WSOP 2013: The Happiness epidemic
Team Online's Shane Schleger did not last long in the 2013 World Series of Poker. That's all we have to say about that. We're going to assume he's not happy.
In any case, since he had some free time, he's...well, he's become slightly obsessed with a phenomenon of people being "happy with how they played."
The idea is this: it seems every Twitter post Schleger reads these days is about busted WSOP players being fully content with their play, but not with the outcome of the day. Put another way, "It wasn't my fault!"
"Twitter search is funny. Finding that people have been 'happy with how they played' since 2010," Schelger tweeted today.
This comes just a few hours after Schleger spent an inordinate about of time re-tweeting people who were, indeed, happy with how the played and wanted the world to know. Here were just a few of the examples he picked.
About to cash the #WSOP 1k No Limit, first soft tourney I've played and super happy with how I'm playing!— Darryll Fish (@The_DFish) June 6, 2011
Ended the day with 26,500 the last 5 levels were alot of win one pot lose one pot and make no hands meh happy with how I played tonight.— Amit Makhija (@amak316) June 19, 2011
Was at the hardest table all day. Made a few mistakes but all in all pretty happy w how I played and on to day 2 w 3.7 mill and 37/48 left— Thomas Marchese (@BigCheese_poker) July 2, 2012
There were many more (and not everybody was happy with Schleger taking the time to point out how happy they were). It got testy.
But, by God, Schleger is a hero in our eyes. When no one else will take the time, Schleger is like the freaking Centers for Disease Control in identifying the 2013 Happiness Epidemic.
We like to do our part, so went spent a few minutes this afternoon searching for other growing outbreaks related to the epidemic. We have learned that there is a progression to the illness. It starts with the Got Unlucky Hantavirus, progresses to Optimism Pox, and eventually results in full blown happiness with one's play.
The "Got Unlucky Hantavirus"
Symptoms include donkey noises, Tourettes, and luck deficiency
50,000 chips going into the dinner break (starting stack was 30k)! Was as high as 65k but got unlucky in a couple big pots.— Kurt Fraser (@PokerFrase) July 9, 2013
Rarely getting a chance to open. And when i do, getting 3bet. got unlucky in a 20k pot against recreational player who made flush on river.— Amit Agrawal (@amit50000) July 9, 2013
Symptoms include irrational belief everything is going to be just great
Didn't expect a day off today, slept in and feeling great already anxious for Day 2 tomorrow! What to do til then hmm..— Tarun Gulati (@tarunpkr) July 9, 2013
That's why I'm so HAPPY with having a side JOB besides POKER ! When things not going my way and I'm super tilted&disappointed I can BREATH $— Alik Sitnyakovsky (@KingAlikMJstyle) July 9, 2013
Thought I'd be more tilted busting day 1 of the main. Happy that I played well all summer and kept a positive attitude even at the end.— Ryan Laplante (@Protentialmn) July 9, 2013
Playing my second WSOP Event today. Huge advantage coming in. Most ppl prob über tilted at this point and I am #fresh— Sorel Mizzi (@sorelmizzi) June 13, 2013
From there...well, just see Shane's twitter feed.
Tonight we plan to gather all our resources to stamp out the happiness epidemic before it spreads to other poker tournaments around the world.
We're going to start by slow-playing aces and see how happy we are with our play after that.
While we're on the subject, we need to mention some losses in the PokerStars herd. Chris Moneymaker, David Williams, Eugene Katchalov, Johnny Lodden, Fatima Moreira de Melo. George Lind, and Barry Greenstein have all been eliminated today.
We did not ask them how they felt about their play.