I was a little surprised to find that no-one I've asked agreed with my last post criticizing Peter Eastgate for auctioning off his bracelet. I think it is a matter of interpretation. I was interpreting his action as almost a 'middle finger' to the poker world several months after quitting, and saw it as ungrateful doing that to something that had given you so much. Hence the blog post.
However, it's very possible I have misinterpreted his reasons for selling the bracelet. If his motives are purely philanthropic, then selling something for much more than it's monetary value, and giving the money to charity isn't really something that should be criticised. A friend of Peter's, GUKPT winner Jeff Kimber, commented that Peter did not intend it to be disrespectful, and my argument that he could just donate an equal amount to what the bracelet raises is somewhat dwarfed by the fact he has his own charitable organisation. Check it out at www.friendsofeastgate.com
GL to Peter in whatever he chooses to do. He was always a class act at the poker table.
Which is more than can be said for what I just witnessed in the PokerStars.net Big Game episode I just finished watching. I'm a little behind the times on this, as it caused a bit of a ruckus a few weeks back. Basically Tony G and Daniel Negreanu got totally out of line on Andrew Robl.
I'm not sure what to make of Andrew Robl, he seems a nice enough guy, but from the times I've seen him on TV he doesn't come across as that interesting, and probably doesn't do himself any favours. In this game it was perhaps not the best idea to refuse to straddle even once or twice. But on the other hand, I respect that he stuck to his guns, and he certainly didn't deserve the treatment that he was given:
For Tony G to call the clock on Andew Robl in a hand he wasn't even involved in (bearing in mind this is a cash game with no increase in blinds or whatever) is just such terrible etiquette. Robl ended up making a bad fold, which he might not have made otherwise. Although Tony G is often entertaining, even (or especially) in his berating of people, he sometimes oversteps the mark so incredibly (or perhaps when it's not Phil Hellmuth it's not as funny?). Also, I've always quoted Negreanu as being my favourite poker player ever since I started playing, but his usual likeability was certainly not evident in this episode.
I felt for Robl watching all that go down, and he really sticks up for himself in this blog post he made after it aired. Tony G and Negreanu have since posted on the subject, but meh, Robl came out looking best on this occasion.