Olivier Busquet: “Idea that Current Pros Owe Past Pros is Just Nonsense”


In a series of Tweets, poker pro Olivier livb112Busquet (pictured) seemingly called out the “old guard” of poker. He Tweeted last week, “This idea that current pros ‘owe’ some past group of pros for paving the way or growing the game is just nonsense.” According to a later Tweet, the one person who could receive an exemption from Busquet’s blanket statement is 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker.

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Moneymaker garnered support from several posters on Twitter, including 2010 November Niner Joseph subiime Cheong, who wrote, “Everyone owes Chris for winning with such an awesome last name.”

Busquet clarified, “If anyone should be ‘thankful,’ it’s pros who were at the right place at the right unique time and made money without having to be good at poker.” “Late Night Poker” host Jesse May responded, “But comparing poker skill in 2014 to skill in 2003 is like harping on Newton for being dominated by Einstein. It’s relative.”

Haralabos Voulgaris said, “Right place right time and a real willingness to be camera whores can and did pay off back then.” Voulgaris promptly called out Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari for “going through the Foxwoods buy-in line over and over again to make sure cameras were present.” You can check out the full responses to Busquet’s Tweet here:

Busquet continued to praise Moneymaker and also lauded World Poker Tour founder Steve Lipscomb and hole card camera inventor Henry Orenstein: “Orenstein, Lipscomb, and even Moneymaker were pioneers; many of the stars getting credit for growing poker were placeholders.” Busquet then spouted off two more Tweets talking about ambassadors of the game:

In response to Busquet’s ambassador comments, one person called out his friend, Dan Colman, who has come under fire for ducking the media and refusing to promote poker while at the same time sounding off on message boards about the evils of the game ad nauseam.

Another poster singled out Daniel Negreanu as being a face of poker, but Busquet responded, “Seems like you’re assuming pros are doing this stuff for free? Usually, they are paid. It’s part of their contract to promote, etc.”

Busquet has done a variety of poker broadcasting and won the Estrellas Poker Tour High Roller Event in August for $1.1 million. He has over $6 million in live tournament winnings to his credit, according to the Hendon Mob, along with another $359,000 online.

What do you think? How much do the rising stars of poker, and the community as a whole, owe the “old guard”? And who should be considered an ambassador of the game? Leave a comment here and let us know.

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  1. I don’t know, it’s funny really all this handbag throwing and exploding egos. TBH who really gives a fuck about what any of these bitches think and I mean the lot of them: Colman, Busquet, Hellmuth and his cronies ? IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER.

    • Sounds similar to Democrats arguing with Republicans, in the end, “who cares”?

      Online poker players in the U.S. should if they ever hope to play online like they once did.

    • I dont really get it. Who from the “old guard” acts like they deserve credit. Some are irrelevant because they failed to adapt and some are still great. You cant knock some one for not being years ahead of the game. Sure play 20 years ago was bad compared to today, so what. Some players at the top 20 years ago are still world class today,Negreanu and Helmuth both had a lot of success in the last few years. Old man Brunson everyone loves and he still wins live cash. Please someone tell me who he is talking about. I know there is more “old guard”players than I mentioned but who is he talking about?

    • Was he prompted somehow or by someone to speak out on this topic? Was there some provocation that the article has left out?He seems to love having strong opinions & wants to share them all the time, for the sake of it, while enjoying the sound of his own self righteous tone.

    • Now tell me again, who is this Oliver Biscuit guy?

      Who is he ?? lol genuinely one of the very best players in the modern game! are you having a laugh??

    • Who is he ?? lol genuinely one of the very best players in the modern game! are you having a laugh??

      I am having a laugh, I do actually know who he is, I enjoy his poker commentary, but I think “one of the very best” is a bit of a stretch. Very good contemporary player for sure. Not sure what’s going on with these tweets though, I mean why? I guess it’s what I don’t like about Twitter. Too many people expressing too many opinions. A lot of them are just random thoughts that seem boring and meaningless. My guess is Oliver (Olivier) didn’t really mean to stir up any shit. But stirring up shit is kind of what Twitter is all about. IMO anyway.

    • Who’s pitching and who’s catching between Oliver and Dan?

      Funny how they came out with controversial tweets and blogs back to back. Meanwhile they want to be out of the spot light. Hmmmmm seems like a promo pitch imo.

    • Seems Olivia likes to bring up a lot of social issues inside the poker world. Who was concerned about the old guard getting paid homage for their early days of poker??……almost nobody. Olivia is an annoying nerd.

    • 20 years from now some cool cat poker player will be sniding the ole farts like Busquet and Coleman. When will they ever learn.

    • I lost my appreciation for this guy long ago when he tweeted that he “instantly loses respect for a person if they smoke.” I called him out on twitter for his comment and he literally sifted through my tweets and found one from a year ago that he thought I’d be embarrassed over and retweeted it. And, to claim that current pros do not owe any gratitude for the greats before him shoes how big of a douchebag he really is.

    • pomp?ous

      • affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important.

      Solid execution here.

    • Who is he ?? lol genuinely one of the very best players in the modern game! are you having a laugh??

      At HU sngs?

    • At HU sngs?

      He’s a world class sit n’ go and HU player…pretty sure he has been top 5 in profit since 07′ in that category. There is no doubt he is an elite poker player.

    • Was there something that started this? did the old pros say they were owed something ?

      A lot of this talk came after Dan Colman called Phil Hellmuth a bad role model for the game after a Hellmuth radio appearance: