High Stakes Poker Snapshot: Ivey Goes Vegetarian

Published On: 8 March 2010 / Modified: 12 March 2018
Created By: Daniel Skolovy

Though there were basically no big hands of note on Episode 4 of GSN's High Stakes Poker last night, there was at least one interesting twist.

After some haggling, Tom Dwan bet Phil Ivey $1 million that he couldn't go vegetarian for an entire year.

Now chances are this bet doesn't go an entire year, either one side or the other will buy out before the year is up. But it got me to thinking what would your price be?

I mean there are a ton of people that choose to be vegetarians on there own accord. Granted, that wouldn't be for me, but it means it can't really be that bad.

I personally love meat, and would have a very hard time giving up a good steak for an entire year. But for the right amount of money there's not a doubt in my mind that I could do it.

For me though, I think I would have to have around 85% of my net worth on the line to go the year, but if I had that much on it I would certainly be able to make it the year.

For Ivey $1 million can't be anywhere near 85% of his net worth. When you gamble as high as he does $1 million swings happen weekly.

Though of course there is no denying that $1 million is a lot of money no matter how much money you have.

Either way, if I could I'd bet on this bet not going the year, either by Ivey buyout relatively early (< 6 months) or durrr buying out > 6 months.

Unfortunately that's the only analysis I can offer from tonight's episode. Not much else happened other than Dario three-betting every second hand and four-betting every 5th hand with amazing success.

The previews for the next episode look pretty promising so until then hit the comments section for how much it'd take for you to give up meat or the celibacy bet proposed to Gus.

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Sean Lind 2010-03-11 21:06:49


If Ivey goes half the year without a struggle, and shows no sign of weakness, Dwan can opt to buy out for $500k then and there (as long as Ivey accepts).

In this scenario Ivey wouldn't want to accept, but there's no reason to be a dick when you're going to make $500k, and don't actually need the other half.

??? 2010-03-11 19:52:04

I just want to know why would dwan want to buy out?

aceintheliver 2010-03-10 23:55:54

I would do it for the amount that I earn at my job in a full year.

About the celibacy proposal... i would do that one for 25% of what I make in a year!

G-money 2010-03-10 02:28:59

Dan 85% of nothing is still nothing... :D

Fallafelfan 2010-03-08 18:50:07

I would eat so much fallafel it'd blow your mind.

W 2010-03-08 18:35:10

I can't comment on what it would take for me to give up meat, since I've been vegan for 11 years, but I can say that it's not as hard (to go Vegetarian) as people make it out to be. Vegetarian cuisine has come a long, long way, in terms of what grocery stores and restaurants have available. And, if you're like Ivey and can afford to pay for a personal chef, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Most people ask me what I eat, and my answer, even as a vegan (no dairy/cheese/eggs in addition to no meat) is always "almost everything." The response is usually a perplexed look, until I begin to list everything. I'm also able to find something to eat in 95% of popular/everyday restaurants - the key is just knowing what to look for/ask for. I think of it not as eliminating something from my diet, but as looking at food from a new perspective. If I hadn't given up meat, there's a good chance I would not discovered many of the foods I love.

And really, I thought it would be harder than it was. Once I stopped having meat as an option, I really didn't miss it much. And if someone was to have kicked some cash my way, so much the better.

Sorry about the long response - last night's episode got me thinking and talking a lot about this.



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