Originally Posted by aliengenius
Mike Caro has fairly conclusively shown that getting everyone to be your friend has far more +EV value than putting them on tilt by making them your enemy.
i would think it'd depend on the way you play, tbh. phil hellmuth would probably disagree with mike caro's assertion. and i think tony g does much better by having a big mouth and urging people to go after him, because in reality he's kind of a nit.
basically if you're a nit who's getting in with monsters virtually always, i would think having people targetting you would be more advantageous. if you're loose and splashing around a lot, like say daniel negreanu, then maybe you'd rather have people like you and be your friend so they don't mind as much when you take some pots here and there. makes sense to me, anyway