When we were in Las Vegas this summer, before we were playing in our WSOP events, we were having a discussion of what it would be like to have certain pros sit at your table, and whether you would be intimidated by them or not. I had the opportunity to play with Phil Gordon at my table in the 2007 WSOP, and for this trip, both Tony and I had a number of big-name pros sitting at our respective tables, but the question still remained, who would intimidate you.
I’ve played enough tournament poker, and I’m confident enough in my skills, and I’m not super star-struck, that I’d like to think there aren’t many that would really intimidate me. Daniel Negreanu would be fun to have at your table, but the nature of his style of conversation would eliminate any intimidation or fear that you might have. Doyle Brunson is a living legend, and I would just want to bend his ear and thus wouldn’t be focused on the game, but that’s still not intimidating. If Shannon Elizabeth or Tiffany Michelle were at my table, I may be staring at them too much to even know what my hole cards are…but again, that wouldn’t really be intimidation.
I came up with 3 players who I thought would be intimidating if I had them at my table…who would make me nervous or apprehensive playing against them. First on the list is Phil Ivey, who I find intimidating based solely on his skill level and ability to know what to do in any given situation. Second is Patrik Antonius, who I can never get a read off of, and is an extremely skilled player. And third is Tom Dwan, but I amended that selection to only say that it would be intimidating in a cash game instead of a tournament, because of his utter fearlessness and my inability to put him on a hand based on his wide range.
I brought up this topic because I want to hear your thoughts on this. So what do you think?
Poker players, dealers, fans….who would YOU be intimidated to have sitting at your table if you were playing. List as many as you would like.
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