Daniel Negreanu Tells You Who Should Be Barred from the WSOP

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In a recent blog that appeared on FullContactPoker, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) ran down a list of six people who some have argued should be forever barred from the World Series of Poker. As he put it, “I’ve always been of the position that unless people have been found to actually cheat at poker, they should be allowed to attend.” That’s the main criteria you’ll see Negreanu use throughout his piece.

First up for Negreanu were Russ Hamilton and Mansour Matloubi, whom Negreanu reminded us were singled out for being able to see players’ hole cards, commonly known as “God mode.” Negreanu said of the Ultimate Bet perpetrators, “The evidence is overwhelmingly one-sided that at the very least, these two men were involved in cheating players out of millions.” Both are former WSOP Main Event winners and Negreanu said they should be barred from the WSOP for life.

Next up for Negreanu was former Full Tilt Board member Chris Ferguson, whom “Kid Poker” had some pretty harsh words for: “He was essentially MIA when FTP was trying to find a buyer so they could pay back the players… He essentially hid under the covers hoping it would all just go away.” However, Negreanu concluded that Ferguson should not be banned from the WSOP since he never cheated anyone at the tables.

Negreanu then turned to former Epic Poker League heads Annie Duke and Jeffrey Pollack. The former was also involved in UB, but Negreanu didn’t argue that point. Instead, he honed in on the failed Epic Poker League $1 Million Freeroll, but did not advocate for a ban: “As wrong as I think it is to not even acknowledge this debt or make any strides towards making the players whole, I still don’t think it warrants a WSOP ban.”

Howard Lederer (pictured) was Negreanu’s final case. Despite some Full Tilt players still being separated from their funds, Negreanu would be accepting of Lederer playing in a future WSOP. The PokerStars pro stated, “I think it’s clear that he should have every right to play in WSOP events. Aside from players having been paid now, to my knowledge he has never cheated at poker, nor have there ever been rumors about him doing so.”

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    • Let’s be honest. If PokerStars was paying you the same kind of money they’re paying Negreanu to say the things he’s saying, you’d all be saying the exact same thing. If given the chance, I’m sure I’d do the same! That being said, this article just screams absurdity…

    • so what about bonomo cos he multi accounted back in nam, or sorrel mizzi cos he took over accounts deep also back in nam? both your friends so dont get a mention ( i couldnt care less about these 2 guys and actualy like them both just examples that came to mind)seems like this was typed for you by amaya and u signed the bottom off it. ur the biggest hypocritical D bag on this earth every word that comes out ur mouth contradicts something uve previously said. nut worst canadian alive

    • So essentially, Negreanu thinks his friends should be able to play in the WSOP, but otherwise, not. Cool story bro.

    • so what about bonomo cos he multi accounted back in nam, or sorrel mizzi cos he took over accounts deep also back in nam? both your friends so dont get a mention ( i couldnt care less about these 2 guys and actualy like them both just examples that came to mind)seems like this was typed for you by amaya and u signed the bottom off it. ur the biggest hypocritical D bag on this earth every word that comes out ur mouth contradicts something uve previously said. nut worst canadian alive

      you talking to me or DN?

      and JJ is a million times worse than zee and imp, tho all 3 are dbags

    • So, why should the WSOP take action against folks who committed their “crimes” in areas/locations completely unrelated to the WSOP/Caesar’s? I mean, I know where he’s coming from, but when did the WSOP become the Poker “cops”?

    • The whole point of this article is stupid. DN should have known better than to even get into it. It’s like winning an award, going to the podium and forgetting to thank your wife. Someone’s bound to get butthurt.In this case he’s being asked to list the worst thieves in poker. It’s the WSOP who should have a blacklist to preserve the integrity of the game they are getting rich on. They don’t need to explain shit to anyone.

    • Hey Daniel! What about Bonomo? Or Mizzi?? Yeah right, they are friends of you.

      Exactly my thinking at the end of the article….

    • the hair has gone to his head

      lol yes.

      he’s entertaining at the table but i’m tired of hearing his opinion on every subject imaginable.

    • so what about bonomo cos he multi accounted back in nam, or sorrel mizzi cos he took over accounts deep also back in nam? both your friends so dont get a mention ( i couldnt care less about these 2 guys and actualy like them both just examples that came to mind)seems like this was typed for you by amaya and u signed the bottom off it. ur the biggest hypocritical D bag on this earth every word that comes out ur mouth contradicts something uve previously said. nut worst canadian alive

      Here’s what Negreanu said in his article about the multi-accounters: “There are plenty of online players who have admitted to cheating/multi-accounting, but I don’t think that warrants a ban from WSOP live events. Players like Dan Coleman and Justin Bonomo are just two examples of players who have admitted to multi-accounting in the past.”

    • Here’s what Negreanu said in his article about the multi-accounters: “There are plenty of online players who have admitted to cheating/multi-accounting, but I don’t think that warrants a ban from WSOP live events. Players like Dan Coleman and Justin Bonomo are just two examples of players who have admitted to multi-accounting in the past.”

      From the article I posted above about JJprodigy, the conclusion seems to suggest DN would support a ban of MAers.