November 24, 2018 Live Poker News, Poker Gossip, Poker Industry News, Poker Live Streams Petr Černý

Jake Cody defends amateur for making worst call of the year and attacks Poker Night in America for bashing him

Poker Night in America has come under fire after commentator’s labelled an amateur’s play in his final table TV debut “embarrassing”. A criticism which has seen them incur the wrath of many on Twitter, PokerStars Team pro Jake Cody …

As can be seen from the clip above, the producers of the show have had to change the title after the backlash, but before we check out the ‘public rage’ over PNiA’s dubious approach, let’s look into the play itself…

Sebastian Labbe was running deep, very deep, for the first time in last year’s partypoker WCC Canadian Poker Championship $2k event. He found himself with a big stack but facing some well-known pros, Mike ‘GoLeafsGo’ Leah among them.


The very strange hand saw a raise, three calls, followed by a weird min. raise from Volpe with AK off – and then Leah shoved! Well, we could expect a slew of folds and the action back on Volpe, but somehow Labbe had an idea, so he tanked…and talked himself into a call.

Watch it yourself and try to imagine why he might do such a thing, holding the 7 and 8 of clubs…

  • He miscalculated the pot odds he was getting because of all the dead money?
  • He simply got the crazy idea of perhaps busting two players at once?
  • The big occasion got the better of him and he was just plain confused?


Well, I guess if you’re doing any of the above 7c 8c is a good hand for it! Still 20% against all the big hands he could expect to meet. Yes, it’s still a very bad call in anyone’s book – but here’s the thing…so what?

Sebastian Labbe isn’t a poker pro – he’s a rec who was doing really well and made a mistake. The commentators on PNiA, however, went to town on him…and poker pro and streamer Jake Cody wasn’t impressed at all…

…and others were quick to follow…

Despite the change in the title, and claiming it was meant to be ‘tongue in cheek’, the PNiA clip Jake Cody complained about started to go a little viral in the poker world, online legend Brian Hastings taking issue with it too…

The problem of course, as all the tweets pointed out, is that bashing an amateur on air (or playing live, or wherever really) is not going to entice more of them into the game. The opposite is true – and that’s a huge problem.

Pros and regs make their money from those less good at the game. If you don’t at least make the game enjoyable that money will, quite rightly, end up going elsewhere. No-one wants to be outed as an ‘idiot’ on TV for making a mistake – not even if Phil Hellmuth is doing the ‘outing’…

Perhaps PNiA should heed the words from the children’s movie Bambi: “If you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say nothing at all!”

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