Legendary Online Poker Pros Brunson and Ivey In WSOP Boycott

Published Tuesday, July 05, 2011 - Online-Casinos.com

The World Series of Poker (WSOP)’s main event, which is scheduled to commence shortly  in Las Vegas will not have some of the high profile gamblers participating this year. The April 15th Department of Justice crackdown on online poker  has got a few individuals a little rattled and it appears they aren’t in the mood to risk any unforeseen circumstances.

Doyle Brunson one of poker’s legendary professionals  along with Phil Ivey another well established but younger poker pros, have decided they will not participate in the main event at least for this year. The $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship is the final event of this year’s WSOP will continue without these two high profile players.
Brunson took to his Twitter feed last night to comment that there will be “no main event for me” this year – unless “the DOJ (Department of Justice) will stake me”. At 78 years old Brunson seems to know when to keep his cards close to his chest as he sides with the 35 year old Phil Ivey who after winning the WSOP bracelet eight times is making a show of solidarity with those US Full Tilt Poker players who have had their accounts frozen since April 15th 2011.

Considered by many poker fans as the Godfather of poker Doyle Brunson who has ten gold bracelets form the WSOP main event has recently removed all associations with the online poker room Doyles Room following its seizure an subsequent investigation into a violation of existing US online gambling laws.
Brunson has been serious about his love of the game for many years but has been affected by yhe recent Department of Justice sweep of online poker venues offering for money games to US players. When asked why he would want to give up on the WSOP Brunson tweeted that money was not an issue really but he has,  “lost a lot of passion for the game since Black Friday,” referring to the April 15th DoJ crackdown.


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