What Lodden Thinks
word type: poker slang
- Prop bet game that centers around guessing what another person will think about a subject or question.
Invention of What Lodden Thinks
This was taken at the World Series of Poker Europe. The game has since spread to be played in many situations without Johnny Lodden present.
Play with Johnny Lodden
Join Johnny Lodden at the PokerStars tables and ask him what he thinks!
In his March 8th, 2009 entry, blogger and poker player Luke Kim wrote about a game of What Johnny Lodden Thinks:
We have been playing a game called "What Lodden Thinks," named after the European poker player Johnny Lodden. It is a game involving two bettors and a third party, who may or may not actually be Johnny Lodden. The objective is to guess what the third party thinks the answer to a specific question is. A ridiculous example would be, "How many states are in the United States?" If I guess 50 (the actual answer), and my opponent guesses 65, and Lodden reveals that his best guess was 67, then my opponent wins. Most of our questions are in fairly extreme territory and not likely to be asked on any national network:
--How much money would you have to be paid to kill a random person in Africa?
--How many people has ___ slept with?
--How much money would you have to be paid to jump off of CityCenter with a BASE jumping parachute?
--How much do you think this lamp costs?
Johnny Lodden has enjoyed, at points, a somewhat mythical reputation in the online poker community. As the original master of the nosebleed no limit hold'em games Lodden was looked up to by the crowd all the way up to 50/100 no limit holdem players due to his success at 200/400 no limit on Prima Poker's network. In 2005 it was almost unheard of for pots to reach $200k, $300k, $400k and beyond. While such pot sizes have happened routinely on Full Tilt Poker in 2008 and 2009, Lodden was one of the few players competing on that level early on and this earned him an "online poker god" title for quite awhile.
Thus, people are at least jokingly interested in what he thinks.