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Poker Player Tweets of the Week: Expressing our feelings

20 September 2013

It's been an exciting week for the online poker community. On Wednesday, 887 days after Black Friday, American players were finally able to submit claims for their Full Tilt Poker balances. A day later, the World Series of Poker launched a real-money online poker room in Nevada. Meanwhile, poker players have been busy doing what they do best -- playing in big tournaments and cash games. The latest World Poker Tour event at the BoOrgata in Atlantic City has been the recent hub of activity for most of the circuit, but this week's tweets come from all over the globe. Friday, Sept. 20: Daniel "@RealKidPoker" Negreanu Daniel Negreanu got received a lot of heat for this seemingly innocuous sentence, but that shouldn't surprise any frequent Twitter-goer. If you say something even a hair off the status quo on Twitter, someone is going to burn you. Then again, Negreanu is known for being a bit strange, especially since he involved himself with the Choice Center, which is basically a cult. The criticism even came from a few of Negreanu's was even criticized by his peers in the game, including former online phenom and noted loudmouth Justin "@stealthmunk Schwartz, who replied, "you are insulting yourself and all the hours you've spent playing poker and mastering your craft. Bullshit cult logic." Schwartz does have a good point, but I don't think Negreanu would disagree, either. Obviously Negreanu doesn't think his confidence is the sole reason why he's a successful pro. But he does seem to believe that without that confidence, he'd have never achieved his success. It's sort of a chicken-and-egg conundrum. Schwartz -- and I, quite frankly -- would argue that Negreanu's confidence is simply a result of all the hard work he's put in over the years, and not the trigger. Friday, Sept. 20: Chance "@ChancesCards" Kornuth Ah, the gym. The wretched masses gather to suffer under the pretense that their pain will eventually lead to some sort of real-world gain, all while paying upwards of $150 a month to use "state-of-the-art" equipment. But there's good news, fitness fiends. As Chance Kornath points out, that unusual pain, shortness of breath or dizziness -- in addition to shame, self-doubt and a newfound hatred for personal trainers -- are all natural! You're supposed to feel like crap when you go to the gym ... that's how you know it's working. I believe the entire fitness industry is an endless cycle of horrible sustainability. Nobody actually gets in good shape, because then you wouldn't need to work out anymore. The fitness machines are designed to make you feel bad enough about yourself that you think, "Well, I haven't mastered this thing yet, so I guess I better keep trying -- and paying a gym membership." It's really quite genius. Thursday, Sept. 19: Eric "@EricMizrachi" Mizrachi Hang on ... what? Who craves Olive Garden? And WHO CRAVES SALAD? Look, we all know the OG's unlimited-soup-salad-and-breadstick-for-$6.99 lunch combo is an absolute steal. But going to Olive Garden is purely a value proposition. The food is awful, but it will fill you up so much that by the end of the meal, you won't even remember how bad it was. But none of that should matter to a professional poker player like Eric Mizrachi, whose bankroll is clearly deep enough to never have to set foot within 100 yards of this wretched chain. Maybe he's just delusional and has been convinced by those catchy TV commercials. The Olive Garden is an insult to Italian food everywhere. Scratch that -- it's an insult to food everywhere. Thursday, Sept. 19: Shane "@ShaneSchleger" Schleger Don't even go there, Shane Schleger. Do not even go there. I only just started watching Breaking Bad last summer, but I've been hooked ever since. I watched the entire series twice over the last year in preparation of Season 5B, which kicked off six weeks ago. Now, with just two episodes left in the entire series, fans like me are riddled with nausea over how it's all going to end. I never watched The Sopranos, but of course I know how it ended and the implications of said ending. If Breaking Bad inexplicably cuts to black at the end of the series, it would not only infuriate millions of people around the world, it also simply wouldn't make any sense in the context of the show. Series creator Vince Gilligan is absolutely brilliant, and I trust him to end the show in the same artful and gut-wrenching manner with which he's carried it out for the past six years. I suspect think the ending will go down as the greatest in television history. Tuesday, Sept. 17: Justin "@stealthmunk" Schwartz Hey look, it's Schwartz again, trolling on the Internet as usual. But again, I'm on his side. It's pretty infuriating that people can't experience emotions these days without going to validating them on social media for validationfirst. The Internet is supposed to be about watching ridiculous things that you'd never get to see otherwise, not about posting status updates professing superficial feelings that interest no one. I recently heard about a friend of a friend who decided to quit her job and take off on a walk around the country. It was meant to be a spiritual journey, one that would likely take her years to complete. I thought it was really cool. Then, I heard that she was blogging, posting status updates and tweeting throughout the entire trip. Lame. Because it's not a spiritual journey if it's not on Facebook, right?
Poker Player Tweets of the Week: Expressing our feelings is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
Dan Podheiser

Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.
Dan Podheiser
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.