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Gossip Column: Negreanu Rants During WSOP Live-Stream; DeGeneres Can Get Mean When Playing Poker & More

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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly July 27, 2020
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Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu has once again landed himself in controversy after ranting during his WSOP live stream when a commenter insulted his wife, Amanda Leatherman. The tirade included several vulgar physical threats that ended up getting Negreanu, a lot of flak from the poker community.

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres’ year has not been going well. Amidst multiple allegations of her bad behavior towards guests on her daytime talk show, fans, and even her staff, the latest news is that she is also a sore loser in poker.

In our final story, a New Jersey appeals court reversed the decision of a lower court, allowing a Vermont man, Michael Bandler, to sue an Atlantic City casino, the Golden Nugget, over a canceled poker tournament in 2015.


Daniel Negreanu Rants During WSOP Live-Stream; Gets Trolled

Daniel Negreanu seems to be going through a rough patch emotionally. The Canadian pro has scored 13 times at the ongoing 2020 WSOP Online series, and the closest he has come to winning his elusive seventh bracelet was in Event #20: PLO 6-Handed and Event #23: No Limit Hold ’em Knockout where he finished 25th (both times) for $2,814 and $3,070, respectively.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu


The six-time WSOP bracelet winner was a bit on edge during a Friday WSOP live-stream when a commenter insulted his wife, Amanda Leatherman. The GGPoker ambassador made physical threats against the chatter, which led to criticism from many on Twitter.

The rant in question occurred while he was playing Event #24: No Limit Hold ’em 8-Handed. Even though he ultimately placed 193rd for $867, it was the vulgar comments he made during his live-stream that brought it to the spotlight.

In the middle of his stream, Negreanu noticed an allegedly insulting comment directed at his wife. Negreanu responded to the deleted comment by making physical threats toward the individual on YouTube. The live stream video has since been removed from Negreanu’s YouTube channel.

However, the physical threats that he issued were, “Hey, Tom Estrada, go f**k yourself, you piece of s**t,” he yelled. “Block that c**k motherf*****g piece of s**t. F**k you, f**k you, f**k you in your ass. How about that? Okay, Tom Estrada, f**k you in your ass. Eat some of that, you piece of s**t. Come f******g step to me and say that, and I will knock you the f**k out. How about that?”

Negreanu then continued his tirade with another threat: “I will break your f*****g teeth if you come step to me.” He then suggested he would feed Tom’s teeth to him “anally.”

“That will teach you for a stupid f*****g comment like that,” he concluded.

This isn’t the first time that ‘Kid Poker’ has ranted like this on a live stream. In fact, just two weeks ago, he had lost his temper after repeatedly facing connectivity issues on WSOP.com while he was playing Event #10: $600 Monster Stack. He ultimately busted out of the money.

The poker community was quick to react with Negreanu’s long-standing haters jumping on the bandwagon.

Joining Deeb and Polk was poker pro and commentator Jamie Kerstetter and Chip Race poker podcast host David Lappin.


Ellen DeGeneres is Reportedly a Mean Poker Player

2020 has not been a good year for comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Even since Kevin T. Porter tweeted asking people to reveal their worst stories about DeGeneres in March, things have continued to go downhill for the TV personality.

The latest news to emerge from the grapevine is that the 62-year-old is a sore loser in poker. DeGeneres loves inviting A-listers to her home to play poker. But she takes the game so seriously that she becomes mean every time she loses.

Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres


“Ellen’s very serious about the game. When she loses her temper, people are terrified. Ellen is extremely selective about who she invites to the table. But once you’re in, you’d better be ready to handle her massive mood swings,” an unnamed source told Radar Online.

The source also talked about an incident when DeGeneres allegedly embarrassed a poker player at her home. During one of their poker games, a player, reportedly, had a hard time keeping up with the high-stakes pot, so DeGeneres became enraged.

“Ellen started raging at this person — even accusing her of ruining her game! The energy around the table was very tense. Ellen threw a tantrum, and her screams echoed through the halls as frightened guests looked on in sheer disbelief! It was like watching a Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde transformation. She really became a monster. It was truly terrifying!” the source said.

The guest, allegedly, decided to flee the scene to prevent any further embarrassment from the funny woman.

It has also been reported that Degeneres’ daytime talk show has hit a season-low for its second consecutive week amid ongoing rumors the host is “mean” to staff and other stars.


New Jersey Appeals Court Revives Vermont Man’s Lawsuit Involving Canceled Poker Tourney

A New Jersey appeals court has revived a lawsuit by a Vermont man, Michael Bandler, who traveled to an Atlantic City casino for a poker tournament that wound up getting canceled.

Golden Nugget
Golden Nugget


In the lawsuit, Bandler said he traveled to the Golden Nugget in early 2015 after seeing advertisements that the tournament would offer $150,000 in prize money.

The tournament started but was canceled by the casino because of low turnout. Bandler was given a small amount of prize money for winning one of the events. His lawsuit claims the casino’s advertising was misleading and violated state consumer fraud laws.

The Golden Nugget argued that state gaming regulators held jurisdiction over the issue, not the courts and that there was fine print on all ads that stated the tournament could be canceled. The initial ruling was in favor of the casino, but an appeals court overturned the decision Wednesday and agreed with Bandler.

“The casino omitted stating it intended to pay $150,000 only so long as enough people signed up, and the only indirect reference to that intent was the disputed disclaimer in small print about official rules and the right to change or cancel the event,” wrote the appeals court panel regarding their decision.

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