brandon Cantu has long had a reputation as a guy who comes from the Hellmuth school of persecution complexes.
A little less high-profile maybe, but equally unable to get out of his own way and see things from a more reasonable point of view.
He furthered that rep this Fall after a Hellmuthian-inspired runner-up finish/epic rant post-defeat at the 2012 WSOPE.
Long story short, Cantu was dominating his heads-up match against Jon Aguiar in the €10k Mixed Max event and nearing a bracelet when they ran out of time (the casino had to close at 5 am per French law).
Watch his video rant here. Cantu complained so much he even got Aguiar to agree to a follow-up match for the difference in prize money (which he won).
22) Andrew Feldman Melts Down, Quits Poker
Once a promising young high-stakes player in the UK, Andrew Feldman did little to help his already deteriorating image when he melted down in glorious fashion on the Party Poker Premier League this Spring (technically it happened in 2011 but it aired in April).
Heads-up against Andy Frankenberger for the title, Feldman was equal parts histrionic, erratic and obnoxious before he ultimately lost the match and his dignity. Nothing quite explains it like the clip:
Shortly after this aired, Feldman went down that classic road of introspection and denial involving a Twitter war with Sam Trickett over an outstanding debt, an appearance on the British TV show Secret Millionaire as a philanthropist and a cameo getting a rubdown on reality show Hotel GB.
Feldman has since "retired' from poker. It’s still painful to watch him in this clip but the Luke Schwartz/Jesse May commentary is worth it.
21. Josh Arieh Retires From Poker
Say it ain't so, Josh.
Speaking of poker retirees, we like Josh Arieh a lot. He’s one of those guys that reminds us why we got into poker in the first place.
He seemed to make a good living. Had some big scores. Got a sponsorship deal. Made it look kind of easy, even. He also didn’t seem like some sort of hyper genius doing something we couldn’t do.
Just a guy who liked to gamble, was pretty good at it, and was living the dream.
He’d tailed off a bit on the big-score front lately but still seemed to be able to grind out a living. Then this tweet came in at the end of a very trying WSOP:
And that's all she wrote for me. Worst summer ever. Feeling like the game has passed me up more so than ever. Will fly back out for main
That busting old ladies playing poker was the worst story of the year. What a waste of manpower.
nottom 2012-12-22 09:59:51
I have to say that I disagree on the fact that we are all worse off because a guy like Josh Arieh quits poker. I think it is a bit refreshing that a guy that has had a pretty solid career is self aware enough to know that his game hasn't kept pace with the new breed of poker players. Rather than hanging borrowing money to stay afloat like many players, he has decided to do that smart thing and get out before it's too late. I'm sure he will be successful at whatever new venture he decided to pursue.
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