I've been on a "mini" vacation the past few days. Over that time, a number of new stories have surfaced in the poker world. For starters, the Aussie Millions event continues in Australia. Then, we have a brewing story regarding Ultimatebet. And now, we have yet another chapter in the "JJprodigy" saga. People were emailing us, wondering why we weren't covering certain stories. Were we burying certain stories due to business ties? That is not the case with this site; we are beholden to no one. Sometimes we just need a bit of time away, just like anyone else. But we will catch up on these stories, one by one.
So Josh "JJProdigy" Field appeared on the Pokerroad Radio show yesterday where he was interviewed by Gavin Smith, Joe Sebok and Bart Hanson.
If you haven't heard the interview yet, please do so by clicking on this link:
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I believe that "JJProdigy" appears about 31 minutes into the show or so.
So what has sparked the recent controversy?
If you have listened to the interview, you might be surprised by some of the comments that Gavin Smith makes in regards to multi-accounting and also in regards to some of the shenanigans that live players will use in order to gain an unfair edge. The fact that Smith would so casually mention some of these egregious infractions that he knows are taking place is appalling. He basically says that everybody is cheating, so why are people making such a big deal out of "JJProdigy?"
This radio interview prompted a passionate response from a respected member of the poker community, Dani "Ansky" Stern, which you can read here:
This response has been co-signed by many people in the poker community who believe that poker (not just online poker, but poker in general) needs to be cleaned up for the good of the game.
Listen to the interview and check out the thread that I linked to, as they are both important. What's your take on the situation?
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