Bill Rini informs Twitter users that a small group of “American scum” MTT pros are extortionists.

Is that true? Or does Rini’s outburst simply amount to more nonsense from the nation’s only licensed interstate poker site?

Former WSOP dot-com Head of Poker Bill Rini took to social media recently to call out select tournament pros for attempting to extort the regulated U.S. online poker site — which currently operates in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware as part of the MSIGA compact.

The tirade seemingly began Monday when Rini, who ceased working as the WSOP dot-com’s “Head of Poker” in 2019, uploaded an unintelligible screen shot with the text Wow. alongside the image.

From there, Rini offered a series of alleged group-chat conversations from professional players that — according to Rini — shows the players in question are “American scum” attempting to extort the WSOP. The Tweets were summarized by Poker Fraud Alert administrator Todd Witteles here [Post #30+].

Poker Players React to Bill Rini’s Accusations

A number of well-known poker players have responded to Bill Rini’s Tweets:

2003 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker

Poker pro and former Jeopardy! contestant Leo Wolpert

Maryland poker pro Christian Harder

YouTube vlogging personality and “Meet Up Games” host Andrew Neeme

Former Part Time Poker Podcast co-host and poker backer Andrew Barber

Bill Rini Goes Off on Twitter (Author Observations)

Bill Rini American scum Twitter

“There was no extortion, no scumbaggery, and no unethical behavior. Bill is a crazy and bitter man.” (Todd Witteles – PFA Thread, Post #30)

Todd Witteles’ take on this is as good as I can come up with. Online poker needs Bill Rini’s insights RE: “American scum” like it needs any other unofficial Black Book — which is to say not at all.

Besides, there is recent history of official WSOP representatives urging (or rather, insisting) that players become more involved in policymaking for the world’s longest-running live poker tournament series.

Back in October 2019, World Series of Poker commentator Norman Chad directly blamed players for official policy, and called on them to do something about unlimited re-entries in WSOP bracelet events.

In reaction to Norman Chad’s criticism, a number of WSOP players (so as not to come off as “insensitive” to the topic… even though these decisions are 100% the responsibility of the brand/venue) openly addressed the concerns by offering goodwill, publicly-available insight that encouraged dialogue.

Additionally, Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb provided their own thoughts on the WSOP’s “Player Of The Year” formula in separate interviews with longtime PokerNews contributor Sarah Herring.

In December 2019, Norman Chad again involved his social media following in another issue that the WSOP is ultimately responsible for: informing the public how “awful” the 2020 WSOP Main Event late-registration policy is.

Jason Mercier, Matt Salsberg, and others posted their own dissenting perspectives, but these views apparently weren’t good enough for Norman Chad to give serious consideration to.

More recently in December 2019, poker pro Alex Foxen accomplished a major feat by winning the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond event.

Unfortunately for the WPT champion, Foxen’s victory had already been criticized by Norman Chad well before Foxen shared the news with social media followers.

Bill Rini Accuses MTT Pros of Extortion (Conclusion)

Poker players have varying opinions on how events should be managed — a natural occurrence given they technically pay entries and fees with their own money when buying-in to a cash game or tournament.

It does no good for a brand/venue to openly solicit feedback from the “poker community” as a whole, only to initiate spiteful, malicious marketing campaigns against select individuals who may disagree with current policy (or whose success may spark jealousy among poker commentators/has-been executives).

The World Series of Poker is known to millions of poker fans around the world — fans who often view players’ names and likeness as presented by official representatives of the brand.

If the WSOP can’t find a way to responsibly market those who participate in its events, there’s no compelling reason for players to acquiesce to TV rights waivers or other data privacy-related permissions associated with real money wagering.

EXCLUSIVE FROM POKERNEWS: Watch the WSOP “poker punk” a 23-year old Shaun Deeb (2009)

Zero marketing is better than bad-faith marketing in the modern age of instant communication.

* This article is directly funded by Part Time Poker.

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