Not all dangerous beat tales happen on the poker desk, as Gary Clarke nicely is aware of. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Gary Clarke’s “Unhealthy Beat Story” wins him a €2000 Unibet Open Bucharest Package deal
In 2013, Danish poker Adonis Gus Hansen put a heartbreaking beat on Gary Clarke, however the Irishman received the final chuckle right this moment because the discerning folks over at Poker.org made him the winner of The Chip Race poker podcast’s “Unhealthy Beat Competitors.”
he might be wined and dined
Clarke’s prize is a €2,000 ($2,117) bundle to the upcoming Unibet Open Bucharest beginning on November 29. Courtesy of Unibet Poker and The Chip Race, he’ll keep on the luxurious Marriott lodge, he’ll obtain cash for his flights, he’ll play within the €1,100 ($1,164) Predominant Occasion, and he might be wined and dined on my own and Dara O’Kearney within the Romanian capital.
That’s a very nice prize, so at this level you may be questioning what hand Clarke held and what kind of horrendous run-out took the pot away from him. Effectively, this specific dangerous beat didn’t happen on the felt. Fairly, it was in a Galway nightclub not removed from the poker venue the place the unlucky-in-love Clarke was making an attempt out an altogether completely different line with a girl named Sarah.
Ah me! alas, ache, ache ever, for ever!
If poker is ache, then match poker is agony piled on high of excruciating agony, punctuated by a uncommon second of glory. Percy Bysshe Shelley stated “Ah me! alas, ache, ache ever, for ever! No change, no pause, no hope! But I endure.” It’s that form of factor, however you do get the very occasional reprieve. Within the face of this, you’ve gotten three primary choices as a participant:
Grow to be numb
Creating a chilly detachment from outcomes and a hardy resistance to results-oriented pondering might be one of the simplest ways to navigate your little ship by means of the tsunamis of variance that you just encounter within the sport.
Let it out
When you can’t internalize the ache, perhaps it’s finest should you launch it. There are numerous types of catharsis. Releasing an expletive-laden stream of consciousness was my private choice within the early years, however you might punch your laptop display screen, smash your mouse, or kick over a chair.
Study to find it irresistible
The poker gods have a sick humorousness. They may tease us, torture us, smite us and, worst of all, they are going to give us false hope. Masochism is the antidote. Study to like the ache and also you grow to be invincible. In any case, (Poker) Dying smiles at us all. All we are able to do is smile again.
From 37 to five…
Effectively it seems that there’s really a fourth possibility.
Write it down as a hilarious self-deprecating story and enter it in a “Unhealthy Beat” contest
37 folks entered The Chip Race Unhealthy Beat Competitors, which was introduced on September 28. The submissions included movies, Twitch clips, hand histories, brief tales, and a poem. On October 14, the ten finalists have been introduced:
From that checklist, Poker.org’s four-person crew took over, utilizing a “Eurovision track contest” type factors system to rank the entries. On this week’s version of “The Lock-In,” (The Chip Race cameras-on sister present), Poker.Org’s Dwell Occasions Supervisor Terrance Reid stopped by to debate the highest 5:
The individual coming in fifth place was English poker participant Mark Tearney’s “silly hand, silly sport” story about an unfathomable beat that he took in a house sport:
With the fourth greatest factors rally got here a side-splittingly shaggy dog story submitted by Welshman Ed concerning the time his propellor airplane broke down on his method to a poker match and issues solely received worse and extra embarrassing from there:
The third place finisher was one other video submission – this time from Matt Skeadas – which was coined “The Hazardous soccer guess that by no means was.” Watch it to see why.
A lesson in blockers
In keeping with Reid, there was little or no between the highest two entries, which have been voted within the high two by all 4 members of the jury. It’s very clear while you learn each tales how troublesome the choice simply have been as each actually have been superbly instructed, sumptuously drawn, and totally engrossing.
Ultimately, second place and a unexpectedly added however very deserved runner-up prize of €250 ($265) went to “Kiplesworth” and his Joycean story of woe involving the cruelest dangerous beat of the all, a brand new pair of Diesel denims, and Fluffy Mulkerin’s canine. I dare you to not cry laughing at this one:
The winner was an editorial assured to grow to be a part of Irish poker folklore as Gary Clarke acquired a merciless off-the-felt lesson on blockers by the Don Juanesque Gus Hansen. With fewer scruples than he had buttons in his shirt, the Dane whisked truthful maiden Sarah from the arms of the hapless Gary, who was left with nothing however a nasty beat story. However oh, what a nasty beat story.