You never know who you will meet online

So I’m playing poker online tonight and one of the players at my table has the moniker “NolimitFreak.”

On one of the first hands he plays, on the final round of betting I make a big bet, he raises me, I reraise him “all in,” and he folds. He then proceeds to call me a “turd” in the area where players can chat. I have no idea why.

A while later, I ask him a question: “Hey NolimitFreak, have you read the book Freakonomics?”

He responds, “I wrote it.”

I type back, “That’s amazing…I love the book!”

He didn’t reply.

I find it outrageous that the author of Freakonomics would go around calling someone a turd.


Sony

Yeah, we all have people like that on the internet. Well hope you liked meeting the writer of Freakonomics! What was that like?! ^^

kr8tr

Poker is so fun, in person or online, and playing with people you don't know always adds a new dimension.

I assume you were playing Texas Hold 'Em - I love the game, but I am no good at it (according to most of the "seasoned Pros" I play against). But I beat them, almost always. How? I don't play their game, and it often pisses them off. They can't understand someone that raises on the river looking for an inside straight, but what they fail to realize is that, had they played me differently on the flop, I wouldn't be sitting here on the river hoping for my straight - I would have been gone long ago.

I love pissing players off by hitting what they consider "miracle hands", or just out bidding them. Texas Hold 'Em Poker isn't just about odds, it is more about balls - and being able to read people.

I would MUCH rather face a sore loser than a sore winner ;)

Rob

metin

I've heard of 'identity' theft. But this is 'freaking' ridiculous!

Stephen

Maybe you were playing against Dubner.

crscheid

Excellent post! I nearly laughed off my chair.

adamb0mb

Dubner is getting a little loose in poker play apparently.

synapticmisfires

Wow, he's so down to earth too. "Turd", that's keeping it real. It would really be funny if it was Dubner.

John S.

It doesn't surprise me that a gambler would lie, because I've never met one yet who loses money. Everyone I know who goes to Vegas comes back "a little bit ahead".

It's amazing that the casinos can stay open losing money like that.

Stephen J. Dubner

It wasn't me, you bunch of turds!

mjstevens

I don't know how certain words become more common in language - I guess a lot of them appear in a movie and/or tv show and people start to use them. Well, 'turd' is the word my friends and I frequently use now in lieu of jerk, etc. Do insults follow the same pattern as children's names?

ConnieH

On the internet, no one can tell you're a Freakonomics author....

Jason Malloy

He responds, “I wrote it.”

Man, too bad you didn't recognize him. You could have won 100 bucks.

metin

When I play, i usually admit to writing the 'poker for dummies' book.

Dale

That's funny. He probably wrote on HIS blog that he met the writer of Freakonomics.

Hey, Jason. Good one.

Princess Leia

i haven't heard the word 'turd' used in such a long time!

funkyj

I turned the corner in Soho today and someone Looked right at me and said: Oh No! Another Laurie Anderson clone! And I said: Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!

StCheryl

Perhaps it was Karl Rove.

1. He is a notorious liar.
2. He is sick of being the only one called "Turd", or in his case, "Turd Blossom."

Sony

Yeah, we all have people like that on the internet. Well hope you liked meeting the writer of Freakonomics! What was that like?! ^^

kr8tr

Poker is so fun, in person or online, and playing with people you don't know always adds a new dimension.

I assume you were playing Texas Hold 'Em - I love the game, but I am no good at it (according to most of the "seasoned Pros" I play against). But I beat them, almost always. How? I don't play their game, and it often pisses them off. They can't understand someone that raises on the river looking for an inside straight, but what they fail to realize is that, had they played me differently on the flop, I wouldn't be sitting here on the river hoping for my straight - I would have been gone long ago.

I love pissing players off by hitting what they consider "miracle hands", or just out bidding them. Texas Hold 'Em Poker isn't just about odds, it is more about balls - and being able to read people.

I would MUCH rather face a sore loser than a sore winner ;)

Rob

metin

I've heard of 'identity' theft. But this is 'freaking' ridiculous!