Poker — 03 June 2004

I’m a little surprised more poker bloggers haven’t written about last night’s WPT Invitational. It was one of the most bizzare games I’ve seen that wasn’t online. That Unibomber kid, Phil Laak, is insane. He starts the final table the short stack with $110,000 and ends up winning the tournament. This guy was going all-in with almost any crappy hand and somehow he would hit! Poor John Juanda who started off as the chip leader looked like he was going to cry after he made good call after good call and watched other players outdraw him.

But Laak, this guy is the Happy Gilmore of poker. He’s running around the table doing the dinosaur dance, going around behind the dealer so he can see the cards before they fully flip over, and rooting for his opponent to make their hand (the theory being whatever he wishes for won’t happen). What a character and what a maniac player. He’s also the perfect poster child for the fish. They see him doing sit ups while the cards are being flopped or running around the table doing laps and they think “Wow, this guy is cool.” They see him going in with A2o and winning and they think they can do it too. The Moneymaker fans tried to become serious poker players, the Unibomber fans are just going to play like total maniacs. Keep your eye out for screen names like Unikid or BobBomber. Those are going to be some sweet games.

Ship It Holla Ballas!

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Bill Rini has been working in the online poker industry since 2004. He was a product manager for poker at Full Tilt and was the poker room manager at PartyPoker. Currently, Bill is the Head of Online Poker for WSOP.   Bill has been blogging about online poker since 2003 and is considered one of the leading authorities on the online poker industry.   "I like What Bill Rini said in his blog" - Doyle Brunson   "In other news, we had Bill Rini write an absolutely home run blog." Daniel Negreanu   "Industry insider Bill Rini has one of the most popular blogs in poker, with thousands of subscribers and fans regularly coming back for his universally respected insight into the industry" - Barry Carter (News editor for PokerStrategy, Co-Author: The Mental Game of Poker)

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