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WSOP Here I Come

by Roy Winston |  Published: Jun 08, '11

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I am finally headed out to this year’s WSOP and can’t wait to get there. I haven’t played nearly as much live poker this year as in the past 4-5 years, but have, up until recently, been playing a huge amount online, more on that later. I am excited to join the action and feel ready. Last year because of other obligations I only played three events. I am planning on playing quite a bit more this year.

My plan is to come out for a week and a half then come home for about the same length of time and then back out for the last few events and the main event of course. I am also going to try and play more live events throughout this year. I am heading back to Cyprus at the beginning of August and will also play several WPT events, and of course many of the Borgata tournaments as well. For me, the unavailability of online play will definitely increase my live play.

It is so disappointing that the United States has decided to take the offensive against online poker, joining the fundamental Muslim countries in it’s prohibition. What confuses me about this issue, and perhaps I’m just easily confused, is that with so many “real” problems, this seems just a little bit too self-serving. I guess it is standard fare for those with a modicum of power to single out a target, which looks like low hanging fruit and then bring the weight of the government to bear. Why just recently another prosecutor with a lot of power, The New York Attorney General, Elliot Spitzer, conducted a full scale war on a similar such folly with questionable methods. Interestingly enough he was hoist on his own petard, so to speak. Even the esteemed Rudy Giullani’s methods were questioned when he was chasing down businessmen with the same zeal the federal government use to go after organized crime.

In these times of serious issues and problems, it would seem that our elected and appointed officials, who, by the way, are employed by us, forget their place. They should be servants of the people, not masters, pretending that they are above the repercussions of their actions. I would like to conclude this rant by adding if my name was Weiner, I would be careful where I tried to put my weiner with regard to texts, twitter and the like, especially as an elected official. Although I do have to admit that Ginger Lee is pretty hot, but come on, did he really have an expectation of privacy, maybe he wanted his constituents to know he was capable of having a relationship with a porn star, even if it was only a virtual one. At least if he was under all this for having had wild affairs with all these women, but it’s kind of a bad beat to of only had virtual relationships and be nation’s center of ridicule.

Roy Winston finished 16th in 2007 Card Player, Player of the Year race. He won the WPT Borgata Poker Open and finished the year with well over $2 million in tournament poker winnings. Roy plays online exclusively at Full Tilt. For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: www.oraclepoker.net or send an email to: winstonpoker@yahoo.com with your questions or comments. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

 
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bparmalee
8 years ago

Online poker will be back soon... regulated and taxed.... with the big name companies holding all the sites. PS, FT and the like were always going to get shutdown and they wont be allowed back when they do get around to setting up a new structure. The big casinos were not going to let them dominate the market when it becomes legal and to this they had to go away. I really doubt that the government cares all that much about online gaming.... but the casino lobby does. I look forward to playing on the new sites with easier cash outs and deposits. Plus we can all welcome back Party Poker!! It will be hard to keep them out after they seemingly obeyed the letter of the new laws.

 
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notCIA
8 years ago

Roy,
On and on about the government and our elected representatives, but you don't have one word about the scumbags at Full Tilt?

 
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Cashewz
8 years ago

Yeah, it might be time to change your avatar picture there, Roy, m'boy.

So, um .... is Howie Lederer taking refuge at your place?

 
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nyckid3
8 years ago

Maybe I'm wrong and have a 'bad beat' for moral mis-judgement, but I think the Anthony Weiner comments are in poor taste. I am in no way condoning what he did but think to make light of it or draw professional implications to personal situations/choices is a touch out of line. I enjoy reading your blog, respect your opinion, but think that subject should be let handled by the parties involved... oh and best of luck in the WSOP! Kill it!

 
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WPS22
8 years ago

Dude you really have balls. You are a FTP Pro. How can you come on here writing a blog and not say anything about WHERE OUR MONEY IS???? Yea how dare the SDNY indict guys for money laundering and bank fraud, I mean come on, who do they think they are.They should of course let the money laundering and bank fraud that is convenient for us continue. UIGEA was passed 5 years ago, if you didn't think they planned on enforcing it, you are ignorant.

How about the poker site that stole everyones money? You know, the one that committed the money laundering and bank fraud? You know, the one that pays you and allows you to play in WSOP events? Poor them, huh?

Everyone knows that the only reason FTP ever got a big market share was because of UIGEA. It caused Party to (do the right thing) leave the US market. Leaving a huge share of the market up for grabs. Once the UB scandal happened, FTP and Stars pretty much got all of Party's share of the market. They made the fortune by circumventing UIGEA so I'm pretty sure they knew that Black Friday was coming sooner or later.

