Three days ago, poker pro Daniel Negreanu (pictured) posted a link to his “Weekly Rant” on TwoPlusTwo and, in the culmination of a series of events, was temporarily banned. Since then, he has been quite vocal on Twitter about his expulsion, commenting at one point, “Their banning process is arbitrary and I was clearly treated differently because I am a higher profile poster who they assume has financial interest in iSeriesLive, but do they have any facts to show that?”
Negreanu posed a hypothetical on Twitter: “If random [poster] starts thread ‘Why Macs are better than PCs,’ is there an investigation to find out if poster has financial ties to Mac?” Negreanu joined TwoPlusTwo nine years ago and has contributed 659 posts to that community.
Negreanu rehashed on Full Contact Poker how he received a ban. The PokerStars pro posted a thread about iSeriesLive, which he’s participating in, because “I assumed, as normal, people would want to discuss the series as they have with any other league, tournament, or tour.” However, TwoPlusTwo officials removed the thread.
“Then, someone else, no idea who, started a thread called ‘Live Betting on Poker’ and was discussing iSeries,” Negreanu continued. “Since I know a lot about it, I assumed they’d want knowledgeable people posting in the thread, so I added some comments and addressed some concerns voiced by a few posters. They took the thread down.”
Negreanu then posted a link to his Weekly Rant, which began with a 30-second ad for iSeriesLive, an event in which players like Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Maria Ho, and Carlos Mortensen will compete in with hole cards shown. The kickoff event is next month in Dublin, and Paddy Power is facilitating betting on the event. The video blog was the final straw for TwoPlusTwo, which banned him for an undetermined length of time.
TwoPlusTwo officials called Negreanu a “profiteer” promoting iSeries and Tweeted, “Starts spam thread, deleted, and warned. Makes promotional posts in 2nd thread. Deleted. Spams vblog in 2 threads = Tempbanned.” TwoPlusTwo’s Mason Malmuth noted that he received a call at 2:00am on Wednesday morning to approve the ban.
Negreanu Tweeted, “All they had to do was PM me that I can’t post my vlog. I’m not a child and the ‘timeout’ wasn’t necessary at all.”
Negreanu said in his Full Contact Poker statement that he has discussed plenty of league events in the past, from the Epic Poker League to the World Poker Tour, “none of which, from what I know, spend money advertising with TwoPlusTwo.” He also pointed out that threads have popped up about the Premier League and shows like “High Stakes Poker” without incident.
“Kid Poker” decreed, “TwoPlusTwo has taken a North Korean-like approach to it by censoring what posters are allowed to discuss on the forum… Their decision to ban me and pull the threads is simply a shakedown. They are hoping that they can squeeze a few bucks out of the iSeries to put up banners, and completely overestimating their importance in the poker world, which isn’t new for them.”
On TwoPlusTwo, posters erupted over the high profile banning, with members coming out for and against “Kid Poker.” One poster observed that Negreanu might not return to TwoPlusTwo after his ban is lifted: “I came away from [Negreanu’s interview with QuadJacks] thinking Daniel won’t be back. Just the fact that he Tweeted earlier today that he was welcoming all questions on his FCP forum to jump-start it leads me to believe he is on a mission to take away traffic from this site.”
The TwoPlusTwo user “Pokeraddict” gave his take on the situation: “It is possible this could have been handled better, but this is far from the end of the world. Life goes on. As for Mods, this place will never be perfect. There must be over 100 people that help keep the forum clean. Each has his own opinion and interpretation.”
TwoPlusTwo’s Terms and Conditions address spamming, decreeing that users are unable to “upload, post, e-mail, transmit, or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas that are designated for such purpose.”
Negreanu has caused quite a stir all-around in the last month, as he claimed in a February video blog that Full Tilt Poker’s Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer, and Chris Ferguson “belong in prison.” The same video blog also dropped adjectives like “shameful little weasel;” “absolute, flat out scumbags;” and “condescending, arrogant, incompetent morons” to describe the trio.