Thanks to everyone who railed the 50k, despite bubbling it was so much fun being alive those 4 days:
It's well-documented that Grinder has poor fundamentals but I find it silly that it drives people to tilt at his success.
Grinder's preflop "badness"(looseness) has a competitive advantages in tournaments where no chips are raked out of the pot and antes range from humongous(NL) to large(Stud games).
That, coupled with people so easily throwing their hands up and justifying ridiculous folds in the name of "It's a tournament" or "chip preservation" helps mitigate his -EV plays. It's further magnified for him and other well-known pros like Ivey who also have an "intimidating presence."
Obviously, he's still too spewy/loose pre and cleaning up some leaks would be a superior strategy, but I just don't find it that ridiculous that he's won the Players' Championship twice.
Luke Schwartz(FullFlush1) is super fun to play with and I DON'T mean in the "He's a fish, +EV for me" way. (I find this attitude slightly disgusting, even when I have it) Whenever we play Razz on 4th, he just covers his eyes and asks the dealer if he's 1st to act and plays accordingly. It's super entertaining to needle Hellmuth and others with him there too.
There was a big all-in at the start of Day 4 in PLO
where Luke is all-in for 1.5 avg. stack and clings onto to Isildur, who just sits there awkwardly. So glad WhoJedi got a picture of it, I was gunna do it back to Luke and grab bugstud if I was AI vs. him, but I got moved:
He doesn't claim to be skilled in the non-bigbet games. When I played with him in some WSOP events last year he would openly ask the table or Seiver about hands after showdown. Obviously, if people still want to trashtalk him for actin' a clown in the limit games, they are welcome to, I just find it a bit uncouth.