Players have reacted with outrage as former UB Poker representative Joe Sebok has been announced as the new face of the World Poker Tour. Isaac Haxton calls the deal "mind-blowing."
The international poker community has reacted with outrage to news that former UB Poker representative Joe Sebok
has signed a sponsorship deal with the World Poker Tour.
Sebok was the face of UB Poker for years after the SuperUser Scandal, and pledged to use his position to expose any potential cheats inside the company.
Sebok however never delivered on his promises, and has since been in bad standing with many high profile American pros.
One of these is Isaac "ike" Haxton, who built up his career as a high stakes
pro on UB Poker before the scandal struck.
In a thread on TwoPlusTwo
, Haxton describes the signing of Sebok by the WPT as "bullshit" and "mind-blowing."
"It's not like he was an investigative journalist who tried his best to dig up a story and failed. He was a paid representative of UB, spun that role as some sort of "I'm gonna get to the bottom of this!" bull****, learned nothing, and then turned around and assured people that it was safe to play on UB," Haxton writes.
"The people who believed him lost every dime they had on the site when the **** hit the fan. He continues to tweet about his awesome life and his sweet house on Hermosa Beach that he pays for with money UB stole and gave to him to tell people they weren't crooks. He's never even made a proper public apology or admitted his role in helping UB rob more people."
"If anything, he doesn't get enough hate. The fact that poker related businesses continue to pay him money to use his name in association with their products is mind-blowing."
A number of other pros have replied to the post, and have expressed similar criticisms on the WPT's decision to hire Sebok.
The World Poker Tour itself, in turn, has still to respond, as well it has not yet issued any other type of official statement on the deal.