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Negreanu - Isildur1 II Highlights Poker's Short-Term Memory Problem

28 March 2011, By: compncards
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If you want a look into the mentality of many poker fans, take a look at the results from today's Pokerstars Superstar Showdown Challenge.

Daniel Negreanu took on Isildur1 for 2,500 hands and emerged a $26k winner. Everyone is congratulating him like he just accomplished one of the biggest feats in poker. At the same time, they are seeming to totally overlook the fact that he dropped $150,000 to Blom just a week ago.

The problem is, that seems to be the mentality of poker in general. One win and all of a sudden a player is "the best in the world" regardless of what they have been doing up to that point.

I understand that fans want their favorite players to do well, but poker is not like other sports. Poker is a lifetime game where other sports are broken up into seasons.

If Albert Pujols has a bad year in St. Louis, no biggie, there is always next year. Each season is its separate entity and how well a player is playing right now has an impact on the team and their value.

At the same time,other sports pay their athletes to play, whereas poker players put up their own money unless they are sponsored. As such, one would think that more credence would be given to a player's overall record as opposed to right here right now.

I'm not saying that Daniel's loss to Isildur1 has anything to do with his overall career, but looking at the two-week match, it points out how much of a short-term memory that poker fans have.

Point out the positives only. Don't point out the fact he lost $150k last week. Just point out that he won this week.

Granted, my complaining about it isn't going to change anything. Fans are going to be fans and think their players are the best regardless. It just bugs me.

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  • compncards 28/03/2011 2:55am (8 years ago)

    I expected him to take Daniel for the whole $300k, and if not for Daniel running like fire in the 2nd half, it would have happened too.

  • Jose Villadiego 28/03/2011 2:49am (8 years ago)

    I think the congratualtions to DN comes more , in my place does, from the fact that he was down 130k at some point in the rematch today and made an epic comeback to fisnih in profit but you are right, The Super Star Showdown has 5k hands and Isildur took him for more than $120k. A result a lot of ppl wasnt expecting at all.

    Villa

  • Conan776 28/03/2011 2:48am (8 years ago)

    Ah, come on. This is like John Henry vs the Steam Engine. Good for DN for eking out a win, imo.