Needling your opponents for fun and profit?
Ok, so now and again I get these fine upstanding individuals who want to tell me how much I suck, and how much my various ancestors suck, etc. By and large, I don't care, but occasionally I'll figure "Hey, if you -wanna- tilt, why shouldn't I help you along a bit?"
Just curious what everybody thinks about it. Yesterday I was playing a game with the usual "You're such a donkey" talk and decided to cement that for 'em, so on the button, I standard raised with trash to steal from Mr. Matusow Jr, who, to my ever so mild annoyance, called. No worries, we get a flop with lots of big cards innit and he apparently missed, so he checks it to me. I make a smallish bet hoping it'll look like I -want- a call, he folds, I show utter garbage, and he proceeds to describe the events leading up to my birth in colorful language. Not sure if he was accurate there, and I'm pretty sure some of it isn't even anatomically possible, but you get the idea. Tilt Achieved.
Then I got to thinking how that wasn't necessarily optimal. He's sure to look me up a lot easier now. I had a decent chip lead, and in fact that little steal had just about crippled him, but I thought after that anything I raise him with I better be prepared to show down, cuz he probably wasn't going to let me do it again. I guess my gut feeling is that it was strategically unwise, at least late in a tournament where there's not a whole lot of maneuvering room. We weren't heads up yet, either, so I'd also tipped my proverbial hand to the rest of the table to some degree. Then again, maybe it's a good thing to have the final couple knowing that I can raise with any two.