Jake Schindler and Martin Kabrhel have been ranked as the least desirable company at the poker table by Daniel Negreanu, with Phil Hellmuth and Scotty Nguyen topping Negreanu’s list of most enjoyable poker personalities to play with!
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) August 19, 2022
Negreanu’s fun game sees him “rank, from top to bottom, my favourite personalities of a poker player to play with.”
With 26 of the world’s best-known poker pros in front of him, he has to decide which category they belong in, ranging from “Most fun” at the top to “I’m leaving the table” at the bottom.
Some of his choices might be quite surprising, with Vanessa Selbst, who usually sparks admiration or loathing, making it to the “You’re Alright” category, alongside Alex Foxen and Tom Dwan.
Justin Bonomo, however, doesn’t fare so well, dumped into the “Leave Me Alone” bin, alongside his “polar opposite”, Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow.
DNegs says of Bonomo, “I’m not going to leave the table, but my god are you annoying!” while with Mike the Mouth “it depends on what the topic of conversation is…and how long I have to be at the table…he can be alright, he can be fun…or he can be ‘Leave me Alone!’”
Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey make it to the “I Enjoy their Time” list, but Erik Seidel and Patrik Antonius are too quiet for Negreanu’s taste and are placed in the “Meh” category with newly-crowned WSOP Main Event champion, Espen Jorstad, who Negreanu confesses to not really knowing.
The Good, the Bad and the “I’m Leaving the Table!”
The categories everyone was waiting for Negreanu to fill, of course, were those of “Most Fun” to play with and at the opposite end of the scale, the “I’m Leaving the Table” group.
Phil Hellmuth, maybe surprisingly, tops the “Most Fun” list, Daniel explaining, “Who’s more fun than Phil, right…the best thing ever is beating Phil in a pot!”
Scotty Nguyen joins Phil, while Maria Ho gets third spot, although DNegs admits the fun with Maria “usually involves alcohol!”
There is actually little surprise at who takes bottom spot in the personality rankings, with Jake Schindler first to be binned, “for lots of reasons…you know what, I’m leaving the table!”
Schindler, of course, has been making headlines for cheating online, a ban from GGPoker for RTA-use apparently coupled with a live verdict of “don’t want you” from PokerStars EPT festivals, with others likely to follow.
Joining the poker cheat in the lowest category of all is Czech pro, Martin Kabrhel. “This one is easy,” says DNegs. “I’m leaving the table and banning him from the premises! Nobody worse to have at your table!”
Kabrhel, the Czech number one tournament player with $9.4million in cashes, is notorious for his slow play and Kassouf-like obnoxiousness at the table…
Watch Martin Kabrhel disrepecting players at the poker table:
Here are Daniel’s lists in full. Let us know on our social media channels what you think of his choices!
Most fun: Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen, DNegs, Maria Ho
I Enjoy Their Time: Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Chino Rheem, Jason Mercier, Jason Koon
You’re Alright: Alex Foxen, Dan Smith, Scott Seiver, Fedor Holz, Tom Dwan, Vanessa Selbst
MEH: Erik Seidel, Patrik Antonius, Espen Jorstad, Dan Zack, David Peters, Dan Colman
Leave Me Alone: Justin Bonomo, Mike Matusow
I’m Leaving the Table: Jake Schindler, Martin Kabrhel
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