Halloween Special & Poker Tweet Of The Year – Tough Competition

By Ian John
July 24, 2023

Elon Musk has taken over Twitter! This should be fun! I’m fully expecting Twitter to go to battery powered, only for it to fail three years later as it won’t recharge.

Anyway, while perusing the sunny climes of Twitter, I came across what I believe to be the Poker Tweet of the Year.

Step forward #sammyco33 to collect your award!

And see if you can guess what it is about?

Oh Please Not The Poker Cheating Scandal Again!


Yes! Because you haven’t already heard enough about this, the great news is that this latest genius Tweet once again refers to the poker scandal that is showing no signs of slowing down and which continues to set Twitter alight.

Our erstwhile sammyco33 hails from Durban, South Africa but on her bio it says “Poker all day errrr day. Sometimes other things but aslong [sic] as we can play poker after.”

No, I’ve not got a clue what the first part means either.

However, one thing is certain and that is sammyco33 is a big fan of poker and she’s also a big fan of expressing her opinion on the Adelstein/Jade Lew scandal and in particular Hustler Casino Live’s part in the incident.

So much so that she took offence at the fact Nick Vertucci, one of the co-hosts of HCL tweeted that they had not made any accusations against Mrs Lew and that it was Garrett Adelstein who had started things off by making the initial accusation.

Well, that didn’t sit too well with Sammyco33, who has been firmly in the Garrett camp since the whole thing started, which led to this fantastic couple of tweets:-

Now, I’ve never blamed an escape goat for anything, but that could well be because they’ve already escaped and run away never to be seen again; a bit like Bryan Sagbigsal apparently.

I actually think escape goats are a pretty neat idea. Imagine, you head to the poker hall, lose money on a live broadcast, think the world is against you and sit their stony faced look like a stunned mullet on a wet Monday, and then you can demand your cash back and blame it all on an ‘escape goat”.

We’d have to be careful not to leave them too near prisons and police stations of course, but that strategy would work for me!

Anyway, this was a Tweet which cheered me up no end and I hope that Sammyco33 doesn’t feel like I’ve made her an escape goat too.

Meanwhile In Other News…

It’s Halloween! That one night of the year where it is ok to dress your child up as something unnaturally, inhuman and frightening such as a ghost, zombie, alien or Ann Coulter.

Better still, you can send them off begging around the neighbourhood to procure a variety of sweet treats, or in the case of the socially responsible gifters (i.e. fun-killers) toothbrushes and toothpaste.

That means it is Halloween for poker aces too and this is not a lame excuse to show Phil Hellmuth in one of his really bad costumes again, but instead we’re going to take a look at how some poker stars could get into the Halloween spirit by rocking a particular Halloween costume.

Definitely not Phil Hellmuth dressed up in fancy dress

So, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the bet365 poker tables for a little while and fancy livening up the evening by dressing up yourself, here’s how some of the top poker players in the world could inspire you to find that perfect fancy dress outfit.



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Garrett Adelstein – Toby Flenderson

Surely it can’t be just me that sees this? He’s a dead ringer for Paul Lieberstein’s famous Michael Scott bête noire from the TV Show The Office?

Separated at birth?

Those dead-staring eyes, that look of exasperated defeat? It’s all in evidence in that video of him after the famous J4 hand.

The good news for Garrett is that seeing as he got his money back, he should be able to afford the bland suit and tie that were Toby’s day-to-day wear in his role as The Office HR rep.

Admittedly, this isn’t a typical Halloween costume but if he didn’t like this idea, he could always go as an escape goat too.

An Escaped Goat

Phil Hellmuth – Ted Cruz

Outspoken and controversial, Ted Cruz is a somewhat polarizing figure and the same can be said for his Poker doppelganger Phil Hellmuth, especially when the latter is clean shaven.

Still with a whole bunch of WSOP bracelets to his name, the most successful player in the history of the tournament series would just need to throw on a jacket and tie to become a very good double of the wannabe presidential candidate.

That would certainly be more terrifying than his Darth Vader effort.

And besides, Ted Cruz is a virtual copy of the infamous Count Dracula. The pale-faced,bloodsucking, evil, maniac remains the stuff of nightmares for many across the United States, and so too is Dracula.  

Chris Moneymaker – John Daly

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Unorthodox, a winner of some major events and a favourite with the fans, Chris Moneymaker is often cited as the reason why poker boomed from 2003 onwards after his unexpected victory at the 2003 WSOP Main Event.

John Daly was a golfer who came from seemingly nowhere to win not just one, but two Major Championships. Certainly Moneymaker would find the transformation easy, he’d just need a very loud pair of trousers, a few beers in his golf bag and a polo shirt and the transformation would be complete.

Dave Peters – Quentin Tarantino

The famous high-stakes poker star is one of the best players in the world but he has that look of the famous film director Quentin Tarantino, especially around the eyes nose and mouth.

Admittedly, Peters would need a wig to help him pull off the transformation, he’s also probably need to carry Samuel L. Jackson in tow with him for the rest of the day, but I think this one has legs.

So if you are going to be having some spooky fun this evening, enjoy Halloween responsibly and if you do make a fool of yourself, remember just find yourself an escape goat and everything will turn out ok.

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