SCOOP 2012: By George! Lind is hyper

SCOOP logo.gifI am not a psychiatrist. I am not a psychologist. I have no medical training whatsoever outside of a class in infant CPR which scared me away from children for several months. That is a long way of saying, I cannot, with any degree of medical certainty, diagnose PokerStars Team Online's George Lind III with any sort of attention deficit disorder. But, if there was ever a time to offer a lay opinion, this is it.

George Lind recently won his first Spring Championship of Online Poker title. He did it in a Stud-8 event (as chronicled in this Exile on Main Street-themed recap from Paul McGuire). It was the sixth time he played a SCOOP Stud-8 tournament in his life. In the five previous runnings, he had a runner-up and third place finish.

So you'd think Lind would be really, really focused on the title. Instead?

"I was 6-12 tabling hypers throughout the final table," he said.

For the uninitiated, the hypers of which he speaks are hyper-turbo sit & go tourneys. They are SNG crack, and in some jurisdictions considered a Schedule-1 amphetamine. Lind eats them or breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Seriously, if McGuire was looking for a Stones tune in a Lind recap, he might have picked "Mother's Little Helper."


George Lind, crazy like a fox

Keep in mind, Lind did this while playing a Stud-8 final table--the kind of tournament where paying attention is sort of a big deal. I've played my fair share of Stud-8, and for people like me (read: sort of slow on the uptake), if I'm not watching every card that comes off the stub, you might as well just take my chips and call me a cab. And then ask the cab driver to run me over.

Lind? While he was freaking winning a SCOOP event, he was playing up to a dozen hyper turbo SNGs at a time.

The logical question is this: how much could Lind legitimately be expected to win in the hypers if he's actually winning the SCOOP event?

The unexpected answer: Lind profited $80,000 in the hypers and 76,000 VIP player points that day.

As I said, I'm no doctor.

Two years ago, Lind took third in the very same event. He's a man who has a brain that can flip switches faster than most people can find the switches to flip.

"It's nice to have a chance to improve on that in such a big field tournament," he said. "I'm really happy to finally get a SCOOP title after winning Player of the Year in 2010, but not actually winning an event that year. It's definitely nice to get a watch to go along with my 2010 POTY trophy."

As of this morning, Lind held the top spot on the low buy-in leaderboard. If he can manage to keep his head in the game, the payoff could offer a little more than pride.

"I'm hoping to win that PCA package with a consistent final few days," he said.

Consistency? How much consistency can Lind possibly have if he's dozen-tabling hyper tourneys?

Well, a lot apparently.

*Consult your physician before beginning any sort of Lind regimen. Side effects include trouble sleeping, motion sickness, and not having enough places in your house to hide all your money.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in SCOOP