Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chicken of the Year Award...




...goes to this doofus named Scott Cook. With something like 150 players left in the World Series of Poker main event, he has a monster hand against two opponents, who both have top pair/top kicker. The action on both the flop and turn is bet-call-call, with Cook in position, acting last.

On the river, the first two players check, and Cook checks behind! The only explanation is that he was afraid of a bigger full house or quad treys. But why would he think that any hand that has him beat would check the river? I mean, if you have quads or kings full, acting either first or second, and you have two opponents who like their hands enough to have called twice, of course you're going to bet the river. You're not going to have enough confidence that one of them will bet it for you so as to take a chance on a check-raise. If I were Cook in that spot, I would be about 99% sure I had the best hand, and I'd try to figure out how much more I could squeeze from those guys.

The man doesn't deserve to have gotten this far in the biggest poker tournament in the world. Give him the Chicken award and then disqualify him from the event for a disgraceful, appalling, intolerable lack of courage.

It's eerily reminiscent of this infamous hand from Poker After Dark:




(The best part of that clip, of course, is the looks of disbelief on the faces of Antonius, Harman, Lindgren, and, especially, Ivey. Great editing!)

6 comments:

Vera said...

Love Ivey's look- he's licking his chops. I've seen this a few times but still laugh. Check out the Christy Gazes vs Chad Brown one on youtube if you haven't seen it. How could anyone consider Tilly a pro? Puhlease.

Vera said...

oh and the other dude is just as bad not betting his set which filled up-evah not once wow that's atrocious.

The Poker Meister said...

LOL at Ivey's reaction!

Luke said...

Didn't you donk out of a $1500 event after like 1 hour? Not bashing you... just saying.

gadzooks64 said...

I found myself yelling at my monitor when I watched that hand this morning.

Literally YELLING at it.

I could not believe that guy. He was missing out of huge value when the flush came in. Course they had nothing so he wasn't going to get called if he had betbut still.

He ended up looking like a total nit when he showed his hand down. I bet Ivey was mentally adding that guy's chips to his stack after that hand.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the chicken has a bad case of nerves! We should cut him a break. Playing in the Main Event is probably nerve racking enough but also being on national TV while playing in the Main Event has got to be almost unbearable for some novice players. He won the hand and who knows what would have happened if he had bet the river... maybe they both fold. Not probable but possible.