 
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notCIA
8 years ago

I don't expect Roy to know where our money is.
I expect Roy to know it is an insult to players to continue to display the FTP logo. I expect him to know it is an insult to talk about playing the WSOP when there are players who cannot attend because FTP has frozen the majority of their poker bankroll. I expect him to speak out against the apparent shady practices of FTP.
Roy, have you noticed Phil Ivey has spoken out and is no longer displayed as a FTP pro? Why don't you comment about that turn of events? Or is your awareness and interest so self-centered, you don't care about others?

 
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JamesScou
8 years ago

You guys all think that Ivey is doing "the right thing" by not playing in the W.S.O.P.? ARE YOU GUYS MENTAL???? He is doing this to be selfish!!! Of course he doesn't want to play in the W.S.O.P. He'd be inundated with questions from EVERYONE about where their money is. So he tells his attorney to draw up this bullsh#t lawsuit to make himself look good and avoids the questions he should be trying to find the answers to. If he really wanted to serve us properly he'd come to the Series, 100 percent committed and focused and take down 2 or 3 bracelets. Then he can go to Congress and SHOW them that poker is in fact a game of skill, and that there is very little luck involved and THAT'S why we should be able to play online. Not by avoiding everything.

 
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WPS22
8 years ago

You really think that if Ivey played the series and won 2 or 3 bracelets he could then just go to Congress and and show them that poker is a game of skill? Please stop for a second and decide if you really think what you said makes any sense.

Do you think UIGEA and its enforcement occurred because of an honest disagreement about the level of skill involved in poker?

I also don't think you are right about Ivey being scared to play the series. All of the other FTP pros are playing. Even all the team FTP players. Hes just a member of team FTP like them, its not like he's Howard or Jesus. Do you really think every other FTP player has the guts to stand up to people and play the series but Ivey is scared?

 
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KingaDimuns
8 years ago

totally off topic, but is cardplayer advertising for hook, i mean escorts on the homepage?

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
8 years ago

You do a great Carl Pilkington, James.

I think Jerome's trying to avoid being included in a separate suit against Tilt (government, class action, civil...), but it won't work because there's probably too much of a money trail.

 
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SawItOff
8 years ago

People like Roy make me sick. As Im sure he was financially well off before he bought himself a job as a "professional poker player". Hes an average player on good days, and happened to have a horseshoe up his butt for 2 tourneys. Im sure the real pros view him as an empty seat in the WSOP.

 
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notCIA
8 years ago

Really? How much have you played against him?

 
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SawItOff
almost 8 years ago

Ive never played with Roy live, but played tourneys and ring games on FTP with him. Im sure hes a nice guy, but he did nothing at the tables to impress me. Poker, like golf, and other skill games, falls under the "what have you done for me latley" category. Not saying Im better, but the term "pro" gets awarded to frequently nowadays. I think consistency and longevity is the true way to determine who we define as a professional.

 
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notCIA
almost 8 years ago

@SIO:
You're entitled to your opinion obviously but I don't know what he is supposed to do to impress you. Perhaps you are confused over the word "professional."
Granted he peaked in 2007, but he has 3 wins and 33 cashes in major tournies and won over 2.6 million dollars. He was sponsored by FTP.
I think that makes him a pro in almost anyone's book. I don't know what you do for income, but if you made over $2.6 million doing it, I'd call you a professional.
Is he the Michael Jordan of Poker? No.
He's a doctor and owns eye clinics so he has other responsibilities. I'm sure poker is a "I'm living my dream" kind of life for him. He's probably not multi-tabling, while running hand histories and pokerstove in between for 10 hours a day.
I'm disgusted that his picture still shows him wearing a FTP hat and I'll call him and any other pro on that. Displaying the FTP logo is a slap in the face to all of us who are being cheated of access to our funds by FTP. But, I don't need to insult Roy's playing ability.

 
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SawItOff
almost 8 years ago

@CIA My main argument was that too many people that were finacially well off prior to poker are claiming to be pros. My personal definition of a pro is someone who got their stake grinding. In my eyes, people like Phil Gordon,Jen Tilly, and Roy are not pros. They had a substancial amount of money before they played. They can play majors throughout the entire year and not have to worry about the well going dry. The true test of a pro, in poker atleast, is how they are able to cope and play when there is a dry spell in tourneys or a rough couple months at the cash tables. Not trying to engage in verbal sparring with you, just expressing my opinions. But I couldnt agree with you more about FTP. Even seeing the Euro pros wearing FTP patches at the WSOP pisses me off. I know they have the right to, but it feels like a slap in the face. -Take care

 
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notCIA
almost 8 years ago

Hey Dr.Winston,
Now I hope you keep wearing the FTP logo, so everyone remembers how self-centered you are and accords you the amount of respect you deserve.

 
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