I Think This Might Be a Tell

A few years ago I was playing poker at Caesar’s Palace and Jose Canseco walked in. They originally told him to come to our table, then at the last second told him to go to another. I was disappointed because I really wanted to ask him about his stellar UFC career (he had one fight and got his ass kicked). Seems he’s having a little problem at the poker tables:

The saga of Jose Canseco’s finger — yes, the finger he recently shot off and had surgically reattached — has apparently taken another equally tragic and squeamish turn.

While participating in a poker tournament on Thursday night, Canseco claims the finger just fell off, and he has the witnesses to back him up. He even says one person was taking video when it happened.

He put it all on Twitter, so apparently it wasn’t a thumb that was affected:

Ok well I might as well tell you .I was playing in a poker tournament last night and my finger fell off .someone took a video of it.

My finger should have been amputated from the beginning. It was very loose with no bone to connect it.it was also smelling really bad.

Iron law of poker: If your opponent’s finger falls off, he’s bluffing.

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  • colnago80

    I was disappointed because I really wanted to ask him about his stellar UFC career (he had one fight and got his ass kicked).

    Gee, you wouldn’t have asked him about his stellar baseball career, greatly enhanced by the intake of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs.

  • John Pieret

    My finger should have been amputated from the beginning. It was very loose with no bone to connect it.it was also smelling really bad.

    Anyone who wasn’t a drug-addled idiot might think those were “tells” to go to a DOCTOR, numbnutz!

  • eric

    If it falls over the line, it’s a bet. “I see that finger and raise two toes.”

  • bijoubrix

    He’s a ginormous jerk. I recently had an experience where before we were even introduced (professional setting) he asked who my plastic surgeon was because apparently “You don’t have a $50 tijuana boob job”.

  • http://adventuresinzymology.blogspot.com JJ831

    @2

    That’s my question, by all accounts it was unlikely they were going to be able to save it in the first place. If the media was reporting that, then I’d bet that his doctor told him the same. So, why didn’t he tell his doctor?

    But instead… He went to a casino.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kemibe kevinbeck

    Sounds like the kind of guy who, in a perfectly symmetrical world, would have had a baseball actually bounce off his head into the stands for a home run while playing right field. But no, that would be *too* weird.

  • eric

    @4: Well it sounds like he might’ve gotten a $50 tijuana finger job, so maybe he asked because he’s looking to change surgeons.

  • jws1

    While you kids are having fun taking cheap shots at Canseco, do try to remember that for years he was the only person telling the truth about PEDs in baseball.

  • rabbitscribe

    So he left the dealer a really lousy tip?

  • http://heb712.blogspot.com heddle

    Jose Canseco is one of the few people for whom the world should have reserved the unfortunately overused expression: “if he didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him.”

  • John Pieret

    jws1 @ 8:

    So, because he did (sort of) the right thing about PEDs, that doesn’t make him a jerk* in other things? So, if I do one right thing in life I get a pass for everything else?

    _____________________________________

    * See bijoubrix above.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It’s a little thing called “justice”. The finger got what it deserved. Canseco was Standing his Ground.

  • Doug Little

    Modus,

    Yeah, it must have been in a hoodie and carrying a bag of skittles, all fingers of minorities look dangerous when minding their own business.

  • colnago80

    Re jws1 @ #8

    Ah gee, he told the truth about PID long after his career was over. Big deal.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    Best comment on Deadspin: “He lost a finger, but did he win the hand?”

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    While you kids are having fun taking cheap shots at Canseco, do try to remember that for years he was the only person telling the truth about PEDs in baseball.

    So he could sell a book by throwing he teammates under the bus.

  • jws1

    Lots of hand waving, not one comment confronting the fact that he told the truth when literally no one else would.

    This inconvenient fact has nothing to do with him being, by most accounts, a jackass. Jackasses can still be right about some stuff no matter how unsettling that may be to accept. We all like whistle blowers when they’re likeable; but even if they’re not one still has to confront whether or not what they say is true.

    Area man: those fellow players were cheaters and liars. I say throw them under a couple of busses.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    jws1

    That would probably be due to the fact that it is entirely irrelevant here. Sorry no one else wants to ride your pet hobby horse with you today. “Handwaving”, “confronting”; lol.

  • comfychair

    Does anyone know of papers/articles that look at odd punctuation as indicators of psychological issues? I mean serious stuff, not like the ‘microexpressions’ bullshit or other Keith Ablow-level made up shit.

    I have seen that particular style a lot (space always before the punctuation instead of after), and the personality types that use it almost always turn out to be similarly unstable and best kept at a safe distance.

    (Then there are the people who Capitalize random words seemingly With no relation to A desire to convey emphasis (like, maybe they Use the capital in lieu of bold/Itaic tags, except The capitalized words are not the right ones at all), and then The Ones Who Capitalize Every Word In Every Sentence As If Everything Were A Title – I had one of them explain it to me once as “I Just Think It Looks Nice.”)

  • jws1

    @18: sure it’s relevant. He’s an easy target for derision. Understandably so. I’m just muddying the waters a bit, pointing out that he did something that needed to be done and no one else was gonna do it. Kinda makes it harder to judge in black-and-white.

  • bijoubrix

    @20, jws1, Yes, he did the right thing, but I highly doubt his reason was all victorious and honorable. After having spent time with him (my documentary has screened at several festivals that his documentary has screened at) and watching the documentary “Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts”, I’m not entirely convinced of his altruistic reasons. In fact, this is his way of trying to stay relevant without balancing a champagne glass on his ass.