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by Gavin Griffin |  Published: Dec 10, 2014


I got into a discussion away from the table recently about what to call bad players when you talk about them. The person I was talking to always called them fish and I took issue with that. Let’s talk about where that comes from. Good players have always been called sharks and bad players fish because sharks eat fish like good players eat the bankrolls of bad players. Seems clear enough, but it’s probably a little disrespectful, even when talking in that context. Of course, in poker, there have to be winners and losers. Unless you’re the house, you don’t win every time, so sometimes the shark gets eaten by the fish. It’s not a perfect metaphor. In addition to not being a perfect metaphor, it creates an attitude that I think is unacceptable and, to be perfectly honest, detrimental to winning players. Considering the players who come in and ...

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