I bit my tongue yesterday, but at some point staying silent signals being OK with it. It’s NOT OK.

Why the fuck should anyone be drawing any attention to a photoshoot and video of a poker player surrounded by a dozen naked women in 2019? Or, for that matter, to a picture of a bulging groin?

It starts with a social media post, which of course goes viral – because “sex sells,” then progresses to article mentions on poker media sites, and the circle of exposure widens from there to podcasts, videos, and more.

It’s absolutely disgusting and makes me ashamed to say what industry I’m a part of.

We say we want to bring more women into the game, yet even the women already in poker aren’t calling this out. Why should this stuff be given a pass?


Am I the morality police? The poker community’s hall monitor? I don’t want to be. Maybe people are afraid of “spoiling the fun” and getting castigated by an angry mob to mind their own business. “Oh, it’s just a case of boys being boys.”

Bullshit! Bring it on. Go ahead, be my guest and try to defend this pile of crap.

People will always act however they please. Great. Live and let live. But why filth up the entire community with this trash?

Is there really so little to talk about in the poker community? Is there not enough of interest to be writing articles and Tweeting about and making videos about?

Why the fuck do guys in their 30s and 40s think it’s cool to act and react like teenagers? And why aren’t women giving ‘em hell?!

The next generation of players and poker fans are watching us. This is what they’re seeing and learning. One day our kids will see this. What would you say to them?

Don’t some of us have daughters, sisters, mothers? Aren’t you a little embarrassed that this is the hot topic in poker right now?

We’re better than this. Let’s grow a pair and act like it.

Written By.

Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded in 2009. A veteran poker writer and presenter, Robbie hosts The Orbit, a first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion live broadcast on featuring poker’s biggest names and personalities, as well as the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of poker legend Eli Elezra (Pulling the Trigger) from Hebrew into English. Robbie’s “Running […]


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