re: Poker & Poker Tilt - When Poker Pros Get Mad, We Get to Laugh
The most epic display of tilt occurred the day the Bellagio opened their poker room. I was there, playing 10/20 7-Stud. Puggy Pearson was also there, and wasn't having much luck, and went on major
tilt in the higher limit games. He lost and lost, and finally put his last $500 in the same 10/20 game I was playing. I helped relieve him of a good portion of what was left of his 'roll. (He knew me from playing Omaha-8 at Caesar's.)
Needless to say, I had seldom seen 7-Stud played that badly. Puggy was literally playing any three, jamming pots with absolute garbage. That was the night he got perma-banned.
Poker is like a double edged sword. It can be a lot of fun, and it can be punishment. I can definitely understand their frustration when they get beat by hands people shouldn't even be playing. Apparently you can't get away from the bad play at any price level.
The main problem is that Helmuth, especially, isn't getting pist at necessarily bad play. I don't see how calling a routine raise with QT-suited is so bad. Hell, there's a vid from "Poker After Dark" or "High Stakes Poker" where Helmuth called a raise with QT-off He was simply upset because he got beat when the straight came in. That's NBD.
I also suspect that Helmuth brought a lot of this on himself. If he keeps whining about how he's always getting beat, or that this hand didn't treat me right yesterday, and on and on and on he's inviting the other players to take shots at him. You would think he'd know better: "Nice hand, sir", and move on. Yes, there are many times I'm thinking what Helmuth says, but I keep it to myself. Why complain and possibly wise up the others there at the table, especially if it really is bad play? Doesn't make any sense.