Paul Darden > Phil Hellmuth

Friday, June 3rd, 2005, 4:56 pm

A good cover story on Paul Darden in the most recent issue of Card Player, including an early nominee for Best Quote From A Poker Player 2005. Darden, talking about how he’s rebounded this year from a tough run, said:

“I weathered the storm, and now I am the storm. The cream is going to rise to the top, and this cream is dark.”

Loved that line. Have to find a way to use it at some point. Wouldn’t make much sense coming from me, but who cares?

Contrast that line with this misuse of a cliche in Phil’s most recent column about his heads-up battle with Paul Phillips:

“I would trap him like a fox in a chicken coop by checking all of my strong hands to him.”

I have no idea what Phil is saying here. If he’s saying that he’s the fox…it makes no sense because once the fox is in the coop, there’s no more need for deception. No need for trapping, as the fox will merely use the teeth and claws God gave him to make fricasee. If he’s saying that Phillips was the fox, and he was trapping Phillips in the coop…and Phillips is a fox…then Phillips eats the chickens before you get him out. And what good is that? Plus, Hellmuth CAN’T be the fox because in his inane book his said that he’s an eagle. Not a mouse, or a jackal, or an elephant, or a lion. Or a fox. No, he’s an eagle. So…now my head hurts.

OK, very brief post. Go read Pauly to get the skinny on what’s happening in Vegas. Maybe more from me later. Gotta go.

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One Response to “Paul Darden > Phil Hellmuth”

  1. Mike Woodhouse Says:

    But what if the were NO CHICKENS in the coop? The Eagle has trapped the fox and there’s nothing for him to eat! Genius – exactly what we’d expect from the Poker God.

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