Subject:Poker uses Rumor and Fear Mongering in their Report on th
This past Thursday, the website Subject:Poker put out a piece on where they claim that the US Department of Justice will take action against the Merge Gaming Network sometime during September. I would like to take a few moments to address the assumptions made in the article and share my thoughts.
Where Are the Facts?
First, I want to point out that I did not misspeak when I said they were making assumptions. There is nothing in their article that equates, or even comes close, to being hard facts.
They point to supposed “sources within the Department of Justice” but refuse to point who those sources are. How come it is nearly impossible for the CIA to pass information to the FBI without a dozen or so hoops to jump through, yet these guys can get information so easily from the DOJ?
My sources within the Merge Gaming Network have told me that they have heard nothing regarding these so called “charges.” See what I did there Subject:Poker? Does my sources sound any more credible than yours?
Next, did you notice that nobody has bothered to attach their name to the post. Neither Karak, not Brian Horton, not Noah Stephens-Davidowitz, or even the so-called “Diamond Flush” has bothered to put their name on the article. Takes a “real man” to present sources for news and won’t even put his name on it. Let the coward that put the article together actually cop to writing it, or are you afraid to be exposed for the phony that you know you are.
PokerNews, Bluff Magazine, ESPN, and all other major news outlets that would normally report on this have noticeably stayed away from this story. Why? There are no facts. They are probably waiting for either someone to collaborate with Subject:Poker or the indictments to actually come out.
Next, it seems that Subject:Poker spends a decent amount of the article hinting to players that their funds are in danger. They say that it is unlikely that players will get funds from their accounts because current withdrawals are taking over a month to reach customers.
Also, you have to love their “source” on that one. The lovely TwoPlusTwo forums. Yes, 2+2 has been helpful in the past, but at the same time, they produce an inordinate amount of rubbish, including those that troll, post on fake accounts, etc.
I went through the thread they post on, and while it is true that some are reporting taking over a month to get money, there are others that are getting money in a few days. Got to love the fact that they failed to report this fact. Also, based on reports from others on the thread, that is much fast than some of the other U.S. facing networks. (And obviously a helluva lot better than Full Tilt and UB. Hey Howard, where’s our damn money.)
And what about the vagueness of it all? At some point in September, it may be mid-September and it may be late-September. However, things could change and it could be later. Sounds like they are going with Homeland Securities’ releases about terrorism. They have some reports. They don’t know when or where, but there are rumors that terrorists are going to strike.
Vague reports coupled with trying to scare people that already play on the site does not appear to be responsible journalism to me.
Merge Not Worried
The Merge Gaming Network does not appear all that worried over the supposed “charges” that Subject:Poker has apparently created out of thin air. Carbon Poker, Lock Poker, Poker Host, Hero Poker, and all the other sites on the network continue to operate “business as usual.”
In addition, Lock Poker continues to sign new pros to their roster. If they were concerned that there was any truth to this, don’t you think they would slow down promotion?
What’s Their Real Agenda?
So, what is the real agenda behind Subject:Poker’s posting of this article? They claim they are doing it because it is the “right thing to do.” At least that is what Noah Stephens-Davidowitz claimed in his comments.
He also claims that he has withheld information because it would harm the poker community. What do you think that releasing a vague article that clearly will stir fear and panic among the poker players still playing in the U.S will do? It will harm people. It will scare people playing at the site and they may withdraw their funds now. Those on the fence on whether to play at the site will now pull back and not play. Affiliate sites will lose out on money made. Even those at the site will lose out because they will not get more money coming into the site.
How does Subject:Poker benefit? Increased traffic. They get more eyeballs looking at a site that is currently a money pit. The site does not make money. They have no advertising, and except for articles like this, they are barely mentioned by other outlets.
The site needs some reason to draw people to it, so they release an article where they claim they are helping the poker community while spreading vague “so-called facts” that equal to nothing but rumor. They are doing this to hopefully get themselves noticed and to make money. That is what is seems to me.
In the end, the report on Subject:Poker should be treated as pure conjecture and guesswork based on the work of whichever coward at the site decided that it was good to drum up traffic with a scare piece.
A real journalist provides some type of verifiable facts when they release a report such as this, not just a bunch of rumors. At some point, I hope that Subject:Poker will actually prove that they are legitimate journalists and not just provide the facts but also the identity of the so called “reporter.” Otherwise, many of us will continue to consider it pure rumor and speculation on par with that you find in the TwoPlusTwo gossip boards.
For those playing at sites on the Merge Gaming Network, or really any other U.S. facing site, there is no verifiable reason to think that your money is in any more danger than it has been since the time you deposited it. Don’t let vague reports such as those at Subject:Poker influence you. Do your own research and continue to play the game that many of us love.
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