Negreanu fires off on Full Tilt Poker, praises Ivey

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Feb 08, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Daniel Negreanu is never afraid to tell it like it is (he admits as much quite often) and this was no more evident than in his most recent blog post at where he both clarified and expounded on some of his recent comments in an interview with that ruffled more than a few feathers around the poker world (comments which I wholeheartedly agreed with btw).

The main focus of Negreanu’s ire was saved for the third header, where he talks about the interview. After clarifying what and why he was upset with in the way he was portrayed by the piece (Negreanu and the author of the interview had a spirited back-and-forth on 2+2 over some of the comments) he went on to elaborate on some of his comments from the tail-end of the article about Full Tilt Poker; namely Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer, and Chris Ferguson, three people that Negreanu has never had any love for:

“They edited down my comments about Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer, and Chris Ferguson, but they definitely got the gist of my vitriol towards them. I’m disgusted by them and what they’ve done to smear the game with putrid decision making. Ray is a buffoon, Howard is arrogant, condescending, and incompetent, and Chris is a liar and has the warmth of a snow pea. These were never my friends, I never cared for any of them. I never trusted them for a second, and my “read” was always that these were not my kind of people. Why are they different from the rest of the group? These three were on the board, admittedly making all the decisions, and jeopardizing millions of dollars worth of players money that still hasn’t surfaced. You guys suck. I hope to never see any of your faces at the WSOP anymore, and I hope you live with the shame you deserve for the rest of your lives. Your own personal, private hell. You deserve all the wrath you’ve received from the poker world, and much more. You are scum and each of you absolutely deserves a few swift baseball bat swings to the groin area, old school Vegas style.”

Later in the blog post Negreanu takes a different line when talking about Phil Ivey who he played with several times at the Aussie Millions, saying that “Poker is definitely better off with him back in the game and he seemed fired up for a big 2012 which should make poker fans happy.”

In the final salvo of the lengthy (but well worth the read) blog post Negreanu talks about what it means to be a poker ambassador and his own track record; finishing with the following line: “I’ve never cheated anybody, and I’ve never been one to sit idly by when I see people doing wrong. I’ll call them out when appropriate. Whether it was Men Nguyen, Annie Duke, JJProdigy, Russ Hamilton, Howard Lederer, etc. it’s our responsibility to shed light on any shady behavior that people in our industry are involved in.”

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