The Muck: Selbst v. Shak, Shaun v. Sean & a Heartwarming Make-Up Meme
The Muck's life is dependent on a spicy Twitter feed. Contradictory opinions, outrageous prop bets, sensational videos and of course, the good old squabble are things that make the Muck what it is.
With the collective poker feed being taken over by crypto talk, we've been wondering if we'd ever get poker's version of the "real-life housewives" back.
It's exciting to say that it looks like we're on the verge of returning to the glory days. The last two weeks have given us a few crumbs to work with and we're running with it.
Vanessa Selbst vs. Dan Shak
If you've been living under a rock and missed the 50 or so articles talking about Vanessa Selbst's retirement, you should know, she retired at the beginning of the year.
Imagine the surprise, when a few short weeks later she tweeted:
Needless to say, she took a lot of flack for that whole "first tournament playing as a rec" comment. One such shot came from Dan Shak.
@VanessaSelbst Why retire 2 weeks before you play a tournament kind of doesn’t make sense . Why not just wait till… https://t.co/LqoOcMTHIB— Daniel Shak (@daniel_shak)
And in true diplomatic fashion, often found only on Twitter, Selbst responded.
@daniel_shak What are you babbling about? You of all people should realize that people are allowed to play occasion… https://t.co/DW0oA1yOhV— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst)
And on they went.
@VanessaSelbst Don’t waste your time thinking about it . Gl out there everyone’s entitled to their own opinion some… https://t.co/Cum49vIMxK— Daniel Shak (@daniel_shak)
@VanessaSelbst My babble stands good luck at the tables . You’ve been semi retired almost 2 years why announce this… https://t.co/gk8yhCWDox— Daniel Shak (@daniel_shak)
Such a weird world where so many people are mad that I played a poker tourney for fun after announcing retirement (… https://t.co/YEi8TsQ7gD— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst)
There is plenty more back and forth between Selbst and Shak. Add in a little Darryl Fish and others, and you'll find a weekend-long debate about pretty much nothing.
But the best response of all to Vanessa's initial tweet about playing as a recreational player came from Lisa Limerick.
@plenopads vs. @Protentialmn
If you blinked, you probably missed this little tiff that began with an unfriending and ended with a make-up meme.
What happens when you question a coach, their qualifications to coach, and their rates? You get blocked.
And what happens when you search deep in your soul and find those long lost communication skills? You make up.
Spoke for the last 2 hours w/ @Protentialmn on skype. We are v different yet very similar. Both love poker, both sa… https://t.co/sSdGOKguZV— Patrick Leonard (@plenopads)
And then there's this.
@plenopads @Protentialmn https://t.co/tTnJ2Ki6DJ— chu (@random_chu)
That tweet right there made this whole article worth writing.
Shaun vs. Sean
It started with a tweet from Justin Bonomo:
"Richard Seymour sits down at my table. Obv Sean Perry instantly says something obnoxious Richard: How old are you?…"
And that's all the fuel that was needed for liftoff.
@shaundeeb @BigSey93 Well that was rude @shaundeeb but maybe you can redeem yourself from the punishment I handed y… https://t.co/B2IUtnOBOI— sean perry (@seanmperry1)
@shaundeeb @BigSey93 @PokerNightTV The reason why I outplayed you is because I didn’t give you a chance to slowroll… https://t.co/viDtqAuy1A— sean perry (@seanmperry1)
@seanmperry1 @BigSey93 @PokerNightTV Wow what an amazing offer you’re so amazing you didn’t let me slowroll you imp… https://t.co/npPzIIhgiO— NiceShaunDeeb (@shaundeeb)
And the tit for tat continued a while longer. And unfortunately (or fortunately) for us, there doesn't appear to be a makeup meme coming anytime soon.
But Wait ... There's More
The last few weeks have provided poker fans everywhere with a taste of poker Twitter in its heyday. Call us a little selfish, but we can only hope it is back for good and that more makeup memes make their way into our feed.