I would have let this go because I have zero interest in engaging with you but since you used Alinsky tactics, it shouldn’t go un-responded to. For people who don’t know who Saul Alinsky was, he was a tactician who wrote the manual for how people with bad ideas can still succeed and not have to worry about pesky little things like facts or merit. Of the many tactics he promoted, the use of straw men and misattribution of statements were 2 of his favorites.
Mr. Dirk 1st claimed that unnamed people were making statements that were false and jumped in to correct the record. Of course no one was actually making those claims so Mr. Dirk simply made them up and rebutted them all on his own. When he was called out for doing this, he went to page 2 of the Alinsky playbook and claimed I had made certain statements that he found to be wrong and “hilarious”. Let’s set the record straight a second time and see if Mr. Dirk continues his charade or walks away with some dignity left.
- I did not make fun of people for being good poker players. I made fun of people who felt the need to overly complicate simple situations for no other reason than they wanted to sound intelligent.
- I have never said that I’m a good poker player - In fact, have explicitly said that I’m a low stakes donkey. Its even in my profile.
- I have never claimed to identify “patterns” that aren’t real. What I have done is mention that flops/boards that should only occur once every 400+ hands were appearing at a rate 7 times more frequently than that. What expertise is required to count the number of 3-of-a-kind flops over the course a night?
- You did get 1 thing right and that is I did say people are taking this site too seriously. Good for you, you’re batting .250 with your last post, which is .250 higher than your last one.
Alinsky knew that a certain percentage of people would believe whatever tripe someone said, no matter how obviously false. He also knew that people get tired of correcting the record over and over and so sometimes let the malign statements go unchallenged. That is why I am addressing this rather than just letting it go as the nonsense it is. There may be impressionable people here who are uncurious, unintelligent or from Oregon that may have bought what Mr. Dirk was selling.
@JoeDirk - I didn’t go personal with you but you seem to want to go there with me. So, I’ll give you one of my expert reads for free: You enjoy the theory of poker but you don’t actually play it other than here, do you? You like the thought of playing high-level games without actually having to risk anything. Now that’s fine with me but please don’t lecture me about what is and isn’t real poker because I’m pretty sure I’m right and you don’t put yourself out there and try the real thing. Enjoy yourself here. Enjoy the theory and have as much fun as you want with it. I’m happy for you if this is what you enjoy. Just keep the snarky to yourself about things you don’t know much about. You come off like the newly-minted MBA student who thinks he knows how to run a company because he has a piece of paper and a summer internship under his belt. Have fun doing whatever it is you do and try not to go out of your way to argue with people needlessly.
Now it is time for me to leave these forums and hopefully not need to return for anything other than a friendly conversation. Who the hell needs to deal with nonsense like this, especially on a play-chip poker site?