Yesterday, I was researching poker pros who have twitter accounts and adding to the list I posted here a year ago (see Poker Pros on Twitter). Before adding poker pros to the list, especially a poker pro whose name I only vaguely recognize, I check out their twitter account, review their tweets, then review their website and blog posts.
One name that I came across was Adam Junglen. In reviewing his blog, I found an amusing – and inspirational – post called Fun Times at Borgata about his April 2010 experience at the Borgata. Evidently, table mate Igor Borukhov got very angry with Adam when Adam asked Igor to stop folding out of turn. Here’s a snippet from Adam’s blog…
… Basically, Igor kept folding out of turn on Day 2. I politely asked him to stop folding out of turn and he responded by arguing. He made it very clear he had no idea who I was, so I made sure he would never forget. He suggested we go fight outside after the tournament and I jokingly accepted and stood up. I don’t know what he was thinking threatening a five foot nothing asian kid who weighs a buck-ten (dollar and a nickle w/o leg, lol)… After I stood up, he stood up, then I took off my prosthetic leg, set it on the table and said “Let’s go!”
Another Kodak moment. Igor was incredibly embarrassed/red in the face/perplexed/owned, “so sorry bro, sorry man” etc etc. “No worries” .
Come on! You gotta laugh. Imagine sitting at the table with these two guys. I loved Adam’s power play and found his ability to make fun of his situation inspirational. He certainly diffused Igor’s anger at the poker table.
How about you? What tactics do you use to diffuse anger at the poker table?