An Alternative view of Standard Deviation
"Coach Jim Bucci has achieved thirty-two final tables and has seven tournament wins. Jim is a 23-year veteran of professional poker. One of Jim Bucci's students won over $189 THOUSAND DOLLARS (finishing 3rd) in the $2500 buy-in 2004 World Championship of Online Poker No Limit Texas HoldEm event sponsored by PokerStars.com. This makes one of Coach Jim's students one of the best online players in the world, as measured by actual tournament results."
What can you say to these people ? Like in The Simpsons, if I told them that was specious reasoning, they'd probably thank me ...
Footnote 3/9/04 : To my surprise, I received an Email from the business in question yesterday. They didn't ask me to change the text above, however based on the politeness and professionalism of their Email I have removed the "scam" implication above. Apparently the student in question has more than one result to his name. I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of the venture : but as ever, caveat emptor.