PokerCast Episode 230 - WSOP Main Event Coverage with Scott Abrams, Matt Savage & Gavin Smith
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios, July 17th 2012 - WSOP Main Event Coverage with Scott Abrams, Matt Savage & Gavin Smith- This week on the Two Plus Two PokerCast Mike and Adam continue their World Series of Poker Main Event coverage highlighting the exciting action that took place over the last seven days and the surviving nine players that will return in October to battle it out for pokers ultimate prize. They get things started by connecting with Two Plus Two'er and chess wizard Scott “weirdchess1” Abrams to talk about his 12th place finish in this year's Main Event and what it felt like to bust-out just shy of making the October Nine. They follow that up by getting tournament director Matt Savage on the line to discuss his WSOP experience and a controversial ruling involving Andras Koroknai mucking his hand after moving all-in not realizing that Gaelle Baumann had already raised. Mike and Adam also connect with poker pro and former Poker Road host Gavin Smith to talk about his deep run in this year's Main Event and some interesting hands that he played along the way. In forum static the guys talk poker gossip including some more Matthew Marafioti twitter drama, preview the Micro Millions Main Event and of course give away the password for the July 22nd Poker Stars VIP Club Invitational for PokerCast listeners.
Regarding the poker player who blinded out of the Main Event for religious reasons. You all showed a lack of empathy, an inability to stand in another person's shoes or consider another person's position.
Imagine if someone said to you - "This is such a big moment in your life, you are doing well in the Main Event, cheat just one time. Sure cheating is wrong, but imagine all the good you could do for your family and friends if you cheated just this one time. Just make an exception this one time." Absurd thinking.
My guess is that you simply don't know people who strictly follow their religious beliefs and the culture which arise around those beliefs. Going to church on Sunday or shul on Saturday is one level of faith. But there are many people whose entire lives revolve around their faith and the practices and culture that go with it.
If you want to speak to someone who can explain to you why they don't cheat at their faith just one time, let me know. I have a list of soulful and thoughtful people who could explain this to you. Please know that this is a sincere offer, not a snarky one. I am not a religious person, but I know some very observant people who have greatly influenced my life.