Just a few hours ago, PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu who was the man to finish second to Dan Colman in the World Series of Poker ‘Big One For One Drop’, posted a new blog giving his opinion on the furore that has erupted concerning Colman shunning the media immediately after his win.
Wrote a blog about the Daniel Colman “controversy” http://t.co/Vmn5CJFF7p
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 3, 2014
Colman had already provided his own reasons for his actions and why he left after five minutes, stating the he did not want to promote the game of poker as more people lose at the game than win.
Negreanu on the other hand has always been a huge ambassador for the game and spent a good half hour after the event giving interviews and having his picture taken. So what does Negreanu think about the controversy surrounding Colman?
His latest blog on his site at Full Contact Poker answers that question in his usual well thought out and logical manner.
“At the end of the match Daniel came to me and said that he didn’t want to do any of the interviews and he didn’t want to promote poker. I told him I absolutely respect that and you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. I meant it. I asked him why, and he said that most people lose at poker and he doesn’t want to promote something that has a negative effect on peoples lives. There is some nobility in that.”
Negreanu accepts that it is a player’s right to refuse to give interviews and that he even kind of understands those given by Colman, yet he makes some very valid points to Colman too.
“Daniel opened his statement with “I don’t owe poker anything.” No, I guess not, but I would look at it differently Daniel: GRATITUDE! Being thankful that you found a game you both love to play and are also good enough so that you can make a life for yourself. You don’t owe poker anything, sure, but poker has given you a lot.”
“ You don’t owe poker, or me personally anything, much like when a waitress brings your order, you don’t owe her a tip or even a thank you. It’s just a gracious custom, much like doing a winners interview…”
Those are just a few excerpts from the well written and highly thought out blog by Negreanu, it is fairly long, so we encourage you to check it out in full.