Originally Posted by Mr Sandbag
Let's say you are playing a home cash game with friends, and at the end of the session one friend is the clear cut winner with tons of money while everyone else is a big loser. Before he leaves, he reveals that he noticed small defects that allowed him to identify certain cards. How would you feel? I doubt you'll chalk it up as "just gaining an edge."
That being said, why wouldn't Ivey just say he had no idea what they were talking about and that he was just playing the game? Admitting that he noticed the defects is pretty stupid if you ask me...
Because you were more perceptive than everyone else you should be penalized? Difference is, of course, that in a game amongst friends every player touches the cards.
I think that even in the home game you mention, suppose cards were not touched by any players.....even then every one sees the same cards...its not like one player has x-ray vision allowing him to see things other players can not....this is to say every player has access to the same information
So anyone who would complain after losing their money because they were not as perceptive as other players is just a DONKEY in my eyes. After all, what separates DONKS from SOLIDS is perception: one "sees" what the other one does not despite the fact that both are provided with the same exact information.