Hey Michele, I'm not sure if you've been paying attention to the world of poker too much, but not too many poker players are
that good looking. Haha. They tend to be a fairly homely lot.
Originally Posted by HollyGo
Well, my opinion is that the "pokerbrat" schtick should be used by younger players. Once you are a mature, grown man, to continue trying to be the pokerbrat just makes you look socially retarded. On the other hand, the public's perception has no bearing on the quality of his play, and he is good. I play at UltimateBet, the site he's affiliated with, and I own one of his books, so what can I say?
Poker tournaments, like any televised event, need a good storyline. There are a number of players that are severely lacking in class, manners, self-control, or who are simply downright boorish acting at the tables. Hellmuth, Matusow, D'agostino, Tommy G, Todd Brunson, just to name a few. I think they are a necessity, as they play the "villains" that you love to root against, and that keeps you glued to the screen.
Hellmuth has done numerous interviews after one of his episodes, several right after. He usually calms down fairly quickly and goes on about his business. To call the poker brat thing "schtick" is to insinuate that he does it on purpose which I honestly don't hink is the case. It is his personality, not a clever acting job. ESPN found a personality in him that was marketable, you either watch because you hate him and know he's going to implode sometime, or you watch him because you think he is talented and a master at the game of NLHE, either way, you're watching. But to say that he is socially retarded and calling it schtick are kind of a contradiction. If he's socially retarded, it isn't on purpose, if it is schtick, then he is simply marketing himself as a brat and isn't socially retarded, he's shrewed.
I tend to believe he is just passionate about the game, hates to lose, and has trouble controling his emotions.