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Does Jamie Gold Help or Hurt Poker?

Jamiegold2_1Since our October spread in Bluff Magazine, where we asked whether controversial WSOP champ, Jamie Gold, is good for poker, Bluff has had a poll up on their homepage where people can vote and voice their opinion on the matter, and boy do we know people have strongs opinions on this because, as they say, opinions are like assholes and everyone we know is one, and they stink like poop.

Or however that analogy goes.

Go express your asshole over at Bluff now. Currently the results are as follows:

Gold hurts the game --- 60%

Gold helps the game --- 7%

Just another side show --- 33%

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Michael Myers

Listen for yourself:

Michael Myers

Oh, and... "flawless" is not the right word. I watched the PPV and we all kept remarking on how the guy was basically the luckiest card rack we'd ever seen. he played very well, but it was his cards (he was quite the cooler to everyone else) that won him the game. We've seen people with big stacks blow up, and he didn't -- but he got the cards when he needed them, almost every single time. Don;t like the guy, if you can;t tell, but I will say that rounders interview is what created that opinion.

Michael Myers

Humble?!?!? Um, maybe his newly found wealth bought him some good PR consultants who reigned him in, but go listen to his interview on Rounders (go to www.bigpoker.ca and search the archives) and you'll be pretty convinced he's an arrogant little man.


I can't watch the interview I am at work. I am on the fence about the guy. There are things I like and things I don't.

I for one think the way Gold played at WSOP was flawless. It was a big stack played very well. I also like that he keeps the dream alive for those of us who are not pros to winning the big one. I bought into his phone call to his dad. I really think it is great he can take care of his dad and mom now.

Now, the things that I don't care for. I thought a lot of his actions and talking during the game were unethical and down right against the rules of the tournament. I did hear Cardplayers interview, where he proclaimed himself to be extremely smart, the best poker player and pulled off more bluffs than anybody ever.

Regardless if the lawsuit between Gold and Leyser is legit or not, it is not good for poker. I am not going to pretend I know what was said or not, but it really is not good for poker.

Now that being said. I am by far a bigger poker freak than my friends. They are all take it or leave it. Watch it when they have the chance. Many of them have had a chance to catch Gold on the final table. One of my friends said they would like to smack the smirk off of his face. Others said they thought he was a puke. Their words not mine.

So, I am leaning more towards not good for poker. If he saves a family from a burning car, yeah I probably would like the guy. At this point, I really don't care.

But thanks for the link to Foxsports/poker. It is site I can actually look at work.

Craig Tapscott

How in the world does Gold hurt the game? I see a lot of haters out there that are simply jealous. No real facts to back anything up. Go see the on camera interview I did with him for FOXSports for 1 hour and your opinion will change. Straight forward, humble guy who loves the game.


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