This is going to be one of those self-indulgent posts that won’t appeal to everyone… probably no one. But maybe you’ll find it interesting because it’s one of those self-righteous posts where you might disagree, and those always turn out nicely… with a reader vowing never to darken our blog again.
This is a televised Texas Hold’em cash game.
The action is between Phil Helmuth, winner of the most World Series of Poker bracelets, but a guy everyone just loves to hate because of the amount of verbal abuse he gives other players, and Tony G., a guy whose table mannerisms makes Helmuth look like a choir boy.
I’m posting this because of the youtube comments. Again, I have to wonder how people can be so stupid.
In this hand Helmuth opens for the pot, meaning he’s raising for the total sum of the current pot.
Tony G. re-raises all-in, meaning, he’s betting all of his chips. He tells Hellmuth he’s doing it as a “no-look”, meaning he didn’t look at his 2 hole cards.
Players do that when they want to truly gamble. They allow the other players to look at their cards, and possibly call the bet, because a fairly good hand against a guy who has 2 random cards should be a favorite to win.
The problem here is that Tony G. lies. He looked at his cards and he has the 4th best starting hand in poker- Ace/King of the same suit.
When Tony G. sees that Helmuth has Ace/Jack, he says, “you’re close” and then reveals his Ace/King.
Helmuth immediately realizes Tony G. looked at his cards and he was lied to.
Is it illegal?
Is it a completely scumbag move that would be looked down upon by everyone except for the scummiest of players?
The YouTube commenting community, as usual, has a goodly amount of knuckleheads who chime in when it’s obvious they don’t play poker because they get so much wrong about the scenario.
– No, Tony G. did not break any rules. But he does break an unwritten rule of etiquette. You don’t induce a guy to call your “no look” when you have looked. It’s against the spirit of why players do the “no-look,” and why players call the “no look” bet.
-Idiots are calling what Tony G. did a “form of bluffing,” because bluffing is “essentially lying.”
That’s a stretch. When people bluff in poker it’s understood that they might be misrepresenting the strength of their hand. It’s part of the game. When telling someone you’re doing a “no look” it’s understood that YOU DIDN’T LOOK. You’re not “bluffing” that you didn’t look, you’re just being an ahole liar.
Again, not illegal, but it does violate etiquette.
Look no further than the rest of the table if you want to see what they thought of Tony G.’s lie.
They all clam up, embarrassed for him.
-Some say it is Helmuth taking advantage of Tony G.’s mistake. I don’t even understand that comment, but it was made about a dozen times.
-Lastly, can someone tell me how the Lithuanian Liberal Movement correlates to our politics? Because, that is the party that Tony G. is in, and it could explain a lot.