What percentile of poker gamers get to be praised as being amongst the easiest?
Now that he has left poker Doug Polk continues to spend a respectable portion of his time alienating folks within the poker world. The newest one being Maria Konnikova.
He took exception to a CNN article that referred to Konnikova as a ‘high’ participant and seemingly utilizing the truth that she had solely gained $311,368 in her small time on the tables as proof she was not:
“Top Poker Player” Maria Konnikov pic.twitter.com/klioDG5jxn
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) June 8, 2021
The poker neighborhood universally known as Polk out on this one, mentioning that she didn’t write the headline, she has finished a large quantity to develop the sport with a mainstream viewers and by most individuals’s reckoning she is clearly a gifted poker participant. Especially in additional mainstream circles slightly than among the many elite poker gamers Polk hangs round with.
It was a very foolish and needlessly imply spirited tweet from Polk, but it surely does increase an fascinating level about who will get to be known as a ‘high’ poker participant?
Everyone is a ‘Bad Reg’ to any person
The brief reply is that it’s all relative. There are 7.6 billion folks on this planet and utilizing that as a benchmark, I’m doubtless a high poker participant. I’m mild years forward of the 7.3 billion who doubtless have no idea that a flush beats two pair. On my higher days I’d additionally most likely refer myself as a high poker participant in comparison with all of the individuals who have performed poker no less than as soon as, of which there should be lots of of tens of millions.
Am I a high poker participant amongst critical gamers? Absolutely not. I think I’m not even within the high 70% of the PokerStrategy neighborhood. My social group in poker is basically skilled gamers and individuals who take the sport very critically, of which I’m most likely one of many worst poker gamers they know.
Where do skilled poker gamers rely on this? Anyone who can make a residing at poker certainly ought to be considered no less than excellent and within the very high percentile of poker. Yet poker is all about sport choice and a good skilled can be a fish in the event that they play the fallacious video games.
Then you get absolutely the high finish of poker the place millionaires are calling different millionaires dangerous gamers. Polk is well-known for this and amongst his many victims famously known as Jason Mercier, one of many winningest event gamers of all time, a ‘Bad Reg’ in a sequence of jokes. In a lot of his movies Polk criticises the play, generally fairly harshly, of excessive profile gamers.
Polk rubs shoulders with a few of the greatest poker gamers on this planet and clearly takes subject with the fallacious gamers getting the plaudits. I can perceive his viewpoint as a result of plenty of ex-poker gamers get lauded as skilled professionals in mainstream circles, Annie Duke specifically involves thoughts. However, on this case, I believe Doug has spent so lengthy within the excessive stakes I believe he has forgotten that the majority poker is performed for small stakes and most of the people would take into account Maria a high participant.
Top participant by most requirements
It’s all about context. Maria Konnikova is a high poker participant with a mainstream viewers as a result of rightly so none of them can think about successful a single event for $84,600. Put her in a $50,000 Super High Roller occasion and writing the identical headline about her would be fallacious.
There are a lot of white lies in poker that the mainstream viewers doesn’t realise. The two largest ones being how a lot staking distorts the precise prize distribution in tournaments (typically a participant who wins seven-figures is definitely taking part in for one thing comparatively small like 25% of their motion) and the all-time cash rankings which monitor turnover not revenue (Maria is within the high 1.5% of gamers within the Hendon Mob rankings, by the way in which). The method we put poker gamers on pedestals and discuss with them in superlatives is one other a type of white lies and it’s a helpful brief hand for mainstream audiences to know the sport.
CNN doesn’t know who a ‘high poker participant’ is or is not, however Maria Konnikova is nearer to 1 than Doug Polk thinks she is.
What percentile of gamers would you take into account to be the ‘high’ poker gamers? Let us know within the feedback: