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Lee Watkinson -- Annie Duke gets Trumped

by Lee Watkinson |  Published: May 11, '09

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I watched Celebrity Apprentice for the last time last night and had trouble getting to sleep afterward. I was so disgusted.

Annie Duke deserved the win, even those of you who do not like her will have to admit. She outplayed everyone by a mile throughout the show and even in the final challenge, where they changed the rules to make it a total judgment call by Trump. Joan Rivers had already signed a deal with Mark Burnett (the executive producer) to do a reality show and Trumps sister in law was Vice Chairman of Joan’s charity so there was absolutely no way Annie could win. This was as predetermined.

Joan Rivers got away with so much that would have gotten anyone else fired.

The lowest thing I think they did was to downplay the work that Annie’s Charity does, by doing a poor job making the segment and focusing entirely on what is likely the least popular aspect of their work, paying lawyers to help Muslims get into the US. I am not against this in any way, but to focus on this alone, instead of the millions of starving people they help throughout the world was a clear attempt to make Annie less sympathetic and they showed no concern that a very worthy charitable organization would also suffer.

I was also told that they polled everyone, before the final, as to who they would fire and only chose the ones who picked Joan to win. Jesse James seeing what was going on, and being the standup guy he is, told them he was undecided even though he knew.

Anyway, total BS and I think even after there editing everyone with half a brain could see what was going on. The irony is that they maligned poker players as being unscrupulous while pulling this crap.

Lee Watkinson has accumulated nearly $4 million in tournament winnings over his career. His accomplishments include a World Series bracelet in the 2006 $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event and an eighth-place finish in the 2007 WSOP main event. Lee is a Full Tilt Pro and uses his poker winnings to help a chimpanzee rescue charity. Learn more about Lee at his website, www.leewatkinson.com.

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
12 years ago

To paraphrase Marion Barry, the Donald set Duke up -- Annie didn't have a chance in hell to deflate showbiz wannabe Trump's celebration of Rivers'/Rosenberg's/Molinsky's perceived successful career, an outcome designed - strangely - to suck up to an entertainment community that knows and loves Annie more than it does Rivers! The Donald had to do a James Tiberius Kirk and insert enough add-ons to previous years' Apprentice finales to give Rivers any chance at all to reverse the inevitability of a no-contest Annie win. $465K - $150K was the margin by which Annie outfundraised Rivers in that last challenge; what part of 3.1-to-1 does Squirrelhair not understand? If Trump had any integrity at all, he would have given Annie a chance to defend herself against NipTuckPullLiftBotox's irrational, unfounded rants, but the fix was in and his decision was already locked in. Next month, Trump will be 63 and Rivers 76, old enough to be... his cousin. What a skank!

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
12 years ago

P.S. Like Lee, I'll never watch this show again. If any company I do business with associates itself with either Trump or his hateful hag friend, I will boycott them for one year and encourage others to do the same. If Rivers thinks that a Nazi is bad, then she has become precisely that which he hates -- and therefore has had neither a successful life nor career in the least. Such a person would kill any spouse before his or her time.

 
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crazyman
12 years ago

Lee, right on the mark. by week 4, I saw that Annie could possibly win. I think, just the fact that Melissa was as much trash as her mom, should got her a 20 minute penalty. How could you make anyone an apprentice, that has no cooth whatsoever. That was the worst beat I have ever seen. Annie rocked that show, and raised tons, regardless of where it came from. Poker players rule, as far as charities are concerned. And Joan, Nobody said NH! If you no what that means!

 
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aries411
12 years ago

HOLY SHIT LEE!

Some of your phrasing are so much like what I've said, literally, it's a little weird.

Are you me? !!!

Anyway I've been raising hell far and furious on the internet and here's my 2 cents i added earlier today. It's long, it's a freaking book, but I feel better!

http://tinyurl.com/o7o28v

What you said about the polling is interesting. Annie has not done her blog yet for the show.. she wrote a tiny bit and said she'd write more later in the wk.. no doubt she is infuriated and deeply hurt.

Rafe told her yesterday on twitter that after Joan won, Joan apparently said something so nasty to Annie's family and friends that Laura (RAfe's wife?) gave Joan the finger. Annie twittered back asking Rafe what did Joan say.. Hopefully later in the wk when Annie blogs about more stuff, she'll tell us what Joan said.

A couple things I'd sure like to see someone clear up is where the hell were the rest of the contestants at the finale? Off the top of my head, Khloe, Tionne, Natalie weren't there.. I realllllly wonder why. We know that Natalie donated a golf outting to Annie's auction/charity because we saw Phil Hellmuth bid on it.. (I guess not everyone hates Annie after all as Trump claimed!) But seriously where were all these people!

Also, I had already known who was going to be on Annie's team and I was greatly concerned. Again I say where the hell were the rest of the contestants who could have worked on the finale with Annie.. Maybe Natalie had previous engagments, but honestly they sign a contract and I think if trump ordered them to be there they would have.

I believe if Scott Hamilton had been asked to come back and help with the final task, he would have. I also believe Tionne probably wasn't busy and could have come.. and hell Khloe who's kinda a bimbo could have been of some help.. I'm just stunned at who came back.

As for Melissa's blow up. since it was pre planned for Joan and Melissa to be in final 2 and have Joan win, there's no doubt why M was furious.. she expected to be in final 2. But Trump saw the hate between Joan and Annie and decided to take Annie to the end for the sake of ratings and $$$$.. and give the game to Joan anyway.. he didn't care, it was going to be Joan winning anyway..

Total bullshit. I'm still infuriated at it.

 
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aries411
12 years ago

geeze the comment section doesn't make paragraphs or links? looks kinda messy all scrunched together :(

I'm still trying to navigate cardplayers new homepage layout.. ugh

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
12 years ago

CardPlayer TV isn't a smooth load, either, and I have broadband. I wish they'd switch players.

 
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thebrock
almost 12 years ago

You guys are right on!
Lets make sure if Joan Rivers ever makes it back to Vegas, we boycott her and make it clear to her she is not welcome in this city!

And Trump also, we need to do as much as possible and that he knows how we feel. Annies friends raised over $400,000! and Joan $150,000. So sick! Anything that Trump is involved in, we need to boycott and let them know that Annie is the real winner!

The WSOP will be a great chance and TV exposure for us to so this. Every interview, we need to make sure they know how we feel about this outcome!

 
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aries411
almost 12 years ago

Wish i could play in wsop, but can't afford it sadly. I hope someone stands up right before it begins, or right after they say, "shuffle up and deal" and they shout out, "I just want to know, will the outcome of this event be as rigged as Celebrity Apprentice was? "

If i were playing in it, i would do it !

 
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rjmdog
almost 12 years ago

Well said Lee. What a complete scam. Nice work Annie! - r. jeremy mclaughlin

 
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WinItAll4Fun
almost 12 years ago

I have NEVER been more proud to call myself a poker player than now. Annie represented "all" of us with class and Joan ... well let's just say that my mother taught me to keep my mouth shut if I did not have something nice to say. Thanks Annie, from the bottom of my heart !!

 
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Scootsy
almost 12 years ago

Relax, Lee. It's a TV show.

 
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Jamestw
almost 12 years ago

I agree its BS annie should've won. Idk if I even want to play at the taj anymore after that final show.

At least annie could always setup a charity tournament on ultimatebet or something if she wants to raise more money.

 
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