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Gossip Column: Jaffee’s Tweet on Wilson Sparks Debate on Use of RTA in Live Poker & Negreanu Fires Away at Bonomo in His WSOP Vlog

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis June 29, 2022
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The controversy surrounding RTA reared its ugly head again on Monday when Jared Jaffee tweeted an image of what looked like Brock Wilson using a preflop chart during a live tournament at the Wynn in Las Vegas. And the poker Twitterati had a lot to say about it!

GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu hasn’t exactly had the start he was hoping for at the 2022 WSOP and is already almost $1 Million in the red for the series. He dropped $500K of that on two bullets in Event #50: $250K Super High Roller NLHE! What sent the poker community buzzing was his blowout last Friday after busting his second bullet in the event to a brutal runner-runner flush, where he slammed his phone in disgust. Negreanu’s high-stakes opponent Justin Bonomo was among the ones who criticized his rash behavior, and the latter didn’t like that lying down. On Monday, Negreanu posted the WSOP Day 27 Vlog, where he talked about his bat beat and fired away at Bonomo, calling him a cheat, and wondered why his opinions on anything, including women in poker, hold ground.

In a freak incident on Day 2 of the 2022 PokerNews Cup, a Joker was dealt on the flop at one of the tables on the first hand of the day. The Floor Manager declared it to be a dead hand, and the tournament proceeded as usual following the minor blip.


Jared Jaffee’s Tweet of Brock Wilson Using RTA During a Live Poker Tournament Reignites Debate on the Topic

The poker community at large has struggled with deciding whether using real-time assistance (RTA) tools, sims, or hand analysis apps during live poker is acceptable. On Monday, June 27, the debate was again reignited after Jared Jaffee tweeted an image of Brock Wilson with what appears to be a preflop chart or a sim open on his phone during a live poker tournament at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Brock Wilson
Brock Wilson

Based on what can be deduced from the image, Wilson does not seem to be using RTA while in a hand, which was later acknowledged by Jaffee. Given that the poker community has been wracked with cheating allegations featuring Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler, needless to say, Jaffee’s tweet drew a lot of attention from the poker Twitterati.

While the tweet received mixed reactions, the consensus was that as long as Wilson was not involved in a hand, his actions should not be considered cheating.

World Poker Tour’s executive tour director, Matt Savage, took the opportunity to pose a question to the poker fraternity. He wanted to know his followers’ thoughts about using RTA while playing live poker.

A lot of poker players chimed in with their opinions.

Wilson also responded to Savage’s tweet accusing Jaffee of bullying him for being nerdy and claiming that Jaffee has not done much for the welfare of poker. Jaffee responded by saying he has done more for the game than Wilson.

Jaffee and Wilson went back and forth for a few more tweets.

Savage clarified his stance regarding his tweet, saying he highlighted the issue since not much discussion has taken place around it and needed more opinions.

Despite the several opinions shared, there seems to be no conclusive decision. While most players commented that using tools or apps between hands at the poker table is acceptable, others opined that any RTA use during a hand, live or online, is cheating.


Daniel Negreanu Blows Stream on High Stakes Rival Justin Bonomo in Latest WSOP Vlog

Remember how high-stakes poker pro Justin Bonomo came out in April this year talking about GGPoker’s infamous banning of accounts in September 2020? Bonomo claimed he lost over $1 Million to an online poker cheat in that scandal.

Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo


Bonomo returned to the gossip mills after his crossfire with GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu. The duo has been throwing potshots at one another recently.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu


It all started when Bonomo put up a series of tweets against Negreanu after his recent blowout at the WSOP. The six-time WSOP bracelet winner retaliated by calling Bonomo out in his Monday WSOP vlog, talking about how Bonomo cheated by multi-accounting on PokerStars in 2006.

To give you a backdrop, Negreanu suffered a bad beat last Friday where he busted his second bullet in Event #50: $250K Super High Roller NLHE to a brutal bad beat. Walking out of the poker room, Negreanu slammed his phone. Social media was abuzz about how Negreanu lost his cool. Justin Bonomo was among several players who criticized Negreanu, but he went one step further and put out an opinion poll on the incident.

Now, that’s sarcastic! Back in 2019, Bonomo had tweeted against Negreanu, openly opposing Negreanu’s habit of posting popularity-based polls on Twitter, and this had not gone down well with the Canadian pro.

On Monday, when Negreanu began his Day 27 WSOP Vlog, Bonomo was playing on his mind. Alluding to one of Bonomo’s recent tweets on women in poker, Negreanu lauded Liv Boeree for criticizing Bonomo’s tweet.

Reacting to Boeree’s comments, Negreanu stated, “I want to thank Liv for the tweet because when it comes from a woman, it’s a lot more powerful. The way that (Bonomo) approaches women is that he treats women like these delicate flowers and need, oh they need Justin Bonomo’s help and protection. Why are you minimizing women so much?”

Negreanu then went all guns firing at Bonomo. He said, “This guy Bonomo, who is Justin Bonomo?” Justin Bonomo was and forever will be a man who cheated at this game we love, poker. Cheated. Flat out cheated. Since then, he’s acted as a moral authority on all things good for poker.”

For those who don’t know, Bonomo – he played as “ZeeJustin” on PokerStars and was banned by the site in 2006 for multi-accounting. He later confessed to cheating and apologized, following which he was allowed to play on the site again. During this time, Negreanu was a PokerStars brand ambassador.

Over the years, the duo faced each other many times on the felts. A much-talked-about clash was in 2018 when Negreanu lost the $300K Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) title to Bonomo. However, the latest conflict seems to have gone personal.

Negreanu said, “Someone sent me a tweet where Whacko Bonomo said that if he tied his shoes in front of someone that he wouldn’t do it because he’s indoctrinated and a lost cause…The guy is a completely lost cause.”

He continued – “I’ve spent most of my life promoting the game of poker to bring in thousands of people so that this f*****g weasel can sit on his couch and make a living.”

The Canadian poker pro admitted that he acted like a child while coming out in Event #50 but questioned how Bonomo could equate the incident to a “sexist issue.”

Bonomo certainly had it coming since many from the poker community sided with Negreanu this time.

You can Negreanu talk about Bonomo and his run in Event #50: $250K Super High Roller NLHE in his Monday WSOP vlog below.


A Joker Was Dealt on the Flop on Day 2 of the 2022 PokerNews Cup

The $1 Million GTD 2022 PokerNews Cup ran from June 24 to 28 at the Golden Nugget and was a huge success. Brooklyn, New York resident Gary Gelman took down the event for $202,725.

Gary Gelman
Gary Gelman


The five-day event registered 1,245 entries to blow out the $1 Million guarantee and created a prize pool of $1,207,650, making it the largest prize pool in Golden Nugget Las Vegas history. But that wasn’t the only standout incident of the series.

On Day 2, an odd flop appeared at one of the tables on the first hand of play. The first came , , and a Joker! It seems that a Joker was somehow left in the deck. One of the players seated at another table captured the hand on video.

Since the tournament was not Joker’s Wild, players were not allowed to use the Joker card. The Floor Manager was called over, and he ruled the hand dead. All action during the hand was null and void, and the chips in the pot were returned to players as if nothing happened.

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