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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Guinness and Poker
Cards Speak
Tao of Poker
Up for Poker
Boy Genius
Chris Halverson
Poker Grub
The Fat Guy
Todd Commish
Poker Works
Bill Rini
Bad Blood
Love and Casino War
Double As
Lion Tales
Paul Phillips
Daniel Negreanu
Poker Nerd
Poker Nation
Poker in Arrears
Human Head
Sound of a Suckout
Chicks With Chips
TP's Table Talk
Royal Poker
This is Not A Poker Blog
Chick and a Chair
Go Be Rude
Poker Cheapskate
Poker & Other Stuff
Seven Two
Musical Poker
WPBT Online
Isabelle Mercier
Cardschat Blog
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BJ Nemeth
Annie's Blog

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    Wednesday, April 20, 2005

    They Learn Why They Call Me "Mean" Gene

    Who are "they"? Well, let's start at the begining. Or, at least the middle. I wrote an article a few weeks ago but I haven't found out if it's posted yet, and as I haven't heard anything back I started to wonder if maybe it's out there somewhere in the Internet ether. I Googled myself, which is always depressing. I found my blog and some old Amazon reviews I wrote, and then I found the stuff that depresses me. Do you know how many Dr. Brombergs there are out there? And here's the weird thing--they're all involved in gene therapy research or something along thos lines. Get it, "Gene" therapy? Depressing to me.

    Anyway, I did see a hit for a site called Huh. Never heard of them before. And so I clicked the link and found myself at a fairly slick new poker site, one that is part of a group of poker sites collected under a main site at And there, in the middle of the page, was a post I wrote a year ago about whether luck really exists or not. Actually, it wasn't the full post--it was hacked in half, with a bunch of other stuff cut out. What really infuriated me was that they'd added links all through the article, links that led you to other sites in their collective.

    The thing was posted under my byline, which pissed me off even more. It made me look like a friggin' shill, and while I have NO compunction about selling out, the key word here is "selling". This was theft, and it made me look stupid into the bargain.

    So I wrote a strongly worded email this afternoon and waited for a response. I recieved none, but I guess my words had some effect because my post is no longer on the site. And I was looking forward to a lawsuit. I haven't sued feels like years, it really does.

    Watched the poker segment on 60 Minutes. I think I'd pay Robin five grand a night to stay home so I wouldn't have to hear that laugh all night. Best line? Dan Rather saying, "The World Series of Poker was won by an amateur named Chris Moneymaker...and, yes, that's his real name". Glad to see you're all over the story, Dan. You're only two years late.

    I think Dan Rather would make a very good poker player, as most top poker players have only played against natives of Earth, and so might have trouble handling Rather, who is from the planet Zuon or something. Don't let that "I'm from Houston" nonsense fool you. Robin thought she was fooling Dan, but who's foolin' who? What's the frequency, Kenneth? get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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