Every once in a while there comes a time when one ought to take a step back and be introspective. Now, in the midst of the Ten Days of Repentance, I feel a responsibility towards my readers and towards many people in the poker industry to ask for forgiveness. Why? What for? Please read on to find out the details.
The poker world has been buzzing about the “politics in poker issue” for the better part of two weeks since Daniel Colman and Olivier Busquet donned “Free Palestine” and “Save Gaza” T-shirts. In this video, I give a timeline of events and mention the main people who’ve been vocal on the issue. I also respond to Nolan Dalla’s video and give my final thoughts, crystallizing my feelings on the place of politics in poker. Enjoy.
With much thanks to World Series of Poker Media Director Nolan Dalla for his reply to my “There’s No Room for Politics in Poker” op-ed piece, here’s is my response.
In light of Daniel Colman and Olivier Busquet choosing to wear apparel with the intent of sending a political message while playing at a televised table during the 2014 European Poker Tour Barcelona Super High Roller event, the following needs to be said and explained in the clearest possible terms: There’s no room for politics in poker.
Today’s Newsweek cover story was the straw that broke this camel’s back. I’m sick and tired of the mainstream media categorizing poker almost exclusively in the negative. What follows is a detailed description of poker’s image problem in the general public and a pointed recommendation for how it can be fixed. If you agree, I encourage you to please share with others who love the game and want to see it grow.
Six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu is one of the most talked about players in all of poker. He’s one of the sport’s top-tier stars who truly transcends the game into the mainstream. He just notched a runner-up finish in the 2014 Big One for One Drop. But fame, money, and titles aside, Negreanu’s personality traits and the way he carries himself make him an exceptional ambassador for poker and someone we can look up to. Beyond the accolades being heaped upon him, here’s a list of 5 lessons I feel we can take away from Kid Poker’s second place finish.