Why I Believe Russ Hamilton's WSOP Banner Should Be Displayed
This past Thursday, Allen Kessler tweeted the following:
â@AllenKessler Guess whose banner magically reappeared at the wsop? http://pic.twitter.com/vlxWzZFU
The picture tweeted was of the banner of 1994 WSOP Main Event Champion Russ Hamilton.
Hamilton's banner had been noticeably absent the last couple of years after it was discovered that he was the mastermind behind the UltimateBet scandal.
Many of you out there are very upset over this due to his cheating and that is understandable.Â However, I have not been exactly a supporter of the WSOP taking down the banner.
My main reasoning behind this is two-fold.Â First, Russ Hamilton did win the WSOP Main Event.Â It is a part of history, and should be remembered.
My other reason is that if Russ Hamilton's banner should be taken down, then we should probably consider taking down the following banners:
Chris Ferguson - Part of the Full Tilt board that squandered $390 Million in player funds.
Amarillo Slim - Plead down from charges of indecency with a 12-year-old to misdemeanor assault in 2003.Â Also, his "win" of the 1972 WSOP Main Event was not entirely legit.
Puggy Pearson - He threw the 1972 WSOP Main Event to Amarillo Slim. That would be considered cheating by today's standards
Doyle Brunson -Â Was the other player with Puggy Pearson that threw the 1972 Main Event.Â However, we don't dare accuse him of cheating do we?
Jamie Gold - Tried to weasel his way out of paying half of his $12 Million to his backer.
That's at least 5 Main Event Champions that we could dishonor should we use the same type of thinking that many are using to protest the display of Hamilton's banner.
My point here is that Russ Hamilton is not the only Main Event Champion that has committed questionable acts in the past.
The displaying of past champion banners is done to honor the legacy of past champions and doesn't support or condone their past or future actions.Â We may not like the actions they took away from the table, but their accomplishments in the Main Event should not be ignored.