Tiffany Williamson: Crazy Bitch
Disclaimer: Wicked Chops Poker loves women. We admire women, as the photos on our site suggest. And we respect women...in particular women poker players. Our respect for women is evidenced by two very healthy (and one-soon-to-be healthy) marriages. So please note that Wicked Chops Poker would never, EVER seriously call a woman a bitch.
Tiffany Williamson is a crazy bitch.
Seriously, that bitch is crazy.
Last week, we detailed why Steve Dannenmann will forever be known as the Weaz. This week, a new nickname for a new face of poker must be dolled out. And that nickname goes to Tiffany Williamson.
Because after watching her "play", the only logical conclusion to describe her illogical play is this: she's one crazy ass bitch.
Keep in mind, Wicked Chops Poker doesn't actually think Tiffany Williamson is a bitch. From what we observed of her at the WSOP, she seemed like good people. Very nice. So technically, she's not a bitch.
She just plays like a crazy person.
Michael "I'm a machine" Mitzrachi is nuts. Layne Flack can be maniacal. But risking their entire tournament life (deeeeeep into the WSOP ME) on an all-in re-raise with A-7 against Q-Q? That's fucking crazy.
No kidding, that bitch is nuttier than a Mr. Goodbar.
How crazy is Tiffany Williamson? Consider the following examples:
1) On Day 1, holding A-Q with a board of K-J-x, Tiffany Williamson takes about 10 minutes to decide about calling an all-in (very reminiscent of a future encounter she had with the Sheik where she debated calling a pre-flop all-in with K-J, except this was one required about 20 minutes less "thinking time"). Believe her opponent had 2-pair. Doesn't matter, she calls. Had a miracle 10 not hit on the river, she would've been out of the tournament. But it hit. Bullet dodged.
2) Under 40 people, she calls an all-in pre-flop for over 1 mil in chips with A-Q. Now, common sense would tell you that when you're sufficiently over the average chip stack (as her opponent was), you're not going all-in pre-flop with any hole cards that don't read: A-A, K-K, Q-Q, or A-K. For argument's sake (or Pete's sake, or someone else's sake), there's probably a 90% chance your opponent would be holding one of those hands. And in any of those cases, you're either: 1) a HUGE underdog, or 2) a slightly huge underdog, to lose. That's it. Those are your two options. Huge underdog or slightly huge underdog. You're a Kate Moss vs. Kobayshi eating-contest-underdog, at best. But Crazy Bitch calls. Of course, her opponent (Terry Burt) holds K-K. Of course, an Ace hits. Had this occurred to us, we'd surely pull a Weaz, go to the rail, call a friend on our cell phone, and explain how, "you'd never believe it, but this crazy bitch just called a pre-flop all-in for one million in chips with A-Q. A-Q! Crazy bitch."
3) The A-7 vs. Sheik's Q-Q. Maybe this was a, "whose wee-wee is larger" stand-off (Crazy Bitch putts from the rough, if you know what we mean...not that there's anything wrong with that). But after facing a raise from the Sheik, Crazy Bitch moves all-in with A-7, again putting her tournament at risk. All-in! Who, other than a totally off their rocker crazy ass bitch, would do this? Of course, she hits the ace! Come to think of it, maybe that's why she kept doing it...
4) The A-J vs. Raymer's. K-K. About 50 players remain. Crazy Bitch sits next to Greg Raymer, who is only the defending world champ and a full-fledged badass. Crazy Bitch raises, and Raymer moves all-in with K-K. By now, you'd think she'd notice a pattern of people moving all-in against her with premium hands. Her opponents likely noticed that Crazy Bitch will call with anything, so their only hope is to get their chips in the middle when they know they have the best of it. "This Crazy Bitch will call me with anything. I best get my chips in the middle now before she calls me with anything." they likely thought. But no, she decides her A-J is the nuts, and calls. For once though, she didn't hit an ace. Raymer survived with his K-K. But we have a feeling that if that Ace did hit, the "gentlemanly" Raymer would've gone Ike Turner on Williamson. "I just made my way through over 5,600 players trying to defend my title and you fucking call an all-in with A-J! You fucking crazy bitch!" is what he'd likely say to her.
Maybe Williamson played the way she did because she essentially got in the Main Event for free. First, she won a freeroll at Gutshot.com's live club in London. That win got her in another satellite and eventually a package to Las Vegas complete with travel accommodations. Once there, she continued her roll by winning a seat in one of the Main Event satellites. Once in the Main Event, she claimed to play a tight-aggressive game modeled after her favorite poker player, Dan Harrington. But unless they changed the definition of "tight-aggressive" to mean, "out-of-your-fucking-mind-Michael-Jacksonesque-foaming-at-the-mouth-crazy," then we think she might've lied about her playing style. If she's tight-aggressive, then we're looser than Rosanne Barr. Now there's a visual.
We realize she probably played many brilliant hands on her way to a 15th place finish in the Main Event. But from what we saw, she essentially won the lottery about 100 times a day for 6 straight days. And she probably realizes this, when later in ESPN's Day 5 coverage she says, ""I think I'm very fortunate to get this far."