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Friday, November 18, 2005

Come To The Dark Side

Here's something that's so obvious I just can't believe no one has thought of it. Hate him or ignore him, you can't love him, Hellmuth was the topic of discussion yet again on a forum when someone said "poker needs a villain". Now as it happens they were right. But Hellmuth is not your man. On the scaryvillainometer, he's down there with Gargamel, or maybe Skeletor on a good day.

But why has no one set themselves up as the evil guy ? Not the unpleasant guy, not the whiney guy, not the rude guy, the EVIL guy. A Cantona. Or a Tyson. Someone who exudes menace at the poker table, if not downright Satanism. The Devilfish has come closer than anyone I suppose, but I suspect he just hasn't been on American TV enough to build up the image. Barry Greenstein does look like a vampire but he spoils it with all that charity stuff.

Someone should take the stage to a flash of lightning, in a full-length black leather cloak, looking as if they've just sacrificed a goat while drinking a pint of blood. I reckon they'd clean up, in sponsorship terms.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You never met Koresh then?


1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Andy, just re-read your post...namely the whiney/rude/unpleasant bit.

As you were.

1:39 AM  
Anonymous yt said...

Like the idea of this. There are many evil characters online but live it would take more balls. besides everyone goes on about etiquette so much you would probably need to be a 'name' who turns bad just to get away with it. Try being the new guy at the table giving it large to a room full of locals! Not likely is it?
So what we need a is a poker name who wants to turn into "Wolf" from Gladiators! ;)

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like Ted Hankey.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Andy_Ward said...

Haha yes, thank you, like that only better. I found a picture of him looking particularly unscary with some acolytes dressed as bats, but I can't get the link to work.

Google "Ted Hankey" and you'll get the general idea.


2:36 PM  

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