Does shying away from heads-up challenges disqualify you from the ‘best ever’ dialog in poker?
If you’ll forgive a fast dive into traditional WWE quotes, as Ric Flair mentioned, “if you want to be the man, you have to beat the man”.
I used to be reminded of this quote over the weekend when Bryn Kenney challenged Phil Hellmuth to a seven-figure heads-up match. That’s fairly a mouth-watering prospect for a railbird, the all-time cash chief vs the all-time bracelet winner.
What’s all this white magic and apexpredator shit I’m listening to @Phil_hellmuth . We know who’s king of the hill, but when you need your shot at the high let’s put up one million every and provides the individuals what they need
— Bryn Kenney (@BrynKenney) April 3, 2021
Somehow Phil Galfond obtained introduced up as a possible challenger to Kenney as an alternative and issues shortly obtained derailed. Kenney clearly acknowledged he did not need to play Galfond saying he was too busy (however not too busy for Hellmuth) whereas Galfond made it fairly apparent he was glad to play Kenney at any time when he wished.
What web site would you like to play me on, Bryn? https://t.co/pNDpvJFgCE
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) April 3, 2021
It made me ponder, if anyone is making public challenges to different poker gamers, should that participant additionally be ready to tackle any challenges that come their approach? By difficult Phil Hellmuth was Kenney making some grand declare that he was the finest, and by ducking Galfond did he undermine that declare?
Can you solely be the finest if you beat elite gamers?
There is one thing grandiose about difficult different individuals heads-up and we’re seeing it loads as of late. Watching poker gamers problem one participant however keep away from one other one isn’t new and it jogs my memory loads of matchmaking in boxing, which is as political as it’s the rest. The best period in boxing was the Eighties ‘Super Fights’ the place all the finest fighters challenged one another somewhat than ducked one another.
Of course not all challenges are about proving who’s the finest, when it was between Negreanu and Polk it was largely about settling a long-standing beef between the two of them.
Challenging anyone like Phil Hellmuth is maybe an instance of sport choice somewhat than proving oneself. Mr Hellmuth, rightly or wrongly, doesn’t have a lot credibility with a selected wing of recent gamers and what Kenney was doing was maybe an try at shrewd sport choice, interesting to Hellmuth’s personal ego.
Game choice continues to be the grasp talent
I take into account sport choice to be the grasp talent in poker, so I can not knock him for wanting to keep away from Galfond. I additionally assume that the final finest poker participant in the world is the one who has made the most cash, and avoiding powerful regulars is a method of attaining that.
Kenney has no want to really feel compelled to settle for a problem from Phil Galfond and as the all-time cash winner has nothing to show as a participant. But on the flip facet there’s something that’s simply extremely highly effective and trustworthy about the approach Galfond quietly leaves the door open to anybody who needs to play him. It’s the cause why I feel he’s maybe the real GOAT of the on-line poker period, his willingness to problem himself.
So in poker I do not assume you have to beat the man to be the man, nevertheless it helps.
Does avoiding gamers disqualify you from the ‘best ever’ dialog? Let us know in the feedback: