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, August 01, 2006

    It's Not Listed In The Bible, But...

    Oh, the troubled times we live in. Every time you turn on the news something terrible is happening in the Middle East. Iraq, Lebanon, Israel. Iran and Syria, up to no good. And the UN and the US without much hope of salvaging the situation.

    The world is full of crazy people, and some of those who like their insanity flavored with religion are saying that perhaps we're on the cusp of the Apocalypse. And that this is a GOOD thing. Now, I'm not up to speed on my Bible studies, but I did see the movie The Seventh Sign with Demi Moore and so consider myself close enough to an expert to think we're still OK, Armageddonwise.

    Until I was checking out the chip counts for the World Series...and saw that Anna Benson has over 30K going into day two.

    Ms. Benson, the former wife of one-time Pirate creampuff Kris Benson, is one of those non-talented media whores with a bottomless thirst for attention who seem to make up 85% of American culture these days. After divorcing her underachieving husband (his trade out of New York couldn't have helped her opinion of him) Ms. Benson looked over that which is hot and trendy and saw that poker was booming. So she decided to become a poker player. Just like that.

    Normally this would not be cause for concern. But she has chips in the friggin' World Series of Friggin' Poker. Not a lot of chips--30K is hardly a big stack. But she made it to day two. Strange things can happen. Strange, scary things. Strange, scary things happen every day in this world. And I'm getting scared.

    What if she goes on a tear, the deck hitting her in the face? What if ESPN decides that the world simply cannot go on without seating Ms. Benson at the TV table, to be endlessly zinged by Norman Chad's rapier (sic) wit? Good Lord, what if she makes a major run? What if she WINS? Let's ignore the question about whether Anna Benson as World Champion would destroy poker--would the bracelet around her wrist signify that we are indeed approaching the End of Days?

    I guess we'll find out. She only has 30K. I keep telling myself that. I'm almost reassured. But I'll be checking Pauly and Otis and PokerWire to keep an eye on the situation. I forget...if the Apocalypse comes, am I supposed to build an Ark?

    UPDATE: Even before I hit the "Publish Post" button I see something over at PokerNews about how Anna Benson threw some kind of party/tournament. And then I see that apparently she and Mr. Benson are apparently still together. Well, that's nice. I guess my attempts to isolate myself from gossipy nonsense like that is working.

    Hey, she even has her own personal poker site,! What a delightful name. Of course, it isn't quite operational yet, it just takes you to her personal site. Where, if you so choose, you can see Ms. Benson in various stages of undress. Hey, do I need to special-order Ark lumber, or is it something I can just pick up at Home Depot? get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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