Another hit-job Op-Ed piece on poker
It’s not surprising to me when I see some random online magazine running an op-ed piece written by some Focus on the Family mouthpiece, pulling BS statistics out of the air about the dangers of online poker. But this latest op-ed article, from of all place Forbes Magazine, is simply appalling. Not only does the author 1) Know nothing about the poker industry, 2) totally disregard context, and 3) State totally false claims, but the article is very poorly written to boot –If you’re going to sling mud you should at least look like you know what you are talking about!
Ok, let’s get down to business and dismantle the ridiculous claims made by Joelle Scott in this Forbes article: Full Tilt Poker Fraud: How FTP Threw Egg on the Poker Face.
First off “Threw egg on the poker face”??? What does this even mean? But let’s get down to the substance of the article; I’ll let you find the rest of the misused words and strange sentence formations for yourself.
“every industry has its own implicit “code”… by breaking the code, the executives of Full Tilt Poker (FTP), Raymond Bitar, Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson, broke the trust of their community,”
Yep, that’s it. No explanation on what the specific code of conduct is that they broke –which would be that in poker your word is worth a hell of a lot more than your results—or what the penalty for breaking the poker code is in the community!
“Full Tilt would show the bank transactions from legitimate companies (e.g., your bank statement says, “Duh, Winner! Corp.” and not “Lost My Home In Poker.com” or, in this case, FullTiltPoker.com). Do you think the players who saw these bank statements knew something was shady? Probably.”
Ok, while WE ALL KNEW where these checks and bank transfers were coming from and how the sites were getting around UIGEA laws (well we had a notion anyway) the description by Scott of how this went down is downright silly.
Checks and bank transfers from online poker sites arrive with the name of a financial institution on them, not a fly-by-night company or the name of the poker company itself –this didn’t even occur pre-UIGEA!!! Also, if “Lost My Home In Poker.com” were true, how would the person be a recipient of a check??? Checks go to winners. If you want to know how a poker check arrived at a player’s house or showed up in their bank statement, JUST ASK A PLAYER!
“FTP has a number of affiliated entities and, interestingly, in March 2011, Raymond Bitar and Howard Lederer formed a company in Nevada called Purple Haze LLC.”
Yep, that’s it again. A random statement about two people starting a business, with no explanation as to the businesses practices or how it relates to subject at hand. For all I know Purple Haze bought the likeness rights, and sells Jimi Hendrix T-Shirts.
This next quote is the biggest tall-tale of the lot, so I’m going to quote it in full:
“In 2009, a former FTP poker player and well-known poker pro, Lary Kennedy, sued FTP and its officers alleging fraud, racketeering and other violations. In the complaint, filed in Los Angeles County, California, Kennedy essentially claims FTP came up with a baseless excuse to take $80,000 of her winnings and keep it for themselves. The case was moved to federal court and ultimately dismissed.”
The “baseless excuse” was that Kennedy and another player were employing Poker Bots at the Full Tilt poker tables, something expressly forbidden in the Terms & Conditions at Full Tilt Poker. Kennedy and the other player actually admitted to using Poker Bots, with the defense that they suspected Full Tilt of using them against their players, so it was ok in their mind.
**EDIT** My memory may be failing me, as I can only uncover an admission of Multi-Accounting by the two (also against the Terms and Conditions however) the bot usage was considered concrete but never admitted to.
Also, LOL at “well-known poker pro Lary Kennedy,” So well known that she had to use a poker bot to beat low-limit games at Full Tilt Poker. Do you see that? It’s the author’s credibility going out the window.
“Online poker is also illegal in the United States.”
Operating an online poker site is illegal in the United States; a financial institution processing an “illegal” online gaming payment is also illegal. With the exception of Washington State, playing online poker in the US… *Drumroll*… IS NOT ILLEGAL! There has never been a criminal case brought against a person for playing online poker in the US.
Tags: Bank Statements, Bank Transactions, Bank Transfers, Bitar, Breaking The Code, Chris Ferguson, Ed Article, Ed Piece, Focus On The Family, Forbes Article, Forbes Magazine, Full tilt Poker, Howard Lederer, Joelle, Legitimate Companies, Mouthpiece, Poker Face, Ridiculous Claims, Sling, Strange Sentence
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