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high-stakes fantasy football

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Peter “Nordberg” Feldman is a damn fine poker player. He regularly dominates major online tournaments and he even beat Gavin Smith to win the 2006 World Series of Poker Circuit championship at Harrah’s New Orleans, good for a payday of more than $500,000.

But as Andy Wang gears up for his heads-up battle with Feldman, it’s clear he’s overmatched. Andy is relaxed and ready to dominate, knowing that he really has no chance.

A couple of weeks after trouncing Feldman, Andy was faced with a heads-up challenge that might intimidate many poker players, but naturally he realized that it was going to be another cakewalk. If you’ve seen his opponent that week, Jean Gluck, on Calvin Ayre’s Wild Card Poker, you know this former model is the type of girl who can disarm novices with her beauty.

Gluck might look sweet as a kitten, but she is fierce as a tiger when trying to separate you from your chips. And yet once again he just knows he is going to destroy her as well. Have we mentioned that they were not playing poker?

Of course, after the first six weeks of his fantasy football league with a bunch of poker pros, most of whom he has never met, these are the only two match-ups he has won. So maybe we should stop the smack-talking now. In that case, we might as well take the opportunity to thank NFL stars Lamont Jordan and Hines Ward for being so worthless. They have picked a pretty inopportune time to have an off-year.

Yes it is easy to beat any strong poker player in a heads-up match if it is in fantasy football, and not in No Limit Texas Holdem Poker. Luck plays a much bigger role in fantasy football, and this is why there are no real pros in this game. But there are many pros in poker, because skill really counts a lot in the long-term.