Busquet Bashes Old School Pros
WPT commentator and high-stakes pro Olivier Busquet had some interesting words about the importance of "old school pros" in poker while UK pro John Eames took down the largest score of his pro career on Monday in Las Vegas.
Busquet Joins Colman in Questioning Old School Pros
First, it was Daniel Colman attacking Phil Hellmuth over his antics at the poker table and his former association with UltimateBet.
Now, renowned poker commentator and player Olivier Busquet is joining in on the bash session and lumping most "old school" pros into the mix.
For those unfamiliar, Busquet is a close friend and mentor to Daniel Colman. Busquet is a well-known player who may be more famous for his time in the commentary booth during WSOP broadcasts a couple years ago.
Busquet took to Twitter recently and started attacking the legacy of "old school" pros. He tweeted the following:
"It genuinely shocks me that people are so convinced by the myth that certain people's personalities played an important role in the growth of poker."
"Not saying general dynamic of having "stars" didn't contribute, saying it wasn't big & the individuals were place holders easily replaceable."
"The idea that current pros 'owe' some past group of pros for paving the way or growing the game is just nonsense."
"If anyone should be thankful it's pros who were at the right place at the right unique time & made money w/out having to be good at poker."
His remarks have sparked quite the debate among players with some defending Busquet's views while others call him a "whiny nerd."
John Eames Wins WSOPC Planet Hollywood Main Event for $289,706
The WSOP Circuit stop at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas has concluded and British pro John Eames has walked away with the gold.
He took down the Main Event title to earn the gold ring, $289,706 in prize money and a spot in the WSOP National Championship.
This event drew a solid field of 1,044 players and after two days the final table was reached with Eames and pro Johnny Neckar headlining. Neckar would finish in seventh, opening the door for Eames to take the title.
Ultimately Eames faced Matt Berkey heads-up for the title. The battle lasted nearly two hours but in the end Berkey shoved with a straight draw against queens-up for Eames. The straight didn't complete and Eames became champion.
Despite now having over $2 million in lifetime earnings this event was the largest live score in Eames' pro career. Primarily known for his online play Eames is well known on the European Poker Tour.
From 2011 to 2013 Eames went on a remarkable run in $2,000 EPT preliminaries. He won three and finished second in another, prompting PokerStars to call the $2k preliminary events the "John Eames Invitational."