Daniel Shak and Negreanu Still Arguing over Twitter

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Poker pros rarely agree on everything, but they usually reach a consensus after debating a sensitive issue for more than a few days. Daniel Shak made some powerful remarks about the impact of Super High Roller tournaments and the detrimental effect they have on the game, earlier this month. The debate is still raging and poker players are probably familiar with his Twitter rant, but those who no longer know how it all began, should check out here.

Daniel Negreanu got involved and several other poker pros were dragged into this debate soon after, but the Canadian remains the most vocal detractor of Shak’s theory. His take on Super High Roller events is slightly different, as he regards these tournaments as the natural reaction of the market, trying to fill a void. Basically, these events are aimed at rich people, who are not necessarily poker professionals but are willing to lock horns with these experts.

In a nutshell they have more money than time and prudence and are constantly looking for the most glamorous events. Negreanu claims that the Super High Roller events are actually good for the game and is confident that they are here to stay. For a more comprehensive explanation and a full list of arguments, check out here.

Nowadays, Negreanu tweets mostly about how Team Canada won the Winter Olympics, his plans for 2014 (mostly unrelated to poker) and PokerStars’ most recent Facebook app. This doesn’t mean that the debate is over, not by a long shot, it’s just that Dan Shak seems to be the one keeping the flame alive:

Dan Shak tweeted that the Super High Roller events are mostly coin flips that overshadow the true winners of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure or Aussie Millions. He also claims that the system works against regular players who can’t afford playing at these nosebleed limits and rebuy over and over again, as poker pros do.

It is only fair to assume that we haven’t heard the last of it and the two poker pros (and probably more) will keep posting their thoughts on Twitter and elsewhere on this topic. There is no reason to expect Super High Roller events to disappear overnight, so these kinds of arguments over social networks are here to stay.