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World Series Of Poker Champ Joe McKeehen Blames Media For Tournaments Starting An Hour Earlier

Bracelet Winner Says Poker Players Treated Like 'Slaves'

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Poker’s year-long ambassador took to Twitter this week to express his discontent with many WSOP tournaments this year beginning at 11 a.m., explaining that poker players “have been getting sh-t on because of the media ever since I started playing live poker.”

Joe McKeehen, who won the 2015 World Series of Poker main event for roughly $7.6 million, said on his social media account that he “thought [the 11 a.m. start times] were just a joke,” and then went on to blame the poker media for the start times being pushed up one hour. The WSOP announced the changes five weeks ago.

The WSOP employs its own media team to produce live updates from the bracelet events.

“The fact the media has ANY say or impact on the players and how the tournament is ran is a f—king joke,” McKeehen said. “They have nothing to do with how the tournament is played, they just report it, and 90 percent of them clearly don’t even try […] but the players have been getting sh-t on because of media ever since I started playing live poker so I guess it’s not a surprise.”

The comments got a response from poker pro Daniel Negreanu, who McKeehen actually eliminated from the main event in 11th place.

“I can tell you with absolute certainty the media had absolutely nothing to do with it,” Negreanu said. “What do you claim to know that I don’t? I was involved internally and am telling you media had nothing at all to do with it.”

McKeehen then said Negreanu was being “obscene.” At one point, McKeehen said the time change “won’t affect me as much as many others but in a city that never sleeps (Vegas) it’s going to cause many [people] to skip events.” At another point, he said poker players are slaves.

An earlier start time doesn’t negatively affect participation levels, the WSOP said.

According to WSOP spokesman Seth Palansky, there were seven events (of 68 in total) last year that began at 10 a.m., and those events accounted for 35.4 percent of all entries for the summer.

“The simple math shows, the two hour earlier start (10 a.m. from typical 12 noon in 2015) had no issues getting players there,” Palansky told Card Player. “This information, combined with additional player feedback on long playing days, was the impetus for the tweak moving 12 noon events to an 11 a.m. start time in 2016. Of course, we will keep several 10 a.m. starting events on the schedule too, as they proved plenty successful.”

McKeehen’s comments garnered attention from various members of the poker industry, one of which was IBus Media’s Matt Parvis. “I’ve been working the WSOP for 10 years and I nor anyone I know have ever ‘lobbied’ for start time changes,” Parvis Tweeted.

 
 
 
 

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adbuster2375
5 months ago

Ambassador? It's an embarrassment to have this guy associated with poker. Great way to represent the game crybaby. I hope you develop some life skills as your terrible attitude and even worse hygiene will certainly not get you far in life after you punt off your bankroll.

 
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nwerle
5 months ago

!!!!!!

 
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bobo2
5 months ago

Congratulations Jamie Gold! You are no longer the most hated WSOP Champ of all time!

 
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L2K4FC
5 months ago

Hey, can somebody get Joe McKeehen a snickers?

 
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DaLuckyDucky
5 months ago

the snickers comment is fing hilarious!!

 
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spinedoc52
5 months ago

His comments about start times are not only foolish but childish and just plain stupid. It's a real shame how many children play poker and have any kind of a voice. Joe McKeehen your not an ambassador for poker, just a kid with no vision or brains!!!

 
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Patrick9
5 months ago

We are not laughing "with" you, we are laughing "at" you...

 
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Kerry4
5 months ago

I'm disappointed that a so called ambassador of poker would throw a temper tantrum over such a small issue. If it upsets you that much, take your money and go away...there are lots of people that would take your place in a heartbeat. Most people go to work at a much earlier time of the day than what you get to...I will gladly trade places with you, just let me know when to expect you at my job - we start at 8am.

 
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Maika
5 months ago

The fact the media has ANY say or impact on the players and how the tournament is ran is a f—king joke,” McKeehen said.-Agree x1000.Its a f-ing crock of shit that so many people/companies are benefiting so much more in any and all aspects then the rec/reg poker player.Whether it comes to money,or merely even leisure,its a f-ing joke. Tis why I guess ill always prefer online to live.Save gas,save time, I can smoke what I want,say what I want. And who the f does Daniel Negranue suddenly think he is, he needs to remember the players make poker happen, not the other way around. F this guy...P.s. -Kerry if he wanted a 9-5 job he probably would have never taken poker serious and won $7 milly. Go back to your 9-5 life n let poker players have poker

 
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airedale05
5 months ago

yea...who the f is that Negreanu fella to speak up...only 6 wsop bracelets 2 wpt titles and 1 ept, but who the f is he....i'm sure he has no clue bout the inner workings of the wsop.

Obv the bong doesn't relax you like it does for most sane ppl.

 
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Tscrooge
5 months ago

Dude just cant be happy with the fact he did something the majority of poker players will never accomplish, and made millions in the process. He rather complain about something so minute, and irrelevant. Just go to sleep a little earlier. What a unappreciative joke. Hes no poker ambassador!!

 
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TandG21
5 months ago

Easy there That is how this young man feels. But on the other side I don't hear Negreanu or Hellmuth, or the Mouth complaining.

 
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Herbie1
5 months ago

18 carat idiot for expressing the media is at fault. Personally, I wish the tournaments would start even earlier. 10am is just fine with me. Yeah, I am bit older than most participants and I can see why some would prefer later time starts but 11am is very reasonable.

 
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renoshay
5 months ago

Crybaby idiot. Get out of bed........

 
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