If you can’t say anything nice . . .

I ran across a post on the Matusow Truth Blog that I thought was worth a mention. The site is run by Scott Matusow, Mike’s brother and most of the time it’s pretty basic stuff about Mike. But the post that I’ve taken issue with is Scott’s analysis of the final table of the WSOP main event. I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion about Jerry Yang’s performance but Scott’s analysis is a tad rough to people who may or may not deserve it. For instance, he says:

There was one hand that a player named Child’s donated allot oif chips to Yang by laying down QQ like a total moron..

Moron? Really? Obviously people may or may not agree with Child’s play but to call the guy a total moron seems a tad harsh.

Okay so perhaps one hand got him really bent and he voiced his disapproval in a manner that was less than constructive. But wait, there’s more.

Now we come to the moron Hilm

Now Hilm is a moron too.

But Hilm must be a double moron because he gets swiped at again in the same post.

Moron Hilm turned over something like 85 d.. a low ball flush draw.. HE RAISED ALL IN WITH ONE PULL TO COME with nothing but 8 outs!! follow?

Really, is this kind of name calling and insulting necessary?

And the name calling isn’t over yet. Speaking on Watkinson’s play Scott says:

Lee Watkinson did the same damned thing, Gave Yang his chips. Yang opened up for 1 million, Lee pushed in 9 million more.. Yang again called with A9, Lee had A7..

another moron giving away his chips..,

Is that really any reason to call the guy a moron? I haven’t seen the final table so I can’t make any specific comments but even if you disagree with Watkinson’s play it’s a pretty huge leap between disagreement and calling the guy a moron.

But Scott’s not even saving his insults for players. He bashes Phil Gordon saying:

and of course Phil Gordon, who has only won one tourney his whole life says ” man what a sick call by Yang” No Phil, ITS TO BE EXPECTED FROM A CALLING STATION!!

When I checked the Hendon Mob database Scott Matusow isn’t even listed which means that Phil’s one tourney victory is still one more than Scott’s so why he feels it necessary to call into question Phil’s credentials is beyond me. When you look at that sentence there are so many ways he could have voiced his disagreement with Phil without trying to belittle him. It’s really out of line.

All in all, I don’t necessarily disagree with some of Scott’s analysis. What I think is noteworthy is the name calling and insults he casts at the other players and commentators.

Bill Rini
Bill Rini is currently the Head of Online Poker for WSOP. He has been working in the online poker industry since 2004 and has held management roles at Full Tilt Poker and PartyPoker.

3 thoughts on “If you can’t say anything nice . . .”

  1. fair enough bro. although I dont think much of Lee as an NL player. you are right, I should be a tad bit nicer.. Phil, I guess with him it is always saying to make a continuation bet, which is really great for lower shelf players, but not really the way to play top shel NL.. But Phil is a nice person, nothing personal. Take care

  2. Hi Scott,

    Thanks for taking the time to respond. Just to let you know I don’t think anyone believes that you think these guys are drooling, mouth-breathing dolts but it is difficult to tell whether or not your comments are personal in nature. Thanks for straightening that out. Though that still doesn’t explain the jab at Phil :-)

    And rather than change the word from moron to moronic perhaps I can offer some blogging advice that may serve you better. What would be really interesting to read would be some actual analysis. I mean, anybody can call Hilm a moron and fifty people probably will on their blogs when it airs on ESPN. But if you were to discuss the entirety of the play your post would stand out from all the rest and it would give people a good reason to link to your blog (which increases it’s SEO value and attracts new readers). For instance, let me just shoot out an idea on how you could have gone with it:

    Hilm’s inexperience really showed in the hand that he went out on. He pushed all in on a draw against Yang. Hilm’s mistake here is . . .

    Or when talking about Watkinson:

    Watkinson isn’t some rank amateur and he isn’t unfamiliar with final tables so his decision to make a stand with A7 is a little confusing. In trying to figure out what he might be thinking I can only figure that he must have believed one of the following . . .

    Something like that gives some insight. It provides something unique that makes the post more valuable and interesting.

    Anyway, it’s just a thought. Wish you (and Mike) the best of luck and look forward to reading your thoughts on other topics in the future.


  3. Please, I do not mean anything personal by it, neither does Mike on his video show at cardplayer.com/tv. People who know both Mike and myself know damned well we do not mean anything personal, as if those guys are actaully morons, as in ” inferior mentally” as a constant.

    But next time I will say “Moronic” is that better for you guys out there that think it is a personal insult?

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