Why is English the language of choice for exclamations? It’s a question that could be put to Russian player Igor Nekazakov who just did an impression of the happiest man in the world, nearly knocking three people over in the process.
Typically Nekazakov was all in moments before. He turned over ace-queen and with every subsequent card that helped him he grew more and more excited. Finally, with the hand won and his stack doubled he bounded from his chair like he was being pulled out of it by a bungee rope. “Yes!” he cried, an instinctive outburst. He then punch his left hand with his right fist.
Then, too full of energy to stop, he bounded backwards. Three people standing nearby were forced to dance out of his way as he span, now watched by everyone, perhaps fearful that they were next.
It left quite a few people speechless, except for the Russians in the field, each of whom asked him what had happened (he’d doubled to 240,000). All of which made it seem unusual that he’d used English in his moment of ecstasy.
Is it that it comes naturally, or that it makes the best noise suited to these moments? Perhaps Nekazakov thought that in such a moment his native “Da!” might sound more intimidating than celebratory? Perhaps the proof will be in his choice of exclamation when defeated. No, or nyet?
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Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.