The money's still real. He simply doesn't feel it any more. He may as well be playing with Milkbones. He's playing well above his level. He's buying in for too much. He's pretty sure that his five outs are just fine. And if they aren't, who cares? His roll is HUGE! It'll never run out!
Natural Habitat: Rover Confident can invariably be found in a much rougher neighborhood than is good for him, his still-living carcass being picked apart by birds of prey.
Strengths: He played a really solid, strategically aggressive game . . . last week.
Weaknesses: Right now, Rover's weaknesses are like unto the stars in the Milky Way, but his main ones are a completely misplaced sense of invulnerability and the inability to feel pain.
Motto: Oh well, what the hell, I had outs!
Favorite Hand: Rover doesn't play hands, see? He can't even be bothered to look at something like his hand. The hand is irrelevant, man. Rover plays position.
In the iPod: Rover's not listening to music. But inside his head, his brain is making this noise.
Hobbies: Playing poker, thinking about poker, making meticulous graphs showing his new winnings. Wondering when this downturn will turn around, not that he's worried, ah hahahahaha . . .
Care & Feeding: If you are a friend of Rover, you must stage an intervention right now. Find him wherever he is playing, and try to Make. Him. Stop. Before he piddles his whole roll away like a pre-housebroken puppy.
There are a variety of ways to do this. One is the direct approach.
Hero [Observer]: YOU ARE PLAYING LIKE A GRILLED HALLIBUT FILLET AND SERVING YOURSELF UP ON A BED OF WILD RICE, KNOCK IT OFF!
Rover Confident: ????
Hero [Observer]: Seriously, stop donking, do you realize how much you've just dropped?
Rover Confident: Dear God, what am I doing?
You might try to just generally embarrass him, which will require following him around.
Hero [Observer]: Hey, Rover, has that groin rash cleared up on you?
Rover Confident: WHAT??
Hero [Observer]: Yeah, I hope you're OK, but I'm still itching something fierce.
Rover Confident stands up.
Hero [Observer]: Don't be shy, Rover!
You might consider trying to scare him. If you are going to do this, I would recommend enlisting a friend and perhaps creating a new account name:
Rover Confident: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
FBI Spec. Agent [Observer]: Mr. [use Rover's real name here for maximum terror] By my account, you have played approximately 17 hours this week alone.
FBI Spec Agent [Observer]: I'd like to ask you a few questions
Rover Confident has 15 seconds to act
FBI Spec. Agent 5785 [Observer]: Is that all from the same computer?
Rover: Um . . .
IRS_Adjust 5211 [Observer]: Mr. [real name], I'd also like you to answer a few questions about your activities from 2005 onward
Rover Confident stands up
Sen_Frist: [Observer] Hey, where did he go?
Or, you could (you know) sit at the same table as Rover and just play optimally. Depending on how you feel about that. It will be profitable for the next week at least.
Hero wins pot ($892.76).
Hero: I'm RICH beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyaaaaach!!!!
It's important to stress that no one intervention method is superior to another. Find the method that works best for you, and stick with it.