I'm Coining a New Poker Term
It's late, and I've been playing too long, but hear me out on this one.
I was put in the following position the other night, in an MTT. We're close to the money when a very short stack shoved all-in. It folded around to the BB, and it was a no-brainer call. He had tons of chips, and was getting odds
to call with any two cards... but folded instead. With antes, the short stack more than doubled up without going to a flop and was back in the game. Several hands later, thanks to the large blinds and antes, I'm forced to go all-in with QQ. The still-alive short stack calls me with A3o, and hits an ace to eliminate me. If that BB had just done his job, I might still be alive in this particular tournament. It's not worth crying over, and I'm sure most of us have been in that situation.
Now, harken back to the origin of comic-book legend Spider-Man. When he first gains his powers and tries to make it in show business, he fails to stop a petty thief when he could have done so easily. This thief then goes on to murder his uncle Ben, teaching him a very valuable lesson. If Spidey had just done his job, Uncle Ben might still be alive.
See where I'm going with this?
So, getting eliminated by a player who is only still in a game due to someone taking their responsibility lightly is now known as being Uncle Benned
Remember: "With great power comes great responsibility."
Call those short stacks, and don't Uncle Ben
the other players at your table.