CEO Says Daniel Negreanu a ‘Poor Brand Ambassador’ for Poker

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Nagesh Rath
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Aug/12/2013 CEO Says Daniel Negreanu a ‘Poor Brand Ambassador’ for Poker had a chance to sit down with sports betting exchange CEO Andrew Pantling, who had a few choice words to say about poker pro Daniel Negreanu.

Pantling, a poker pro himself, drew the ire of Negreanu during last spring’s EPT Grand Final Main Event.  Pantling won that event and the €800,000 that came with it. Negreanu, who finished 5th, later stated he was not impressed with Pantling’s game.

“At first, and I didn’t get to watch the feed, I just heard that Daniel had some negative comments about my game. There was some chatter about his comments on forums and, at first; I was annoyed.

“The reason is, I played with Daniel for a few days even before the final table, and I really beat him up with some big bluffs. I felt, he was quite frustrated and irritated by this so after he was eliminated, he went on the live stream and vented by disrespecting my poker game. Since then, I had a chance to look at the final table footage and I didn’t think it was a big deal, I just kind of laughed and wished I had the opportunity to play against Daniel more often.

“That being said, as a brand ambassador for PokerStars, I think he represented himself and the company quite poorly.  If I was a true amateur, I wouldn’t be overly keen to play poker on TV if I felt that a well-known PokerStars ‘pro’ was going to publicly criticize my abilities in front of my friends and family, who were watching and know very little about poker. I know I wouldn’t want my brand, Matchbook, represented like that.”


- Nagesh Rath,