On the 15th February, Daniel Negreanu posted his first video blog on the website Youtube with a shocking statement towards Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer and Ray Bitar of Full Tilt Poker.
The vlog, entitled “VBlog with some Real Talk” starts off without any controversy, beginning with his travels to Brazil, his support for Jason Somerville (a poker-player who has recently come out to the community about his homosexuality) and a view on Valentines Day. Then came the chat about his recent blog over the Full Tilt owners.
“In a recent blog, I made some comments about Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Ray Bitar, mentioning something to the effect of “Old-School Vegas style. Baseball bat to the groin.” and you know I can realise those comments were pretty harsh and I’ve had some time to think about what I said…yeah, I think they’re absolutely appropriate. I do Howard, if you’re listening and watching this, I do. I don’t think I would have any problem with somebody who had $15k of their hard-earned money on your site, come up to you and bash you in the nuts with a baseball bat.”
He goes further on the current Full Tilt saga:
“Howard, Ray and Chris, you ask the poker world to accept your brand, come play at your site…come chat with the pros, come chat with the pros. There’s a lot of people who would like to chat with you right now, but all of a sudden (signifies zip over mouth)…you are absolute flat-out scumbags for ignoring the poker world that you fleeced for as much money as you did and now you have nothing to say? There’s not a lawyer in the world, that can force you to keep as quiet as you have…you deserve a smack in the face for what you’ve done.
“Direct question, after Black Friday, when the room was insolvent, did you or did you not know, that the rest-of-world players were depositing money into a site that did not have money to cover it? Did you know, and how can you possibly justify that? And if you knew it, which I know you did, you’re scum, and I hope you guys go to prison.”
These are very strong words even from a player well-known for telling it like it is. But he did not mention the fact that players, some he would know well, owed large sums of money to the poker site. Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Tom Dwan, John Juanda and Barry Greenstein are just some of the players who are in debt to Full Tilt with varying responses over their progress on paying it back.
Daniel Negreanu is one of the most vocal about the downfall of Full Tilt and providing this sort of material will likely put further pressure on the owners about coming out with a statement as the video becomes more popular on Youtube and TwoPlusTwo.