Mean Gene
Mean Gene
Pittsburgh's most decorated poker blogger, which I admit is like being the best shortstop in Greenland

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My Articles

Presto, the Arlo, & the Hammer
An Online Code of Conduct
The Ethics of Ratholing
"The Professor, the Banker..."
"Ace on the River"

My Columns

Lose the Shades
If You Can't Say Something Nice
Whither the Kicker
The Lady is a Champ?
Covering the WSOP (or not)
Statistics, Luck, and Poker
Poker and New Orleans
Managing a Bankroll
How To Tell A Bad Beat Story
Telling Lies
The Power of Poker Tracker
Advanced Card-Handling

My Greatest Hits

5 Things To Do Before I Die
Cafeteria Nostalgia
Mean Gene's Dubious Dating Tips
Poker and Business?
There's No Such Thing As Luck?
Isabelle, Je t'adore
No Shirt No Shoes No Service
Well, The Food Was Good
Good Morning, Mr. Matusow!
The Weekend of our Discontent, I
The Weekend of our Discontent, II
Books That Left Their Mark
Ode to a Fish Sandwich
Bill Simmons Ain't the Poker Guy
The Sports Guy Still Ain't the Poker Guy
Again, The Media Tackles Poker
Five Years After 9/11
Hitting Pretty Girls in the Face
Sixth-Graders Suck

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    Tuesday, December 09, 2003

    Celebrity "Poker"

    I put poker in quotes because, come on, these folks ain't playing poker the way you and I play it. Or the way those dogs play in that famous picture play. Man, these West Wing actors are bloody awful. Now, let's be real--they're playing for fun, they're having fun, it's all about having fun. And for charity. But, whilkers! They reek! They reek large!

    Martin Sheen admitted later that he'd never, every played Hold 'em before. That's the difference between me and a big Hollywood star, if I knew I was going to be playing poker on national TV you bet your ass I'd be reading up a bit. But for Marty, eh, he's got more important things to do, so let's have some fun and get on with the business of being incredibly rich and famous.

    The show is still going on, but I must amend my prediction. Busfield will win unless something really weird happens. He seems to have some inkling about how to play and how to use his chips, while the others are utterly clueless.

    Speaking of clueless, I think Phil Gordon didn't have a clue when he signed up for this thing. He's giving expert commentary for an event where no one has an inkling what the hell he's talking about. Poor Phil makes these intelligent points about position, aggression, and using chips, and it's obvious that he might as well be speaking ancient Greek to these people. Phil is like the nerd who knows everything about computers, but only gets asked his advice from the cool kids looking to hack into hardcore porn sites. A poor analogy, but I think you get my point.

    Mind you, I'm not hacking on Phil Gordon. More like I'm hacking on his agent. I can just imagine the ribbing he's getting from his fellow pros about trying to think up a polite way to say that calling a raise with 7-4 offsuit is friggin' nuts. Phil doesn't seem too comfortable there next to Kevin Pollack, does he? The smile is a tad forced, I think he expected the play to be a wee bit above "cretin" and he feels the first few drops of flopsweat beading on his forehead.

    Poor Allison Janney, going up against quads with her robust bottom pair. I like Allison, I have a friend who's a dead ringer for her, especially when she smiles. She, like Emily Procter, can play at my table whenever she's in town. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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